Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids

Computer programming can help kids develop vital problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. In honor of the computer science nonprofit Code.org's Hour of Code event Dec. 5–11, 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-school Programming Preparation App Poster Image
Race cars to learn early programming skills in cute coder.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Think & Learn Code-a-pillar App Poster Image
Dancing caterpillar gives young kids easy intro to coding.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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codeSpark Academy App Poster Image
Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2015)
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Coding, the Musical App Poster Image
Kids learn bite-sized coding concepts, listen to cute songs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
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Tommy the Turtle - Learn to Code App Poster Image
Cutesy coding intro just barely scratches the surface.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Kids'n'Code App Poster Image
Fun, basic game gives limited idea of how coding works.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
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Kodable - Coding for Kids App Poster Image
Fun programming logic for kids, great resources for parents.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Lightbot Jr 4+ Coding Puzzles App Poster Image
Colorful, engaging intro to programming for young kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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ScratchJr App Poster Image
Tool helps kids program their first multimedia project.
Devices: iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Code Kingdom: Treasure App Poster Image
Simple coding game full of cutesy flash.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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Daisy the Dinosaur App Poster Image
Cute, free coding game covers the basics.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co. App Poster Image
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 App Poster Image
Girl-targeted STEM ambitious but somewhat shallow.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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Osmo Coding App Poster Image
Hybrid toys give kids unique, hands-on coding practice.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
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Pixel App Poster Image
Expressive coder is cute but lacks tutorials, support.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks App Poster Image
Fun coding puzzler helps kids ease in to complex concepts.
Devices: iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2014)
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SpriteBox Coding App Poster Image
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 App Poster Image
Maze puzzler makes learning programming an adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Grasshopper by Area 120 App Poster Image
Free coder teaches kids actual programming language.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Scratch Website Poster Image
Graphical application gives kids a taste of programming.
URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
(2009)
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Lego Mindstorms Fix the Factory App Poster Image
Program robots in short coding puzzler; tricky later levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Box Island - Award Winning Coding Adventure App Poster Image
Cute coding adventure introduces logic of computer science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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CodeMonkey Website Poster Image
Solve puzzles, help the monkey, learn to program.
URL: http://www.playcodemonkey.com/
(2015)
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ScreenPlay -- program your story App Poster Image
Lights, camera, coding action in fun programming puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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Booeys: A Ghost's Code App Poster Image
Eerie, cool coding puzzler pushes too hard for contact info.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
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Cargo-Bot App Poster Image
Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2013)
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Hopscotch: Learn to Code Through Creativity App Poster Image
Easy-to-use visual tool makes programming fun and social.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
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Lightbot : Programming Puzzles App Poster Image
Challenging programming puzzler teaches coding logic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Move the Turtle. Learn to code App Poster Image
Great concept; younger kids will need some guidance.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
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Code Monster from Crunchzilla Website Poster Image
Fun programming lessons from a friendly monster guide.
URL: http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster
(2014)
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Springin' - Create, Share, and Play App Poster Image
Game creator has great potential but steep learning curve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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KidsRuby Website Poster Image
Download gives good background on coding, so-so instruction.
URL: http://kidsruby.com
(2013)
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Mimo: Learn how to code through interactive tutorials and quizzes! App Poster Image
Mini-lessons build big coding know-how for tweens to adults.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Mozilla Thimble Website Poster Image
Fantastic online editor teaches kids to write the Web.
URL: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
(2015)
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Codea App Poster Image
Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Codecademy Website Poster Image
Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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DevKit: Learn to Code & Make Games App Poster Image
Code-free iOS app builder has steep learning curve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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Hackety Hack Website Poster Image
Easy programming tool teaches basics, has online sharing.
URL: http://www.hackety.com/
(2013)
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LearnStreet Website Poster Image
Master art of coding with awesome free programming lessons.
URL: http://www.learnstreet.com/
(2013)
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SoloLearn: Learn to Code App Poster Image
Free coding classes, lots of user-generated examples.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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CodeHS Website Poster Image
Cool, accessible coding lessons come with a hefty price tag.
URL: http://www.codehs.com/
(2013)
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