Now that the seasons are changing and kids everywhere are coming back inside, they will likely gravitate towards computer and video games. Whether you think this is a good thing or not, it happens anyways. In order to arm our kids with an understanding of how these games were built or how they work, it is important, then, to talk to them about coding:
Code is the language of the future.
Give your child a coding head start, inspire creativity, and have fun together all at the same time! There are so many coding resources available. Here are four ways to get your kids excited about coding.
1. Talk to Them About Creativity
As with anything involving kids, the first step is communication. Introduce coding vocabulary into your day to day conversation and equate it to any creative pursuit. How does a drawing become an animated movie? What’s the difference between their toy robot and the NASA Rover? How does Candy Crush work? Coding is a way to bring things to life and we see it all around us every day.
2. There’s an App for That
Hopscotch is an award winning Apple app that teaches the basic of coding to kids aged 9-11. It’s fun and super creative. Apple is set to launch a new platform called Swift Playground later this year. It’s played with an iPad and teaches serious code in a seriously fun way! These are just two of the many app options out there.
3. Keep it Social
Kids coding camps, workshops, events, and classes are popping up all over the place. Look for (usually free) activities with your local libraries, clubs, schools, and colleges. Even Apple has started hosting Coding Camps in their retail stores.
4. Build a Website Together
Are your kids passionate about cooking or dinosaurs, playing soccer or a particular TV show? Build a simple website together using a free platform like WIX, Weebly, or Squarespace that celebrates that passion. Post music, book, or movie reviews, scan and upload drawings, make gifs on simple sites like Imgur. As the website grows so will the need to research ways to accomplish her vision. This is also a great time to discuss privacy and rules about what to post on the internet.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to take advantage of all the amazing kids’ coding resources out there. Now get out there and code!