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9 Websites for Teaching Children Coding Skills

Published Mar 10, 2017 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Computers are the way of the future, and it is never too early to start your children on the right path to learning, which includes learning valuable coding skills.

We all know that learning isn't always fun, and that kids figure they get enough of that in school and don't want to do it at home. So, you need to find ways to make learning more fun, and to not seem like learning. That is where the following tools come in. We have compiled a list of nine of our favorite websites for teaching children coding skills, and the lessons are so much fun that your kids will look forward to these extra learning sessions.

1. Scratch Jr.

Here is a tool that teaches coding to children ages five to seven. They will be able to program their own interactive stories and games, and while they are doing so, they will learn how to solve a variety of problems, design projects, and more. This app is free, and a valuable educational tool for your young children.

2. Move the Turtle

This program teaches children ages five and older the basics of programming, including coding. Your children will learn by playing, completing tasks and familiarizing themselves with loops, procedures, variables, etc. This app uses many ways to teach kids about coding, and it is all fun.

3. Code Monster

This tool teaches kids (and adults) all about Javascript programming, and it is easy. All you have to do is follow the instructions, and do whatever the Code Monster tells you to do. If you have difficulties, skip to the next lesson and go back to the other one later.

4. CodeMonkey

This is a gaming environment for students to learn coding in a fun way, and in a real programming language. No previous coding skills are needed, and there is a full course available to teachers who want to give their students a leg up in the world of computer programming. Once they start getting really good, you may want to sell your Macbook and upgrade to a newer model.

5. Lightbot

This tool offers Junior Coding Puzzles for kids ages four to eight, and Programming Puzzles for kids ages nine and older. This is a great app for young children to start learning about coding, and they can have fun while doing it.

6. Made with Code

This is a tool that is specifically designed to get more girls interested in computer programming. They can use this to make music, videos, art, and a whole lot more, and learn coding skills at the same time. This will show girls that they can use coding to pursue their passions, and spark an interest in something they may not have been interested in before.

7. Hopscotch

There is no setup, typing, or syntax to worry about. All your children have to do is drag blocks and play what they have made right away. This is a great introduction to coding, and it is free for iPhone and iPad users.

8. Daisy the Dinosaur

This is an iPad app that teaches basic computer programming skills to children as young as four years of age. Daisy is a cute dinosaur that the kids will love to play with, and they won't even realize at first that they are learning, because they are having so much fun.

9. Cargo-Bot

This is the first game that has been completely programmed on the iPad. Not only can your kids see what can be done with coding, they get to actually see it in a real-life application, in the form of a fun game.

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