Coding Activities by Grade

Over the next weeks, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for Hour of Code. This includes (links are live on publication day):

  1. An Overview of This Week — Dec. 5, 2023
  2. Coding activities by grade — (this post) Dec. 6, 2023
  3. 9 Unusual Projects— Dec. 7, 2023
  4. 5 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities — Dec. 8, 2023

This is a long list of online activities related to coding and programming. It is updated once a year so I apologize in advance for any dead links. At any time during the year, click to take you to the master list:

Program on computers, iPads, laptops–whatever works, whatever age. I’ll start this list with web-based options, by grade level (click the grade you teach) 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. Hopscotch (for up to intermediate–more complicated that Kodable)
  7. Kodable
  8. Move the Turtle–programming via iPad for middle school
  9. Pyonkee–free, a little glitchy
  10. ScratchJr--for ages 5-7
  11. 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. 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. Move the Turtle–programming via iPad for middle school
  20. Pencil Code
  21. Pyonkee–free, a little glitchy
  22. Robby Leonardi–programmer–a game played about programming in the style of Mario
  23. ScratchJr--for ages 5-7
  24. Stencyl–build games without coding with downloaded software
  25. Stickman–draw a stick figure and the site animates it
  26. Swift Playground–from Apple, includes lessons and challenges designed to teach kids to code
  27. Symbaloo collection for coding
  28. TED Talk on young programmers
  29. 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


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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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4 thoughts on “Coding Activities by Grade

  1. What an extensive resource guide. There really are a lot of opportunities for kids to learn to code, and it is a very important skill for our economy and the future.

      1. I took early retirement and have not worked for a few years so I don’t know about recent impacts. However, while I was still working the company I worked for, Siemens, were looking for young software engineers. We were all old guys and not replacing us with young people is a danger to the company. They were paying six digit salaries. By the way, I don’t get email updates about your replies and I think it must be a glitch.

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