Finding the right app for teaching kids to code can seem a bit overwhelming when you start out. Tynker combines fun graphics and a combination of simple ‘drag and drop’ games, with increasing levels of difficulty and creativity, to entertain and challenge kids as they learn.
Get ready for Roblox, it’s another gaming platform where users create their own worlds, characters and adventures except they can sell their creations. If you haven’t heard of Roblox, it already has 48 million monthly users (compared to Minecraft’s 55 million).
The story is about Violet Van Winkle, not your ordinary girl. Violet likes to invent things and soon starts to build various types of flying machines.
Bitsbox is a monthly subscription box designed specifically for kids to learn how to code. Founded by two ex-Google employees, it takes a different approach to the usual drag and drop method.
A range of 3D printers are already available for use at home, including a number of good options for kids. The mini Maker differentiates itself from other 3D printers by focusing towards a younger demographic.
Kiwi Crate is a monthly STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subscription box service based in California. They aren’t specifically for coding, but they aim to develop the creative, thinking, problem solving and building skills kids need.
Apple’s Swift Playgrounds teaches kids about the components from Apple’s primary coding language Swift which is a very popular general purpose programming language that is used to develop applications for all of Apple’s devices from Apple TVs to iPhone’s.
Coding Games in Scratch provides kids with a simple and understandable guide to the MIT programming language Scratch and manages to differentiate itself from the competition with its simple design and easy to understand instructions.
The Fischer Price Code-a-Pillar is one of the first coding related toys you come across when searching online. I bought it because it was the right age group for Nina and to be honest I had no idea how it related to (let alone could teach) coding.