Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids

by Jennie Wood

Engage kids in your classroom with these free coding apps. These tools can be used during Computer Science Education Week's suggested Hour of Code and beyond, giving elementary students an intro to computer programming.

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The Foos Free Hour of Code

For Hour of Code, codePark is offering an hour of The Foos for free. The hour can be played at anytime. Afterwards, the participant gets a certificate. This app uses drag-and-drop coding puzzles. Kids learn programming logic by working with visual blocks of code. The puzzles grow increasing more difficult as the game continues. The app doesn't have a section for parents, but codePark's website does, including a full curriculum, solutions guide, and explanation of all the game's concepts. This app does include monster characters, but the monsters work together, as part of the story-based game.

Price: Free Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone. Ages: 5+

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