Coding is increasingly being recognised as an important skill for children to learn. Some will learn to code at school or at a coding club, but it's brilliant if they get support at home too.

The Hour of Code takes place in December each year but many Hour of Code resources are available all year round and are a good place to start.

We're big fans of the Scratch programming environment for kids, it's a great way for kids to get creative and express themselves while developing useful skills. We've also put together a list of gift ideas for kids who code in Scratch if you need some inspiration.

Increasingly we're seeing Minecraft-related coding as a popular entry route for kids. We'll be covering this topic more in future, but for now see: Minecraft teaches computational thinking and Minecraft modding in Tynker.

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