I have two boys (ages 9 and 6.5) that are about the right age to start to use the computer as something more than a game machine. I have started giving the older one some background of some basic…Continue
"Inexpensive (free) and fairly easy to learn languages are out there but ones that have gateways to more powerful languages are rare. Sure, LOGO is fun and you can learn some of the concepts like loops and variables but I've never seen…"
"I highly recommend the book "Andre Curse" by Omi M. Inouye (I found it at Thinkgeek personally). It is a fun little book and can really help the kid to grasp a lot of basic concepts in programming (Primarily it is about…"
"I would recommend two apps for those with iPads or other iOS devices. Cargo-Bot is the first app programmed entirely on an iPad and it teaches the logic of programming in a way that's easy for young children to grasp. It's also free.…"
"You may want to look at the demo of Construct 2, which allows you to create games in HTML5.
Sadly, unlike gamemaker, it does not allow for things like scripting. But it may in the future, considering it's relatively new and there is an update…"
"When my son was 7 years old I gave him a copy of the book "The Game Maker's Apprentice" by Jacob Habgood and Mark Overmars. I had to sit with him for the first couple of chapters, and then he was able to work from there with…"
"All good suggestions so far. When kids tire of Alice and Scratch because they are just not challenging enough, I highly recommend the book
Hello World!Computer Programming for Kids and Other BeginnersWarren D. Sande and Carter Sande (Manning…"
"The best tool I have found is http://www.teachingkidsprogramming.org/
It uses (and links to) the SmallBasic language and has links to a lot of downloadable lessons and fun things to do and it's all free. My wife has used it to teach my 6…"