Coding for kids during the lockdown.

Coding for kids during the lockdown.

Coding for Kids

Coding for kids… In these daunting times, it absolutely amazing to see communities coming together and supporting each other. As parents we have never been in such a powerful position where we can influence our children’s learning.

In my house, we are running a tight regime of learning and play. Kids need to be entertained every second of the day and it’s exhausting. However, we will never get this opportunity or time back again, so, we need to make the most of it!

There is no better time to take up a new hobby with your children. During my #GIRLCODE sessions I have heard many parents say the same thing; “I would love to learn to code, but I am not technical”. This is the time to stop the inner doubt! Coding is for anyone and everyone. It is great fun and something that you can learn with your children.

I have decided to review some coding apps to give you a good idea of where to even begin! Simply download one and start coding for kids today.

To make this review relevant for as many people as possible, I have chosen apps that are available on phones, are free and are for complete beginners.

 

Here are my top 5:

 

1. THE BEE-BOT

 

  • Age range – 4+
  • Available on – Android & iOS
  • Rating – 5 out of 5
  • Price – Free

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bee-bot/id500131639

 

My kids absolutely loved this app and that’s why I am giving it 5 stars. The graphics are great and who doesn’t love a cute bee. It is recommended for 4+ however I feel it is more suitable for 6+ and will need some parental assistance to get your child started. The app is completely free, and you do not even need to sign up.

It teaches the skills of directional language, sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right and 90 degree turns. It is an all-round great little app to get your little one started with programming.

 

 

 

2. CODESPARK ACADEMY

 

  • Age range – 5+
  • Available on – Android & iOS
  • Rating – 4 out of 5
  • Price – use code SCHOOLFREE for 3 months free

https://codespark.com/

 

This app was one of my favourites and my 7-year-old absolutely loves it. This is a paid app but they are offering 3 months free for the lock down period.

The graphics are awesome and the game-like feel makes it very engaging for the kids. The great thing about this app is your children do not need to be supervised. It is simple enough for a 4-year-old to pick up and start using without assistance. There are no words, so the instructions are all picture based.

Your child will learn to problem solve using logic and this gives them a great base for learning to code. It takes only a few minutes to sign up and there is a great video for parents to explain how the app works. The kids get to choose a cool avatar and funny usernames from the scroller. This is really a great app and is now a firm fave in our house!

 

 

 

3.LITTLE RED CODING CLUB

 

  • Age range – 5+
  • Available on – iOS
  • Rating – 4 out of 5
  • Price – free

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/twinkl-little-red-coding-club/id1434696246

 

If you love augmented reality, then this is the app for you. The app teaches the skill of coding in blocks through fully immersive AR and 3D gaming.

The recommended age range is 5+ but I would recommend having parental assistance with using this app. Also, as with any AR gaming it is always recommended that children are supervised. This game is very cool and loads of fun.

This has been my favourite to try and my favourite to review! Perhaps it should be for adults?! Or maybe I have a child-like mind? Whatever, it’s a great app!

 

 

 

4. CODING SAFARI

 

  • Age range – 2+
  • Available on – iOS
  • Rating – 3 out of 5
  • Price – Free with in-app purchases

https://www.hopster.tv/coding-safari/

 

This app is great as a ‘get started’ for your little ones. It teaches them the fundamentals of coding through the learning of decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms.

The cute little animals, the colours and the graphics are a perfect combination to get your little ones engaged and learning to code.

 

 

 

5.TYNKER JUNIOR

 

  • Age range – 5-7
  • Available on – Android & iOS
  • Rating – 2 out of 5
  • Price – free limited account

NEW: Tynker Junior App!

 

I trialled the free limited account however there is a full paid version.

I found this app a little bit slow to run. My children would get bored very quickly waiting for each part of the game to load.

The concept of the app is good and very straight forward to navigate around. It teaches the fundamentals of programming in a clear way with fun themes such as ocean odyssey, robots and wild rumble.

 

 

There are so many apps out there to get your little ones started. Some of the paid apps are awesome and don’t cost the earth. Find the right one for your child and get coding today!