Free Coding Resources for Kids

Hi Everyone! Today I have a list of online resources where your kids (or you) can learn to code for free:

Code.org

This nonprofit foundation’s website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources, apps, and the current iteration features some of the biggest names in tech talking about how they got started in coding. The courses and activities are fee-create an account to save your work.

Code Monster

This is a simple Java website, particularly useful for kids, Code Monster features two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does. As you play with the code (with some help from a prompt), you learn what each command does.

Khan Academy

Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations, and more. Its latest addition is a partnership with Pixar, which gives users a chance to learn how Pixar artists do their jobs. These are more advanced tutorials, so I’d say 8+

Scratch

Designed by MIT students and aimed at children ages 8-16, this easy-to-use programming language lets kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they are virtual Legos. It’s more than just a coding guide; it’s a vibrant online community of programmers who swap ideas and inspiration.

Swift Playgrounds

Designed by Apple for the iPad, kids solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let users explore many unique coding experiences. Super cute characters and environments. It requires an iPad with iOS 12.0 or higher. (Takes a lot of CPU) Age 4+

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