A Kano ‘Build your own computer’ Review!

When I was approached to review a Kano ‘build your own computer’ kit’, I was super intrigued. It looked pretty awesome and after doing some research on the product I was super excited for it to be delivered. We live in a digital age and I felt this kit would give my children a pretty awesome foundation for Computer science not only now at the ages of 6yrs & 9yrs, but when they get into secondary school too.

kano - coding for kids
First things first…What is Kano? It’s basically a computer and YOU build it. Crazy right! You build your kano computer up piece by piece {much like lego!} and it’s so simple even my 6 & 9yr old children could assemble it. In fact….they did!!

Pop over to the Kano Website to see what everything in your box is, and find out on a super cool {and quite cute} scrolling tutorial of how everything fits together.

The Raspberry Pi {otherwise known as the Motherboard} is so small & lightweight. Its SUPER powerful too and the kids loved referring to it as the ‘brain of Kano!‘.

kano - coding for kids
kano - coding for kids

You follow…{or in our case, the kids} the very simple and very well laid out visual instructions of how to assemble the computer. Ellie & Jacob both enjoyed {and thought they had leveled up in techno-land} after they assembled the ‘brain’ and speaker into what is the central part of what would soon be, their kano computer.

Now we needed to get her connected up to the internet with the use of the ‘magic wand’ of the Kano kit. The wireless keyboard.

kano - coding for kids
We had to use our TV in the front room due to none of the PC monitors in the house being compatible for an HTMi cable. So if your to purchase a kano kit make sure your PC monitor or TV can has a HTMi port.

kano - coding for kids
kano - coding for kids

Ellie {9yrs} took charge and followed the string of instructions to set up the computer to the internet. She’s a bit of a clever monkey and it was so clear how much she was enjoying it and she hadn’t even touched the surface yet!

Once we were all connected up, none of us were expecting someone, Kano, to start talking us through further instructions once everything was finally set up. I even captured Ellies expression…

kano - coding for kids
Ellie started from the start and decided to make her way through the Draw section of the Kano computer. This was super exciting and my partner & I thought it was VERY clever. My darling man is actually doing a degree in software design and was rather impressed with how everything was laid out for the kids to learn computer coding and actually making it fun!

kano - coding for kids
I literally just left Ellie to it, she was so engrossed that I even caught her getting herself a wee note book and pen to jot things down in her own ‘little book of coding’.

kano - coding for kids
kano - coding for kids

Ellie has only dipped her toes into the Kano world and before she knows it she will be able to program her own games, change features and so.much.more! It’s pretty exciting!

kano - coding for kids
This Kano kit is actually A-mazing. It truly is. For kids in this day & age I am going to say EVERY household needs one of these, as you will be paving a path for your kids that will set them up for their very computer focused futures. Seriously. Computer science is becoming compulsory in more schools nowadays and having this at home will give your kids a great head start.

It’s only £119.99 too!! Absolute bargain for something like this. It may not look like much. A few cables and a little raspberry pi ‘brain’, a miniature keyboard etc, however looks can be deceiving and they really are with this kit. As Kano does so much more it will actually impress the pants off you.

You can find out more about Kano by clicking here, and checking out their Facebook & Twitter.

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5 Comments

  1. 31/03/2015 / 4:01 PM

    Wow, this looks really cool. I can totally see my daughter enjoying make a computer too! #triedtested

  2. 31/03/2015 / 7:06 PM

    These are fantastic aren’t they….We have reviewed one too and my girls love it. x

  3. 31/03/2015 / 7:16 PM

    Wow this is so cool. My girls are audit too young for this but it’s definitely something to keep in mind for the future. Jean

  4. 01/04/2015 / 4:19 PM

    This is SO cool, and will teach kids such important skills that I couldn’t possibly teach them lol. Ellie’s face is just the best! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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