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Tynker: Coding Games for Kids

Build games. Mod Minecraft.

  • Android, iPad
  • Free
  • age 5+

About Tynker: Coding Games for Kids

Tynker is a web-based learning system that teaches kids how to code. Aimed at 7 year olds and above, Tynker's self-paced courses let kids experiment with visual blocks before working its way up to teaching the fundamentals of JavaScript and Python. Tynker is also available as an app for iPad and Android devices.

Teacher Review

Tynker is a free and popular app that uses code blocks to teach young kids how to program. The interface is like Scratch. However, the difference is that while the former was designed for programming, Tynker teaches programming. The simple drag-and-drop interface makes exploring programming logic even easier for kids.

Tynker has a number of apps to choose from, making it possible to create a collection if a child is entertained and interested. There is Tynker, Tynker Junior, and Mod Creator that kids can download and use to code, create, and mod on a tablet.

Tynker has lesson plans, a community of student-created programs, and tools for classroom management. Tynker lets students learn at their own pace, and sparks interest in programming in them with its interactive games.

Where the app really comes into its own is the ability to create your own programming and cartoon sequences. This is an excellent feature and will inspire the low ability and the most gifted of student. If you are going to create your own programming we recommend that the student or teacher creates a class account online via Tynker so programs can be shared and saved. This is safe and easy to do with printable log ins and students can then access this on a PC at home if no other device is available.

Although the price of this app is a little expensive compared to most coding apps it is worth every penny. The app has 4 main play modes from easy to hard where students can learn to code using basic function such as walk, jump, repeat, repeat until, NOT conditions and IF commands. Each of these play modes are beautifully presented and provide in-app instructions and star rewards for the correct solution. There is also a hints section here if the student gets stuck.

It’s easy to host your Hour of Code on iPads or Android tablets using the free Tynker app. Students learn the basics of coding and computational thinking by completing one of our six fun puzzle sets. Then you can choose from over 100 beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials to assign your class based on the age, experience level, and interests of your students. These tutorials come with step-by-step instructions to create drawing, music, animation, storytelling, physics, and arcade game projects. When students are done, they can publish their projects and explore what other kids are making in our fully moderated safe community.

This is a fantastic way to allow kids to step up the difficulty and learn a new language when they are ready. They also allow parents and teachers to have logins so that they can track the progress students are making. This will help parents and teachers focus on any areas students may be struggling with.

Tynker offers monthly, annual, and lifetime subscriptions for families. That price includes numerous courses on programming, game design, Minecraft modding, plus JavaScript and Python courses. It’s a great way of easing your child into things.

Share Your Work

Students can publish their mobile projects to a fully moderated community on the Tynker app. After they create a project, they can publish it to the Tynker community. They can also visit the Tynker community to get inspired by what other kids have made, see how their projects work, and remix these projects. This requires an Internet connection.

Hour of Code Certificate

Be sure to download a personalized certificate for your students when they complete this activity.

 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad

Price

Free

Category

Topics

Skills

Creative Development
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Tynker

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Publisher's Description

Tynker is a great app for teaching programming to even the youngest of students. Using a step-by-step approach that teaches programming using command blocks, Tynker is a great way to prepare students for a number of applications including general programming and robotics. The gaming format will challenge kids and keep them engaged even as the content grows more difficult.

Learn to program with puzzles and easily build your own games. No internet connectivity required. Start by solving coding puzzles. Over 200 puzzles included in 4 adventures. Great for Hour-of-Code and more. Easily build games using the Tynker Workshop, with themed graphics, 10 game-kits and customizable characters to inspire imaginative games and stories. Plus, new classroom management features for teachers via tynker.com.

PLAY! Learn programming with puzzle adventures (Over 200 levels)
- Codey’s Quest - Use logic and loop variations to lead Codey home.
- Dragon Journey - Create functions and subroutines to lead your dragon through the forest.
- Lost in Space - Apply conditional logic to lead astronaut Biff to his moon base.
- Lazer Racer - Draw complex geometric shapes using simple commands in this futuristic racing game.
- Unlock hidden bonus games in every adventure.
- Puzzle Solutions Available

CREATE! Then, build your own games with Tynker Workshop
-- Create games and apps quickly with the same visual programming language introduced in the puzzle adventures
- Define your own functions and variables
- Build musical projects using the built-in notes for piano, electric guitar and drums.
- Add tilt, touch and other native behaviors to your games
- Work offline without Internet connectivity

NEW! Multi-user support and classroom management capabilities for teachers. When teachers create an online Tynker account and add their students…..
Teachers can create classrooms with multiple student accounts
Each student can save their puzzle progress and projects they create
Students can seamlessly access projects from web or mobile devices
Teachers can review student iPad projects from a web-enabled computer
Teacher can create and publish a class showcase with best student projects

GOODIES! Includes plenty of inspiration to create an unlimited portfolio of games and projects to play with friends:
- Built-in animation engine lets kids create millions of fluidly-animated, professional-quality characters for their games and projects
- Built-in physics engine for advanced games
- 6 Characters with swappable parts and props, and 24 stunningly realistic animation sequences
- 10 complete pre-built game kits to remix your own game
- 5 Media Themes with hundreds of assets - Fantasy, Adventure, Sci Fi, Modern and Spooky
- Growing library of sample projects

What do Children learn?
Pattern recognition, problem solving, sequencing, spatial visualization, algorithmic thinking, how to debug programs. Introduces concepts like sequencing, repetition and conditional logic. Reinforces basic geometry concepts while using programming to draw angles and lines.

About Tynker
Tynker (www.tynker.com) inspires kids to create and collaborate through programming, in a visual, intuitive and imaginative way. More than 10,000 schools and 9 million kids have started coding with Tynker -- building critical computational thinking skills for future success.

The Tynker programming language is inspired by visual programming languages such as Scratch from MIT, Alice from CMU, and other programming languages like Logo, SmallTalk, and Squeak.

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