In today’s world, where kids have been exposed to coding at a very young age it becomes crucial that the learning is fun for them. Children learn better when they enjoy what they are learning and to make their coding journey fun games play a vital role. Let’s take a look at various games that can make coding more fun. Kids enjoy creating the game as much as they enjoy playing it.
Maze Game is one of the oldest games which can be created with different levels (easy to difficult). We can create a Maze game using Scratch where the character has to reach the final destination without losing the game. To start creating games kids first need to understand the basics of coding and then they can start experimenting with new things.
Pong is one of the most popular games which can be created using Scratch coding and MIT App Inventor. It is a two-player game where each player has to hit the ball in order to score a point. The player who scores the maximum number of points wins the game. Either we can create a two-player game or a single-player one where the opponent is a computer.
Pacman is another classic game that will be interesting to create. In this game, the character has to eat all the dots in order to complete the level. This game can be created using Scratch. Kids will need a good understanding of block coding before they start developing this game. Try the google doodle Pacman to understand the game.
Flappy Bird Game
Flappy Bird is one of the most addictive games which has been created to test the skill of a coder. It is a one-player game where the player has to navigate the bird through the pipes without hitting them. The game becomes more challenging as you play it due to different obstacles in this game. This game can be created using advanced concepts in Scratch-like screen scrolling. Further, elder kids can use python to develop this game.
Rock Paper Scissor
Rock paper scissor is a classic game that we have all played in our childhood. It is a two-player game where each player has to choose between rock, paper, or scissors, and the one who wins the maximum number of rounds, wins the game. This game can be created using Scratch where the opponent will be a computer. This game involves a lot of logical conditions which might be difficult for younger kids to understand. Therefore, MIT App Inventor or Python will be a good option to create this game.
Tic Tac toe
Another popular board game is Tic Tac Toe, which can be played between two people. The player who can successfully place three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game. This game will be good for elder kids to develop as the logic of this game might be difficult for younger kids. Python will be the best language to create this game.
Hangman is a word guessing game where the player has to guess a word by suggesting letters. If the letter does not occur in the word, then the computer draws a part of the hangman. The player needs to guess the word correctly before the full hangman is drawn. The player wins if they guess the word correctly before the maximum number of tries. This game can be created using Python as it involves a lot of string and logical operations.
Besides these games, there are a lot of other games that kids can create. The level of complexity could vary depending upon the platform and the age group of the kids. They can come up with their own idea of a game which will help them to be a thinker and bring their ideas to life.
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By – Vineeta Chaudhary , an Educator at SkoolofCode with B.E in Computers. She is an expert in block-based coding which includes platforms like Scratch, MIT App Inventor and Thunkable.