3.9
25.6K reviews
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5 and up) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.

ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language (http://scratch.mit.edu), used by millions of young people (ages 8 and up) around the world. In creating ScratchJr, we redesigned the interface and programming language to make them developmentally appropriate for younger children, carefully designing features to match young children's cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.

We see coding (or computer programming) as a new type of literacy. Just as writing helps you organize your thinking and express your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the past, coding was seen as too difficult for most people. But we think coding should be for everyone, just like writing.

As young children code with ScratchJr, they learn how to create and express themselves with the computer, not just to interact with it. In the process, children learn to solve problems and design projects, and they develop sequencing skills that are foundational for later academic success. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children aren't just learning to code, they are coding to learn.

ScratchJr is a collaboration between the Developmental Technologies group at Tufts University, the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and the Playful Invention Company. Two Sigma led the implementation of the Android version of ScratchJr. The graphics and illustrations for ScratchJr were created by HvingtQuatre Company and Sarah Thomson.

If you enjoy using this free app, please consider making a donation to the Scratch Foundation (http://www.scratchfoundation.org), a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing support for ScratchJr. We appreciate donations of all sizes, large and small.

This version of ScratchJr works only on tablets that are 7-inches or larger, and running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) or higher.

Terms of Use: http://www.scratchjr.org/eula.html
Updated on
Aug 9, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Location, App activity and 2 others
This app may collect these data types
Location, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
Committed to follow the Play Families Policy
3.9
25.6K reviews
A Google user
November 8, 2018
This app seems pretty good, but the drawing part has a glaring bug: the brush doesn't line up with where your finger touches the screen. I think I figured out why: if you zoom all the way out before drawing, then it lines up. I think the problem is the developer isn't accounting for the transform of the canvas correctly. Please fix =)
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B N
June 6, 2021
My 8 and 3 year olds love this. My big kid loves to make simplified versions of games he likes. The little one loves to draw and create characters, put them on the stage, and move them around. We started out playing around together and seeing what we could do. They caught on really fast, it's very simple and intuitive. They quickly started experimenting and doing things on their own. They have spent hours creating in this app building a foundation of digital design to build on.
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Cynus
August 23, 2022
ScratchJr is a very fun app to play it's for kids and beginners to code. I played ScratchJr before, but I changed to Scratch (Normal Version). The reason is the projects I've done was gone, I put a lot of effort in it. But when I check it a week later, it is gone. And the app started glitching, the colour palette for drawing is also gone. Please fix the glitch, and if you can, please help me get my project back. Thank you.
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What's new

- minor bug fixes