by Natalie Rusk
December 2016, 75 cards
Full Color, Box Set
“It’s a great getting-started activity, one that you can hand to a child and they can do themselves.”
Want to introduce kids to coding in a fun and creative way?
With the Scratch Coding Cards, kids learn to code as they create interactive games, stories, music, and animations. The short-and-simple activities provide an inviting entry point into Scratch, the graphical programming language used by millions of kids around the world.
Kids can use this colorful 75-card deck to create a variety of interactive programming projects. They’ll create their own version of Pong, Write an Interactive Story, Create a Virtual Pet, Play Hide and Seek, and more!
Each card features step-by-step instructions for beginners to start coding with Scratch. The front of the card shows an activity kids can do with Scratch—like animating a character or keeping score in a game. The back shows how to put together code blocks to make the projects come to life! Along the way, kids learn key coding concepts, such as sequencing, conditionals, and variables.
This collection of coding activity cards is perfect for sharing among small groups in homes and schools.
About the Author
The Scratch Coding Cards were created by Natalie Rusk. Rusk is one of the lead developers of Scratch and works as a Research Scientist in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Rusk co-founded The Computer Clubhouse, an international network of after-school centers where young people learn to use new technologies to express themselves creatively.
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“These coding cards are a great way in to Scratch for anyone who’s new to the language.”
“These cards are easy to use, straightforward, and they provide a variety of tasks to complete...If you are thinking of ways to introduce programming into your curriculum, this is a great way to start.”
“The various programs are diverse, showing the incredibly wide range of activities available to someone who masters the art of Scratch’s drag-and-drop programming. I definitely enjoy spending time with my son as he learns to create his own ball-drop game (with scorekeeping), or creates animated stories.”
“Scratch Coding Cards are a fun way to teach kids basic coding principles, all while playing games. Where were these cards when I was learning to code?”
“Librarian or teacher? These cards are a class/program in themselves. Parent, or just interested in learning how to code? You can’t beat these cards for teaching and learning block coding.”
“I'm a big fan of this method of instruction, guiding the kids into breaking down a large problem into several smaller problems (a central tenet of Computational Thinking) and then letting the students have lots of small 'wins' as they progress through the cards.”