Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids

Computer programming can help kids develop vital problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Not sure where to begin? This list offers ways to jump-start a coding adventure. It also encourages kids to become creators and not simply consumers of technology. Teaching everything from simple commands to complex programs, our favorite coding apps and websites come in a range of formats designed for different ages and abilities. For even more popular picks to spark your kid's interest in coding, be sure to check out our favorite tools that cover STEM topics and our Learning with Technology topic center.

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Code Karts - Pre-coding logic

age 4+

Race cars to learn early programming skills in cute coder.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Dodoo Adventure: Kids Coding

age 4+

Basic coding intro is fun, accessible, but stays simple.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Hopster Coding Safari for Kids

age 4+

Cute animal puzzles present coding logic that levels up.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

age 4+

Dancing caterpillar gives young kids easy intro to coding.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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Code Land - Coding for Kids

age 5+

Subscription-based coding games for range of skill levels.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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codeSpark Academy

age 5+

Code, create, and collaborate with cute characters.

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Coding, the Musical

age 5+

Kids learn bite-sized coding concepts, listen to cute songs.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Tynker Junior: Coding for Kids

age 5+

Great coding intro for little kids that focuses on fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Tommy the Turtle - Learn to Code

age 5+

Cutesy coding intro just barely scratches the surface.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Kodable

age 6+

Fun programming logic for kids, great resources for parents.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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Lightbot Jr : Coding Puzzles for Ages 4+

age 6+

Colorful, engaging intro to programming for young kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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ScratchJr

age 6+

Tool helps kids program their first multimedia project.

Devices: iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire (2022)
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Code Kingdom: Treasure

age 7+

Simple coding game full of cutesy flash.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Daisy the Dinosaur

age 7+

Cute, free coding game covers the basics.

Devices: iPad (2012)
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GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co. Poster Image
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GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co.

age 7+

Story-based coding adventure plus diverse girl-empowerment.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues - Mystery Coding Game

age 7+

Girl-targeted STEM ambitious but somewhat shallow.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2016)
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Osmo Coding

age 7+

Hybrid toys give kids unique, hands-on coding practice.

Devices: iPad (2016)
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Tynker: Coding Games for Kids

age 7+

Fun coding puzzler helps kids ease in to complex concepts.

Devices: iPad, Chromebook (2014)
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SpriteBox Coding

age 7+

Puzzle-based platformer teaches kids actual code.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Cato's Hike: A Programming and Logic Odyssey

age 8+

Maze puzzler makes learning programming an adventure.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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