Daisy the Dinosaur

Daisy the Dinosaur (iPad, free): On a dinosaur kick, Elise discovered this app on her own and we installed it a few years ago. The app prompts kids to manipulate a character, Daisy, through challenges that involve loops, events, and other programming basics (e.g., when touched, move dinosaur forward). It’s a very stripped-down, basic program, but the simplicity is a big plus for young kids. There’s a free-play version in this app as well, so you can make Daisy jump in the air or walk backwards at will. (The novelty of this, however, wears off as soon as kids discover the stellar kids’ animation tool Toontastic, which doesn’t teach code logic, but rather storytelling basics).

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