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This is a treasure trove for kids who are interested in learning to code, whether beginner or more advanced. Tynker does a lovely job of inviting kids in, especially younger users, with colorful and fun dashboards and plenty of cute characters to code with. If anything, the experience may be too overwhelming. With so many choices and courses that don't explicitly state what they teach, it may be difficult for kids to choose what to do next. Newer users would benefit from a clear lesson progression. Older kids may appreciate the more streamlined experience. And those who are ready to use real code will have no trouble locating the courses they need.
Tynker includes a nice range of topics so kids who aren't gamers will still find fun things to do, such as art and music-related lessons. The biggest win may actually be the open-ended coding tools that allow kids to use either real code or block code to create whatever type of game or activity their imagination can conjure up. So many coding activities for kids lock them in to predetermined actions that Tynker's sandbox coding options are a breath of fresh air.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Subjects: Math: sequences
Science: ecosystems and the environment
Arts: drawing, music
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, logic, strategy, thinking critically
Creativity: combining knowledge, producing new content
Self-Direction: initiative, working efficiently
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Space and Aliens
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (Several coding games are included as part of the Hour of Code curriculum. Subscriptions for $60/quarter, $120/year, or $240/lifetime include 40+ programming courses, 16 mobile courses, and 3700+ learning modules. Family plans for up to four family members are $90/quarter, $180/year, or $360/lifetime.)
- Last updated: January 10, 2021
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