Many parents want to introduce their kids to computer programming, but find it difficult to figure out how to start, especially if said parents aren’t familiar with computer programming themselves.
Fortunately, a number of programming websites and apps for kids have sprung up simplifying the once daunting process of teaching kids computer programming.
We here at Hacker Lists have curated this list of 15 awesome resources for teaching kids programming giving parents who are eager to start their kids on the wonderful journey that is computer programming a great starting point.
We hope you find this list useful and if you know of anymore great kids programming resources, please let us know in the comments section.
- The Foos – A funny, pre-literate iPad game that teaches concepts for commands, parameters, loops, and conditionals.
- Scratch Jr. – An app that teaches young kids how to visually code interactive stories and games. A simplified version of the Scratch website, for a tablet.
- Lightbot – Solve puzzles with commands, loops, and conditionals. Comes in Lightbot and lightbot Jr, and a mobile app or a desktop website.
- Cargo Bot – iPad app to solve problems with constraints using commands, loops, conditional statements. More difficult puzzles than Lightbot.
- Code.org – A website with interactive coding games and courses for kids. Covers a large range of ages and skill levels.
- Scratch – Scratch is a popular visual programming language for beginners, created by MIT. The Scratch website is a platform for kids to make interactive stories and share them with each other.
- DIY.org – An online community for kids to learn anything. Programming skills listed are App Dev, Backend Dev, Frontend Dev, Game Dev, Graphic Designer, Open Sourcerer, Scratcher, Sys Admin, and Web Designer.
- Bitsbox – A monthly box subscription that teaches kids how to code.
- CS Unplugged – A collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.
- Lauren Ipsum – A book that teaches problem-solving concepts in the context of programming. Sample chapters available online.
- Lego Mindstorms – A robotics kit by Lego.
- Ruby Warrior – An online tutorial-game with cool music that teaches Ruby programming.
- Swift Playgrounds – Apple’s fun iPad app for learning Swift.
- Khan Academy – Computer Programming – A series of web-based programming lessons with interactive challenges, by Khan Academy. Teaches topics like animation, game development, and web programming. Users can post questions, which get answered quickly by the community.
- Tynker – Tynker is a creative computing platform where millions of kids have learned to program and build games, Minecraft mods, apps and more. Tynker offers self-paced online courses for children to learn coding at home, as well as an engaging programming curriculum for schools.
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