Coding Programs

Program on computers, iPads, laptops–whatever works, whatever age. I’ll start this list with web-based options, by grade level and then continue with a mash-up. Click for coding apps:


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade



  1. BeeBop–based on the Beebop floor robot–free
  2. Cargo-Bot—logic iPad gamecoding
  3. Cato’s Hike (K+)
  4. Codea (Perfect for Intermediate+)
  5. Daisy the Dinosaur—intro to programming
  6. Grasshopper–coding app for beginners with lesson tutorials; intuitive
  7. Hopscotch (for up to intermediate–more complicated that Kodable)
  8. Kodable
  9. Lego Fix the Factory (app)
  10. LightBot Jr.–programming for six-year olds
  11. Lightbot–solving puzzles with programming; MS
  12. Move the Turtle–programming via iPad for middle school
  13. Osmo Coding--a purchased game system to teach coding
  14. Pyonkee–free, a little glitchy
  15. ScratchJr--for ages 5-7
  16. Swift Playground–from Apple, includes lessons and challenges designed to teach kids to code

Build an App

  1. Apps Geyser
  2. App Inventor–build Android apps on a smartphones; from MIT
  3. Game Salad
  4. Glide–create an app from a spreadsheet
  5. Metaverse–create apps using Metaverse’s AR platform
  6. Thunkable

Coding Curriculum

  1. C-STEM Studio–download to teach computers, science, technology, engineering and math with robotics
  2. Everyone Can Code–from Apple
  3. Google Computer Science for High School–free workshops (with application) for K-12 teachers
  4. Learn to Code (for free)

Hour of Code


  1. Animatron–design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices.
  2. Basics of Coding–from AT&T
  3. BrainPop coding games
  4. Build a website–a guide
  5. Chrome Experiments–geeky experimentation with programming
  6. Codespace–coding curriculum
  7. Edabit–learn to code with interactive challenges
  8. Hummingbird Robotics
  9. I like programming video
  10. Kodu—game programming
  11. KOOV–by Sony Education
  12. Learn to code
  13. Minecraft coding mod
  14. Pencil Code
  15. Pivot Stickfigure Animator–free, download, powerful, with a cult following
  16. Robby Leonardi–programmer–a game played about programming in the style of Mario
  17. Roboblockly–to teach coding and math, from UCDavis
  18. Stencyl–build games without coding with downloaded software
  19. Stickman–draw a stick figure and the site animates it
  20. Symbaloo collection for coding
  21. TED Talk on young programmers
  22. Which Language Should You Learn to Code–an infographic of options


  1. C-STEM Studio
  2. Cue–from Wonder Workshop
  3. Dash and Dot — from Wonder Workshop–younger thinkers
  4. Drones
  5. Mebo
  6. Robot Don
  7. Sphero


Windows apps

  1. CodeWriter 
  2. HTML Programs

Click for an Hour of Code lesson plan bundle (K-8).

Click for Robotics 101 lesson plan.