Programming for Kids
Watch a Scratch Tutorial
It’s frustrating to try to figure out Scratch without some assistance. I highly recommend starting with a tutorial.
Scratch offers a Step-by-Step tutorial.
JJ learned a lot from this “How to make a game” tutorial by milogoldMC. (It cracks me up when he says to ignore his mom talking on the phone in the background.) He also has a space invaders game tutorial.
JJ watched the tutorial on my big computer and implemented what she learned on the laptop. (If you don’t have two computers, just open up two windows on one computer.)
Experiment, Play, Invent
Once a kid gets the hang of the programming basics, he or she will feel confident to start building new animations and stories. Allow for lots of play and invention time.
Another fun thing is you can see what other kids have created.
When he or she is ready, I recommend watching a few more tutorials to learn new skills. There are lots on YouTube.
I love watching how proud JJ feels of herself. So far she’s made silly games and stories. No matter what, she knows that she can learn something hard. That’s what I want her to know.
We want to give our kids opportunities to learn and succeed. That’s empowering.
This is one of those opportunities.