Computer coding for children

Computer coding for children

Let a robot bring to you the toilet paper when it’s finished, while you are on your moment? It seems a future dream, but probably it will be reality, after you teached your children the computer coding language.

A language, the word says all

Even though the computer coding can seem very complicated and it can scary us, adults, for the children it is a real game to learn it. In reality it is just about earning the skills to transform our thought in instructions understandable for the computer, so to learn to ‘talk’ with the computer.

The coding or the computational thinking is infact the ability to fragment our thought in easier instructions that the computer will sequentially do.

Packs of problems

A very beautiful life lessons that our children will get from the coding, is infact the ability to divide the problems in single ‘packs’, which are more manageble by the computer.

So, the computer invites us to not complicate our life and to logically face the problems one by one.

The learning of the coding encourages the creativity too, because it invites the children to find a way to realize the ideas of their fantasy.

A cheap hobby to try

Probably you already tried too many activites with your kid and some of them had more success than others. Now you are in front of the dilemma how to start with the computer coding without invest too many resources?

From 3 years upwards

The easier and cheapest way to get your kid closer to the computer coding is to teach them the Pixel Art. Yes, you understand well, right colouring with the tacks allow them to learn the basic meaning of the computer coding: the information breakdown.

Colouring with the tacks allows to learn the basic of the computer coding
Colouring with the tacks allows to learn the basic of the computer coding

From 5 years upwards

It is right starting from the 5 years that the children can really start the computer coding, thanks to the support of funny Apps.

With a small investment you can buy for example the App “Logic with the turtle”. The purpose of the game is to move the arrows to assemble the right way towards the exit. Thanks to this App the children will have the possibility to do logic exercises while they are playing to help the turtle to come back home.

Thanks to the App ‘Logic with the turtle’ the children can get closer to the logic of the computer coding
Thanks to the App ‘Logic with the turtle’ the children can get closer to the logic of the computer coding

From 5 to 7 years

Scratch Jr. is the semplified version of Scratch, a platform to learn the base of the computer coding starting from the age of 8. Scratch transform the basic coding buttons in graphic blocks. It is so possible to code our own interactive stories and our own games. The interesting thing of Scratch Jr. is that it is a free application.

Scratch Jr. é un’applicazione gratuita che permette di programmare le proprie storie interattive e i propri giochi.
Scratch Jr. is a free app that allows to code our own interactive stories and our own games.

From 6 to 8 years

Kodable is an App that teaches to think in a critical way until the creation of new programs in JavaScript. It even has a good support for the teachers that would like to use it but it has a flaw to not being available for Android.

From 10 years upwards

If after you tried some of those Apps, you notice that your kid has a real interest for the computer coding, you can think to go to many solution a bit more expensive.

The Lego proposes for example the serie Boost and Mindstorms, robots that allows to be built and coded by the children starting from the 10 years of age. These robots are like the classic models to build with the blocks but they can even do instructions thanks to the computer coding.

The Lego proposes the serie Boost and Mindstorms, robots that allows to be built and coded by the children starting from the 10 years of age

Computer coding even at school

The computer coding is the language of the future for real and for this reason it will soon been introduced even inside the schools. The project provides that until the 2022 the coding will become mandatory in the infant and primary schools (Motion n. 1-00117 of the 12th march of the 2019, “Initiative for the development of the technological and digital formation at school”).

So if you would like to be ready for the entrance of the computer coding in your children curriculum, let’s promptly download the apps, and start to work!

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