A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can start to understand the basics of coding logic, but without more commands and options, they can't get too far.
Ease of Play
A quick tutorial leads kids through the basics, and a set of challenges helps them pull it all together. Kids will find it easiest if they can already read, but the app does read commands out loud.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This introduction to coding will be too easy for most kids who want to learn, but it can serve as a simple first step. The great thing about Tommy the Turtle - Learn to Code is that it clearly shows kids how they need to string together commands in a logical way to get the computer (turtle) to do what they want it to. While some kids understand this intuitively, it's a much more difficult concept for others. However, there just isn't really enough meat to get kids truly engaged. Asking a turtle to hop and sing will only get you so far. Some kids will enjoy playing with it just for the fun of getting him to spin around and do other tricks, but most kids will outgrow it quickly. Also, there's one flaw in terms of actual coding: The challenges occasionally ask for repetitive behaviors but won't allow kids to use a loop to achieve them, which goes against good coding practice. In the end this is merely a quick intro that would need more content to truly teach coding.
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