Coding Games and Apps for Kids

Coding Games for KidsMy 5 year old and 3 year old always want to steal my computer, ipad, or iphone to play games. The games are so addictive that it’s hard to take devices from the kids. Are yours any better? Luckily, there are these coding games for kids that can actually teach kids to code. Coding isn’t just essential elements of robotics and technology. With coding practice, kids will improve problem solving and analytical thinking skills. Coding games for kids are more appealing and accessible than other kids oriented programming platforms. After that, kids can move on to programming platforms like Scratch or Alice to control a programmable robot. From our reviews, you can find some excellent robots for young kids who just start codingDash & Dot robots from Wonder Workshop is a programmable robot for 5 year olds and above; Ozobot Bit 2.0Sphero 2.0 and Ollie are for 8 year olds and above.

We’ve sorted through some games of the ever-widening options available. The ones made the list are excellent coding games for kids and won’t break your bank.

Coding Board Games for Kids



Robot Turtles Game


Recommended age: 4-15.

Code Monkey Island


Recommended age: 8+.

Apps and Computer Coding Games for Kids


Bee-Bot

  • Recommended age: 4- 7
  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: Free

The simple, accessible app has 12 top-down timed levels set in progressively difficult mazes.

Cargo-Bot

  • Recommended age: 5+ to adults
  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: Free

Over one million people have enjoyed Cargo-Bot. It is one of the coolest coding games for kids. Players use coding concepts like loops and procedures and do a ton of debugging.

Code Combat

  • Recommended age: 13+ (or younger with guidance/consent)
  • Platforms: Web
  • Pricing: Free

Code Combat has players inputting actual code to play (Javascript currently, with experimental support for CoffeeScript, Python, Clojure, and Lua). Don’t let that put you off, though, as Code Combat does a great job of entertaining while teaching. There are single-player levels and multi-player levels.

Hopscotch

  • Recommended age: ages 10+
  • Platforms:  ipad
  • Pricing: Free

Hopscotch is a drag-and-drop programming app for kids to write their own programs. Kids need to be independent readers to follow the instructions and commands and “write” their code. The characters and colors are fun and vibrant, and the app empowers kids to create open-ended options.

Kodable

  • Recommended age: 5-8
  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: Free ($7 for the Pro version)

Kodable’s 105 maze-like levels help teach young kids programming concepts like conditions, loops, functions, and debugging. The free version includes the first 45 levels.

Lightbot and Lightbot Jr.

  • Recommended age: 4-8 (Lightbot Jr.), 9+ (Lightbot)
  • Platforms: Web, iOS, Android
  • Pricing: Free (browser), $3 (iOS/Android)

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game which teaches concepts like planning, testing, debugging, procedures, and loops.

Move the Turtle: Programming for Kids

  • Recommended age: 9-11
  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: $3.99

Kids can learn the basic concepts of computer programming (coding) through the adaptive game play.

Robozzle

Robozzle is a social puzzle game which teaches programming. Using only a few simple commands, teach the robot to recurse a tree, follow a linked list, or count in binary. The levels range from those suitable for younger children right up to puzzles that will make seasoned coders scratch their heads.

ScratchJr

  • Recommended age: 5-7
  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Pricing: Free

Young kids can program their interactive stories and games with this app from MIT. Based on the popular Scratch visual programming platform, ScratchJr borrows the snap-together programming block and real-time building model and allows kids to construct their own understanding of basic programming concepts. Giving so many options, kids need some guidance to get started but they will soon be hooked.

SpaceChem

SpaceChem tasks players with building machines to fight monsters, using programming concepts like in-order execution, loops, branching, and subroutines.

Tynker

  • Recommended age: 7+
  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Pricing: Free – $5.99

Kids can solve puzzles to learn concepts. Using the new step-by-step coding tutorials, kids can easily build their own games, and control robots and drones. There are 50+ free starter templates.