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What’s It Like? Codeable Crafts is a clever reworking of introductory coding, combining simple crafting (coloring, stickers, cut-out shapes) with visual block-based coding to get kids making animations and telling stories. It begins with a brief tutorial overview showing kids how to decorate and animate charming animal templates. Then, kids choose from My Sketchbook or My Storybook to start creating. Kids color and affix stickers to the templates in the sketchbook, and choose finished creatures to star in animated stories in the storybook, choosing from a small set of basic coding blocks to create sound, movement, and text. They put the blocks together like puzzle pieces and tap “play” to watch the finished story.

Graphite Rating: 4/5

Price: Free

Grades: K-3

Pros: Easy-to-use tools make creating simple animations a snap.

Cons: A small set of tools means drawing and coding options might feel limited.

Bottom line: Kids get a simple peek at computer programming principles by animating stories using code blocks.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.