Code Kingdoms – Teaching Programming to Kids


I’m a big fan of teaching kids how to program computers.

Learning a programming language instills ideas of logical & lateral thinking. It provides an opportunity to develop skills which will go a long way in helping them in later life. But also, if a child engages and switches on to it, it can provide fun and a great deal of satisfaction.

My daughters are four and five and already know how to use laptops, tablets and phones. The youngest is particularly good with Windows and watches like a hawk to learn how to do things. I believe that the natural next step is to begin to teach them how computing and programming works. They soak up knowledge about new things at that age!

They will be ready to program in just a few years,  and when they are, I will be referring to specialist websites to help guide them. One such company is Code Kingdoms.

Code Kingdoms

Code Kingdoms teaches kids how to use Java programming to make their own Minecraft mods. It’s a great idea. Take a universally loved piece of software (block building mega game Minecraft) and use it to teach children a programming language around it. They won’t even realise they’re learning!

Code Kingdoms

Their website provides all the resources needed to learn the programming. They have courses to teach java commands which affect Minecraft, and also some courses on programming the BBC micro:bit. They also have the code editor online!

A subscription to Code Kingdoms will give a child the access to the courses and editor. It will teach them how to run their own Minecraft server and how to edit code in over 80 hours of online tutorials! Give a child a head-start with computer programming while letting them have fun with Minecraft!

This would make a great present for a child aged 8 or over, and just now, Code Kingdoms are offering a 12 month subscription to all their training courses for just £59.99. A brilliant Christmas present idea that is also educational!

27 Comments

  1. angela Treadway
    21 December 2016
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    fairly ok with technology x

  2. Peter Watson
    22 December 2016
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    My grandaughter just amazes me how much she can learn

  3. Laura Pritchard
    22 December 2016
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    My son is pretty good, but he doesn’t use one much at home.

  4. Nigel Kelly
    23 December 2016
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    My daughter will be a code kid if she wins ????

  5. Niki Marie Wardle
    29 December 2016
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    My 8 year old twins are both very able to use pc’s and are already dabbling with coding, I’d love them both to have access to good resources that help more.

  6. Lynsey Buchanan
    30 December 2016
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    My 8 year old daughter is a natural when it comes to technology

  7. sharon stanley
    1 January 2017
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    All of my children had laptops for Christmas as was sick of them messing with my laptop or partners desktop. As a child I was brought up around computers thanks to my dad working with them as a programmer and this gift I have passed to my children 6,8 and 14. They are all very competent especially considering their ages but there is always room for improvement as technology advances.

  8. cheryl sutton
    2 January 2017
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    My son is very talented when it comes to anything tech and all of my children are competent using a pc

  9. Rebecca mercer
    3 January 2017
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    They’re better than me lol fairly good

  10. Anthea Holloway
    3 January 2017
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    Very good indeed!

  11. Minnie Rose
    4 January 2017
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    Not too confident yet – willing to sit and experiment though!

  12. Nancy Bradford
    4 January 2017
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    Much more competent than I ever was or will be.

  13. Marina Owen
    4 January 2017
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    They’re quite good with powerpoint and word and they can find their way around the internet and play games on it. They love Minecraft so I think this would be right up their street. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. aj
    6 January 2017
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    really good, it would be good for him to learn the next steps.

  15. sharon catterall
    6 January 2017
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    my kids are very confident,i like to think ive taught them well,they know if something doesnt feel right then it probably isnt

  16. Debbie Burfoot
    6 January 2017
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    My son is 4 and has autism but is amazing with technology …his memory is photographic and he made a video added it to you tube and put music on too..very funny

  17. Antonia Richardson
    6 January 2017
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    not very

  18. laura pyper
    7 January 2017
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    boy my older sons are fab our youngest daughter is just learning

  19. joanne casey
    7 January 2017
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    Both my kids are very good with computers, its important to keep up to date with technology

  20. Darren
    7 January 2017
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    My son is doing coding a little at school and would love this.

  21. Victoria Thurgood
    7 January 2017
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    He seems to know what to do

  22. Rebecca Beesley
    7 January 2017
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    one of my son’s is way more competent than me and dream of one day working in the computer / gaming industry

  23. Natalie Crossan
    7 January 2017
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    I love this idea x

  24. 7 January 2017
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    My daughter loves nothing better than pottering about on her laptop. Whether it’s designing houses, interiors or playing Minecraft.

  25. Dominique Clarke
    7 January 2017
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    My son would love this chance. He’s super interested in this sort of thing and i never have the answers for him 🙁

    Maybe he can teach me. Thanks for the chance

  26. Shannon Mostert
    7 January 2017
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    My kids are aged 13, 5 and 1. The 2 eldest are very good on iPads and can both use a computer. The youngest can switch on the iPad and find games. I think that children are learning at an earlier age to use technology, amazing!

  27. Laura Blackburn
    7 January 2017
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    My son says he would love this!!!

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