Fun coding activities for kids! Technology is a huge part of our lives today. My son loves his iPad and although we monitor his use of it, it’s a part of our home. We have also come up with some fun ways to do coding without a computer for easy STEM activities. Free printable coding worksheets included!

FUN CODING ACTIVITIES WITHOUT A COMPUTER

WHAT IS CODING?

Computer coding is a huge part of STEM, but what does it mean for our younger kids? Computer coding is what creates all the software, apps, and websites we use without even thinking twice!

A code is a set of instructions and computer coders {real people} write these instructions to program all sorts of things. Coding is its own language and for programmers, it’s like learning a new language when they write code.

There are different types of computer languages but they all do a similar task which is to take our instructions and turn them into a code the computer can read.

Have you heard of the binary alphabet? It’s a series of 1’s and 0’s that form letters, which then form a code the computer can read. We have a couple of hands-on activities that teach about binary code below. Check out these fun coding activities with free coding worksheets now.

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CODING FOR KIDS

1. LEGO Coding

Coding with LEGO® is a great introduction to the world of coding using a favorite building toy. Check out all the different ideas for using LEGO bricks to introduce coding.

LEGO Computer Coding

2. Code Your Name In Binary

Use the binary code and our free binary code worksheets to code your name in binary.

3. Superhero Coding Game

A computer coding game is a really fun way to introduce the basic concept of computer coding to young kids. Even better if you make it a superhero computer coding game! This homemade coding game was pretty easy to set up and can be played with over and over again with any type of pieces. 

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4. Christmas Coding Game

Printable Christmas theme algorithm game for kids with 3 levels of difficulty. Easy to print and play!

Printable Christmas Coding STEM Activity Game for Kids

5. Christmas Coding Ornament

Use pony beads and pipe cleaners to make these colorful scientific ornaments for the Christmas tree. What Christmas message will you add it to in code?

6. Valentine’s Day Coding

Screen-free coding with a craft! Use the binary alphabet to code “I love you” in this cute Valentine’s Day craft.

Valentines Day Coding Activity LOVE

7. BINARY CODE

Learn more about the binary code for kids. Find out who invented the binary code and how it works. Includes a free printable binary code activity.

8. CODE MASTER GAME

Check out our review of the Code Master board game. It shows how a computer executes programs through a specific sequence of actions. Only one sequence is correct to win the Code Master level.

Code Master Coding Game for Kids Game Review STEM game for kids

9. MORSE CODE

One of the oldest codes that is still in use to day. Get our printable Morse Code key and send a message to a friend.

AWESOME CODING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Make sure to check out all our fun STEM activities for kids!

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Take the kids on a screen-free, problem-solving adventure…

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Coding Explorer's Quest Pack