In a world that is increasingly becoming digitized, it’s important for kids to have a basic understanding of coding and programming. However, coding can seem intimidating for kids, which is why activity books can make programming seem more fun and accessible. Here are some activity books for teaching computer programming that both kids and parents will enjoy.
Hello Ruby is a children’s book series that introduces programming concepts through stories and activities. The series is aimed at kids aged four to eight years old and covers topics such as logic, sequences, and algorithms. The books, written by Linda Liukas, can be paired with the interactive app and website, giving kids a hands-on experience with technology.
Scratch Coding Cards
The Scratch Coding Cards, created by the Scratch Team at MIT, provide a fun and interactive way for kids to learn programming concepts. The cards feature activities that guide kids through building games, animations, and interactive stories. The set includes 76 activity cards that cover basic and advanced Scratch concepts, making it a great resource for both beginners and more experienced programmers.
Code Your Own Games!
Code Your Own Games! is an activity book created by tech educator Max Wainewright that teaches kids to code by designing their own computer games. The book features step-by-step instructions and puzzles that guide kids through the programming process. The book is aimed at beginners aged eight and up, and covers coding concepts such as loops, variables, and functions.
Adventures in Raspberry Pi
Adventures in Raspberry Pi is an activity book that encourages kids to learn to code by creating projects using the Raspberry Pi computer. The book, written by Carrie Anne Philbin, includes step-by-step instructions for building projects such as a music player, weather station, and maze game. The book is aimed at kids aged 11 and up, and is a great way to introduce older kids to more advanced programming concepts.
Coding for Kids
Coding for Kids is an activity book that provides an introduction to coding for kids aged five to seven years old. The book includes puzzles, mazes, and coding challenges that teach the fundamentals of programming. The book covers coding concepts such as loops, conditionals, and functions, making it a great way for kids to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.