Hopster has launched a new game called Coding Safari that aims to teach preschoolers the basics of coding, including decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms.
The idea for Coding Safari came about after an interview with U.K. computing expert Stephanie Shirley, who said that kids as young as the age of 2 should be introduced to coding. The ad-free game gradually progresses from simple puzzles to more complex sequences. It is now available for download in the App Store.
Miki Chojnacka, the chief creative officer at Hopster, commented: “I believe that every child should learn coding, like a second language. It is one of the most important skills to equip them for the future so I think coding games should be accessible for all. As an app promoting gender parity we found it really important for the game to be enjoyed by all regardless of gender, so we gave kids a number of different themes and picked the one that worked best for both girls and boys.”
“In recent years educationalists around the world have pushed for computer technology to have a more central and integrated place in kids’ education,” added Lelia Ingram, the head of learning at Hopster. “Many curriculums have been updated to reflect this but at Hopster we think it’s never too early to start introducing kids to computational thinking. So we created Coding Safari to give children an early sense of how they can make computers work.”