Parents' Guide to

PBS KIDS ScratchJr

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Create with coding blocks and a mash-up of characters.

App iPad, Android Free Education
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+


This movie was terrible. There was no real ending to it, no closure, nothing but nonsense. The grandma is horrible and a jerk to everyone up until the last 7 minutes. The main character just forgiving the grandma for being so horrible without her actually putting in ANY effort to not be horrible was poorly written. Not to mention the lackluster songs, poor animation, shallow characters, and cringey jokes. I don't understand why people love this movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Favorite characters from familiar kids' shows work alongside kid-friendly block-programming language to introduce kids to coding. Kids will easily pick up on how to use the blocks to direct the characters, and the backdrops and story starters give them a jump start in creating their own programs. The options for creating custom scenes and characters extend the fun and educational opportunities beyond PBS Kids characters. The interface is a bit busier than other block-programming apps, so it may be overwhelming to some kids to be faced with so many choices. Also, if you're looking for coding instruction or training modules, you won't find it here; instead, it's more about the creative process and having fun. Parents who want their kids to focus on the programming aspects may want to guide kids to focus on the code blocks rather than simply moving characters with their fingers, which is possible (and fun) but does not reinforce learning to code.

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