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If your household is anything like mine, you probably have an iPad at home that was supposed to be for you, but that your kids have pretty much taken over. All of my kids love to play with the iPad since there are so many amazing games that are available for it. We recently had the opportunity to try out a brand new iPad app called Tynker. Tynker teaches your kids programming skills with the use of fun games. I have two boys who are very hands on, and love to build things, so I knew this app would be perfect for them to “tinker” around with. 🙂
Tynker allows your child to learn programming skills through the use of sequences, repetition, and conditional logic, along with building computational thinking skills like logical reasoning, pattern recognition, and problem solving. The first set of 20 puzzles in the app are free to play, and additional puzzles are available as in-app purchases. The Tynker learning platform is already being used by over 8,000 schools and 5 million users, making it one of the largest ed-tech applications in the world. The Tynker iPad app was created to for parents and schools who wished to use tablets to teach essential coding fundamentals.
The first game in the app, Puppy Adventure, helps kids use logic and loop variations to help Pixel, the lost puppy,find his way home. Kids drag and drop visual blocks to help build the program and finish a task, such as helping Pixel reach his goal.
As you can see in the above photo, Pixel needs to jump and run in a certain sequence to get to the cap. My kids had a lot of fun with this game, and really had to learn to pay attention and try out different blocks to reach the goal. I also found this game to be fun for adults as well!
The game builds on each step and gets just a bit more difficult each time. It’s both challenging and rewarding! One of the things that we loved about Tynker was the awesome graphics of each game. They made playing the game fun for all ages.
Lost In Space is an additional game in the app that builds on the previous game, Puppy Adventure. This game helps kids learn more advanced programming concepts like conditional logic and apply spatial orientation skills to lead astronaut Biff to his moon base avoiding asteroids and black holes.
We found this game to be much more challenging but lots of fun too. I got stuck myself on this particular game and my boys had to help me figure it out! 🙂
The last game, Sketch Racer, allows Snap the Turtle to be programmed to draw complex geometric
shapes using simple commands.
As you can see, Tynker is one terrific app to help kids learn to recognize patterns; break down a problem into smaller steps; engage in programming concepts like sequencing, loops and conditional logic; develop computer drawing and algorithmic thinking skills; and debug programs. Wow!
My three older kids ages 13 down to 7, all loved this app and found figuring out the puzzles fun to do. I loved the fact that they had no idea how much they were actually learning by playing with Tynker! As stated before, the first game in the app, Puppy Adventure is free and contains 20 levels. This is the starter level and you need to complete this in order to really grasp how the game works overall. After that you can grab the additional games for only $1.99 each or $2.99 for the set. These games contain an additional 120 levels of learning fun!
To learn more about Tynker and get your copy, please visit: Tynker for iPad