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Child friendly intro to programming

Free resources to start learning to code for children - Sourceful

software, coding, learn to code, programming, teaching

Hi everyone, my name is Amina! I am a software engineer and I make YouTube videos :)

Coding was a huge learning curve for me and there’s so much information out there. I recently put together a beginner friendly document with a breakdown of what my job looks like, what software and frameworks I use all attached with free and beginner friendly resources to get you started. The world is changing at a rapid pace and with the digital space evolving, a skill like coding is extremely useful. I put together this roadmap for parents and children to engage and interact with the fundamentals of programming in a fun, interactive way. You’ll be surprised at how much children pick up so please be patient with them and most importantly, have fun! All the resources I’ve attached are free.

Parents, I promise you coding is not as daunting as you think. I can totally understand the pressure of children a million questions when learning and given the current climate things can feel very overwhelming. I’ve created a table of resources that can help you get started with your child on their journey into programming and who knows… you might end up enjoying it more than you expected.

Parent friendly coding resources

Teaching your child how to code


7 coding tips for parents


9 tips for Moms learning to code


How to teach kids to code


Supporting your child with their coding


Why parents should encourage their children to learn to code


What is a computer?

A computer is a machine that is able to take information. When you do this, you are giving it an input. You can also do some work on or make changes to the information. This is called a process. When you create and return new information, it is called an output.

HTML is the skeleton of a webpage. You use it to draw where you want things to go on your page, a bit like when you have drawings in a colouring book.

CSS describes what the webpage will look like. For example, the colours you will use or which font to make the title. CSS is what makes the webpage look pretty.

JavaScript is a language to write programs that run in web pages. It controls how the page responds when a viewer clicks a button or moves the mouse. JavaScript lets you play music and create amazing visual effects.

Here is a good introduction of what you can do with coding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5bXW_gEJl8

Useful apps to install/practice coding with

Code.org - comes with a free parent guide!


CodeAKid - Has a free trial


CodeCombat - intermediate level and is geared more towards gaming


Khan Academy - Beginner friendly & has free courses in other subjects


Kodable - Compatible with iPad


CodeSpark Academy - available on Apple and Android


Tynker (personal favourite) - Compatible with iPad


LightBot - Beginner friendly & parent friendly




Daisy the Dinosaur




Nancy Drew codes and clues


Hopscotch (Amazing for kids from 3 years old - 11 years old)




Child friendly textbooks and articles

JavaScript for kids


CSS facts for kids


What is HTML?


Child friendly coding YT channels

123 Code

* Introduces the children to computers, coding, instructions, sequences and visual programming languages.


* What is coding & types of coding

Socratica Kids

* What is a computer?

SciShow Kids

* How do computers work?


* BBC series on what are computers & what coding is

Child friendly intro to programming
Tags Software, Coding, Learn to code, Programming, Teaching
Type Google Doc
Published 17/07/2020, 17:06:42


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