Play. Have fun. Learn! Next in our Homeschool Unit Study: Coding series we cover games you can play to learn about coding.
I really like to have boys learn through games. They can learn so much by just playing a fun game that it really still amazes me that more people don’t do this. NOTE: I will add a few posts we have on playing games and learning math at the bottom of this post so be sure to check there.
There are a lot of games out there to learn about coding but some of them were too confusing, were not fun (aka b.o.r.i.n.g) or didn’t really teach anything about coding at all. To be honest it took me a long time to come up with a solid list of fun games, but here you go 🙂
The way these games teach about coding is mainly through logic or mathematical thinking. They are really fun to play which I think is super important for keeping boys engaged.
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Homeschool Unit Study: Coding, Games to Play
With Lightbot and Lightbot Jr. you program your robot to move along the squares to light up all of the blue tiles. I played this game in the past and actually got really into it. It is challenging but also fun. My son and I enjoyed playing together and trying to figure out how to get the robot to go where we wanted it to go. Lightbot (Android), Lightbot JR (Android), Lightbot (iPhone), Lightbot (iPad)
Robozzle is super simplistic. It is a basic board with a “robot” that is actually an arrow. You have to program the robot to move over the stars. Includes a tutorial. Some boys like this better than others. I think if they upped the graphics a bit it would be more visually appealing.
Kodable looks like fun. I understand that it is the beginnings of the beginning of coding. So, more of a logic type puzzle game that K-2 (or beginners) can try. Free but be aware that there are paid upgrades for more levels. Kodable (iPad)
Cargo-Bot (iPad) teaches programming and loops through game play. So sad I don’t have an iPad! I couldn’t test this one because of that but it is highly recommended in many places and people seem to really love it for the game play aspect as well. I really want to play! I love this type of game. When I wrote this post the iPad Mini was a pretty good deal. I have an android tablet but there are so many good learning games on the iPad I might switch when it is time to upgrade.
BotLogic is a fun little game. At first I thought it was way too easy but they add elements as you go along making it fun and challenging. There are 5 different age brackets from very young through adult. The Bot is entertaining and if his beeping bothers you, just turn down the volume. Free online.
If your boy is into LEGO I would recommend trying LEGO Mindstorms Fix the Factory game. It was put out in 2013 and is currently free. You control EV3RSTORM through a maze to put dropped battery packs back in their place. You have to command the robot and use logic and spatial reasoning to complete the tasks. LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Fix the Factory (iPhone), LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Fix the Factory (iPad)
Last we have a free demo of Machineers. It is not yet out in a full version but there are plans to release on the iPad. (of course, LOL) The demo version is for PC or Mac. Quirky doesn’t begin to describe the style and that is why I like it. The object of the game is to fix broken machines.
Well, that ought to keep everyone busy for a while! Try some of these fun games to get your boys on their way to coding. All of these games are fun and provide a lot of learning along the way.
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You might also like these posts on playing math games:
LEGO Learning Math Games
Play Cards, Learn Math, Have Fun!
Great Games to Play–Warning! You Might Learn Some Math
Does your boy like to play games to learn? Has he tried any of these games? Leave a comment, we would love to hear from you.