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