5 Good iPad Apps to Teach Kids Programming

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March 22, 2014
Somebody sent me an email yesterday requesting iPad apps for teaching kids programming. Below is a list featuring the 5 iPad apps that I believe are among the best in this field. I invite you to have a look and if you think I missed a good title to add to this list, please share with us in the comment form below.

1- Daisy The Dinosaur

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.

2- Hopscotch

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.

3- Cargo-Bot

Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. Some of the features that Cargo-Bot:
  • Beautiful retina graphics
  • Fiendish puzzles
  • A game about programming, programmed entirely on iPad
  • Record your solutions and share them on YouTube
  •  Learn more about how it was made by searching for Codea on the App Store

4- Tynker

Solve fun puzzles and learn to code. Simply drag & drop visual code blocks and program your characters to beat the level. The first adventure includes 20 puzzles that are free to play. Additional adventures and puzzle levels are available as in-app purchases.

5- CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a free coding club where kids around the world learn how to express themselves with digital tools, make cool stuff and have fun. The CoderDojo app is a handy way to get the latest news, tweets, images and coding resources from CoderDojos, and also lets you locate the nearest CoderDojo.