Hopscotch for iPad makes learning to code simple enough for an 8 year old and fun for adults to try too! With drag and drop visual code blocks, kids can create their own games in no time while learning the basics of coding.
A website dedicated to teaching kids computer coding for free. Different from many other computer coding programs, this site teaches kids how to write actual codes, instead of coding blocks with images. The short lessons are interactive activities, so it is still fun. If your kids are ready to learn serious computer programming, this is a good place to start.
Invent with Scratch! | An MIT project specifically designed for kids ages 8 to 16, Scratch has been used by educators and parents around the world to help kids develop animations, interactive stories, and games through drag-and-drop code blocks.
Microsoft, Code.org Will Use Minecraft to Teach Kids Programming
Microsoft Corp. has teamed up with Code.org, the nonprofit that offers free programming tools for kids, to bring its best-selling personal-computer game Minecraft to the group’s popular Hour of Code tutorials.