Coding is the language of the future and coding classes are becoming a massive hit not only with parents but with kids too, feeding their natural curiosity and often tying in with the games and technology they already use daily.

It’s hard to know where and when to start them off though, especially if you don’t have any experience with coding yourself. So, we’ve put together a map for your kids to go from a beginner to a pro with classes that focus on fun and engagement to feed curiosity rather than dampen it. 

1. Getting started

It’s never too early to get the kids started with Scratch Jr intro to coding classes. The classes use a simple flashcard and tablet approach to give kids as young as 4 early exposure to what’s happening behind the scenes with the technology they see all around them. While being very early days for their development these classes can open up a world of curiosity for young minds. 

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2. Connecting with something they love

If your kids are developing a love for gaming and an interest in coding, this is a good stage for them to connect the two. Many programmers get into coding by learning how the games they love work behind the screen. Learning about video games is a great way to develop kids’ hobbies into great future skills for their education and the workforce. 

Cypher Coding is running a Christmas camp that focuses on teaching coding for the popular game Minecraft. Kids learn important coding principles including decomposition, algorithms, abstraction and logical thinking through the Redstone programming language. 

https://kiddiplan.com/activities?search=cypher+minecraft 

3. Getting practical

An important part of learning for kids is being able to connect what they are learning to relevant and interesting outcomes. At this stage making things that seem practical and inspiring them to go home and use the skills on their own projects is paramount. 

Here, it’s useful for students to start learning practical languages but in a non-threatening and fun way. The p5 language is perfect for this. P5 is actually not its own language but a library of JavaScript designed to make JavaScript easier to learn and use. The benefits of learning p5 are that the skills developed here will be directly transferable to the real world with Javascript being one of the most popular languages for web and software development but also for artists, designers, architects and probably most other professions in the near future. 

https://kiddiplan.com/activities/educational/face-to-face-creative-coding-p5-classes/sci

4. Creating the future 

For those that are showing a real interest in the science of computers and programming, The Angels School has options for kids as young as 9-15 to step it up and take their learning to the next level. Quantum computing classes for kids are aimed at introducing young ones to quantum physics, algorithms, and computing in lessons designed to be accessible to all skill levels.

Students will even program a real quantum computer and gain an advanced understanding of computing concepts that will become more and more desirable as the quantum computing revolution approaches.  

https://kiddiplan.com/activities/educational/quantum-computing-for-kids-2 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and no matter where you’re based there’s bound to be at least a few options near you and plenty of options online. You can also search for a class near you at https://kiddiplan.com/activities?search=coding