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 through, to get the most out of the app.
We love this web site! They have some great, easy projects for anybody interested in getting started with sewable electronics. The bookmark project is fairly easy for kids that are comfortable with a needle and thread. I made a bracelet using the Sparkling Bracelet instructions. For those of you that would rather see all of the projects in a printed form, they also have a book available, with quite a bit more info than what is on the web site. You can many of the electronic bits and pieces you need to get started from Sparkfun. We also sell a sewable electronics mini-kit with the electronic parts required to build the bookmark.
Kids love, love, LOVE these books. Many of the kids that come to our classes bring their own copies of these handbooks with them, to use as a reference. The collection includes four books:
- Essential Handbook: This explains “the basics” of Minecraft, such as how to find resources, building shelter, and crafting.
- Combat Handbook: This book teaches you how to defend yourself from monsters and other players.
- Construction Handbook: This one teaches you how to build amazing structures in Minecraft.
- Redstone Handbook: This book teaches you how to use redstone, which you can use to build interactive elements in Minecraft.
This book is fun! It’s written in a comic book style, and with lots of snazzy graphics, will definitely appeal to kids. Unlike many of the other Scratch books out there, this one appears to be written, and designed, specifically for younger kids. One of my students actually recommended it to me in the first place! The instructions, for some super fun games, are easy to follow, with colorful graphics. I would recommend this book for both kids (8 and up) and adults.
If your child has an interest in programming, and you want to help, but don’t have any programming experience, this book is a good place to start. It starts with a very thorough walk-through of the Scratch environment, followed by chapters that include explanations, hands-on exercises, and even additional problems to solve. Older kids (middle school and up) should be fine working through the book without assistance, but I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger kids working alone.
This book was written as a companion for the LearnToMod web site, and helps guide you through building some pretty cool mods. I used it as a resource to help develop my course materials for the Intro to Modding class, but had to simplify some of the activities quite a bit, because our kids skewed a bit younger than the target age range. If you have a patient kid that’s 10 or older, this is a great resource. It’s also great for adults! If you have a younger and/or impatient child that has very specific ideas about what kind of mods he or she wants to make, it might be better to wait until he or she is a bit older. While LearnToMod is a fabulous tool for learning how to code while making some pretty neat mods, it cannot do every single kind of mod your child might wish to make, and in my experience, that can lead to some major frustration with some kids.
This book is a favorite at our camps and clubs. The kids love looking through it, to learn more about their favorite blocks. It’s beautifully illustrated, and full of great information for Minecraft enthusiasts.