Best Coding For Kids For Dummies

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All You Need To Know About Coding For Kids

Digital technology has changed our lives in countless ways – revolutionizing how we learn, communicate, work and play. It has helped to bring together tools to make tasks easier & safer, solve problems and promote development.

As parents, you need to ensure that your child makes the best use of digital technology. How can you do that? You can make their screen time productive by teaching them to code and make them digital creators. Coding education enhances Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, Computational & Analytical skills in young learners. According to the World Economic Forum, Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking are among the top job skills of tomorrow.

Wondering how your child will learn coding? Won’t it be difficult for young children to understand coding concepts? Well, coding is for everyone! It is not meant for only older kids and professionals. Your young child too can learn coding and create their own apps, games and more.

Here’s how coding can be made fun and interesting for kids:

Coding is a creative process to tell a computer/machine how to perform a task by writing codes in programming languages that will enable them to create games & apps, program robots and build websites.

Younger kids (ages 5 to 7 years) can learn to code using Block Languages (Visual Programming). In Block languages, they don’t have to write codes, instead – they have to drag-and-drop coding instruction “blocks”. It is an easy and engaging way which allows kids to learn how to design and develop their own games, apps etc through visuals.

After mastering Block Languages, kids can advance to Text-based Languages (Python, Swift, JavaScript, Ruby, Java, C++, PHP) which are traditional programming languages used by professionals.

Taking about Block Language (Visual Programming) which is recommended for beginners – Scratch is one of the best & easy programming languages with which kids can create and edit projects for building their own games, apps, interactive stories and animations.

How does Scratch work?

Scratch comprises of three tabs: Code Tab, Costumes Tab and Sounds Tab.

The Code Tab allows kids to build scripts that run the project. Blocks can be dragged from the Block Palette into the Scripts Area and arranged to form scripts. Each sprite (character(s) of the project) has its own scripts, and sprites can be selected using the Sprite Pane.

The Costumes Tab allows them to view, create and edit a sprite's costume using the Paint Editor.

The Sounds Tab allows them to make and edit a sprite's sound using the Sound Editor.

MindBox Direct-to-home will allow your child to learn programming/coding in a fun way by developing games, mobile applications, animations and websites. It will not only make them future-ready for job opportunities, but you can expect some enhanced skills like creativity, logical thinking, problem-solving, logical reasoning, outstanding academic performance and much more.

Now, don’t you think coding is fun and easy for young kids with visual programming?

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