In this digital age where technology is fast paced and constantly evolving, coding has become one of the most marketable skills to master. Even at a young age, your child can learn to write software too!
It’s a great way to strengthen problem solving and logic skills that they can use in other areas too!
Thankfully, there are several apps that can teach your kids the basics of coding — math skills, reading skills, solving problems and logical thinking. And you know what they say, kid’s minds are like sponges – they easily absorb new concepts when they are young. So, now is the best time for them to learn!
To help you and your kids find the best way to learn software, we reviewed 10 of the best coding apps for kids. These coding apps and games make coding fun and playful yet informative and educational. See for yourself!
Hopster Coding Safari for Kids
Suitable Age: 0 – 5 years old
Rating: 4.6 on Apple App Store / 3.8 on Google Play
Best Feature: Animal-themed logic games and puzzles
Developed by Plato Media Ltd., this app aims to introduce the fundamentals of coding to kids by presenting them with a number of games that taps into their computational thinking mindset and helps them understand key computer science concepts like algorithms and loops. It could be leading a penguin to its Antarctic ice hole or guiding a monkey to climb a banana tree or helping other animals in their quests. As the game progresses, the tasks become more complex. The animals featured in the game represent each of the 7 continents, making this a hit for kids worldwide.
Algorithm City: Coding Game for Kids
Suitable Age: 3 years old and up
Rating: 4.6 on Google Play
Best Feature: 51 game levels suitable for kids of all ages
Algorithm City is a coding app developed by Musteren. It is a fun and innovative coding game that uses animal characters to teach programming basics and algorithm. It has 51 levels ranging from easy to hard, perfect for kids of all ages.
Nancy Drew Codes and Clues
Suitable Age: 4 – 8 years old
Rating: 3.9 on Apple App Store / 4.0 on Google Play
Best Feature: Coding activities are embedded in detective stories
Cost: First chapter free
Your mystery loving child will surely love Nancy Drew Codes and Clues as it allows her to be part of Nancy’s de-TECH-tive crew where she gets to choose her disguise, find clues and program her robot puppy herself. Made by Her Interactive, the mystery adventure builds your child’s critical and logical thinking in addition to improving her reading skills. The coding challenges increase as the story develops and the mystery is solved. We loved Nancy Drew stories then. It is our kid’s turn to love Nancy Drew again!
Suitable Age: 4 – 8 years old
Rating: 4.7 on Apple App Store / 4.0 on Google Play
Best Feature: Over 70 levels of puzzles that teaches young kids the basics of coding
For your kid who loves cars and racing, this app by Edoki Academy will be a hit. It has over 70 levels with a variety of puzzling obstacles that aims to teach your young kids the fundamentals of coding. In this game, kids are instructed to use direction bricks to get the car to the finish line. This will help sharpen their logical thinking, sequencing and problem solving skills.
Suitable Age: 4 – 10 years old
Rating: 4.4 on Apple App Store / 4.6 on Google Play
Cost: Free with in-app purchases of $6.99 monthly / $59.99 yearly
codeSpark Academy: Kids Coding
Suitable Age: 4 – 10 years old
Rating: 4.7 on Apple App Store / 4.1 on Google Play
Best Feature: Personalized daily activities based on your child’s progress
Cost: £9.99 monthly
codeSpark, Inc., has developed this app using their patented “no words” interface to teach kids the basics of programming. The interactive learning activities allow the kids to learn and understand computer science concepts such as sequencing, pattern recognition, debugging, loops and conditionals through puzzles, step-by-step creative projects and games.
The codeSpark app has received numerous awards like 2016 Best App for Teaching given by the American Association of School Librarians and the 2016 Best Learning App for Kids by the Kidscreen Awards.
Coding Games for Kids to Play (Kidlo)
Suitable Age: 5 – 9 years old
Rating: 4.6 on Apple App Store / 3.9 on Google Play
Best Feature: 50+ games and 1000+ levels
Cost: $4.99 monthly / $29.99 yearly
Made by IDZ Digital Private Limited, Kidlo Coding is a fun coding game which aims to teach your kids the basics of programming. With over 50 games and 1000+ levels, kids will love playing different characters, popping a balloon, or firefighting while at the same time boosting their problem-solving skills and logical thinking. Be prepared for your kids to learn sequences, loops, debugging, arrays, and coordinates in a fun way.
This app has won the 2018 National Parenting Product Award, 2018 Academic’s Choice Smart Media Award among others.
Suitable Age: 5 years old and above
Rating: 4.2 on Google Play
Best Feature: Create your own interactive stories and games
Scratch Jr is a spinoff of Scratch, a programming language app used by older kids ages 8 years and above. In Scratch Jr, developer Scratch Foundation redesigned the interface and programming language to make it more approachable for younger kids. Kids create their own stories and games through the use of programming blocks to make their characters come to life.
Tynker: Coding Games for Kids
Suitable Age: 6 – 12 years old
Rating: 4.3 on Apple App Store (Ipad) / 4.0 on Google Play
Best Feature: Usage of code blocks to teach programming basics
Cost: $9.99 monthly / $59.99 yearly
This multi-awarded coding app is a complete learning system that teaches your kids how to code in such a fun way. The step-by-step tutorials will help your kids build games and apps, explore STEM and even learn to code drones. If your kid loves Minecraft or Barbie, then this app is a must as it allows them to design Minecraft skins, items and blocks and animate Barbie characters and create music.
Tynker also has an app for kids ages 5 -7 called Tynker Junior.
Hopscotch: Coding for Kids
Suitable Age: 9 – 13 years old
Rating: 4.5 on Apple App Store
Best Feature: You can publish your own game for others to play
Cost: $7.99 monthly / $79.99 yearly
Hopscotch teaches your kids programming by allowing them to build and design their own games, apps and stories. What’s best is that they can publish their work so other kids can try and play with it as well. Video tutorials are also available to help them as they go along with their own projects.
Hopefully, you can find a good fit for your family in this list. It’s never to early to start to learn valuable skills like problem solving and logic. And the way technology is going, careers in technology will be well-paying for years to come!
How about you? Any coding apps your kids enjoy?