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Coding for beginners using Scratch

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Here are some links to useful websites for this book, including links to the Scratch website and working code for all the programs in the book.

The instructions in this book are written for Scratch 3.0. If your book has a green cover you have an earlier edition which was written for Scratch 2.0. Scroll down for simple instructions on how to use your book with Scratch 3.0.

Getting started with Scratch

Guidelines for parents and carers

Usborne Scratch account

At the Usborne Scratch account you’ll find working versions of all the projects in this book, the code for each project, and starter packs with the sprites and backdrops for projects such as the racing car game and virtual pet.

More Scratch resources

Join a coding club

Scratch 2.0

If your book has a green cover, you have the first edition which was written for Scratch 2.0. Some of the instructions for Scratch 3.0 are slightly different from those in your book. For a list of these changes, click on "Using Scratch 3.0 (PDF)" below.


Internet safety

Children, make sure you follow these three simple rules when using the internet:

  1. Always ask an adult's permission before using the internet.
  2. Never give out personal information, such as your name, address, school or telephone number.
  3. If a website asks you to type in your name or email address, check with an adult first.

For more tips, see Internet safety for children.

Adults - we recommend that children are supervised while on the internet. The content of a website may change at any time and Usborne Publishing is not responsible for content on sites other than its own.

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Websites with interactive content may not work on your tablet or smartphone, but you can view them on a computer. Find out more…

About this book

Coding books for kids
Coding for beginners using Scratch

This friendly beginner’s guide covers the basics of Scratch coding, one of the most popular programs used in UK primary schools on the National Curriculum. With step-by-step instructions showing children how to create games, animations and more, plus Scratch menu guides, a glossary and links to websites for free downloads and helpful tips.

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