When it comes to coding, there is a seemingly infinite bank of information that can be tapped into when learning how to code. From web design to programming to app creation, your child can develop a number of skills that set them ahead in life. But where to start? If you and your child want to learn how to code, consider these child-oriented online resources to teach coding fundamentals to children.
Online Coding Resources for Kids
Here are a few games, websites, and programs designed to teach children how to code.
Alice is a beginner programming software designed to teach children the philosophy of code and programming structures. Using drag-and-drop code and built in commands, children can create movies, games, and more using this powerful and easy-to-use application.
Developed by MIT to teach children how to code, Scratch is more than just a game—it's a graphical programming environment similar to Alice where children can create games and animations using drag-and-drop code. Like Alice, Scratch is designed to teach children how to structure a program, using events, loops, and variables without getting bogged down by syntax for individual languages.
Blockly Games is a Google project with seven games designed to help children learn to program. Each game introduces children to different elements of programming, such as conditionals and loops. Blockly: Maze is built off of the Blockly Games program and includes a drag-and-drop learning interface children can learn as a prerequisite for Blockly Games to ensure they're ready for the lessons.
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The Value of Learning in a Classroom
Though learning to code at home can be a valuable way to introduce children to coding, children will always learn best in a classroom setting with a trained instructor. If your child shows an interest in programming, connect with us to learn more about our iCode Genie program, where your child can receive a structured education on how to code from a teacher who can ensure they learn the best practices and have the best resources for their education.