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Best Coding & Programming Apps for Kids

Coding can be hard to learn and often not very engaging for kids (or adults), but this selection of apps helps kids learn how to code in fun and interactive ways.

We’ve selected highly rated coding apps that cater to a range of ages from pre-readers to teens (and adults), with age-based recommendations that you can use as a rough guide. (Many adults new to programing will enjoy some of the game and puzzle based apps, while young, but motivated coders, may enjoy more complex coding apps.) Also, while many apps are available on both Android and Apple devices, they are usually available as web-based programs too. Finally, cost. We’ve included a couple of free apps, but most coding apps are subscription-based (be aware that most auto-renew!) and may seem expensive when compared to other educational apps.

Have we missed one? Let us know. Enjoy!

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: CODING APPS FOR KIDS

Kodable

Coding can be challenging to learn. This apps offers 100’s of interactive activities that help kids (even pre-readers) to learn to code. Available via website and Apple app. Ages 4-10.

FREE OR FREE TO TRY

Scratch Jr.

Scratch teaches younger kids to program their own stories and games in the Scratch programming language. Kids can design and program characters to move, dance, and sing and even add their own photos and voices. Designed for kids 5 to 7. Available on both Apple and Android devices. Usually free.

‎Grasshopper: Learn to Code

Developed by Google, this coding app helps kids learn the basics of JavaScript coding. Best for older kids (ages 10 and older). Available for Apple & Android devices. Usually free.

Codecademy Go

Some people may find it difficult to make time for learning new things, like coding. This coding app helps with that as it motivates you to keep up your coding skills “streak” anywhere (app or website) and any time. Available on Apple and android devices. Best for older kids (~ 10 years to adult).

Code Karts – Pre-coding logic

Some kids might find it hard to concentrate when learning new things. This app is an interactive game that can be enjoyable to kids whilst also helping them learn code. It’s “pre-code” design lets even younger kids learn the logic of coding though over 70 games. Perfect for kids preschool aged or older (ages 4 to 12)

Lightbot : Code Hour

Kids learn to code (without realizing it) by solving 20 levels of logic puzzles. Designed for K-12 students (ages 5 to 18), this app makes learning to code easy, fun, & FREE. When your child is ready for more, SpriteBox has additional coding apps: Lightbot Jr. Coding Puzzles, , Lightbot Programming Puzzles, SpriteBox: Code Hour (Java), and SpriteBox Coding (Java).

Sphero Edu

Designed for Sphero robots (available at Sphero.com), this coding app lets you go beyond on-screen prgramming to real world fun. Beginners can get their robot to follow a drawn path, while advanced users can write their own javascript. App available for Apple and Android devices. Best for ages 8+.

SoloLearn: Learn to Code

SoloLearn is a great way to start learning to code, it has the largest collection of free content where you can learn almost any code for free (including web programming, Python, Java, Kotlin, Ruby, Swift, C* and more). Best for older students (ages 12 to adult). Available on Apple and Android (Android app includes ads) .

Coding Games For Kids – Learn To Code With Play

This app brings play time to coding! Kids solve/play 200+ programming games such as fire fighting, playing a dentist, building train tracks, and much more. Designed to be engaging for even young coders. Available for Apple and Android. Best for preschool kids and older (Ages: 4 to 13).

SpriteBox Coding helps kids learn code while exploring different worlds. Designed as an adventure game, SpriteBox Coding covers key programming concepts such as sequencing, parameters, loops, procedures, and basic Swift syntax. Best for kids aged 7+. Available for Apple and Android devices.

SUBSCRIPTION-BASED CODING APPS

Mimo: Learn coding in JavaScript, Python and HTML

Learning code doesn’t always have to be hard and time consuming. With Mimo you can learn how to code easily by using small lessons that can fit into routines (5 minutes a day!)..

Kodable

Coding can be challenging to learn. This apps offers 100’s of interactive activities that help kids (even pre-readers) to learn to code. Available via website and Apple app. Ages 4-10.

Hopscotch-Programming for kids

Hopscotch not only allows kids to program their own projects (games, apps, animations, etc.), they also become part of the kid coder community. which lets them learn from the millions of other kid-created projects. Designed for kids aged 8-14. Apple app only.

‎CodeSpark Academy: Kids Coding

Designed for young coders, this app takes a no-words approach that helps kids learn through interactivity (puzzles, games, creative projects, and even printables. CodeSpark is designed for children aged 5-9 and available in both Apple and Android apps.

Tynker Coding for Kids

Tynker is one of the top coding apps for kids and comes in 3 different versions: Tynker Jr (ages 5-7), Tynker (ages 7-13), Mod Creator (for Minecraft; ages 7 -13) . While the youngest programmers can use Tynker Jr. to solve fun coding puzzles, older coders can learn how to mod Minecraft and even control robots and drones. Tynker apps are only available for Apple devices. Ages range from 5 to 13+.

About these coding & programming game apps

At the time we publish, these apps:

  • Usually have a minimum 4 star rating on Apple’s App Store
  • Do not contain ads.

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Insecta: Explore the World of Insects

Why we like it

This natural science app includes 20 stunning images of insects, which can be viewed in 3D and AR (augmented reality). Plus, you can learn about each bug with info from Wikipedia. Perfect for people of all ages who love bugs! Learn more about this app

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About Insecta: Explore the World of Insects

Explore the colorful world of insects with Insecta, this app helps you to learn about insects like never before. Insecta is an informative, interactive tool for the next time you’re working on a project, presentation, or simply want to satisfy your curiosity about the insects.

From the collection, tap on an insect to view detailed infographics, and information, or view it in 3D or AR. You can share your favorite insects with a beautiful frame with your friends.

The app’s amazing AR experience enhances users’ learning experience too. Choose from more than twenty insects from the collection and, in the blink of an eye, you’ll find one of those creepy creatures hanging out right by your desk. If your friends don’t believe you, take a picture and send it to them.

The app comes with multiple languages. Also, Insecta includes Siri shortcut just ask Siri to show insects information randomly by saying “Hey Siri, show me an insect”.

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Stellar Tour: AR Stargazing

[Platform: iOS] Point your device towards the night sky to explore the cosmos, including constellations, starts, nebulae, planets, moons, and more.

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About Stellar Tour: AR Stargazing

Stellar Tour is the ultimate guide to the cosmos. Point your device towards the night sky to explore any type of astronomical object: constellations, stars, exoplanet systems, galaxies, nebulae, planets, moons, and more.

Astrophysicist Dr. Aaron Day provides a tour guide for alien worlds, rather than the standard inundation of random facts as if collected from a boring old encyclopedia. Stellar Tour tells the scientifically accurate tale of the conditions on the ground, in the seas, or floating through the clouds of the Solar System. 

Exoplanet systems are displayed in their actual location on the sky. Exoplanet sizes, temperatures, and orbits are given for nearly all known exoplanets.

Using images collected up close by NASA’s many probes, all the planets and major moons of the Solar System are displayed in exquisite detail. Planets and moons can be rotated and viewed from any angle. High resolution images are displayed in vibrant color, representing not just visible light, but ultra violet, infrared, and even radar when available.

Take the Stellar Tour!

Images are provided by NASA, JPL, Lsmpascal, and others. Credits are given with the captions of each image.

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Megalodon: The Ancient Shark

[Platform: iOS] Learn about the prehistoric megalodon is this 3D app with augmented reality (AR) features. Yes, you can take a photo with you in the jaws of a megaladon. Great app for all ages, but especially those fascinated with dinosours and other prehistoric creatures.

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About Megalodon: The Ancient Shark from WORLD OF DINOSAURS

Dive deep into the ancient seas to learn about the biggest and the most terrifying shark. Megalodon is a mini AR application about C. megalodon, the extinct shark. You will learn about this bizarre shark through the slides which packed with comprehensive information about Megalodon. 

Meanwhile, there’s a 3D image of a Megalodon’s Jaw, which you can rotate in any direction to view in several angles, or you can see it in augmented reality (AR) to see how big it was. Be sure to read the blurb explaining how this most terrifying shark had the strongest bite.

The app’s amazing AR experience enhances users’ learning experience too. in the blink of an eye, you’ll find Megalodon swimming right by your desk. If your friends don’t believe you, take a picture and send it to them!

Megalodon, meaning “big tooth”, is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago, during the Early Miocene to the Pliocene. 

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The Universe (Lite/free)

[Platform: iPad] Kids can explore the universe with stunning photos, videos, and facts! Although, this is the lite (free) version of the full app, it is still definitely worth the download.

This app developer is part of the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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About Interactive Minds: The Universe (Lite/free)

Explore the universe with stunning photos, videos, and facts! This interactive science book contains a select 8 pages and 28 hi-res fullscreen images from the full version of the app “Interactive Minds: Universe”

—– TOPICS COVERED —–

Get an overview of astronomy with the following topics:

• Sights of the night sky

• The universe today

• Galaxies

• Nebulae

• Stars

• Formation of the universe

—– KID FRIENDLY —–

Augment your child’s school or home-school education with this overview of outer space!

• Made for an 11+ audience

• Easy to use page navigation and search

• NO ads

• NO in-app purchases

—– FULL VERSION —–

For a more in depth look at the universe, consider buying the full version. The full version contains an additional 29 pages of content and 50 fullscreen images!

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Solar System (Lite/free)

[Platform: iPad] Let kids experience the Solar System in a hands-on way with this interactive science book. Although, this is the lite (free) version of the full app, it is still definitely worth the download.

This app developer is part of the Tech4Good: Home School Project.

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About Interactive Minds: Solar System (lite/free)

The perfect way for kids to experience the Solar System in a hands-on way! This interactive science book contains a select 18 pages from the full version of the app.

—– INTERACTIVE CONTENT —–

Even as an adult, it can be difficult to visualize just how massive the Sun is or how fast the different planets orbit the Sun. This app uses interactive simulations to allow children to explore these hard to visualize topics in a hands-on way.

•••• Size Comparison ••••

This page allows children to compare the sizes of many Solar System objects. Comparable objects include the Sun, the planets, major moons, and all the dwarf planets.

•••• Planetary Revolutions ••••

The planets are shown orbiting the Sun at their comparative speeds. Selecting Neptune reveals it takes 164.8 Earth years to orbit the Sun once while the inner planets seem to orbit the Sun at a dizzying speed. Select Mercury, with a year of 88 Earth days, and the outer planets barely seem to move at all.

—– TOPICS COVERED —–

• The Milky Way galaxy

• The Sun

• A list of the planets

• A list of the dwarf planets

• Planetary size comparisons

• Planet orbital speeds

• The history of space exploration

—– KID FRIENDLY —–

• Easy to use page navigation and search

• NO ads

• NO in-app purchases

—– FULL VERSION —–

For a more in depth look at the Solar System, consider buying the full version. The full version contains 58 pages of content!

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Interactive Minds: Solar System

[Platform: iPad] The perfect way for kids to experience the Solar System in a hands-on way! This interactive science book contains 58 pages and is filled with images, videos, and interactive simulations.

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About Interactive Minds: Solar System

The perfect way for kids to experience the Solar System in a hands-on way! This interactive science book contains a select 18 pages from the full version of the app.

—– INTERACTIVE CONTENT —–

Even as an adult, it can be difficult to visualize just how massive the Sun is or how fast the different planets orbit the Sun. This app uses interactive simulations to allow children to explore these hard to visualize topics in a hands-on way.

•••• Size Comparison ••••

This page allows children to compare the sizes of many Solar System objects. Comparable objects include the Sun, the planets, major moons, and all the dwarf planets.

•••• Planetary Revolutions ••••

The planets are shown orbiting the Sun at their comparative speeds. Selecting Neptune reveals it takes 164.8 Earth years to orbit the Sun once while the inner planets seem to orbit the Sun at a dizzying speed. Select Mercury, with a year of 88 Earth days, and the outer planets barely seem to move at all.

—– TOPICS COVERED —–

• The Milky Way galaxy

• The Sun

• A list of the planets

• A list of the dwarf planets

• Planetary size comparisons

• Planet orbital speeds

• The history of space exploration

—– KID FRIENDLY —–

• Easy to use page navigation and search

• NO ads

• NO in-app purchases

—– FULL VERSION —–

For a more in depth look at the Solar System, consider buying the full version. The full version contains 58 pages of content!

•••• Parents ••••

The full version of the app is sure to captivate any child with its myriad of interesting facts, striking visuals, and engaging 3D simulations. Not only is the content fascinating to explore, it’s educational too! Designed with grade school curriculum in mind, the app covers the major topics of the Solar System while explaining concepts in an easy to understand manner.

•••• Teachers ••••

Many schools with iPads in the classroom have already used the full version of the app with great success. The interactive content is well suited for teaching complex topics such as planetary seasons and the vast distances of the Solar System. Children can explore this information independently or with the aid of a teacher.

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Interactive Minds: Universe

[Platform: iPad] Explore the universe with stunning photos, videos, simulations, and facts! This interactive science book contains 37 pages, 78 hi-res fullscreen images, and covers topics ranging from stars to galactic superclusters.

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About Interactive Minds: Universe

Explore the universe with stunning photos, videos, simulations, and facts! This interactive science book contains 37 pages, 78 hi-res fullscreen images, and covers topics ranging from stars to galactic superclusters.

—– TOPICS COVERED —–

Delve deep into stars, galaxies, nebulae, and more with this carefully curated look at astronomical topics:

• Sights of the night sky

• The universe today

• Galaxies

• Galaxy types (spiral, elliptical, etc.)

• Nebulae

• Stellar nurseries

• Stars

• Main-sequence stars (red dwarf, yellow dwarf, blue dwarf, etc.)

• Star lifecycles (protostar, main-sequence, giant, etc.)

• Dead and dying stars (supernovae, white dwarf, neutron star, black hole, etc.)

• Solar systems (plus simulations of nearby solar systems including our own)

• Globular clusters

• Galaxy clusters

• Superclusters

• The cosmic web

• Formation of the universe

—– KID FRIENDLY —–

Augment your child’s school or home-school education with this in-depth look at outer space!

• Made for an 11+ audience

• Easy to use page navigation and search

• NO ads

• NO in-app purchases