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Computational Toys and Kits for Young Children

While many technologies have emerged to support youth in exploring computational concepts and practices, opportunities in early childhood are especially promising to cultivate interests early in computing as well as to support the development of social, emotional, and cognitive milestones. We are exploring new materials, activities, and technologies to engage young children (ages 7 and under) to create, invent, and express themselves in new and empowering ways while enabling them to engage in computational concepts and practices. We are designing these experiences with their social support in mind and are exploring how to engage their parents and other adult caretakers in meaningful ways.