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! Plus you don’t actually have to have a computer, so it’s a cool tech-free idea. This homemade coding game was pretty easy to set up and can be played with over and over again with any type of pieces. Use superheroes,LEGO, My Little Ponies, Star Wars, or whatever you have to learn a little about programming.

Superhero Computer Coding Game. No Computer Required.

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SUPERHERO CODING FOR KIDS!

Use basic programming ideas to help Batman avoid the bad guys and get the jewels! You have to get him to move on the right path around the obstacles using basic programming commands. Plus it’s an awesome STEM activity. STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math.

MAKE A COMPUTER CODING GAME BOARD

Let’s get started on your computer coding game board

SUPPLIES:

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Poster Board

Craft Tape

Post It Note or Business Card Sheets {we have used these too!}

Superheroes

LEGO Obstacles {or whatever you have!}

I used the size of my post it note pads (had 4 separate little pads) to determine the size of the squares to make the grid. Then I went ahead and laid out the tape using the pads lined up for reference to create a pretty straight line with the tape. Obviously if the tape is creasing and folding, you aren’t straight! I wasn’t going for perfection but a simple grid that was mostly straight. You can also use a marker and ruler.

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HOW TO PLAY A SUPERHERO COMPUTER CODING GAME

CODING COMMAND CARDS

We used three commands. Forward. Turn Left. Turn Right. We did not label each sticky note but took the bottom one from the pile. You can cut cards and label each one with the appropriate action. Both ways are pretty reusable.

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COMPUTER CODING GAME OBSTACLES

If you don’t put obstacles on the board for your chosen character, you will not have a lot of fun commands to program. Set up obstacles in any of the squares. An adult can do this for kids. You can scan to make sure a route is available.

HAVE AN END POINT OR FINISH TO THE GAME

Remember the game can be different each time! You choose the obstacle placement and the finish. We chose a cluster of jewels to be our finish point. Multiple kids can play with multiple characters and multiple finish points. I used Wonder Woman and a separate set of jewels.

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CHOOSE A STARTING POSITION

You can also choose to have your character start facing different directions, forward, facing left, or facing right!

WRITE THE CODE

Start the game. Write the code! You want ample space to lay the code out in front of you. You may have to overlap the cards. What is the shortest or most efficient route to get to your finish point. Lay out forward, left turn, and right turn cards as you move. You can not turn and move forward in one command. They are two separate commands. Move your character as you go.

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ADVANCED VERSION: Do not move your character as you go and plan the commands out in your head and place them out on the table. Then move your character through the series of command and see if you got it right!

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There are endless possibilities with this homemade computer coding game. You can even create your own special cards such as your character can push an obstacle as his/her move! Play it over and over again with a new route each time. Although this game is fun with a couple players, it can also be a great independent play game. Great rainy day activity!

Superhero Computer Coding Game for Kids

Superhero coding game for kids STEM
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20 Comments

  1. Being a technology-shy teacher, I have been reading about Coding for some time but unable to get a handle on exactly what it is and how it works.
    This little game is brilliant and so easy to follow. Might put my big toe in and dabble class!

  2. It can be very complicated sounding and I am usually tech shy too! Check out our binary alphabet activities too. That’s a great computer free way to introduce coding as well. Glad you find this useful. We also have a LEGO idea too.

  3. Made a princess version since that’s what we had on hand. Thanks for the idea.

  4. Awesome, I had hoped there would be new versions made! I can just see a My Little Pony one or an Angry Birds now too!

  5. Hi,

    I’d like to use two of the images in a free guide on how to teach computing science for Primary and Early Years teachers that will be printed and sent free to all Primary schools in Scotland. It is entirely non-profit and has been produced by three Scottish universities and Computing at School Scotland.

    Would it be possible to get higher resolution copies of the sticky note arrows and the superhero characters and lego bricks on the game board please (https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/3-11.jpg).

    I love this activity and the huge range of fab, fun activities on your amazing site by the way! Thanks for sharing all of these ideas! I’ve been using the sticky note board game idea when training Primary teachers across Scotland – it goes down very well!

    Many thanks,

    Kate

  6. HI Kate, unfortunately all my images have been lost due to a coffee and computer incident. If you wish to download from the website, that’s the best I have to offer! Thank you!

  7. This is a really good idea. With everyone quarantined and the few services still delivering toys and games, we need things like this more than ever. I included it on a post about screen-free computer coding games and was going to send you the link, but I can’t find a contact page on here. Hopefully you get my comment. Thanks for the idea!

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