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Invent with Scratch!

Scratch is a free, graphical programming environment from MIT. It teaches 8- to 16-year-olds programming by snapping code blocks together to form complete programs.

By signing up for a free account, you can access your Scratch programs from any web browser.

I wrote Scratch Programming Playground, with many of these projects. You’ll learn to program by making cool games where players destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit!

Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges to make the game your own. Want to add more levels or a cheat code? No problem, just write some code.

I've also created an online course on Udemy that follows the first six projects from the Scratch Programming Playground. You can sign up for the online course for free with the coupon code INVENT_WITH_SCRATCH.


Downloadable content zip file for Scratch Programming Playground

The downloads page has image files for the screencast tutorial projects.

Screencast Tutorials

Review Book Offer for Parents and Teachers

Scratch Programming Playground teaches complete beginners how to program and make games in Scratch. If you'd like to receive a free print book, please email the author at al@inventwithpython.com. You'll receive a free ebook to read, and upon posting a review to Amazon, you'll receive a complementary print review copy of the book. (Previous offers have been resulted in a flood of responses, and not all reviewers were able to receive a print copy in addition to the ebook.)

Please post an honest review. You will receive a print book no matter what your rating is. The only requirements are that the review be a minimum of 100 words, you must live within the United States (due to shipping costs), you must have purchased $50 off Amazon in the last year (Amazon has this requirement before you can write a review), and that you email me first before writing the review.

-Al Sweigart