Kodable – Free Kodable is a free educational iPad game offering a kid-friendly introduction to programming concepts and problem solving. For kids ages 5 and up, and tools for grownups too!
Older kids: Lego Mindstorms Fix the Factory – Free Fix The Factory is a puzzle game full of unexpected obstacles that are guaranteed to challenge your logic thinking, your spatial intelligence and your robot commanding skills.
Daisy the Dinosaur - Free This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen.
Lightbot Jr 4+ Coding Puzzles - $3.79 Lightbot Junior is specifically designed for ages 4-8, and is an easier version of the popular Lightbot: featuring a gentler learning curve and not-too-complex puzzles. You can play as Boybot or Girlbot as you solve puzzles that use game mechanics that are based on Computer Science ideas. Cato’s Hike - $6.49 Younger children will enjoy solving levels using simpler coding techniques but older ones will pick up more advanced concepts like loops and branching.
Scratch Jr - Free With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games. By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process they to solve problems, design projects and express themselves creatively on the computer. Tynker - Free Easily build games using the Tynker Workshop, with themed graphics, 10 game-kits and customizable characters to inspire imaginative games and stories. Additional puzzle levels are available as in-app purchases.
Hopscotch - Free Make characters move, dance, draw, and interact. Control your project by tapping, tilting, shaking, and even shouting at your iPad. Easy-to-follow videos help you make games like “Food Fight Dodgeball” and “Fire Bunny”. The possibilities are endless. Lightbot - $3.79 Lightbot is a programming puzzle game, whose game mechanics require programming logic to solve levels. Simply guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using commands, Lightbot cultivates an understanding of procedures, loops and conditionals for players. Codecademy – Code Hour - Free Learn how to build amazing things online by programming with Codecademy - all for free. This app gets you started by introducing you to the basic concepts behind the apps on your phone and the websites you visit. You’ll learn to understand the basic structure of code when you see it.
END Jessica Bee is a professional technology educator, founder of the tech parenting blog www.flyingstartkids.com and mum to two boys age 2 and 4. She reviews the very best apps for growing kids’ creative minds, along with ideas for other non screen related activities. She is especially passionate about assisting parents and carers through the modern day parenting challenges of managing children’s engagement with technology. She lives with her family in Sydney. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flyingstartkids Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/flyingstartkids/