SALT LAKE CITY — “Jurassic World” soon won’t just teach your children to stay away from dinosaurs, but also how to code.
Mattel unveiled a new coding toy based on the “Jurassic World” film. The toy comes as a part of the Kamigami line of educational toys.
The dinosaur toys pair with each other over Bluetooth. Children will use an accompanying app (available for iOS and Android) to drag and drop code on their screens, which will then serve as commands for the toys.
Children can use the drag-and-drop feature to allow the dinosaurs to execute commands, according to The Verge.
Among many functions, the dinosaurs can move, light up, make noise and, well, dance:
The toys will cost $59.99 and will be released this spring. There will be two models: Blue (the name of the velociraptor seen in “Jurassic World”) and another dino called, unimaginatively, “villain dino.”Comment on this story
The dinosaur coding app will join the trend of toys aimed at teaching coding and other skills pertinent to STEM fields, according to a press release from The Toy Association at its 115th North American International Toy Fair.
These toys teach the idea of “play with purpose,” where the toys offer lessons in STEM, the alphabet and numerous other topics, MediaPost reported.
“Though STEM/STEAM toys have been a mainstay the past few years, these toys are now engaging kids in several different ways and often incorporating new technologies and licenses to get kids excited about learning,” according to the press release.