Getting Started With Scratch Programming

Scratch is a visual based coding language that helps young children get started with coding in a fun and kid-friendly way.  In the coding classes I teach, I find that kids that have some experience with using Scratch have an easier time learning and applying new coding concepts.  Scratch is also great because there are lots of resources for families available that make it easy to get started and continue to learn new things.  Below, you will find resources to help get started with Scratch and some fun coding challenges.

Getting Started

Start by visiting Scratch for Parents to learn more about the program and how to get started with your child.  Another great resource to check out when you are just getting started are the provided Scratch Cards.  These cards have clear instructions on working through some beginner projects. 

Fun Scratch Challenges

Once your child gets a little more comfortable with Scratch, here is a list of some great projects to keep them challenged and learning

Getting your child started with Scratch can help them start down the road of learning to code and create amazing things.  We hope the resources above are helpful. If your child ever wants to take the next step in their coding journey, check out our coding programs for ages 7-13.

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About the author: Shawn D. Walk is the owner of Create2Discover, a business dedicated to helping students discover their ability to create and shape the world around them through creating things. He has been teaching technology, coding, and 21st century skills for nearly 15 years. He is a certified elementary teacher in PA and has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He is also a previous owner of an educational technology company that pioneered using Minecraft as an educational tool in the Pittsburgh region. His goal is to help kids learn the skills they need in today’s world, but also help them believe they can be the creators of new technology instead of simply consuming it.

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