Coding – Programming

Updated 11-18-23

Program on computers, iPads, laptops–whatever works, whatever age. I’ll start this list with web-based options, by grade level and then continue with a mash-up:


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade


Build an App

  1. Apps Geyser
  2. App Inventor–build Android apps on a smartphones; from MIT
  3. Game Salad
  4. Glide–create an app from a spreadsheet
  5. Jotform App Builder
  6. Metaverse–create apps using Metaverse’s AR platform
  7. Thunkable

Coding Curriculum

  1. Code Academy
  2. Coursera
  3. Free Code Camp
  4. Google Computer Science for High School–free workshops (with application) for K-12 teachers
  5. Learn to Code (for free)
  6. PluralSight
  7. Ted-ED Think Like A Coder–a 10-episode cartoon-based series to teach kids about coding in a game format
  8. Tree House

Hour of Code


  1. Animatron–design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices.
  2. BeeBop–based on the Beebop floor robot–free
  3. BotLogic–great for Kindergarten and youngers
  4. Build a website–a guide
  5. Cargo-Bot—logic iPad gamecoding
  6. Cato’s Hike (K+)
  7. Chrome Experiments–geeky experimentation with programming
  8. Codea (Perfect for Intermediate+)
  9.–learn to code; with teacher accounts, no student emails required (join with Join code)
  10. Codespace–coding curriculum
  11. Daisy the Dinosaur—intro to programming
  12. Edabit–learn to code with interactive challenges
  13. Hopscotch (for up to intermediate–more complicated that Kodable)
  14. I like programming video
  15. Kodu—game programming
  16. Learn to code
  17. LightBot Jr.–programming for six-year olds
  18. Lightbot–solving puzzles with programming; MS
  19. Minecraft coding mod
  20. Move the Turtle–programming via iPad for middle school
  21. Pencil Code
  22. Pyonkee–free, a little glitchy
  23. Robby Leonardi–programmer–a game played about programming in the style of Mario
  24. ScratchJr--for ages 5-7
  25. Stencyl–build games without coding with downloaded software
  26. Stickman–draw a stick figure and the site animates it
  27. Swift Playground–from Apple, includes lessons and challenges designed to teach kids to code
  28. Symbaloo collection for coding
  29. TED Talk on young programmers
  30. Which Language Should You Learn to Code–an infographic of options


  1. Cue–from Wonder Workshop
  2. Dash and Dot — from Wonder Workshop–younger thinkers
  3. Mebo
  4. Sphero


Click for an Hour of Code lesson plan bundle (K-8).

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