Scratch Jr.

Create animations while learning to code!

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What is it

By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing.

In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

What our team of testers said

"It's awesome." - Girl aged 8

"Look I'm making them all walk to school." - Girl aged 10

Skills Developed

  • Teaches children about piecing coding blocks together
  • Allows children to experiment with the effects of coding
  • Encourages creativity and storytelling

What our experts think

Coding is part of the National Curriculum so it’s great to see a fun app that can introduce children to the basics of how coding works and get them enthusiastic about it too! Children loved having the freedom to explore and just try things out with Scratch Jr, creating animations by piecing coding blocks together.

Being able to design and add your own characters was really popular, with some testers spending lots of time in this area and even coming up with stories, using the speech bubble blocks to get their characters to interact with one another.

It would be even better if...

It can be difficult to understand what to do at first, but tapping on the question mark icon will bring up a video tutorial (‘Quick Into to Scratch Jr’) that our testers found useful.

Features

  • Brands: Code-to-Learn Foundation
  • Key Features:
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
    • No internet access required for core features
  • Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
  • Languages available:
  • Apple version: iPad
    Requires iOS 7.0 or later
  • Android version: 4.2 and up
  • App Types: Educational Apps
  • Types of skills developed: Coding
    Cognitive
    Computing and Technology
    Creativity
    Information & communication Technology (ICT)
    Logic, strategy & problem solving
    Speech, language and communication skills
    Story telling
    Understanding the world

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