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Daisy the Dinosaur

About Daisy the Dinosaur

Daisy the Dinosaur is a free app that introduces the basics for coding to children of 5 to 7 years old. It has a drag-and-drop interface. Using their block-based kids’ programming language, kids can learn coding basics like object, loops, sequencing and events.

Teacher Review

Daisy the Dinosaur is quite popular with the youngest learners. By controlling the main character Daisy through a series of challenges including loops and events, a child is introduced to the basic principles of coding.

Hopscotch comes from the same development team as Daisy the Dinosaur, and is suitable for children between the ages of 5 and 7. In this game kids get the opportunity to select and pre-set characters or create objects to manipulate. While it may seem pretty basic, the possibilities are actually endless and the game leaves enough room for your child to get creative on her own.

Daisy the Dinosaur is a free app that lays the very basic foundation for learning programming in the future. The app has two sections for your child to explore, free-play mode and challenge mode. In the free-play section, children can experiment with commands and see how Daisy moves as a result of their program. In challenge mode, children are presented with a problem to solve. They must use the commands given to complete the challenge. Use the easy drag and drop icons to make Daisy move. The amount of content in the app is not expansive, but a good amount for a free app. This app would serve as a great introduction to programming or to test your child’s interest in the topic and is appropriate for children 4-8.

The app has simple but cute graphics with limited instructions encouraging students to explore the coding applications themselves. The app provides basic to complex coding with simple steps such as move, spin, jump and roll. Further advanced coding is featured using when and repeat commands.

A Free play mode enables the students to experiment and create their own programming sequences either with their own imagination or a set task by the teacher. The Challenge mode provides the student with 6 challenges so that they can understand the basic principles of the app.

Although this app is free it is an excellent way to introduce plain language commands. 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

iPad

Price

Free

Category

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Hopscotch Technologies

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Publisher's Description

Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! 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. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges. After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game.

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