We have reviewed several apps teaching kids coding, like Hopscotch and Codecademy. Today we have another free app for kids to learn computer programming – Kodable. Kodable starts from the very simple concepts and is great for kids as young as preschool to gain the fundamental concepts of coding.
When kids start the app, they will see a path built with little square tiles on the grass. On some of the tiles there are gold coins. Kids need give instructions with code units to guide the little balls move along the path to collect as many gold coins as possible.
At the beginning it is very simple, since there is only one single line path. Kids follow the instruction, put the upper arrow if the ball needs turn upward, put the left arrow if the ball needs to move to the left. When the ball pass the tiles with gold coins, kids will watch the coins fly to their coin counter at the corner.
These seemingly simple actions are in fact teaching kids the basic concept of command units. All the actions are made of individual movements, and all movements happen because of the sequence of commands they give. Kids in preschool age are fascinated by cause-and-effect. This is just another way to think about cause-and-effect.
In addition to cause-and-effect, kids also learn observation and defining goals. Once kids pass the first couple games, the paths become more complicated. Kids will have to choose between two paths at a turning point – one has coins on some tiles, one has nothing. Once they decide which path to choose, they have to find ways to tell the little ball which path to choose.
Kodable is a well thought of app teaching young children about coding. As you can see, kids not only learn basic concepts of programming, but also many cognitive skills that will benefit them in overall development.
There are 30 levels in the free app, with which kids will learn many coding concepts, like “if this, then that” and even some loop commands. When kids finish all the levels in the free app, you can decide if you want to purchase more levels via the in-app purchase, or you can move on to Hopscotch, which is designed for kids at school age and includes more complex coding concepts.
Kodable is available for iPad. It is Free for the whole first set of games.
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For more coding learning tools, check out Best Learning Tools for Kids to Learn Computer Coding. More toys that teach kids programming, visit 12 Toys for Kids to Learn Computer Coding.