Craft Computer – Create Your Own Computer Craft Kit PDF
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Build your own craft computer with our PDF computer craft kit - suitable for ages 5 upwards!
We’ve designed it as a PDF craft computer pack for teaching children core computing ideas without the need for any computers or tablets! All you’ll need is a printer, safety scissors and glue – oh and some pipe cleaners or string if you’d like to network your Craft Computers
When teaching children we wanted to start at the beginning, before programming, with something tangible, something they could handle and own. There is a strong urge with Computing to dive straight into programming which is the obvious goal but we have found it valuable to have it supported by a solid physical understanding through play and craft.
Children love to create, especially with paper and glue so that’s how we came up with the Craft Computer. As cross-curricular addition it also involves teamwork, hand eye coordination and maths transformation (2D to 3D).
The kit contains:
- some components (MEMORY, CPU, FILES) which we use to teach the children some simple fundamentals on how computers work.
- Pixel files - we use these as a fun colouring in task to show how computers use numbers to represent things like colours
- Program Punch cards – we use these to draw simple “programs” on
Using the Craft Computer Kit you can create your own craft computers which you can give to a whole class with just an A4 printer.
Anyway, that’s enough rambling, here’s the Craft Computer PDF file*:
Please feel free to share around your networks if they’re of any use.
*If you find any errors or have some suggestions please drop me a line – the pack is a draft so there might be some bugs