If you’ve got a kid who loves video games, robots, computers, and/or technology, coding may be a natural fit. There are a lot of web sites and apps that will help you and your child learn more about computational thinking and a wide variety of coding languages. Check out some of our favorites below.
Thinking like a programmer is just as important as writing code. Cargo-Bot teaches kids to think logically to help a robot move crates.
Featuring everything from hour-based lessons to longer courses with multiple modules, for a wide range of ages, and all for free–you can’t go wrong with code.org!
CodeSpark Academy ($9.99/month)
This multiple award-winning app (also available online) offers kids aged 5-9 self-directed puzzles and games that teach the foundations of computational theory without requiring reading. It’s my favorite first coding app.
What does coding have in common with cryptography? A lot! CryptoClub will teach kids all about ciphers and provides daily challenges to keep them interested.
ScratchJr and Scratch (free)
ScratchJr is for younger kids (5-7)–it uses symbols and simplified codes to allow kids to create their own stories and games. Scratch (ages 8+) is more robust featuring complex coding operations and language based commands. Scratch is one of the most widely used coding apps
Tynker (prices vary depending on project and account)
Featuring self directed projects, Tynker teaches kids everything from coding basics, to MineCraft mods, to real world languages. Tynker requires an account and charges for individual courses and also offers monthly plans. Tynker Jr. offers lessons for the pre-literate set!
Be sure to check out Commonsense Media’s comprehensive list of coding apps with reviews for additional resources! Got a resource to recommend, email us baynelibrary @ einetwork.net!
Please note: some of these apps are fee based. We’ve tried to indicate the current rates, however, they may be subject to change.