Nintendo Labo classroom program with Institute of Play

Nintendo Labo is heading to schools across the country in a new program designed to inspire kids with fun learning activities. During the 2018/2019 school year, the program will be in approximately 100 classrooms for grades 2-4.

Making learning fun

Nintendo has teamed up with the Institute of Play (IOP), a nonprofit committed to creating transformational play-based learning experiences, to help teachers integrate Nintendo Labo into their curriculum. Students will get to work in small groups to complete a series of projects that introduce basic principles of design and technology.

Since Nintendo Labo kits combine hands-on creation and technology, they can be a great way to illustrate basic STEAM concepts, as well as skills including:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving

The Nintendo Labo Teacher Guide

The teacher guide is a companion to the IOP program focused on Nintendo Labo for use in the classroom. It was developed by professional educators and curriculum designers from IOP and offers implementation ideas, curricular connections and activities that can be adapted to many different educational settings.

Download Teacher Guide

See Nintendo Labo in action

Kids work in teams to build, play, and discover the concepts that bring Nintendo Labo to life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nintendo is partnering with the Institute of Play (IOP), a nonprofit committed to creating transformational play-based learning experiences, to help teachers in 100 schools across the country to integrate Nintendo Labo into their curriculum. By partnering with IOP and bringing Nintendo Labo into classrooms, we hope to encourage kids to explore, tinker, problem-solve and, in the process, get excited about design and technology, all while having fun.

Nintendo Labo kits provide the tools to make DIY creations, called Toy-Con, play games with a mix of physical and digital experiences using these creations, and discover how Nintendo Switch technology brings it all to life. Learn more on the official site.

The Nintendo Switch™ gaming system lets people play their favorite games at home or on the go. It includes a built-in screen plus Joy-Con™ controllers with HD Rumble, motion controls, and an IR Motion Camera that help bring Nintendo Labo creations to life. Learn more on the official site.

Nintendo Labo can support the development of skills such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving. The kits provide a fun way for kids to explore basic STEAM topics (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) together and be entertained while building a fundamental understanding of the technology behind them.

The Institute of Play is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming education through play-based learning experiences. Learn more on the Institute of Play site.

Institute of Play is a specialized nonprofit research and design studio with an interdisciplinary team of educators, researchers, game designers and school leaders. Members of the IOP team had an opportunity to explore Nintendo Labo and immediately recognized its potential to further kids learning in fun and engaging ways.

The Institute of Play has begun the process of identifying a diverse group of schools across the country – in urban, suburban and rural settings. The program is being designed with students ages 8-11 in mind and is well suited to schools with a focus on STEAM learning.