We’ve settled into somewhat of a routine around here. School from home is starting to feel “normal,” except for the fact that my kids really miss their friends.
But working at their own pace has freed up some time in their day for them to choose their own activities, which they love! Of course there are video games and YouTube and movies. We make sure to spend some time outside everyday. And we’ve agreed that they need to spend a little time everyday on something fun but educational: music, drawing, baking or (my favorite:) coding!
If you want to code at home too, here are 5 more ideas for coding in Scratch a free, fun way to learn how to code. I’ve been collecting into blog posts the coding challenges that I’d posted on my social media over the past few months. This post includes the Scratch challenges from early April. If you missed the previous challenges you can find them here:
- 6 Scratch Challenges for Coding at Home
- 5 More Scratch Challenges for Coding at Home
- Still Home, Still Coding: 5 More Scratch Challenges
Now let’s jump into the challenges!
Scratch Challenge #17
Let’s kick off the week with a robot dance party for Scratch Challenge 17. Can you re-create? If you figure it out, make it a little harder by adding some sound or some more dance moves!
And here’s the answer to Scratch Challenge 17. It’s funny because they look like they’re moving back and forth, but really they’re just getting smaller and then bigger. Here’s the code for the middle robot…
…and then the code for the side robots.
My version here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/383116616/
Scratch Challenge #18
It’s spring and the flowers are growing here. For Scratch Challenge 18, let’s use the Pen extension to grow our own spiral flowers! (Remember Pen from Scratch Challenge 5?) Can you re-create?
Hope your flowers are growing, both outside & in Scratch! Here’s how I did Scratch Challenge 18. You might have done it a little differently, and if it works, that’s great!
My version is here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/383433633/
Scratch Challenge #19
In my neighborhood, people are putting teddy bears in their windows to create a “bear hunt” for the other people walking by outside. Let’s hide our own bear in a window today! The code for this is pretty simple, so spend some time being creative with creating your house or maybe with creating your own bear!
Did you have fun creating your house for Scratch Challenge 19? I built mine using the rectangle, line, fill, and brush tools.
And here’s the code for my bear to hide and appear.
My version is here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/383764421/
Scratch Challenge #20
For Scratch Challenge 20, we’re going to use the Translate extension. (Do you remember when we first used it back in Scratch Challenge 11?) This time, we’ll collect input from the user to translate. Want to make it harder? Add a few more languages!
Here’s how I did Scratch Challenge 20. Did you figure it out? Did you remember how to add the Translate extension by clicking Add Extension in the bottom left corner?
My version is here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/384059064/
Scratch Challenge #21
Over the past few weeks, the children of this house have been on a lot of group video meetings. Some of them go kinda like this. Can you recreate or design your own version?
Did you make a sprite video meeting for Scratch Challenge 21? Here’s some of there code I used in mine. For my background, I just drew lines.
To see my version, go here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/384325651/
Hope you have found ways to make learning at home work for you!
It’s been a big change, and we’re continuing to make adjustments to both our plugged-in and unplugged activities. More Scratch challenges coming soon!