Tynker: Coding Games for Kids

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun coding puzzler helps kids ease in to complex concepts.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the concepts and logical thinking involved with computer programming. They'll develop spatial reasoning, work on geometric principles, and learn about programming concepts such as conditional statements, loops, and sequencing. They'll learn to use the most efficient commands to create clean programs. In the digital age, programming skills are considered an important aspect of literacy that everyone needs to effectively use and understand technology. Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks is a great building block to get kids interested in programming and help them understand the concepts involved.

Ease of Play

Kids need to be independent readers, but the drag-and-drop puzzles slowly build in difficulty so kids will grow into the challenge. Kids get multiple chances to complete a puzzle if they make a mistake.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The free version includes one puzzle with the others available as in-app purchases. The full version includes all the puzzles.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks brings elements of the well-respected website Tynker to the iPad. The simple drag-and-drop interface of the iPad makes exploring programming logic even easier for elementary school-age kids. A free version lets kids try one puzzle and then purchase others individually or all as an in-app purchase. Alternatively, the full version can be bought as well. Kids can replay levels if they fail, with hints to improve their "code." Kids need to be independent readers since instructions are written.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPam S. February 9, 2018

Great Program - Horrible Customer Service

The program is good - the customer service you receive is horrible. Cancellation is not as easy as they make it seem. Customer Service just told me "ther... Continue reading
Adult Written byGeorgie C. January 12, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byThunderguy77 February 28, 2018

I hate Tynker

This is not a good site. Really boring, copied off Scratch, and unorganized. Don't bother, its really bad and BAD!!!
Kid, 7 years old December 9, 2017

cool coding

I love coding %100 and I am happy with tynker i just started using it and it is good do it and u will love it

What's it about?

TYNKER - LEARN PROGRAMMING WITH VISUAL CODE BLOCKS starts kids off using simple programming logic as they drag and drop visual code blocks, which are basically building blocks that fit together with written explanations of what code does. Kids don't see the code at all, but they apply the concepts programmers use when coding. Each level gets a bit more challenging and introduces concepts such as conditionals (if/then statements) and looping. Successfully completing one level unlocks the next. Themed puzzles are “Codey’s Quest,” "Lost in Space," "Dragon Journey," and "Lazer Racer."

Is it any good?

Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks uses an approach similar to other programming-logic apps for kids, making programming accessible using visual blocks of code or commands. The story-based puzzles make it fun for kids, and the drag-and-drop moves and explanations make it easy for kids to pick up. The different puzzle themes are varied and will appeal to a broad range of novice coders. It doesn't include the depth offered at Tynker.com, though, where kids complete 16 lessons and have the opportunity to create their own programs, but it's more affordable than the Web subscription. Kids will have fun learning how programs work and thinking like programmers, and they'll develop skills that are increasingly important in the digital age.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Explain to kids that the visual blocks represent code that instructs the program what to do. In your browser window, right-click and choose "inspect element" or "view page source" to show kids what actual code looks like.

  • Once kids understand the logic involved with programming, let them play around writing their own programs at Code.org, using tools such as Raspberry Pi, or with apps such as Codea.

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Chromebook
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
    Communication: multiple forms of expression
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free - Offers In-App Purchases
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Tynker comes in two different versions--regular and premium. The regular version is free, featuring a few free levels and then in app purchases of new levels. The premium, paid, version features all of the levels unlocked.)
  • Release date: May 6, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Space and Aliens
  • Size: 304.00 MB
  • Publisher: Tynker
  • Version: 4.5.30
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 30, 2020

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