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Kickstart Screen-Free Coding for Pre-schoolers with these activities

While it’s essential to learn coding with a computer, unplugging and learning offline can be just as beneficial for students.

Play Robot Turtles. Preschoolers can learn programming one turtle move at a time. Robot Turtles takes seconds to learn, minutes to play and provides endless learning opportunities. Through fun play and Code Cards, players move their Robot Turtles around the game board to reach a prized jewel. With every move preschoolers learn programming, from coding to functions, and get a jumpstart on 21st century thinking skills.

Code a LEGO maze. Teach students how to think like a programmer! With four levels of difficulty, this LEGO maze activity introduces a variety of programming concepts, like loops and conditional statements. Depending on the level, students will create a set of instructions, or commands, to guide the character through the maze as efficiently as possible.

Read Hello Ruby. This is a great coding story and activity book . Written to introduce programming concepts to young students, Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding teaches kids how to “break big problems into small problems, look for patterns, create step-by-step plans, and think outside the box.” The main character is a small girl named Ruby who has a huge imagination and has the determination to solve any puzzle. Each chapter provides a small lesson in computational thinking as well as exercises that incorporate play and creativity.



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