Have you wanted to introduce simple computer-free coding ideas to your kids? Our Valentine’s Day coding activity is perfect!  Find out what the binary code for love is with this simple hands-on Valentine STEM activity.

HEART CODING BRACELETS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentines Day Coding STEM Activity Bead Binary Alphabet. STEAM craft for kids. Technology activity with screen free coding.

CODING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Screen-free coding with a craft! The binary alphabet we used for our Code Valentine’s Day project is actually easier to understand than you might think.

Learn how the computer speaks and why A isn’t just A to the computer. It’s pretty cool and totally fun for kids who are into all things computers. It’s a great introduction to coding with a bit of hands-on play too!

We had seen a similar project done at school in a different grade, and my son wanted to know more about it. Plus it’s a great STEM activity for young kids!

This is a really fun STEM craft for kids who aren’t necessarily into crafty projects. There’s a specific purpose to the colors and patterns because you are using the binary code. A great hands-on way to explore coding without the computer and make a gift for a friend or family member.

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Valentines Day Coding Activity LOVE

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VALENTINE’S DAY CODING

You can also try out code using LEGO pieces if you have a brick building fan! Jewelry beads and twine can also be used to code fun bracelets. Large safety pins and beads can be used to create friendship pins with an initial!

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HOW TO MAKE A CODING BRACELET

STEP 1. Pick a color to represent the number 1 and pick a color to represent the number 0.

  • You also need to pick a different color bead to separate the letters. These are really just spacers.
  • A good thing to keep in mind is that each letter in the binary alphabet is pretty long. Each letter consists of a pattern containing 8 digits called bits.
  • You might consider starting with short words as all those digits fill up space quickly!
  • We fit three and four-letter words on our single pipe cleaner heart. You can attach more pipe cleaners together for longer words.
Valentines Day Coding Supplies

STEP 2. Bend a pipe cleaner in half to form the bottom of the heart.

STEP 3. Pick your first letter and thread the appropriate color beads onto the pipe cleaner. You will have to maneuver this set of beads past the bend as well as a few beads of the next letter. Continue threading your letters using the binary alphabet.

Make sure to separate the letters with a bead!

We used these words: MOM, DAD, SON, and LOVE for our Valentine’s coding activity!

Once you have completed your word, simply bend the ends in towards each other and twist. You can shape your heart as you go. This is the word LOVE below.

Valentines Coding STEM Activity Beaded Hearts Binary Alphabet

My son is holding the binary word for “LOVE” which he made along with SON for our Valentines Day coding project. I made the words MOM and DAD. I would love to get some ribbon and making a hanging decoration out of all four beaded hearts!

This is an awesome, playful way to learn about the Binary Alphabet and a great introduction to computer coding!

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE PRINTABLE VALENTINE STEM CALENDAR & JOURNAL PAGES!

EASY VALENTINE’S DAY CODING ACTIVITY WITH PRETTY BEADED HEARTS!

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21 Comments

  1. The binary alphabet is composed of EIGHT bits, not seven. Capital and lower-case letters are different.

    Your chart is incorrect, as is the statement that the binary alphabet is composed of seven bits.

    The resource that you’ve cited states this clearly:
    “… computers don’t use the letter A. They use the eight character binary number 01000001 to represent A. This binary numbers tutorial describes what binary numbers are and how to calculate them.”

  2. It was originally defined as a 7 digit code and there are extension son the alphabet that are 8 digits. I will update to include a printable 8 bit version.

  3. we are going to use this I don’t care about the 7 bit, but I just wanted to suggest that you put your sitename on the paper so we can find you again. đŸ™‚ thank you!

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