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.
added languages and minor bug fixes
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.
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
WAAAAY easier than normal scratch! Totally awesome, nothing bad to say! But I wish normal scratch said what blocks do. I know what some of them do, but not all of them. Scratch jr. is something all kids should try. If you don’t like it, normal scratch might be better. One of the best things about this is it’s free. I like normal scratch, but this is easier. Just... more messages and maybe some variables (but don’t call the variables!) and this would PERFECT!!! Also I want more costumes. And more backdrops. And I want the characters to be able to say more. Hmm... I also want characters to change color and also be able to change costumes. I can’t remember what I was gonna say.🤦♀️ add badgers.
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- Scratch Foundation, Inc.
- 44.3 MB
- Requires iPadOS 9.3 or later.
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