With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games.
By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children don’t just learn to code, they code to learn.
ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language (http://scratch.mit.edu), used by millions of people (ages 8 and up) around the world. The ScratchJr interface and programming language were redesigned to make them appropriate for younger children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.
ScratchJr is a collaboration between the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab, the Developmental Technologies research group at Tufts University, and the Playful Invention Company. The ScratchJr project has received generous financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF DRL-1118664), Scratch Foundation, LEGO Foundation, and British Telecommunications.
If you enjoy using this free app, please consider making a donation to the Scratch Foundation (www.scratchfoundation.org), a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing support for ScratchJr. We appreciate donations of all sizes, large and small.
Ratings and Reviews
Awesome, simple, and fun. Fix something though.
There is this mail letter thing, you can choose different colors for it to trigger a signal in your coding thing, or, whatever you call what it does. There is only a few colors, not a lot. I don’t like that part, because I have a lot more things to use that mail thingy than just 6 colors. Can we maybe put a text, instead of colors? Like, any text. For example: “car”. And on the character, you put the same text on that mail thingy. And the action happens. Also, why only 4 scenes? Can we add more than 4 scenes? I also want the audio recording quality a little better. There is this noise sound, it makes the recording sound a little glitchy, I also want to have a feature where you can just get audio from your audio library, or video library.
Thank you, I just want an improvement to make coding better. Overall from this, this app is great! Thank you for reading.
I kinda like it
I like it but it just needs more sections or whatever you call it, so here’s the sections I need so operators but it’s renamed math, sensing, and variables and more blocks in the sections like repeat until, point towards mouse pointer but renamed as point towards hand. And also remove the end blocks replace that as my blocks if you want. What should be in the math\operators: a plus sign, a minus sign and finally add times. Also add clones, delete clone, when start as a clone. Just add everything what scratch has only some stuff.
Works okay buut..
The drawing tool is hard to use and you can only have four frames. When you draw to create or edit a character, the app distorts the lines you draw and doesn’t allow you to draw anything small. If you draw a curved or squiggly line, it’ll often straighten the line unless it has very dramatic squiggles. Your drawing of a parentheses may end up looking like a straight line or a less than sign. If you’re drawing the letter E, it’ll often connect the lines and make it look more like a box with funny looking triangles. If you’re drawing a tiny circle, it literally won’t appear unless you draw it larger. It makes it frustrating to draw anything. In addition, projects are only limited to four frames, so you’re restricted to making only incredibly simple games/stories/etc. A small selection of only 40 colors also limits creativity.
But overall, if you’re making small, short, simple projects with the pre-made characters, it’s an okay app.
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- 53.5 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- 4+, Made for Ages 6–8
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