In this age of technology, knowing how to code is an important skill. After all, coding is a form of language that’s used to ‘converse’ with the computer. Many parents are eager to start their kids in coding classes but are unsure where and how their kids can go about it.
Here are 7 coding games that introduces kids (and also adults) the basics of coding and have fun with it!
Kids don’t even need to learn to read to play this colourful game. The cute character rolls along the path as the kids drag-and-drop code commands. Kodable will excite kids who like space travel adventures.
Beginners will start on the planet of Smeeborg. Once they get the hang of coding basics, they can travel to Asteroidia (for intermediates) and Bug World (advanced).
3. Code Monkey
Kids will learn to use CoffeeScript in Code Monkey. It is an actual HTML5 script that kids can use to make their own games. Code Monkey has beautiful and neat illustrations. Kids begin by guiding the monkey to collect bananas before learning to cross the river to get more bananas!
Lightbot: Code Hour is a programming puzzle game available in Google Play Store and iTunes. It is created by Danny Yaroslavski, a Canadian university student. The goal for kids is to light up all the blue tiles in one turn on a 3D grid using a set of commands. The game teaches kids concepts such as planning, testing, debugging, procedures and creating loops.
5. Swifts Playground on iPad
Swift is Apple’s coding language that is used to make their apps. Kids can drag and drop codes and even easily edit premade codes. They will learn how to problem solve because they are able to immediately run the code to see if it works. If they are stuck, there are also debugging tools and hints provided.
6. Code Combat
Writing codes for long hours can be boring so here is where Code Combat comes in! It is a fantasy-themed game recommended for kids age 13+. Younger kids will need parental consent.
7. Bee-Bot for iOS devices
Bee-Bot is a free app that’s only available on iTunes and has been used in many schools to teach kids coding basics. It’s another colourful game but this time the character is an adorable bee. Kids have to guide the bee through mazes with increasing difficulty in each level. There is also a companion app for kids age 7+ called BeeBot Pyramid that’s priced at $0.99.
BONUS: Coding For Carrots
Coding For Carrots is the first coding Google Doodle and can still be played online. It was created by three teams: the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team and the researchers from MIT Scratch! It was built on a programming language called Logo, a Scratch programming language for kids. Kids will help bunny to go through six levels in a quest to gather its favourite food: carrots.
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