Parents' Guide to

Kodable

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun programming logic for kids, great resources for parents.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Complicates things by a lot.

I'm not a big fan of Disney, but Disney's Coding Adventure *BOOKS* are much easier for my kids to follow than Kodable. The thing is, interactive tools are *supposed* to be way superior to paper books when it comes to coding because you can actually try things out. Kodable just isn't a thoughtfully designed tool. It feels almost like they made the thing in a rush with just the curriculum to appeal to clueless schools and parents. I code and I taught Math, in case you want to know. Also, what's with the low-budget explanation videos that can't be fast-forwarded? Youtuber kids do a better job. I'm sure there are better alternatives but Kodable has a contract with our school district--I'm just not actively looking.
age 4+

Kodable free levels are good starter for toddlers.

My daughter just turned 4 and was able to complete the sequence, conditional and loop parts of the Kodable. Was easy enough to learn with parental hints and has a decent replay value. However, free lessons can be completed about two days before having to purchase the rest of the content. In the free version, after completing conditionals and loops, children are then learning string and number literals, which may be too early a concept for a 4 year old.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Gamified learning is a great approach for teaching the logic of programming here; the story and characters are fun and colorful and will appeal to both boys and girls. What really sets Kodable apart from other early programming apps for little ones is the materials for parents. Parents with programming experience may not need the resources, but for parents who need some help understanding loops and conditional clauses, the curriculum is a welcome bonus. The ideas on how to build programmer-thinking off-screen are nice, too. The seven-day free trial is a great way to check out whether this app is a good fit for your kids; check it out and see if it inspires them (or their parents) to dive into the language and logic of programming.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Math : patterns, sequences
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, logic, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically, Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (seven-day trial, then $6.99/mo., $49.99/year)
  • Release date: April 30, 2020
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: SurfScore
  • Version: 11.3.17
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: May 13, 2020

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