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My son has shown an interest in learning coding. We did a “free trial class” with one program, but it’s pretty expensive to continue to classes. Are there other apps or websites out there with similar activities that won’t break the bank?
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I've heard through my friends that Scratch is a great coding website for young children to teach coding. Apparently it uses visual bricks to drag and drop to build chains as a means for foundational teaching of how to code. Sounds like an educational and interesting way to learn!
I admit that I do not know much about coding apps. However, your question intrigued me as I have 2 grandsons who would be very interested in coding-type games.
So I did a little digging and found a few for them to try for free.
Here is what I found from makeblock Top 9 Coding Apps for Kids in 2021 (Including Free Apps):
Code Karts: "Code Karts teaches pre-code for ages 4 and up using a fun racing game. By racing their karts, kids are faced with obstacles they have to solve to reach the finish line and win. With 10 free levels and an additional 60 levels with a pay option, you can keep learning more and more as you progress."
Lightbot: "Lightbot can be challenging even for adults, and it’s perfect if your child needs something more complex to stimulate his or her mind. Starting off easy near the beginning and advancing to much more complex levels very early on, Lightbot is a programming puzzle game that’s great if your kids are speeding through the other games too easily. With 20 free levels to go through, if they manage to reach the end, you can get an additional 50 levels in the paid version".