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The App Store is full of computer programming apps, but finding ones that are geared toward elementary-aged children can be a challenge. Accordingly, while there may be more challenging apps that will attract older Elementary Students who have an early jones to code, our five selections combine quality with accessibility and are the best introduction to computer programming.
Two apps quickly rise to the top: Move The Turtle and Cargo-Bot. Both of these games include engaging gameplay combined with challenges that teach kids programming skills as they play. Both of these apps are incredibly kid friendly. Cargo-Bot may require less initial guidance then Move The Turtle. Cargo-Bot also is an incredible buy, and is currently free in the App Store. Move The Turtle offers more instructional feedback to kids as they learn through play, and for this reason it edges out Cargo-Bot as our favorite.
Robo Logic 2 HD is our next favorite in this category. What we like most about this app is the increasing challenge and the deeper programming commands it teaches kids as they advance through challenges. This app is a good value, but you might consider trying the “lite” version before you dish out the full $1.99.
If you have a tinkerer in your house who is interested in circuitry, then look no further than Circuit Coder. This app provides kids with a challenging experience that teaches them skills transferable to programming real life circuit boards. There is some parental guidance required, but this app is an interesting find and is perfect for those future circuit engineers.
Hopscotch manages to teach your little one about programming without hitting them over the head with hard-to-comprehend concepts. This way, they can build toward an understanding of coding language on their own terms, and watch their creations play out with the tap of a button.
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