5 Best Programming Languages for Kids

Programming is a great skill for any child to learn and develop. Programming basics are something that anyone who will one day work with computers should have a handle on. However, there are so many different programming languages, it can be hard to decide which one will be the best to pick for your students. Here is an overview of the five best programming languages for kids who are interested in learning to code:

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Recommended Programming Languages for Kids

1. Python

Python is a programming language that reads like normal speech. One rarely has to add comments to the code because Python code that is written well enough reads as if the comments are already included in the code. If your kids or students are going to learn something like coding, then you would want them to get a basic grasp on how to think like a programmer. With Python, students will have very few obstacles with regards to learning how to program. They will be able to learn how to construct programming ideas within their heads and then focus on transferring these ideas into instructions that the machine can interpret. Python also has a “batteries included” philosophy, which refers to the tremendous amount that can be done just by simply researching and using the core Python libraries. Many of the common functionalities that programmers need are already built into the programming language, which makes this a great language for kids to learn.

2. Ruby

Ruby has the most readable syntax for beginner programmers. Instead of spending a lot of time explaining the code that students are typing into machines, a lot of it will be self-explanatory for them. This is a really important factor for children who are still learning the concepts of programming. At the end of the day, children will need to learn the concepts in order to write good scripts. Ruby is a very robust language and it was originally used to create Twitter, so you can immediately show students that the application is a tool that gets used in popular platforms.

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3. Java

Java is arguably a bit harder to learn than either Ruby or Python, but choosing Java as a first-time programming language will make learning any subsequent language a bit easier for students. Many students have already thought about creating their own apps or websites but simply don’t know where to start. Java has been around for two decades and there are so many online resources, toolkits and tutorials that virtually anything can be created from the ground up using Java. There are a few initial hurdles to overcome, such as installing JDK and understanding how the syntaxes work, but the object oriented setup of the programming language makes it easy for students to progress. Java looks similar to C and C++, but offers more functionalities, thereby enables students to create more robust programs.

4. C++

Many computer science experts and developers have different opinions about whether a student should start with C++ or not. This programming language can look a bit like math and might put students off the idea of learning to code. Once the basic fundamentals of programming are understood, however, C++ can open many doors into the world of programming. Many of today’s most successful programmers started learning to code with C or C++.

5. Scratch

If you have a classroom of kids who are interested in creating animations, interactive stories, art or music, then Scratch is a coding language that can be learned online for free. While this language is simple enough for children, there are enough functionalities and options that even experienced programmers use the language.
Scratch also has a very interactive online community where people share their artwork and games with each other, which can further engage your students.

In Summary

Programming is a useful skill for virtually anyone. It teaches you to think about how a process works. It teaches you to think about the steps that are needed to make a process happen and how to solve problems.

As a teacher or mentor who is researching different options, it’s important to know that each language will have its benefits and drawbacks. The important thing is that your students learn the concepts behind the programming, such as the logic behind writing code, how to use constructs and tricks of the trade. CoderZ is an online learning environment designed to teaching kids from age 10–18 to learn how to code virtual and real robots. Find out more about CoderZ by Intelitek.

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36 Thoughts on 5 Best Programming Languages for Kids
    Kursus Pemrograman
    2 Nov 2016
    10:51pm

    Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out
    and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your articles.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?
    Many thanks!

    Dan
    20 Apr 2017
    1:39pm

    Python and Ruby for sure. C++ or Java – no way! There is nothing wrong with them as languages, but dealing with all the boilerplate is a sure way to turn kids off.

    I’d be more inclined to recommend HTML/CSS and JavaScript.

    Brian Sheely
    26 Aug 2017
    4:08am

    Anyone who would suggest C++ is an appropriate programming language for kids has never programmed in C++. With the exception of Assembly, you can’t find a more difficult language to learn.

    Tarnue Pythagoras Borbor
    19 Sep 2017
    2:57am

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      Arie Elbelman
      5 Nov 2017
      10:54am

      Good one! 🙂

    Elen Freit
    28 Sep 2017
    10:13pm

    I would really recommend HTML5+CSS+JavaScript.

    Easy to get into, lots of tutorials. Start from HTML and CSS, then add JavaScript over time.

    They’re really attractive and profitable skills to have, easy to find a job, even a remote one too!

      Arie Elbelman
      5 Nov 2017
      10:51am

      Thanks for the recommendations, Elen!

    Priya
    7 Oct 2017
    7:55am

    This is a very helpful guide for someone who wanted to aim for the best thing in programming. Keep sharing

    Vlad
    4 Nov 2017
    7:17pm

    Seriously? Java?? What age are talking about?

      Arie Elbelman
      5 Nov 2017
      10:56am

      Hi Vlad! Middle school and high school students are having great experiences with Java. Especially when using it to program their own virtual robots in CoderZ.

    Peter George
    5 Nov 2017
    2:48am

    I am a retired electrical engineer and I would like to get my 12 year old grandson interested in coding. I have been a hardware developer and have written in C, C++, C#, VB and ASM. Where should I start to get his interest without overwhelming him?

      Arie Elbelman
      5 Nov 2017
      10:56am

      Hi Peter, we truly recommend an online, gamified, learning environment like CoderZ. In CoderZ, your grandson will be able to learn how to code while programming his own virtual robot! Check it out at http://www.GoCoderZ.com

    Ben Tarrant
    23 Nov 2017
    12:09pm

    Generally programming languages are now quite mature and for the young the curve may be too steep. Really I learned how to make text type adventures with Batch Files then moved on to basic then c then Click ‘n Play then java then c# but the later 2 you really need the skill set you just get over time learning to research math and stuff. So if you head strait for those now I suspect it will just feel too daunting which is not the impact you would want. I have made a Basic interpreter Super Game System Basic targeted for this in the Windows app store and probably a good start though depending on how young get their creative minds going with mind craft or something that just gives them that creative drive. Programming is a lot of logic and problem solving much of which we could mess around with all day on older PC’s you almost had to but it’s not really their anymore for kids so just look for stuff that has them problem solving or creating without too much math or academic requirement.

    Priya
    3 Feb 2018
    7:23am

    This article made a really good point relating to web development. It explained, in simple terms, that Java is a necessary program to know when creating websites.

    Emma Coles
    16 Mar 2018
    8:32am

    I frequently asked my opinion on the best programming language for kids. In my early days, I would reflexively refer parents to visual block programs or user-friendly languages. I think this is the best way for their growth.

    Chapu
    2 May 2018
    12:56am

    C++? Java? That would defenitely scare kids out of programming!

    Chris Chan
    29 May 2018
    9:20am

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    Avinash Kumar
    11 Oct 2019
    5:07am

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    2 Jan 2020
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    MCAL Global
    3 Feb 2020
    5:46am

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    22 Feb 2020
    6:43am

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    19 Mar 2020
    9:05am

    Web designing is quite easy and popular also… i guess html css is best for kids to learn…

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    1 Apr 2020
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    Rigby
    12 Apr 2020
    8:11am

    These are not programming languages for kids to learn these are pretty advanced programming for kids. if you want to learn easier ones, learn HTML or CSS but not C++ ruby etc.

    Rishi
    15 Jun 2020
    12:46am

    I found this article to be useful. When I started coding, I used python. However, Javascript can be added to the list as it can just be run from the browser .

    Miley Cyrus
    16 Jun 2020
    7:30am

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    Reine
    17 Jun 2020
    2:35pm

    what programming language will be okay for a 7 year old. we have done scratch, he is very good with scratch, im looking at introducing a written language now.

    Thanks

    Michel Foster
    7 Jul 2020
    3:30am

    Nice post author.Thank you.

    Technobridge
    11 Jul 2020
    6:44am

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    Techy Kids
    31 Jul 2020
    7:39am

    The blog shared is very much informative. But programming languages like python & c++ can be little difficult for kids to understand. Instead of such advanced programming languages, we can teach kids about HTML or CSS. Thanks!

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