How to complete an Hour of Code with your child

Complete an Hour of Code at home, or volunteer to bring it to your child’s classroom! Here’s how:

1) Watch this how-to video

2) Choose a tutorial:

We provide a variety of fun, hour-long tutorials for students of all ages, created by a variety of partners. Try them out!

All Hour of Code tutorials are self-guided - allowing your child to work at their own pace and skill level

3) Plan your technology needs

The best Hour of Code experience will be with Internet-connected computers. But you don’t need a computer. There are many activities that are "unplugged" and can be done without any technology at all.

  • Test tutorials on your computer or device. Make sure they work properly on browsers with sound and video.
  • Want to learn alongside your child? Try pair programming. Computer science is social and collaborative.

4) Start your Hour of Code off with an inspiring video

Kick off your Hour of Code by inspiring your child and discussing how computer science impacts every part of our lives.

Show an inspirational video:

It’s okay if both you and your child are brand new to computer science. Here are some ideas to introduce your Hour of Code activity:

  • Explain ways technology impacts our lives, with examples both boys and girls will care about (Talk about saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
  • List things that use code in everyday life.
  • See tips for getting girls interested in computer science here.

Want more ideas? Check out our template lesson plan for best practices from experienced educators.

5) Code!

When you've chosen the tutorial you would like to do, you can bookmark the tutorial's short link.

When your child come across difficulties

It’s okay to respond:

  • “I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.”
  • “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want.”
  • “Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.”

6) Celebrate

Print certificates for your child (and yourself!).

Share photos and videos of your Hour of Code event on social media. Use #HourOfCode and @codeorg so we can highlight your success, too!

Other Hour of Code resources:

What comes after the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is just the first step in a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications. To continue this journey:

  • Encourage your child to continue to learn online.
  • Help promote computer science education in your child’s school district.