Introducing Coding to a Six Year Old

I’ve wanted to look at Scratch for a while but haven’t really had a need. And without a need it’s hard to justify the time. However, Jennifer and I decided Brady’s present from Santa this year is going to be the new Lego Boost set.  I think he’s ready for it, but the coding aspect of it makes me a little hesitant.

Today I thought I would see if Brady was interested in coding.  I know he’s naturally curious but I’m scared of overwhelming him. So I decided to go at this in very small steps.

The first thing I asked him to do was to draw me a picture using crayons. He decided upon a couple of flowers. Once he was done with the picture I asked if he thought he could recreate it on the computer.

At first we tried the built in editor in Scratch but he didn’t have the dexterity for that so I installed Tuxpaint. This worked perfectly.  I saved the background image and then asked him if there were any animals which liked flowers.  He said that bee’s love flowers. I asked if he was interested in trying to draw a bee.  He was. And did. I saved this bee as a separate image.

I had to spend a couple of minutes getting the image sizes right and adding a transparency to the bee but once that was done I asked him if he could help me write our first program. He decided that he wanted to be able to make the bee fly around the screen. A couple of minutes later we had come up with the following:

Scratch code for Brady's Bee
Scratch code for Brady’s Bee

The end result:

His face lit up when he figured out how to control his bee. (This requires Flash.)

1 thought on “Introducing Coding to a Six Year Old

  1. I have noticed you don’t monetize your site, don’t waste your traffic,
    you can earn additional bucks every month. You can use the best adsense
    alternative for any type of website (they approve all websites),
    for more info simply search in gooogle: boorfe’s tips monetize your website

Leave a Reply to Anonymous Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

JetShack is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache