Play-I : Bo & Yana

Bo Yana toys and game learning code for kids review

Description 

Play-I looks to be an amazing re programmable toy with lots of potential, I believe  any child would love to have a play and learn with Play-i . If i had very young children i would be adding this to the Xmas list.

We founded Play-i almost a year ago with one mission: to make programming fun and accessible for every child. It has been an exciting journey as Bo & Yana came to life, thanks to the input and help from hundreds of children and parents who played with our robots at different stages of development.!”

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Bo

Bo is an explorer. Bo is playful and curious. Bo loves going on adventures and making new friends. As you play together, Bo learns new skills and becomes a more capable robot. Together, there’s no stopping where you and Bo can go.

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Play Possibilities Are Endless

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Yana

Yana is a storyteller. Yana is clever, imaginative and full of dreams. Yana can surprise and entertain you by bringing characters to life as you play! Use the power of your imagination to unlock Yana’s potential.

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5-8 Years

Visual programming interface for kids 5+ that weaves in music, stories and animation. Learn coding by looking at and tweaking the code behind the visual interface.

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8-12 Years 

Go beyond the play and  use Blockly, a visual programming languages created by Google. Our libraries and tutorials make these languages a lot more fun!

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12+ Years

Write code — for fun, and to build applications for iOS and Android using our API. You can still weave in the play interface if you want!

Lightbot Jr 4+ Coding Puzzles : iPad & iPhone

Description 

Designed for ages 4-8, Lightbot Junior is specifically an easier version of the popular Lightbot.
Featuring a gentler learning curve and less complex puzzles.
Play as Boybot or Girlbot and solve puzzles that use game mechanics that are rooted in Computer Science concepts.
Lightbot Junior lets players gain a practical understanding of basic concepts like writing instructions, debugging problems, simple procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.
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Complete game for £1.99 , NO in app purchases.

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Parents and teachers around the world are choosing to use Lightbot first when introducing their kids and students to programming, coding and Computer Science. 

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“Parents and teachers around the world are choosing to use Lightbot when introducing their kids and students to programming, coding and Computer Science

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It’s never too early to start programming! Lightbot Junior lets even the youngest learners get ‘coding’ within minutes!

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Get more in the Full versioin  for iPad and iPhone.

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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Scratch : Online

Scratch, learning code for kids, one hour of code, scratch app review

Description

Scratch is great for students of all ages. I like the use of drag and drop. The colourful layout makes it interactive and easy for all students to grasp quickly.

The on line community is vast and very knowledgeable.  There are many tutorials for scratch as well as many pre defined resources to give students a head start.

This is the online version.  To downlaod and install Scratch click here

Scratch is a free desktop and online multimedia authoring tool that can be used by students, scholars, teachers, and parents to easily create games and provide a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming .

Scratch also encourages students  to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically while they create.

Age 8+

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To run Scratch 2, you need a relatively recent web browser (Chrome 7 or later, Firefox 4 or later, or Internet Explorer 7 or later) with Adobe Flash Player version 10.2 or later installed.

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Create stories, games, and animations Share with others around the world.

Check out the online tutorials too

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Try out these starter projects from the Scratch Team. Look inside to make changes and add your ideas.

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The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.

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Scratch allows users to use event driven programming with multiple active objects called “sprites“. Sprites can be drawn — as either vector or bitmap graphics — from scratch in a simple editor that is part of the Scratch, or can be imported from external sources, including webcam.

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Version 2.0 of Scratch is currently available online and as a desktop application for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.[1][2] The source code of Scratch 1.x is made available under GPLv2 license and Scratch Source Code License.

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Move The Turtle: iPhone & iPad

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Description 

Looks great on the iPad and compatible with iPhone, worth the £1.99. Give it a go, your love it too!

Move The Turtle is an educational application suitable for young learners teaching children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands.

Move the Turtle is friendly Turtle that will introduce you and your child step by step to the basic concepts of programming in a colourful graphic environment.

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You and your child will learn how:

To plan complex activities composed of simple elements
How to reuse previously completed work.

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Programming is about more than completing tasks, it is also about implementing your own ideas using your imagination.

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Move the Turtle teaches children (ages 5+) the basics of programming.
Challenges and rewards keep children (with parents’ assistance) & teenagers (on their own) engaged!

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Learn how  to use graphics, spatial orientation and sound in programming.

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You have the opportunity to create your own programs from scratch or based on our inspiring examples.

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Looks great on the iPad and compatible with iPhone, worth the £1.99. Give it a go, your love it too!

Cato’s Hike (lite) : iPhone & iPad

Cato's Hike (lite) app review

Description 

Cato’s Hike is a game for the iPhone & iPad teaching  young children and beginners basic programming skills.Younger students will enjoy solving levels using simple coding techniques while older students will be able to use advanced concepts.

Learning to use loops and branching as well as even more advanced concepts such as basic stack or memory. The LITE version is more that enough encourage the young and beginners to start learning whilst encouraging them to progress further.

Cato is a little boy who just like every little boy likes to go out and play. One fine day Cato was playing outside when a portal to another world opened up in front of him; a portal to another world!

Cato stepped through and discovered that this world unlike his own didn’t follow the same rules. Every time he tried to take a step or an action he’d find himself stuck in place. Stuck that is until he finally discovered the rules in this universe: by writing a program for himself he would be able to overcome all obstacles and learn something new along the way!

learning Code for Kids” loves the “Lite” version. It is colourful and keeps the user engaged.

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This is the Lite version, and includes the tutorial world and the *FULL* map editor with sandbox mode so you can create your own little worlds and puzzles.  Play them, challenge your friends and family.

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* Simple programming interface using beautiful cards with pictures
* 59 levels and 10 tutorials (always working to add more!)
* Powerful map editor so you can create your own maps and puzzles and share with friends
* Preview your maps directly in the map editor to save time and test out your maps more quickly!

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* Saves program progress so you can pick up at any time and iteratively develop
* Email your puzzle solutions to share your genius with others
* Beautiful artwork and amusing sound effects and music
* A manual to help guide parents and more interested users

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* Puzzles ranging from easy to hard to teach different programming concepts without trying to force them
* Loops, branches and if/else, and simple memory using colored flags are the main tools used to introduce programming
* Emailed maps include gorgeous screenshot of what you are sending so your friends know what to expect

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The full version of the game unlocks the rest of the worlds and allows you to  share your programs and maps.

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* Cato’s Hike teaches children (ages 5+) the essentials of programming and how to think about solving complex problems
* The challenges in there are solvable easily by children of all ages but more nuanced and complex solutions should challenge teenagers and parents alike!