Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids

Learning computer programming can help kids develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. It also encourages them to be not only consumers of technology but also creators.

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Dancing caterpillar gives young kids easy intro to coding.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2015)
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Fun programming logic for kids, great resources for parents.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
Colorful, engaging intro to programming for young kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Tool helps kids program their first multimedia project.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2014)
Cute, free coding game covers the basics.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
Story-based coding adventure plus diverse girl-empowerment.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
Girl-targeted STEM ambitious but somewhat shallow.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
Fun coding puzzler helps kids ease in to complex concepts.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2014)
Maze puzzler makes learning programming an adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
Program robots in short coding puzzler; tricky later levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Graphical application gives kids a taste of programming.
URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
(2009)
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Cute coding adventure introduces logic of computer science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Solve puzzles, help the monkey, learn to program.
URL: http://www.playcodemonkey.com/
(2015)
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Fun puzzler with programming skills; some crude humor.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
Easy-to-use visual tool makes programming fun for kids.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
Challenging programming puzzler teaches coding logic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
Great concept; younger kids will need some guidance.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Fun programming lessons from a friendly monster guide.
URL: http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster
(2014)
Quick-hit lessons cover the basics in a fun, easy way.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Download gives good background on coding, so-so instruction.
URL: http://kidsruby.com
(2013)
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Fantastic online editor teaches kids to write the Web.
URL: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
(2015)
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Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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Easy programming tool teaches basics, has online sharing.
URL: http://www.hackety.com/
(2013)
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Master art of coding with awesome free programming lessons.
URL: http://www.learnstreet.com/
(2013)
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Cool, accessible coding lessons come with a hefty price tag.
URL: http://www.codehs.com/
(2013)