Want your kids to learn to code? These toys can help..

Wouldn’t you love for your kids to learn how to code and program — in a fun way that doesn’t feel like work? Several new toys have arrived in the market to make that magic happen. The surprising thing is that some of these toys aren’t as expensive as you’d expect, especially compared to what some of us are used to shelling out for game system (gulp!). Here are some of the standouts.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 ($349.99; ages 10 and up) are the latest in Lego robotics. Using the famous interlocking toy bricks and Lego’s programming system, kids can create and command remote-controlled robots. Lego’s robotic systems have inspired after-school programs and summer camps around the country. Are they worth the relatively high price point? I think so — their visual programming system (a set of 3-D instructions) makes these kits valuable as a teaching tool because they walk kids through the process in such an accessible and intuitive way.