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Programming Projects for Kids 5-8

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Younger kids can have lots of fun playing games this summer while learning basic programming concepts.

With younger kids, as well as kids and adults starting to learn about programming and computer science, there are a number of fun books, software applications, and other resources to play as they learn. Many of these can be shared with siblings and parents, too.

Card Games

Bits & Bytes is a fun card game to teach kids computing skills: logic, problem solving, and critical thinking. You can learn the basics of programming and computer science without needing a computer. littlecodr is a deceptively simple card game lets kids lay out a series of steps for their siblings and parents to follow. When they master the basic game, you can add advanced cards.

Move the Turtle

Geared towards little kids, this app lets you move a turtle around the screen, by setting direction and the number of steps, to create artwork and solve problems. With a little help to get started, most kids figure it out. The app teaches basic coding ideas and sets them up nicely for Scratch, Hopscotch, Bitsbox, Tynker, and more. Ages 5+


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