Coding – Programming

Updated 9-20-20

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



  1. BeeBop–based on the Beebop floor robot–free
  2. Cargo-Bot—logic iPad gamecoding
  3. Cato’s Hike (K+)
  4. Codea (Perfect for Intermediate+)
  5. Daisy the Dinosaur—intro to programming
  6. Foos–app or desktop; K-1
  7. Grasshopper–coding app for beginners with lesson tutorials; intuitive
  8. Hopscotch (for up to intermediate–more complicated that Kodable)
  9. Kodable-great for K-2–learn to code before you can read
  10. Lego Fix the Factory (app)
  11. LightBot Jr.–programming for six-year olds
  12. Lightbot–solving puzzles with programming; MS
  13. Move the Turtle–programming via iPad for middle school
  14. Osmo Coding--a purchased game system to teach coding
  15. Primo–a wooden game, for ages 4-7
  16. Program a human robot (unplugged)
  17. Pyonkee–free, a little glitchy
  18. ScratchJr--for ages 5-7
  19. Swift Playground–from Apple, includes lessons and challenges designed to teach kids to code

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. Metaverse–create apps using Metaverse’s AR platform
  6. Thunkable

Coding Curriculum

  1. C-STEM Studio–download to teach computers, science, technology, engineering and math with robotics
  2. Everyone Can Code–from Apple
  3. Google Computer Science for High School–free workshops (with application) for K-12 teachers
  4. Learn to Code (for free)
  5. Ted-ED Think Like A Coder–a 10-episode cartoon-based series to teach kids about coding in a game format

Hour of Code


  1. Animatron–design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices.
  2. Basics of Coding–from AT&T
  3. BotLogic–great for Kindergarten and youngers
  4. BrainPop coding games
  5. Build a website–a guide
  6. Chrome Experiments–geeky experimentation with programming
  7.–learn to code; with teacher accounts, no student emails required (join with Join code)
  8. Codespace–coding curriculum
  9. Edabit–learn to code with interactive challenges
  10. Hummingbird Robotics
  11. I like programming video
  12. Kodu—game programming
  13. KOOV–by Sony Education
  14. Learn to code
  15. Minecraft coding mod
  16. Pencil Code
  17. Pivot Stickfigure Animator–free, download, powerful, with a cult following
  18. Robby Leonardi–programmer–a game played about programming in the style of Mario
  19. Roboblockly–to teach coding and math, from UCDavis
  20. Stencyl–build games without coding with downloaded software
  21. Stickman–draw a stick figure and the site animates it
  22. Symbaloo collection for coding
  23. TED Talk on young programmers
  24. Which Language Should You Learn to Code–an infographic of options


  1. C-STEM Studio
  2. Cue–from Wonder Workshop
  3. Dash and Dot — from Wonder Workshop–younger thinkers
  4. Drones
  5. Mebo
  6. Robot Don
  7. Sphero


Windows apps

  1. CodeWriter 
  2. HTML Programs

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

Click for Robotics 101 lesson plan.

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