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.
Minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Great for when I was younger...
I’m a 12 year old who used to use this app I think it’s great and is a great begging coding app. It has all the basics, but I wish there was more freedom. Example: import images; variables; backpack. These are things that make scratch great. Also I would really appreciate it if mit considered putting mit scratch on iOS/ mobile devices. And consider adding in a feature to enable users to export or save their project to continue on another device or save as a file if you end up deleting the app.
One final wish(for mit scratch and scratch junior)AUTO SAVE. I remember countless times of lost progress. I’m working on a puzzle game right now called Pico’s Adventure, and I lost progress of 3 levels of which I spent about 10 mins each on.
kids love it
super easy to learn even for a 6yo... great fun and educational for kids
importing images for both backgrounds and characters would be a bonus and one badly missing part if this is meant as a programming teaching tool, are the logical blocks. even simple thing like “change direction” IF ....
yes, it would “complicate” thinking’s but it would allow more creative stories to be build...
looking forward to new version
NEED MORE ITEMS AND BACKGROUNDS AND ANIMALS!!
I love the game but I wish it had animals and backgrounds and, MORE ITEMS!! Like more items for the house and what if you want to have a barbecue outside but you can't because you don't have the right item for it? And what if you want a house and a couch and a TV and food and other stuff you need in the house? And What about pets like cats and dogs and hamsters and rabbits and birds Farm animals like cows and sheep and roosters and donkeys and what about the backgrounds what if you want to go on a camping trip or you want to go to a horse race or a battle arena or a animal shelter? You really need to add more things ☹️ please do add more things in the next update please 😜
- Code-to-Learn Foundation
- 40.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.