Even younger kids can learn basic programming concepts. We use many of the resources contained in this guide for our K-2 classes, and the kids thoroughly enjoy them. For most of these, little to no reading is required.


Bitsbox is subscription box that can help teach kids to code. Each reusable box comes with an activity booklet, trading cards, a toy, temporary tattoos, and stickers. You can also get... Read More

Code.org Course 1

Code.org has some amazing learning tools, and this one is geared specifically towards early readers. Some of the activities can be done independently, but others require adult assistance. It’s a... Read More

Littlecodr – Kids Coding Game

Littlecodr is a fun, active card game, that teaches kids 4 and up very basic programming concepts. The cards each have actions, which kids can use to program each other,... Read More

Robot Turtles Game

This fun board game teaches kids as young as 4 the fundamentals of programming. They play “Code Cards” to move their turtles around the board, with the goal of reaching... Read More

Run Marco!

Run Marco is a web-and-app-based game for kids to learn programming basics. It’s cute, with nice graphics, and relatively easy to use. Non-readers can use it, but might need help.... Read More

The Foos

We used The Foos during Hour of Code with many of the younger kids. It’s available as an app, on the web, and as a downloadable application for Macs. We found that... Read More

The Official ScratchJr Book: Help Your Kids Learn to Code

This book isn’t so much for the kids, but for their parents, and other adults, to help them use ScratchJr. It contains several exercises that adults can walk the kids... Read More


ScratchJr is an app for younger kids, ages 5-7, to learn basic programming concepts. It’s currently available for Android and iOS devices. It’s currently not available for the Amazon Kindle, which is,... Read More

Kindle Fire 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB

This 7″ Kindle Fire is the latest addition to the Kindle family. It’s not HD, but that might not matter. I bought my daughter one of these for her birthday,... Read More

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