ScratchJr is a special version of the popular Scratch coding platform which enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. It’s been available on the iPad for a while, and now an Android version has been released.
With Scratch Jnr, the original Scratch interface and language have been redesigned to make it developmentally appropriate for younger children.
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.
If you are interested, you can find out more about the ScratchJr project here.
If you’re using Android-based tablets with Ks1 children then you should definitely check this out. Download Scratch Jnr from the Play Store here.