A BRIGHT, COLOURFUL CODING APP FOR KIDS. $4.49 | urbnpockets.com
Every time a new coding app for kids gets released, we wonder if this will be the one to really get them engaged. On the right are a number of basic starter projects: tap one to see the bare bones, or use the stylus icon to edit. The options are pretty impressive.
You can add input/output controls (image, video, text), control features (countdown/ timer), an impressive set of sensors (location, tilt, shake, face and motion detection, and more) and a few effects (such as preset graphics, text and sounds). If the icons are not obvious, you can press one to find out what it does, then drag one over to the list of actions. It’s easy to change order using drag-and-drop, and easy to delete an action by dragging it left until the trash can appears. We found the image tool a little frustrating, though.
There’s definitely a learning curve to the app, and parents will almost definitely have to assist young ‘developers’. Once comfortable with the concept, though, the results should keep your kids engaged so they enjoy tinkering without supervision. And it’s easy for them to share their creations.
So in all, there’s a lot to take in, but also a lot on offer once your little coders get the hang of things.