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Best Coding Tools for Elementary

These elementary-level tools help kids learn to code by focusing on the foundations of programming: problem-solving, logic, and critical thinking. By learning these skills through the context of code, kids build essential 21st-century skills for life that empower them to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology.

If you're looking to begin coding lessons in your classroom, check out our Teaching Strategies for how to Get Started With Coding in Your Classroom.

ScratchJr Publisher: DevTech Research Group at Tufts University, Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab, and Playful Invention Company
Drag-and-drop programming is an effective intro for budding programmers
Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Codeable Crafts Publisher: Benesse
Animate stories with accessible drawing tools and coding blocks
Grades K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Blockly for Dash & Dot Robots Publisher: Wonder Workshop
Adorable robots teach hands-on coding skills
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Cork The Volcano - Puzzlets Publisher: Digital Dream Labs LLC
Fun elementary coding through hands-on puzzle tiles
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Path for Dash Robot Publisher: Wonder Workshop
Impressive intro to programming and robotics grows with students
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Kodable - K-5 Coding Curriculum for Elementary Publisher: SurfScore
Fun procedural reasoning for kids; great curriculum for teachers
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Scratch Visit Website: http://scratch.mit.edu/
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Code.org Visit Website: http://www.code.org
Popular games, big names get kids and teachers pumped to program
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Tickle Publisher: Tickle Labs
Robots, Arduinos, and drones -- the block coding app to rule them all
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Kodu Game Lab Publisher: Microsoft
Open-ended game design and programming tool for visual thinkers
Grades 3-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Windows, Xbox 360
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Codesters Visit Website: https://www.codesters.com/
Differentiated text-based coding makes for truly authentic experiences
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Tynker Visit Website: http://www.tynker.com/
Cute, colorful coding platform caters to strong independent readers
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Hopscotch School Edition-- Programming for kids! Make games, stories, animations and more! Publisher: Hopscotch Technologies
Programming blocks give good balance of freedom vs. constraint
Grades 4-9
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
CodeCombat Publisher: CodeCombat
Dungeon-crawling adventure where code is king
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
CodeMonkey Visit Website: http://www.playcodemonkey.com/
Puzzler's use of real code fills niche in crowded learn-to-code genre
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Made with Code Visit Website: https://www.madewithcode.com/
Inspirational videos and fun projects entice girls to start coding
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Mozilla Thimble Visit Website: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
Inspiring platform teaches coding through remixing
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Swift Playgrounds Publisher: Apple
Fun, intuitive iOS-coding app great for newbies or pros
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Cargo-Bot Publisher: Two Lives Left
Challenging game helps kids learn to think like programmers
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4