FREE website - 'Scratch' - that teaches your kids coding!
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FREE website - 'Scratch' - that teaches your kids coding!

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Found 9th Sep
We've just discovered the 'Scratch' website which is completely free to register and is aimed at kids 8 and up, though I'm using it with my Year 2 child and he's fine as long as I help.

It introduces kids to coding and they can make their own animations. It took 20 mins to have a play and figure it out but has kept my son entertained for an hour on each day of the weekend for a couple of weeks so far.

I highly recommend it and it's FREE with no adverts or anything like that!

I have also found a book on Amazon for £3.99 delivered if your child really loves it..Scratch book but you can figure it out without the book!

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Original Poster

I'm a parent of a primary school child. I did not know about it and neither did my friends with primary school aged children. I thought it was a good share but will have no objection to mods taking it off if not really a 'deal'. It is entertaining and educating my child for free so has technically saved me from spending money on buying something similar to do the same job.

BUT I didn't realise there was a free section!!!
Maybe someone could move it? I really don't find this new app very easy. My other half gave up but I've persisted although clearly with big errors - Sorry!
Edited by: "sam_brackley" 9th Sep

Wow this website sometimes, so picky. Thanks OP appreciate the heads up on this. Shame it's flash though.

Thanks OP, I didn't know about this. I'm pretty sure a lot of parents and grandparents won't have heard of this.

I've not done any coding or programming since I did a course on Cobol and played around with basic on the old C16 and C64 (thought we were the mutts nutz then).So going to do this myself.

Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had children of primary school age would know that. This is not a deal as such, it should be moved to the Free section.
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Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had children of primary school age would know that. This is not a deal as such, it should be moved to the Free section.

It's good for people who don't know, also can try code.org I think it is, where they have scratch type games with actual lessons... My daughter loved it 😊

Original Poster

I'm a parent of a primary school child. I did not know about it and neither did my friends with primary school aged children. I thought it was a good share but will have no objection to mods taking it off if not really a 'deal'. It is entertaining and educating my child for free so has technically saved me from spending money on buying something similar to do the same job.

BUT I didn't realise there was a free section!!!
Maybe someone could move it? I really don't find this new app very easy. My other half gave up but I've persisted although clearly with big errors - Sorry!
Edited by: "sam_brackley" 9th Sep

Wow this website sometimes, so picky. Thanks OP appreciate the heads up on this. Shame it's flash though.

Thanks OP, I didn't know about this. I'm pretty sure a lot of parents and grandparents won't have heard of this.

I've not done any coding or programming since I did a course on Cobol and played around with basic on the old C16 and C64 (thought we were the mutts nutz then).So going to do this myself.

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mrty2 m ago

Thanks OP, I didn't know about this. I'm pretty sure a lot of parents and …Thanks OP, I didn't know about this. I'm pretty sure a lot of parents and grandparents won't have heard of this. I've not done any coding or programming since I did a course on Cobol and played around with basic on the old C16 and C64 (thought we were the mutts nutz then).So going to do this myself.

You've literally just spoken to me in another language I may be learning as much as my son

othen7 m ago

Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had …Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had children of primary school age would know that. This is not a deal as such, it should be moved to the Free section.



I don't think there are sections anymore. everything gets dumped in deals now

Did not know about this, thanks for the heads up.

Deedie13 m ago

I don't think there are sections anymore. everything gets dumped in deals …I don't think there are sections anymore. everything gets dumped in deals now


Look at the menu at the top on the home page, it will say:

Hotdeals All Deals Voucher Codes Freebies

PS. Freebies means free things :-)
Edited by: "othen" 9th Sep

It's aimed at teachers but another website that will help you with this if you want to learn is code-it.co.uk

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othen9 m ago

Look at the menu at the top on the home page, it will say:Hotdeals …Look at the menu at the top on the home page, it will say:Hotdeals All Deals Voucher Codes FreebiesPS. Freebies means free things :-)

On the Android app there it is not there. Just deals and vouchers. I've opened all the menus and can't find freebies anywhere.

sam_brackley25 m ago

I'm a parent of a primary school child. I did not know about it and …I'm a parent of a primary school child. I did not know about it and neither did my friends with primary school aged children. I thought it was a good share but will have no objection to mods taking it off if not really a 'deal'. It is entertaining and educating my child for free so has technically saved me from spending money on buying something similar to do the same job.BUT I didn't realise there was a free section!!! Maybe someone could move it? I really don't find this new app very easy. My other half gave up but I've persisted although clearly with big errors - Sorry!


Always good to bring things up. If you didn't know,chances are others didn't know. Also look at TuxPaint for the younger child. They tend to love it.
You child should be using it at some point in primary school, I think it's now down in KS1.
CodeClubs also use it as do early senior school.
Look at CodeClub/RaspberryPi websites for some thing to have a go at.

There is a Scratch on tablets to so have a look for that, the same but simplified for primary age too.

My son has tried scratch and although he likes it - he prefers clickteams fusion which although is a paid program the free version allows you to do most things my boy does.

codeacademy.com is also worth a look.
Edited by: "Strzelecki" 9th Sep

thanks op my child is in yr3 and I'd never heard of scratch before!

Great website, thanks for posting OP

sam_brackley28 m ago

You've literally just spoken to me in another language I may be …You've literally just spoken to me in another language I may be learning as much as my son

Cobol - common business-oriented language.

C16 - Commodore 16. Every level home computer with a MASSIVE 16kb ( not a typo , yes kb ) ram.

C64 - As above but with 64kb ram.

I spent two years completing a correspondence course learning Cobol. And another in systems analysis. Did the exams and passed.
Computeach (the course providers) had advertised that anyone passing their courses would be helped to get a job working with computers (bear in mind this was the mid 80's ). They offered me a job as data input clerk , or typist, as the qualifications I had weren't' good enough for anything better. -"but you can improve your employability by completing this course for another £1200 " ( nearly three months wages then).
What a con.

Scratch is as old as the hills. Why is this a deal?

sam_brackley14 m ago

On the Android app there it is not there. Just deals and vouchers. I've …On the Android app there it is not there. Just deals and vouchers. I've opened all the menus and can't find freebies anywhere.


I notice that someone has moved this posting to the Freebie section (I'm guessing one of the moderators did that), perhaps one needs the web version to see the menu (you should be able to do that on your cell phone)?
This post was a useful piece of information, but I'm be amazed if any primary schools were not using it (and telling parents to subscribe). I certainly knew about this from my son's school when he was 4.

bensimmo17 m ago

Always good to bring things up. If you didn't know,chances are others …Always good to bring things up. If you didn't know,chances are others didn't know. Also look at TuxPaint for the younger child. They tend to love it.You child should be using it at some point in primary school, I think it's now down in KS1.CodeClubs also use it as do early senior school.Look at CodeClub/RaspberryPi websites for some thing to have a go at.There is a Scratch on tablets to so have a look for that, the same but simplified for primary age too.



I'm well aware of the menu system on here, been a member for a long time on here.

what I probably should have said is that the mods don't distinguish between "deals" "vouchers" or "freebies" anymore and everything is dumped in deals now. the mods regularly post voucher codes, in the deals section, disguised as deals by posting some random item from a website and using a code to justify a deal.

so, there is no sections anymore regardless of what the top of the page says.

othen5 m ago

I notice that someone has moved this posting to the Freebie section (I'm …I notice that someone has moved this posting to the Freebie section (I'm guessing one of the moderators did that), perhaps one needs the web version to see the menu (you should be able to do that on your cell phone)?This post was a useful piece of information, but I'm be amazed if any primary schools were not using it (and telling parents to subscribe). I certainly knew about this from my son's school when he was 4.



my 8yr old had never heard of it, but is on it just now

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othen10 m ago

I notice that someone has moved this posting to the Freebie section (I'm …I notice that someone has moved this posting to the Freebie section (I'm guessing one of the moderators did that), perhaps one needs the web version to see the menu (you should be able to do that on your cell phone)?This post was a useful piece of information, but I'm be amazed if any primary schools were not using it (and telling parents to subscribe). I certainly knew about this from my son's school when he was 4.


The app def does not have freebies section and it is still in deals section. They should be same grrrrr....

You must be lucky with your school but from all the comments posted there seem like a variety of options. It isn't a national curriculum compulsory thing so it will come down to teacher choice in each school I suppose.

Thanks OP

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BigOrkWaaagh18 m ago

Scratch is as old as the hills. Why is this a deal?


Other questions in life....
Why post a comment without reading the other comments?
Why is there no head banging against a brick wall emoji?
Why do some people believe that when something is created at a certain point in time every person from that point forward in the history of the world will know of its existence?
Why can't people just hit cold instead of making seemingly pointless comments?

Why? Why? Why? Soooooooooooo many questions we just don't have the answers to.

If you go to the TES website and search 'Scratch scheme of work' in the resources section, there are loads of teaching power points and videos which will walk you through developing your skills on scratch and how create lots of different animations

Bring back the Amstrad CPC464 with the build in tape deck!!

sam_brackley32 m ago

The app def does not have freebies section and it is still in deals …The app def does not have freebies section and it is still in deals section. They should be same grrrrr....You must be lucky with your school but from all the comments posted there seem like a variety of options. It isn't a national curriculum compulsory thing so it will come down to teacher choice in each school I suppose.


This app DOES have a freebies section, what it doesn't do is allow you to post to the freebies section.

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mrty8 m ago

This app DOES have a freebies section, what it doesn't do is allow you to …This app DOES have a freebies section, what it doesn't do is allow you to post to the freebies section.

Let me re-phrase that then. The app does not have a freebie section that I can see.

Where can I find it please?

sam_brackley41 m ago

It isn't a national curriculum compulsory thing so it will come down to …It isn't a national curriculum compulsory thing so it will come down to teacher choice in each school I suppose.


Oddly, it kind of is. Not scratch as such, but coding is. Unfortunately it's still a bit hit and miss depending on the primary school as to whether they actually meet the requirement!

It increases every year, but I would still only put it at around 50-60% of schools

Scratch is excellent though. It can start fairly small, but end up very complex indeed. One of my students created a working copy of Tetris in it!

Original Poster

Soooooooooo many helpful comments. Thanks peeps! The comment section is an education in itself! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

sam_brackley17 m ago

Let me re-phrase that then. The app does not have a freebie section that I …Let me re-phrase that then. The app does not have a freebie section that I can see.Where can I find it please?


On the main screen (you do have the latest version of the app?) Just left of centre is a drop down menu. From the drop down select the topics you want to see. Select freebies and there you go.

Thanks. I have 2 kids school age. Never heard of this. Will give it a go

I'm a computing teacher and most primary kids use this in their schools. It's sad to see some of the irrelevant comments about how it should go in the freebies section! Glad OP posted this so parents can introduce coding to their kids in a simple way and get head start before they use it in school. Thanks

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mrty11 m ago

On the main screen (you do have the latest version of the app?) Just left …On the main screen (you do have the latest version of the app?) Just left of centre is a drop down menu. From the drop down select the topics you want to see. Select freebies and there you go.


Right I found it, with some searching as it doesn't appear in the list, you have to search for freebies (and when you didn't know that existed in first place how are you supposed to know what to search for? - that's me moaning at app, not you!!). So instead of choosing 'kids' i need choose 'freebies' next time. Thank you. This app really is not that obvious, preferred the old style one by miles!!!!

If parents are using this for their kids because it was posted then it's a great post.

Some people just love to complain. Kinda pathetic

Cheers op! I've two young un's I'd never heard of this! Will have a little go later. Well worth a post in my opinion.
Going by the heat in here your proving the 'why is this a deal?' Posters wrong.

othen2 h, 18 m ago

Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had …Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had children of primary school age would know that. This is not a deal as such, it should be moved to the Free section.



It is amazing what a users thumbnail tells you about a person

sam_brackley17 m ago

Right I found it, with some searching as it doesn't appear in the list, … Right I found it, with some searching as it doesn't appear in the list, you have to search for freebies (and when you didn't know that existed in first place how are you supposed to know what to search for? - that's me moaning at app, not you!!). So instead of choosing 'kids' i need choose 'freebies' next time. Thank you. This app really is not that obvious, preferred the old style one by miles!!!!

I preferred old app too. Think most people do.

Those with kids interested in this should look into codeclub.org.uk. Some libraries run it. I'm a volunteer for it and it's great fun.
Edited by: "Babbler" 9th Sep

othen3 h, 13 m ago

Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had …Scratch has always been free, I'm pretty sure every parent that has had children of primary school age would know that. This is not a deal as such, it should be moved to the Free section.

I've got 2 boys in primary school and 1 just going into 6th form and I've never heard of "scratch" before today. Thanks OP
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