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 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!
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!