When my 9-year-old son told me that he wanted to learn to code, I thought to myself “Good luck with that” because I knew for certain *I* wouldn’t be able to teach him! I take one look at that kind of stuff and my brain turns to mush. However, I was thrilled when he told me that he found out from a friend that he could learn to code online and for free. Free is always better in my book so after looking through the site his friend told him about and also doing some internet research of my own, he was off & running with coding.
Ever since he started learning to code, he practices and creates things every day. We’ve incorporated it into our homeschooling because it teaches kids so many things, like different math equations, how to become more fluent with technology and helps them to express themselves & be creative. While I still don’t understand exactly what it is that he is doing when he’s coding, I can still very much appreciate that coding is a fantastic skill to have for his future and that is truly is his “thing”.
Fruit Shoot® is encouraging our kids to find their passion and go after it. No matter if that’s soccer, writing, art, martial arts or anything in between. When kids find their “thing” and realize what makes them them, that’s when they’re at the their best. Nothing makes my son happier than when he sends me a coding creation he made and tells me to click on something and the code does exactly what he intended for it to do. His smile lights up the room!
Does your child want to learn how to code? There are so many great resources out there and I can’t wait to share a few of my son’s favorites with you!
8 Ways Your Kids Can Learn to Code – for FREE
1. Tynker – Tynker is a site for kids 7+ that allows them to learn how to code & create games, apps, and more. There are lots of interactive courses that are self-paced and while there are paid options, the free option allows you to create a lot of great things and earn certificates along the way.
2. Scratch – Scratch is a project of the MIT Media Lab and is 10 years old. Scratch is free and your child can learn to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. It’s perfect for kids ages 8-16 (but can be used by anyone).
4. Khan Academy – If you’ve never checked out Khan Academy before, you have to take a look! They have classes with online videos in all areas of math, some science and my son loves the Hour of Code they have there.
5. Code.org – At Code.org, your child can learn how to program animals and other Minecraft creatures in your own version of Minecraft or they can learn how to take Alex or Steve on an adventure. They can also use code to do Star Wars and Frozen activities plus more!
1. Lightbot: Code Hour (Android) – This app is great for kids that have never coded before. They’ll solve puzzles in the game, have fun AND learn programming logic.
2. Encode: Learn to Code (Android) – This app is a great way to get introduced to coding. While there is a paid version, the free version is great too because it gives you small lessons that you can do anytime, anywhere.
3. Daisy the Dinosaur (iOS) – This app is perfect for kids ages 6-8. Kids just simply drag & drop to make Daisy mov and dance. Solving the apps challenges will teach kids with the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events.
When my son is coding at the computer, we have a no drink or food policy. No way would I want him drinking a juice box and getting juice all over the keyboard and desk. Fruit Shoot makes me feel better about that. It’s bottle is designed to be taken on-the-go, which means it’s easy for him to open and has a resealable cap, which helps with no spills! The bottles are durable and can be thrown into a beach bag or backpack for a day at the park.
With juice pouches, you always have to be careful if you put it into a bag because no one wants that thing to be punctured and have juice everywhere. And don’t even get me started on the straws on juice pouches! Just twist the cap off a Fruit Shoot, drink, reseal the cap and you’re good to go! Fruit Shoot even has a brand new fruit punch flavor and my son LOVES it! Plus, no sugar added with is a huge bonus for me!
Want to buy some Fruit Shoot® of your own? Find it in a store near you! We found ours at our local Walmart.