Game Development Tools For Kids That Want To Code

July 11, 2016

Game Development Tools For Kids That Want To Code

Give Kids the Tools to Code Video Games

Playing video games has become one of the most popular pastimes for children and teens. Whether it’s a first person shooter or an engaging puzzle-based game, these games are helping  children develop their imaginations and problem solving skills.

Why not take it to the next level?

Understanding how video games, website design and the basic codes of our online world is just as important as understanding algebra or our how circulatory systems work. Learning to code opens the door to development for children and let’s them create something new.

Game Development Tools for Children and Teens

There are a variety of tools available online that will help teach your kids to code. We’ve put together a list of the top tools you can use - take a look and start learning!


Teaching kids how to code since 2013, this non-profit organization is dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing diversity in the field. They offer one-hour coding sessions that include Minecraft, Building a Galaxy, Disney, Angry Birds, Flappy Bird, Play Lab and more. They also offer longer tutorials for beginners, about JavaScript, Apps (phones and tablets) and even programming in other languages.

You can read a full Evaluation of their programs on Outlier.


A visual programming language made for children so that they could learn how to create games of their own. It’s an Xbox-based program, so they can “play” it as they would any other video game. What sets them apart is that they’re icon based - the language is simple, programming is split into pages and broken into rules.

Yoyo Games

These guys have created a game-making method that is a simple as dragging and dropping. Their game makers language (GML) teaches children about programming as they design their game - they don’t need to know code to make a game; instead, making the game will teach them how to code.


Created by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT, Scratch gives children the ability to exercise their imaginations to the fullest by creating interactive stories, games and animations. They can even share these creations online or work in collaboration with others on the Scratch platform.

iD Tech

These guys offer everything from 3D game design camps to Minecraft mod development tutorials. Their game design courses are weeklong, with half day or full day options; their tech camps are also weeklong, offered all day and overnight. They even have a “girls” option, call Alexa Café, that gives girls access to unique codes for their creative minds.


An online learning platform build by iD Tech (the tool mentioned above), this program teaches kids and teens STEM skills all year round and on demand, so kids can log in when they get home from school or when they’ve got computer time on the weekend. Live coaches are available to help them through tough programming puzzles.

Other Tools Available!

Read Common Sense Media’s article about Game Development tools - they have some more suggestions that may interest your child!

What courses would your child enjoy? Comment below or contact us and let us know!

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