With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games.
By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children don’t just learn to code, they code to learn.
ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language (http://scratch.mit.edu), used by millions of people (ages 8 and up) around the world. The ScratchJr interface and programming language were redesigned to make them appropriate for younger children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.
ScratchJr is a collaboration between the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab, the Developmental Technologies research group at Tufts University, and the Playful Invention Company. The ScratchJr project has received generous financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF DRL-1118664), Scratch Foundation, LEGO Foundation, and British Telecommunications.
If you enjoy using this free app, please consider making a donation to the Scratch Foundation (www.scratchfoundation.org), a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing support for ScratchJr. We appreciate donations of all sizes, large and small.
* Support for five new languages: Chinese, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Swedish
* minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Let's be honest
This app is a little too young for me :/ but I think you should send out the normal scratch onto the App Store! This is nice and simple. Easy for me to use because I'm really dumb 😂 Yeah so you need to send out the normal scratch please Aswell so I can become a boss at it. I don't have a laptop or computer sadly so I can't do it at home but I can do it at school
Greetings from Amber (11) ♥️
It’s great and all but how are kids supposed to understand everything if there isn’t any instructions? Trust me, some kids don’t even know what scratch is. Well, maybe there could be a feature here where you can switch this to look like online scratch. It’s a bit too complicated for kids and quite hard to understand. So this is good but I prefer the online better for me.
We have this app on the iPads at school and it’s really funny and all the kids use it and they love it. I don’t see why people judge it bad because you can have hours of fun with this app. Not as good as real scratch but seems great.
- Code-to-Learn Foundation
- 41 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.