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Give Them A Skill For Life – Useful parent tools to teach programming principles to young children (for non programmers)

Whether you are a programmer or not, as a parent you want to give your children the best chances of success. Nowadays programming is all around, it drives most of the daily things we do. Everything is driven by programming so imagining a future where everyone knows some programming is not very far from the current status quo. If you'd like your children to learn programming but don't know where to start here's a list of resources that can help you:

1. Move The Turtle. Programming For Kids Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 16.26.53 Available for free on the iTunes app store this app created for

children aged 9 to 11 is actually visually appealing and offers a problem solving approach. Little tasks are resolved by programming helping children learn programming within a very relevant yet fun environment.

 

 

2. Hopscotch

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This app is easy to use – very similar to Scratch and visually appealing to younger kids (although it is rated as 9+) It can be used by younger kids with guidance.

 

3. Daisy the Dinosaur

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Possibly the best app yet for the very young (6+) as long as they have the vocabulary to read the sentences and one word instructions this app promises to be fun helping children to learn with ease.

 

4. Kodable

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Built for kids so young they cannot even read, this app built for ages 5+ can be used by all and can even help parents grasp the principles in a very simple manner.

Want to keep up-to-date with new developments? Follow developments on the BBC site and lookout for new curriculum developments in the UK as programming becomes part of the primary school curriculum in the near future.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/computing/

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