ScratchJr is a new version of the popular Scratch coding platform, especially written for iPads with a free app. ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games.
Like the other versions of Scratch, children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves — then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.
ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language, used by millions of people (ages 8 and up) around the world. The ScratchJr interface and programming language were redesigned to make them developmentally appropriate for younger children.
If you are looking for ways to introduce younger children to coding, then this is definitely worth getting.
ScratchJr is now available as a free iPad app. The developers expect to release an Android version later in 2014 and a web-based version in 2015. You can find out more about the ScratchJr project here.