October 2021

It’s you, your baby, and a cup of your favorite Starbucks drink in hand, walking down the Target aisles trying to find a new toy. You pick up the little singing dog, followed by the signing shark, and realize they’re all exactly the same. Instant gratification of pressing a button and hearing a song or seeing some twinkly lights. You start getting into the bigger kids area and start finding awesome science-themed toys and start to wonder, “why is it that we have to wait so long to expose our kids to science?” Well, Danielle Orozco Cosio had the same thought and then came to the creation of Lil’ Labmates!

Lil’ Labmates offers toy prototypes that are 3D printed using food-safe plastic. Each toy comes with a printed play guide that includes: 

  • Information on relevant developmental milestones
  • Ways to play with the toy through your baby’s first year
  • An explanation of the toy’s STEM theme

And not just that, they even sell the 3D printer files, in case you want to make them yourself!

Screenshot from Kodable

Kodable was created by John Mattingly and Gretchen Huebner in June of 2012, after Gretchen, who was at a Baby Shower, had the brilliant idea. They released the first version of Kodable on iPads in November 2012. In July 2013, Kodable was accepted into the Imagine K12 Accelerator and right after in December 2013, they launched their first “Hour of Code”.  Hour of Code is a yearly “event” that typically takes place in December, however it can be done at any time during the year. It is one hour that is dedicated to a lesson/game of the teacher/parents choosing. In August of 2019, Kodable reached their highest milestone of over 20 million teachers, parents, and kids using Kodable!


“We never dreamed that something started at a kitchen table could be used by over 50% of elementary schools in the United States and over 200 countries around the world.”

Screenshot from Kodable

So how does Kodable work exactly? First, you have to set up a parent or teacher account.

For parents, you need to first provide an email address and then you can pick which payment plan you want. Parent plans start at $6.99 per month, $59.99 yearly, or $149.99 for lifetime subscribers. In case you’re not sure there is a 7-day free trial available.

All plans include:

  • Hundreds of coding activities
  • Unlimited creative options
  • 4 player profiles
  • Adaptive hinting system
  • Modifiable Kodable games to share
  • Challenges covering 11 concepts
  • New challenges released regularly
  • Access to exclusive new features

For Teachers, Kodable plans start free with their “Kickstarter” plan, which provides intro lesson plans, 49 levels, and unlimited creative tools. They also have two other plans: Premium Plan and Curriculum plan, which have additional features.

It’s great knowing that there are resources, like Kodable, available both in school and at home. I guarantee you that while not all of those kids will be Web Developers, all of them will reap the benefits of learning real-life skills like problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. This generation of kids will be the first generation that is exposed to computer science in elementary school! Just imagine the possibilities that they will be able to bring to light. Now excuse me while I go sign up for my parent account, which my two-year-old might not be ready to use just yet, but I can!

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Andrea Claeyssen

Web Tech & Account Manager

at Hooked on Code


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