Five apps to help your children get into coding

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As the Fourth Industrial Revolutions (4IR) draws closer, the World Economic Forum, reports in its Future of Jobs report (PDF) that 75 million careers will have disappeared and replaced by 133 million new ones that don’t yet exist.

With that in mind South Africa’s government is trying to do their part in getting the country ready for 4IR, with coding in particular highlighted as a key area for the current and next generation of workers to become familiar with.

Having said that not all schools in South Africa have coding as part of their curriculum, but as a parent you can help your children by downloading apps that teach coding or enrol your kids into holiday camps that specialise in computing language.

Here are five solutions we think parents should be looking into for their children.

Think Camp

This is a holiday camp that specialises in teaching coding. They enrol children from Grade 2 to Grade 9 and have campuses around Johannesburg and Cape Town. They have professional instructors with classrooms of between 16 to 24 children, where each child has their own computer. Children are able to learn new technology skills, new approaches and are able to have new approaches in problem solving skills.

Think & Learn code-a-pillar

Think & Learn code-a-pillar is a coding app that is suitable for pre-school children or children from the ages of five and under. This is an interactive game that helps children with problem solving skills. It’s also an app which is freely available for download on Android and iOS.


LightBot has apps suitable for children from the ages of 4 to 8 years old, as well as well for 9 years upwards. It features different games with mathematical problem solving, analytical thinking and coding skills built into it. It is also available for download on iOS and Android.


Scratch is an online app designed for children aged between 8 and 16. It helps children to program their own interactive stories, games and animations, and share their creativity with an online community. It can be used in classrooms or at home, with children getting to learn how to code across all disciplines including maths, computer science, language and arts. The app can be downloaded on Android and iOS for free.


This app is specifically designed to be used by high school and university students, as the Blockly library adds an editor to your app that represents coding concepts like interlocking blocks. It outputs syntactically correct code in the programming language of your choice, and has custom blocks that connect to your own application regardless of what platform you’re using.

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Nokulunga Xala

Nokulunga Xala

Nokulunga is a tech journalist focused on the education space, with an interest in gadgets and podcasts. She also has an eye for all things fashion and beauty, is a big time foodie and loves fast cars.