5 Best iPhone/iPad Apps for Kids Programming and Coding

In September, the UK government will introduce a new computing curriculum in order to equip learners with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing. The following five best apps for kids programming and coding will be both an excellent introduction and useful resource for teachers to spark students’ interest.

CodeSpark is an award-winning learn-to-code platform for kids, ages 4 to 10. The game-like interface makes coding fun for kids and they don’t even realize they’re learning. Kids learn to code with lovable characters called The Foos. 
 
Each world explores a fundamental coding concept where kids use logical thinking and problem solving skills to help The Foos accomplish tasks. The app empowers young thinkers to become makers as kids learn to create their own stories and games.
 
The word-free design makes it easy for pre-readers to get a head start with coding before learning to read. The carefully designed puzzles allow kids to learn without the help of an adult and build confidence in problem-solving. The open play area allows kids to code their own games and share them with the community of kid coders. Kids can also code interactive stories with custom voice recordings and photos.
 
The app introduces a range of computer science concepts from sequencing to conditionals. Beyond the puzzles and creative play areas, the app explores additional programming concepts through fun games. Kids learn to use algorithms to automate their pet care center and discover the secrets of a hidden temple with math inequalities. The app is KidSafe Certified and does not contain advertisements or in-game purchases. 

 


L2Code CSS - Learn to Code!

( iPad - £2.99 )

Are you CSS ready? Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is the next step after basic HTML. If you want more control over the look and formatting of your webpage, then the L2Code CSS app is for you. It provides step-by-step instructions and practice tutorials to help you master layout, colours, fonts, and more.



Cargo-Bot

( iPad - Free )

Cargo-Bot is the first game programmed entirely on iPad® using Codea™. Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. Sounds simple, right? Try it out!



Lightbot - Programming Puzzles

( Android - £2.33 , iPad - £2.99 )

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. The app can be used in both KS1 and KS2 in the ICT lessons to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals. Teachers can use the app to explain what algorithms are and how they can be implemented as programs on digital devices.


Hopscotch teaches kids to code using simple, intuitive building blocks. Kids can create games, animations and other programs in this colorful, interactive environment. Program your characters to move, draw, and collide with each other, and use shaking, tilting, or even shouting at the iPad to control them. Hopscotch was inspired by MIT’s Scratch and gives kids a creative way to learn the fundamentals of computer programming.


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