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7 popular kids coding languages that they can learn for free during the lockdown

Here is a list of kids coding languages available for free. Your children can spend this lockdown time learning and becoming future programmers.

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Laxitha Mundhra
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Here are some kids coding languages for free

Google today gave a throwback doodle that takes us back to one of the basic kids coding languages, LOGO. It was a simple turtle that moved as commanded. Through this, it piqued an interest in parents to makes their children learn the kids coding languages.

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And while many people are looking to learn the latest computer languages, there is a shortage of coders. Coders who can use the vintage COBOL program are rare. And a detailed analysis in government working, it is visible that good programming skills never go to waste. Now, even if your kid doesn't become a software engineer, there's a great chance that coding will help his/her analytical skills.

From the introductory one-off coding class to the more advanced programming languages, here's where to find the best coding programs for kids. And we compiled a list of what your kids can learn for free during this lockdown.

1. Scratch

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The language is fairly unknown but is one of the easiest kids coding languages. Scratch helps children learn the basics of coding through game and story creation. Using the coding language, young programmers create games, interactive stories, and animations. Of course, people of all ages can have fun with Scratch.

You can learn it for free on the MIT website if your child is 8+. But if your child is aged 5-7 you can go on this course by ScratchJr. Google even hosted a project contest for kids learning Scratch. There is a free course for Scratch available on edX as well.

2. Visual Basic

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Microsoft had developed a 3rd gen programming language, Visual Basics. It is easy to learn and it runs on Windows OS. Since it is still very much a part of .net, learning VB will always come in handy. You can learn visual basics for free on Alison. A free course is also available online on Udemy.

3. Stencyl

Stencyl is a game creation software. It lets users publish iOS, Android and Windows games without code. Its uses a GUI just like Scratch. But its more functional using blocks. Here, kids can build their worlds and characters. They can also edit them in detail to make them more complex. The coding language is kid-friendly. But for advanced students, there is the option to see and edit the text-based code in their game.

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It requires a software download and set up, but offers extensive support in their forums. Stencyl is great for the kid who appreciates game development and detail in the design. Stencyl is a self-platform.

4. Python

Python is a simple language to learn and to use. It does not have much syntax, its like writing commands in simple English language. Also, it is not frustrating for kids due to its interactive UI. After a kid learns from Scratch, he/she will easily bore out, but that's not the case with Python. So, you can have your kids learn Python from Microbit, Codeacademy, CodeMonkey, or Udemy. Simply download the latest version of Python on your laptop or Mac.

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5. JavaScript (not Java!)

JavaScript has become an essential web technology along with HTML and CSS. This is because most browsers implement JavaScript. If a child has learnt the basics of coding, is big enough to understand some jargons, you should move onto JS. If your child masters this language, they’ll know how to change simple web documents into apps and games.

It will be fun for them, and greatly useful for future programmers. For this, Khan Academy has a detailed course on its website. CodeAcademy also provides a free course on Javascript. Learn JS also regularly teaches JavaScript.

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6. Blockly

Blockly is a mix of Scratch and JavaScript. It helps in developing an actual Android app. In simple language, it uses blocks to build a program. Google's free course for Blockly is the best yet. It is suitable for kids above 8 years, and it will also need dome parental intervention to understand.

7. Java (yes, Java!)

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Well, it's not unknown that Minecraft is developed using Java. It is simple, yet it is not used by many. Why? Because- people jump from basics to harder languages like C++. If your child is into Minecraft, it is a good time t introduce them to Java. There are many courses available for free on Learn Java, Code Academy, and Udemy.

Now, we think that all children are different. They have different needs and a different pace of learning. These suggested kids coding languages are all good, and you might consider going in the order we have given. The first ones are more visual while the last ones are more analytical.

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