The 5 best coding apps for kids in 2021
As coding app creators for Gen Z, we are constantly on the lookout for the best programming apps available for kids between the ages of 8 and 17. So for 2021, we collected some of our favorite apps solving the problem of how to teach coding to kids, a skill ever so important in today’s tech-focused landscape. Below we share 5 favorites that are outstanding when it comes to learning to code and we enjoy using them ourselves. Some are listed not only because we love the app, but also because we met and got to know the founders at some point during our startup journeys.
We highlight whether the app teaches basics through gamified learning only or if kids get to write actual code, and which programming language each app focuses on. You may call us biased but the imagiLabs app will always be our favorite app to teach kids how to code, so naturally that made the list :)
Learn coding concepts for $7.99/month or $79.99/year through gamified learning
Best for kids ages 9-16
Fellow female founders and Apple entrepreneur camp participants, the creators of Hopscotch like to describe their freemium app as ‘bite-sized coding’. Hopscotch, the app available on the App Store only at the moment, is designed for children ages 10-16 and allows them to learn the basic concepts of coding through creating their own games. We believe Hopscotch is one of the best iPhone coding apps out there and enjoy using it ourselves. You can download it for free and premium features cost $7.99/month or $79.99/year.
Best for kids ages 10+
Nancy Drew Codes and Clues Mystery Coding Game
Learn coding concepts for $3.99 through gamified learning
Best for kids ages 5-8
The mystery unfolds as kids have to solve challenges using basic coding concepts in this gamified learning app. Nancy Drew Codes and Clues is one of our favorite coding apps because it targets girls in the hopes of getting more females into coding - an important goal imagiLabs shares with the creators. You can get started with the first chapter for free, then finish 6 chapters of mystery by purchasing them in the app one time for $3.99.
Best for kids ages 4-10
Learn Python for free through writing code
Best for kids ages 9-15