There are some useful apps here that help your children learn and practise basic computing skills. Some of these are highly creative and require problem solving stamina from the children. I have grouped them into three areas: Early,
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Some apps to encourage early computing skills.
There is a wide range of Toca apps that support children to learn basic control skills. They are great fun and my children love them! You can read more about Toca Robot lab here, or see more of Toca Monsters here. Some are free, others are paid for.
Build and play 3D
Croco studio has created this lovely little app where you get to build and test out 15 different toys. Great fun! You can read more about it here. £1.99 There are two other apps available - rockets and planes. I managed to get this one free via apps gone free.
A simple app that gets choildren to practise basic logical thinking. There is a free version, but also a paid version that promises an upcoming kodable curriculum. It is 70% off at the moment (June/July 2013)
Thanks to Louise Stone for drawing my attention to it.
Build a car
Build a car is a great little app for early control. Our EYFS children love it!
Create a car is another super little app which the children love. Create your car then take it for a test drive!
Our favourite classroom friend comes to the ipad with the Beebot app.
Fabulous and free too!
There is a new Beebot app out as well where you have to navigate around pyramids. This may be more suitable for KS2
A.L.E.X. another great app shared by @skinnyboyevans. A bit like beebot, but with a robot.
Enhance your skills
There is no age recommendation to these, other than they are in my view a step on from the early skills apps.
This well known resource is now available in app form. It's free too! Marvellous!
Light bot is another good app for early programming skills and it is usefully available for 4-8 year olds and 9-12. Read more about it in this post here
Try Hopscotch for some more free coding for kids. It will remind you of scratch, but is more simple. Thanks to @skinnyboyevans for sharing. you can see his blogpost here too.
Cargo-bot is a great little app where you have to teach the robot to move crates. Sounds easy ... but try it out!
Cato's Hike is a great little programming app that puts me in mind of kodu. try the lite version first to see what you think. Thanks @skinnyboyevans for sharing this gem!
A lovely little problem solving app that @JennyH68 shared with me. You can try the lite version and there is now a second app too. I like a lot!
Not an app, but BYOB's snap is a scratch style programming resource that works on the ipad! Free!
Extend your skills
These apps require a lot of logical thinking and are great creative fun.
Recommended to me by @JenniH68, I played this over a few weeks and loved it. You can watch a demo here.
Tiny bang story
Another beautiful app that promotes logical thinking. The images in this are fantastic for story / descriptive writing too. I use them regularly for 'talking picture' groups.
Become an inventor with this fab app! Take a look at this film clip to find out more. Shared by @JenniH68
A brilliant little app for science and ICT. Make your monster then problem solve your way through a range of scientific processes. Half price at the moment (Sept) 69p
Minecraft is one of the most popular choices at Roydon Primary. Create your own world, then play it. I will share some school projects very soon, though you can learn more about it on youtube. There is a free lite version or the full one for £4.99
I really like this app because I can see it's place with my children at school and how they can start to learn basic coding with it. Yes there are glitches and it isn't perfect (read the review on the app store), but it's a great starting point - and it is free. I have blogged about it in more detail here.