Kids Club: coding explained

Kids Corner is the place to find fun activities to help fill the long days of lockdown.

Age Guide: primary school, high school

Coding is something we hear a lot about as our kids hit primary school age. We're told coding is a key skill for the future, but most of us parents haven't encountered it before and don't know how to get involved or encourage our kids to build these skills. Read this great article explaining how parents don't need to be coding experts, just willing to learn with their children.

YPRL has a regular facilitated online Coding Club which can help keep kids coding while they are home from school. It runs weekly on Mondays at 4pm, check out upcoming sessions and book a spot here.

Erase All Kittens is a great introductory game that you can play along with your kids to help you get an idea what coding is all about, and for them to build their skills.

If you want to watch some videos that explain more about coding, along with a coding game that uses either drag-and-drop blocks or more complicated JavaScript, this Star Wars game is also an excellent way to dive in.

If your child is already confident with the basics, Scratch is a great sandpit for them to put those skills to creative uses. Ask them to show you how it all works and be amazed at what they can show you.

More coding and gaming style fun can be had with items like this from our collection:

Girl Code

Coding for Beginners--using Scratch (for Tablet Devices)

Code Girl

Beanz

Ready, Set, Code!

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