Skye the Unicorn | Source: Learning Resources

Learning Resources is bringing some magical flair to its Coding Critters line.

Coding Critters MagiCoders brings a pair of mythical creatures and accompanying playsets into the 2020 Preschool Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award-winning line of interactive pets. Kids ages 4 and up can explore STEM concepts through storytelling as they cast spells with magical coding wands and build hands-on skills with Skye the Unicorn and Blazer the Dragon.

Blazer the Dragon | Source: Learning Resources

“All of the toys we create at Learning Resources are magical in the way they help encourage a child’s lifelong love of learning, and MagiCoders introduces a way to feel like they are training their own pet dragon or unicorn in a whole new world of screen-free magic fun,” says Darci Shaw, senior marketing manager at Learning Resources. “We could not be happier to introduce preschoolers to Skye and Blazer, as they creatively teach early STEM skills through a spell-binding combination of imaginative play and hands-on learning.”

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Each 22-piece interactive playset provides kids with multiple tools to conjure up hours of interactive learning fun. Kids can press the magic wand’s arrow keys to enter code sequences that move Skye or Blazer forward, backward, left, or right, for an interactive coding experience with every “spell” that is cast. In Spell Mode, kids train their pets to sing, dance around, light up in different colors, and follow objects like the wand, a ball, or even their hand.  An included full-color coding spellbook features screen-free activities for kids to enjoy with their MagiCoders.

Coding Critters are available at Amazon, Target, and other retailers in addition to Learning Resources‘ direct-to-consumer site.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.