Ok, my kids are a little geeky. Not only do they like to play games, they like to create them. Depending upon your kiddos’ ages and computer know-how, maybe you’re not ready to take the plunge and spend a lot of money on programming lessons for your homeschool. How about getting their feet wet for free?
Simple (Simple Modular Programming Language & Environments) is a computer programming language simple enough for kids to explore and adults with no programming experience to dabble in. It consists of a C++ compiler and a translator, so you can use simpler commands. This requires a download (Windows compatible)
These will require downloading Python (and Pygame) to your computer. The books are available as downloadable pdfs, the last two are also available as free mobis for your Kindle.
But maybe you’d like to try 3-D object programming? Alice (Windows, Mac or Linux) by Carnegie Mellon might be what you’re looking for. You can create a 3-D world with included objects (you’ll need graphic software to create your own sprites and objects from scratch) and has an in-program tutorial to get you started. Requires a sizable download.
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