Free Apps to Teach Your Child Coding during COVID-19 Lockdown
As expected the nationwide lockdown has been extended for another 20 days. Although this was a necessary step, the most affected are children because everything is closed. No parks, no temples, no parties, no celebrations, no libraries, and basically nothing that can keep them entertained and educated in the summer holidays.
Most children spend their time watching TV or playing games on smart phones or tablets. If you want your child to invest their time in something really productive or interesting, then coding is something you must try.
Coding is fun and interesting. Over time it can become a tool for building a career or even as a fun activity. There are several free apps or websites where your child can start to learn coding.
While you have the time, teach or ask your child to learn coding. Here’s a list of a few trusted free apps or websites which can teach both you and your child coding.
The Scratch project is owned by Lifelong Kindergarten Group of MIT media Lab. Scratch is aimed at young children and helps them program interactive stories, games, and animations. The website and app helps children to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively with others around the world.
The app only works on Android tablet and if you are using a desktop or laptop, you can use the Scratch project editor on any browser.
Code.org is a non-profit agency that aims to expand access to computer science among students and increase women’s and youth’s participation. It’s by far the most popular free coding portal in the world. They organize the annual Hour of Code campaign in which more than 15% of all students in the world take part.
Lightbot is a website and app that teaches coding and programming logic through puzzle games. They teach young children things like sequencing, overloading, procedures, recursive loops, and conditionals. You can also try Spritebox coding and Lightbot: Code Hour