Learning to code without a computer may seem impossible, but it makes perfect sense, especially for kids that do not have access to a computer at home during school closures. More than anything, learning to code requires a lot of analytical thinking and problem-solving. You can play coding games and complete coding activities for kids that can teach concepts without ever looking at a screen.
As of March 25, 2020, Education Week estimates at least 114,000 public and private schools in the United States are closed, or were closed and later reopened. These school closures have affected at least 52.6 million school students.
As a parent or teacher you may be scrambling if your students do not have access to a computer. Luckily, teachers have taught for generations without the use of the internet. With most kids getting their education from home, we wanted to provide free coding activities for kids through familiar mediums that are readily available during these trying times and make sure they are advancing in their studies.
We’ve created 7 free coding activities for kids that you can add to your homeschool curriculum to teach the basic principles of coding. It includes fun, kid-friendly favorites like a coding word search and a coding crossword puzzle. You can also use our printable worksheets to teach kids about algorithms, ASCII codes, and bubble sorting. Give your students a foundation in metacognition, problem-solving, and abstract thinking.
Our 7 free printable activities for kids includes:
1. Code My Name
Using ASCII code, you can write your name in binary! If you feel extra creative you can not only write your name in numbers, but you can even code your name using color beads and make a bracelet, keychain, necklace, or new home decorations. Don’t miss a great opportunity to learn about how computers process numbers and symbols. What may seem like an ordinary bracelet, is actually a sequence that spells out a complete thought. Here is how to create a keepsake using binary code or send a secret message: assign a separate color for 0, 1, and spaces and make the pattern say your name!
2. How do you do it? Follow the steps
What does making a lemonade have to do with coding? Here is a funny and engaging way to work on sequencing! Are you ready to learn and laugh? Think about it, making a lemonade may seem simple, but imagine having to write out the entire process, step-by-step, for someone who has never seen a lemon to follow. This is close to what coders do every day! The person writing code (the coder) has to create a sequence, that if followed, will always produce the same product.
3. A Family Adventure: Near or Far
This is a way to master bubble sorting! What is THAT? Bubble sort is a relatively simple sorting algorithm. It works by repeatedly sorting adjacent elements until the entire group is sorted. If your family is near you, you can get them together to practice bubble sorting in person, but if your family is far you can replicate this game with them by creating versions of them on paper in which their height is represented.
4-7. Coding Vocabulary Worksheets & Answers
Learning vocabulary in any subject helps kids feel empowered. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Vocabulary is critical to a child’s success for these reasons: vocabulary growth is directly related to school achievement and hey can describe and utilize proper terminology.
We’ve included three activities with which students can practice coding vocabulary while mastering definitions and understanding.
Do you know of more games and activities that can be played without a computer? Share your favorites with us and let us know!
If your students decide they enjoy the activities and they would like to continue learning to code. CodeWizardsHQ delivers the most fun and effective live, online coding classes for kids and teens ages 8-18. We offer coding classes to elementary, middle, and high school students. You can also enroll your child in a special daytime or accelerated class during school closures.