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With Scratch, kids can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community. Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16. It is used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages. Scratch was designed by students at MIT.

COST: Free.


  • Simple interface that’s easy to learn and kid-friendly.
  • Great way to learn the basic concept of coding. 
  • Users are part of a community that can comment on each other’s work.  
  • Users can collaborate on projects together.


  • Social media portion of the site has some filters and restrictions, but parents should monitor their child’s participation.
  • Users will need to explore other programming languages to program complex projects.

Why it’s helpful for families living internationally

Scratch provides a safe online platform for kids to explore programming, create projects, and share their work with others. The Scratch global community provides encouraging support for beginners and experienced users. Kids have a choice of languages to use to navigate the site. 


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