10 best free coding websites that your kids need to know

Iniobong Udoh

2 years ago

Teaching kids the principle of coding at an early age would help develop their logical thinking. This logical thinking involves the process of solving problems, the ability to spot and solve mistakes when a program does not work as intended, and This also makes them financially independent and innovative at a younger age.

To make your job of teaching and guarding your kids while they learn how to code, they exist simplified, visual programming tools that would make your job an easy task.

In this article, I have listed 10 free websites and tools that are dedicated to helping your kids learn and gain a coding skill without stress.  

 

1.       Khan Academy

2.        Scratch

3.       Blockly

4.       Swift Playgrounds

5.        Scratchjr.org

6.       App Inventor

7.       Tynker

8.       Code.org

9.        freecodecamp.org

10.    Codemonkey

 

Khan Academy: Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that offers extensive free learning courses for young people, though known for its mathematics challenge, Khan Academy also offers programming tutorials were kids are taught how to build digital skills like; graphic design, animations, interactive visualizations. And recently, Khan Academy got to partner with Pixar and this gives users a chance to learn how artists at Pixar get their design jobs done.

Age: 13+ years

Platforms: Web/Mobile

 

Scratch: This is a great website where kids get to learn how to build anything they get to imagine through dragging and dropping blocks logically. Scratch website was created to help young kids become programmers without stress.

Age: 8-16 years

Platform: Web

 

Blockly: : Just like its name, Blockly website teaches programming through puzzles and blocks. Kids get to create stories that solve a specific problem by logically dragging and dropping and once they are through, they are allowed to see the results of their work in action.

Age: 8+ years

Platform: Web

 

Swift Playgrounds: This free coding platform teaches kids the basics of Swift coding language through in-game instructions and challenges. Kids get to learn to code in a 3D environment, by programming characters to accomplish challenges and goals.

Kids are being taught Swift fundamentals like; commands, functions, loops, conditional code, variables, parameters, operators, types, initialization, and bug fixing.

After learning the basics of Swift programming, kids get to create games, apps, etc. for Apple devices.

Parents, guardians, and teachers can download guides to teach coding to kids to aid them in stress-free training.

Age: 8+ years

Platforms: iPhone/iPad/ Apples laptop

 

 

 Scratch Junior: This is a free coding platform for kids, It’s one of the best coding apps for kids. Kids can drag and drop the code blocks to program games and interactive stories.  Scratch Junior was developed by MIT to teach younger learners who can use Scratch how to code.

The app can be downloaded on an Android or iOS device, Kindle and ScratchJr extension can be downloaded and added to Chrome browser to make learning accessible to all.

Age: 5-7 years

Platforms: iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle, and Chrome extension

 

App Inventor: This is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone – even children – to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes. And what’s more, our blocks-based tool facilitates the creation of complex, high-impact apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments. The MIT App Inventor project seeks to democratize software development by empowering all people, especially young people, to move from technology consumption to technology creation.

Age: 6+ years

Platform: Android Phone

 

Tynker: On Tynker, kids are taught how to build apps, explore STEM, code robots, games, code drones and create MOD Minecraft challenges. Tynker teaches the basics of programming and also teaches JavaScript and Python in kid-friendly ways

Age: 7+ years

Platforms: Android, Phone, iPhone/iPad

 

Code.org: This is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth. Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world

Age: 5+ years

Platforms: Web/ Android

 

 freecodecamp.org: Freecodecamp is a non-profit organization that offers free coding lessons on HTML5, CSS, Responsive design, Front-end development, JavaScripts, JQuery, automated testing, JSON, React and Back-end developments

on Freecodecamp, there are challenges with instructions that help your child learn real-life programming and build innovative applications.

Age: 12+ years

Platform: Web

 

 Codemonkey: On Codemonkey platform kids are exposed to more than 200 free challenges where kids get to write codes to enable a monkey to catch bananas.

On Codemonkey, there are 35 lesson plans for teachers to help guide students through programming and teachers have access to a dashboard that helps them monitor the learning curve of each student.

Age: 4-11 years

Platform: Web

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Iniobong Udoh

Founder, Tech Skills Hack, Google certified Android developer, Tech Clarity Coach, Technical Writer and a seeker of undiluted knowledge.
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