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Coding Twinkle: Story Time with ScratchJr

Educators & parents: You can do this Hour of Code Activity as a class or students can work on it independently. If you have any questions or need help, email

This Hour of Code activity is great for young pre-readers or early readers. First, they'll watch a read aloud of a simple story and then do a coding activity on a tablet. Our story integrates real code using ScratchJr, a coding language that gets kids coding at an early age (ages 3-6) using colorful coding blocks.

We'll start with a story. You can get the viewable link to the Google Slides with the story here. (Shout-out to our students in The Next Step program who designed and illustrated the story!)

In the video below, you can watch a read aloud of the story.

After watching that video, distribute the tablets to your students that have the ScratchJr app installed on it. ScratchJr is a FREE app you can download on any tablet or phone.

Download the free ScratchJr app onto each of your classroom iPads or Android tablets here:

In the next video, we'll walk through step-by-step how to code the story into ScratchJr.

If you liked this story, we also have other coding related stories for kids. For example, check out our read aloud of "Team Hardware vs. Team Software."