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December 15, 2015

MacKenzie Masten

10 Ways to Keep Your Kid Coding After Hour of Code

Topics: Kids & Coding, STEM

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As Computer Science Education week comes to an end, the hype surrounding coding for kids tends to die down as well. Last week’s excitement for computer science and coding has moved to Star Wars (understandably so). Here at ThinkFun we believe that just because CSEdWeek is over does not mean that people need to stop being excited about learning how to code. In the hope of encouraging people to keep the coding movement going, we’ve created a list of great ways to keep your kids coding over the holiday season.

1. Code Monkey Island

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Code Monkey Island is a Kickstarter-backed coding board game that is stating to gain popularity in homes across the country. This board game was made for children ages 8 and up and their families to come together and learn real programming concepts used by real programmers.

2. RoboRally

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RoboRally was once received as one of the funniest board games on the market. Besides laugh appeal, RoboRally offers a fun way to teach the entire family the basics of programming logic through checkpoints, obstacles, and conveyor belts.

3.Robot Turtles

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Robot Turtles is one of the most-backed tabletop games in Kickstarter history. It was designed for kids ages 3-8 as a way to teach them programming language that’s not limited to experiential learning, functions, and limited syntax, all through play.  

4. Ozobot

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Ozobot bridges the gap between online and offline coding with one of the worlds smallest robot toys. Ozobot uses coding logic and coloring to help children, ages 4 and up, learn the basics of programming and low-level functions. 

5. Code Master

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Code Master is our latest coding board game that takes children on the ultimate coding adventure. With Code Master, children are able to learn the fundamentals of computer programming logic in a fun and entertaining way. The game offers 60 logic puzzles, for children ages 8 and up, that gradually increase in difficulty while introducing fundamental programming concepts and strengthening a child’s ability to think like a computer.

6. Code.Org 

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From Minecraft to Star Wars, Code.org gives children the tools they need to begin the journey of learning the fundamentals of coding logic. Through its program Hour of Code, it gives every student in every school (or homeschool) the opportunity to learn computer science. 

7. Scratch

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Scratch is an online visual programming language for children ages 8-16 designed by MIT’s Media lab that is now used in over 150 different countries. Scratch provides parents and children with an online community where they can program and share interactive media with people from around the world. 

8. Made with Code

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Made with Code is a site powered by Google that works to inspire girls and show them that code can help them pursue their passions. Made With Code breaks down the stereotypes of the coding world and shows girls that fashion, music and dance can all be broken down into code.

9. Codecademy

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Codecademy is a wonderful resource for children who are older than 10 or parents who wish to learn more about coding. Codecademy provides the world with free programming lessons that range from beginner to advanced. With their programs you and your child can learn how to build the sun or create the entire solar system - all through code.

10. Tynker

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Tynker offers a set of online courses that provide your child with a complete learning system featuring interactive exercises, guided tutorials, and puzzles to make programming fun. Tynker uses a visual programming language to help children understand programming syntax and, eventually, seamlessly transition to JavaScript.

Do you have a favorite coding board game or online game? Did we miss an online or offline coding game that you believe belongs in this list? Comment below or let us know what you think on Twitter @ThinkFun!

Code Master - The Ultimate Coding Adventure!