Monday, January 22, 2018

Coding for Kids - Create Your Own Videogames with Scratch - I'm Giving One Away!

My grandsons are nine, six and four . . . the nine year old LOVES coding! Not only does he LOVE coding, but he actually is quite accomplished at it and genuinely surprises adults when he is able to engage in intelligent and informed conversations with them about coding. My brother was shocked this past Christmas when he and my grandson had a conversation about coding - he said he should have my grandson go train his employees on coding!

Enough of the "grandma-bragging" :-) but seriously, my oldest grandson - and more recently my middle grandson do enjoy coding; a LOT! So, when they saw Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch, they were quite happy.

The first chapter in Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch is entitled; "Why Learn Programming?" and has the following quote - which I love; "Don't just buy a new video game, make one. Don't just download the latest app, help design it. Don't just play on your phone, program it." Barack Obama

The goal for Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch is; "To encourage children not to experience technology passively, but to understand it and see it for what it is: a very powerful tool for bringing their ideas to life.

By engaging children in learning to code their own video games, Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch is actually helping them understand and learn a, "very powerful tool for bringing their ideas to life."

Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch
Author - Text by Coder Kids
Illustrations by - Valentina Figus
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 8-12

Favorite Features -
  • Makes learning to code easy and fun
  • Explains terms and concepts clearly and simply with both words and illustrations
  • Includes all children need to know and learn for them to create and code six different video games!
Sterling Children's Books says; "Kids can learn coding basics—and have fun while doing it! Using Scratch 2.0, the free software created by the MIT Media Labs specifically for young people, this engaging guide teaches eight to 12-year-olds how to create their own games and animated, interactive stories. Each engaging project has detailed, step-by-step explanations and comes with intriguing variants for children to try as their abilities grow."

I love resources which engage my grandsons and help them learn important things - while video games are not "important", learning to code is. Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch is a book my oldest grandson sat right down and read and one my middle grandson (who doesn't particularly love reading) will take the time to read, because he wants to know how to code. 

I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me one Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only) on February 14, 2018. If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing for one Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch, please comment below to share who you would give this book to if you win - clearly, I gave this book to my grandsons.

In addition if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win one 
Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Video Games with Scratch and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know!

10 comments:

  1. Oh my son loves coding, he would be so excited to win this book. I follow on Facebook gfc and email subscriber

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  2. My older daughter would love this book, she is so into coding now

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  4. follow on Google Friend Connect (gala)

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