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TOP-12 FREE Programming Courses and Apps for Kids

Have you ever struggled to find games that are fun but also educational for kids (your son, daughter, nephew)? Here is a list of free programming courses and apps for kids.

It’s time to try programming learning together with your kid!

1. Scratch Animation

http://scratch.mit.edu
A website provided by MIT that lets children of all ages bring animated characters to life with code commands.

2. Kodable Pro – iOS APP

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kodable/id577673067
An app for iPad that uses videos and game-like levels to teach children the basics of programming logic.

3. Hopscotch

https://www.gethopscotch.com
Like Scratch, hopscotch helps children understand programming by creating animated characters.

4. Code Monster

http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster
The website guides children through JavaScript by showing the code input and the result of said input.

5. Coding basics

http://code.org/learn
Code.org provides parents an enormous database of information and links to teaching their children programming.

6. Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming
While generally used by teenagers, Khan Academy engages younger students with hands-on activities and visuals.

7. Cargo-Bot – iOS APP

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cargo-bot/id519690804?mt=8
An app that teaches children the foundation of programming concepts through a game-like platform.

8. Alice – Software – Windows/Mac/Linux

http://www.alice.org/index.php
Alice uses an interactive programming environment to teach the creation of 3D animations.

9. Game Salad– Software – ALL Major Platforms

http://gamesalad.com
Downloadable software that teaches children how to build android apps.

10. Move the Turtle – iOS App

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/move-turtle.-programming-for/id509013878?mt=8
Children play a game where tasks teach them some general coding.

11. GreenFoot – Software – Windows/Mac/Linux

http://www.greenfoot.org/door
Focused on Java programming, the downloadable program uses object orientation method to making learning fun.

12. LEGO Mindstorms – Software Win/Mac/Linux-Hardware

http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/?domainredir=mindstorms.lego.com
Downloadable software that enables children to build virtual animated robotics.

All of the resources are worth of your attention. For example, www.code.org courses are fun because of Angry Birds, Zombies so kids love it. But they forgot Minecraft.

Minecraft is awesome because even though it’s a game it still helps younger people to learn. There are also mods out there like learntomod where the player can make their own mod to do exactly what they want which is very cool.
If your kid isn’t interested in MindStorms at all and likes Lego very much so Lego-programming would be great for him/her.

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