Introduce your kids to coding early with Hopster Coding Safari for Kids – an animal-themed pre-coding logic game to help teach the fundamentals of coding
Every month, Sarah Faisal and Nicole Seymour from award-winning children’s production company, Anamil Tech select their pick of the best apps to expand your little one’s mind and help make learning fun. This month, we take a look at Hopster Coding Safari for Kids.
This week’s app: Hopster Coding Safari for Kids
Age: Toddlers and preschoolers
Introducing kids to coding early is seen as vitally important by parents, educators, and tech leaders, and with this app, you can give your child a head start in learning how to code.
Hopster Coding Safari for Kids is an animal-themed pre-coding logic game to help teach the fundamentals of coding. Children are presented with a series of logic problems to solve, directing different animals to where they need to be.
What your child will learn:
- The fundamentals of computational thinking
- Foundations of coding
- Problem solving
The tasks in Hopster Coding Safari become increasingly complex to resolve, and completing them gently guides your child through the four fundamental techniques of computational thinking:
- Pattern recognition
While the game doesn’t teach any specific programming languages it gives young children these foundations on which they will build and learn to code.
Toddlers and preschoolers will love the animal theme, and each one has been chosen to represent one of the seven continents: Bear (North America), Fox (Europe), Tiger (Asia), Elephant (Africa), Monkey (South America), Penguin (Antarctica), and Kangaroo (Australia).
Why we love it
- Very cute and age-appropriate graphics, animations and sounds.
- The game play, moving the game pieces around the screen, is very responsive.
- After successfully completing a round, the levelling-up mechanism to more complex rounds is seamless.
- It’s fun for children to earn stickers after each completed round and then decorate each habitat.
- We have just one small criticism: the gameplay did get a little repetitive using the same game mechanic for each animal habitat. And while kids at this age particularly enjoy and thrive on repetition, especially if they are having fun and achieving – which they will do in this app – there could have been more variety added to the game play.
- Our resident tester Basma loves this app and this is why: “I like it because sometimes you get something wrong and you have to figure out how to fix it!”
Watch the trailer
Link to the app store: apps.apple.com
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About the authors
Sarah Faisal and Nicole Seymour are from award-winning children’s production company, Anamil Tech. Sarah, founder and MD of Anamil Tech, and with a PhD in Human Computer Interaction, is passionate about using media and technology to make learning fun and expand children’s knowledge of the world around them. Nicole Seymour, creative director of Anamil Tech, has been creating and producing digital content for young children for over 20 years for companies such as CBeebies, Disney, Lego Media and Scholastic.
Founded in 2015, Anamil Tech develops multilingual learning apps and videos to grow young children’s minds. Its flagship brand, Pacca Alpaca, is now being developed into a children’s TV show, which Sarah and Nicole are producing, alongside an animated TV show intended for family audiences in the Middle East.