Kids who want to learn coding now have more ways than ever to get started.
We’ve compiled six awesome initiatives we’ve seen, that encourage younger generations to get into coding.
1. Coding Kit
Seriously, how cool this? Kano Computing recently announced this awesome “coding kit”. It encourages kids to get into coding by building a wand that responds to your movements. “Learn to code your own magic by making feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more”. Creating unique experiences like this for children will help grow their imaginations and build a generation of curious, eager to learn, adults.
3. Board Games
Robot Turtles teaches kids aged between 3-8 the fundamentals of programming (without them even knowing it!). Fun fact, it is also the most widely backed board game in Kickstarter history.
Robot Repair is a hands-on coding game that teaches advanced concepts like “Boolean Logic”— a form of algebra that reduces all values to ‘true’ or ‘false.’
Qwuirkle teaches the fundamentals of computer programming logic, including pattern recognition and strategy.
It’s great to see good old fashioned board games teaching these concepts through play.
Star Wars Coding Projects Using Scratch is a guaranteed hit. Boys love Star Wars, girls love Star Wars, parents love Star Wars even more. This book guides kids through six projects where they build a spaceship and navigate their favorite characters through the depths of the galaxy using Scratch’s drag n’ drop interface. May the Force be with you.
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding and Girls Who Code feature friendly illustrations and an extremely approachable, empowering tone that gives girls the basics of programming as well as the tools and confidence to think of themselves as coders.
You can find a list of more books here.
5. Online games and tutorials
With game-like tutorials for kids as young as four, Code.org is the best online tool for starting kids at an early age. Code.org is famous for their hour of code, which includes four free hour-long tutorials based on popular movies and characters from Star Wars, Frozen, Moana, and Minecraft.
Lego Mindstorms really showcase how far these classic blocks have come. With Mindstorms, kids build and program robots that respond to commands on a smartphone app.
Try some of them out with your kids! You might just learn something new too.