Parents' Guide to

Codeable Crafts

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Drawing tools and coding blocks are basic but accessible.

App iPad, Android Free Education
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A basic set of drawing tools and coding blocks gives young kids a good introduction to programming with only a few bugs and missing features. The best thing is how easy it is to create a short and simple animated story. Kids need only to drag simple, puzzle-shaped coding blocks together in different ways to experiment with programming concepts such as movement, repetition, and more. They also can just have fun creating their characters and telling a story. Downsides to this free app are that the drawing tools are pretty basic, limited only to a handful of colored crayons and random stickers. It's a bit frustrating, for example, that once kids save a character they can't return to the drawing board to edit. App navigation also sometimes can be frustrating, as buttons are sometimes barely visible at the borders of the screen, and bugs interrupt smooth play. Yet, overall, this is an appealing and accessible tool for creating simple animated stories or learning computer-programming basics.

App Details

  • Devices: iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 14, 2020
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Benesse
  • Version: 1.5.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up.
  • Last updated: January 12, 2022

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