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Coding for beginners using Scratch

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Here are the links to download Scratch and set up a Scratch account. You can also visit the Usborne Scratch account to see working versions of all the projects and find starter packs with sprites and backdrops.

The latest version of Scratch is Scratch 3.0 (released January 2019). This book was written for Scratch 2.0. All the programs still work, but some of the step-by-step instructions are slightly different. For a list of these changes, download the "Using Scratch 3.0" pdf in the first box below. On the Scratch website you will be using Scratch 3.0 but if you download Scratch to your computer you can choose Scratch 3.0 or Scratch 2.0 (see links below).

Getting started with Scratch

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.

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About this book

Coding books for kids
Coding for beginners using Scratch

This friendly book covers the basics of Scratch coding, with step-by-step instructions showing children how to use code to create games and animations, from racing cars to virtual pets. Scratch is one of the most popular programs used in UK primary schools on the National Curriculum, and this book covers sprites, sounds, debugging and more.

“An accessible introduction.”
The Guardian

Press Reviews

An accessible introduction, walking children through the basics before getting them started on some fun projects to stretch their skills.
The Guardian
An excellently written and presented book that is crammed with fun and useful material to teach your child all they need to know to become a Scratch (and all-round programming) fan!
Coding is made easy with this step-by-step book... just as helpful for parents!
Families Vale of York
This detailed but accessible guide covers all the basics and will have your child writing simple scripts and games in a matter of minutes.
The School Run
This guide is perfect for those who have little or no coding knowledge, helping them to meet the National Curriculum
Practical Preschool
An ideal introduction to what will be a very important subject
for the kids of today.

Silicon Republic
The clear explanations make every project easily achievable and will really give children confidence to tackle coding for themselves; the end results are great fun and very satisfying, giving children a strong sense of achievement.
Parents in Touch
Start from Scratch, literally, and build up your coding skills with the help of this step-by-step guide to one of the most popular coding languages for children.
Cork Evening Echo
An introduction to the computer language especially suited to beginners.
Books for Keeps
An introduction to coding for complete beginners, this friendly and accessible book will teach children the basics of Scratch.
Helps demystify this aspect of computing for practitioners who would like to know more about what lies ahead for their children.
Nursery World
A super guide to coding for beginners... Written so clearly and simply that even a non-coding adult could understand it.
Lancashire Evening Post
Does an excellent job of making it a fun and accessible journey for even the youngest readers ... It is both a great starter lesson for moving on to more advanced software and a book to give you a new hobby with which to impress friends.

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