This year, Computer Science Education Week is taking place on December 4–10, 2023. Now is the time to celebrate! Break out the laptops, mechanical keyboards, iPads, or even pencils – whatever you’re coding with for these free Hour of Code activities.

What is Computer Science Education Week?

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.

What is Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

For organizations that are dedicated to coding and STEM education, this week is a time for us to introduce more kids to coding in a simple and fun way.

One of the best ways to participate is through Hour of Code. Spend one hour this week coding and see if coding is right for you. If you’re a teacher, organize an Hour of Code for your class. You can start with the activities below or get creative and create your own.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite free games and Hour of Code activities here for you. We have over 25+ Hour of Code activities, games, and tutorials for kids and teens of all ages. It’s never too late or too early to learn computer science and we encourage every child to try. These activities are beginner-friendly and easy to complete.

Free Hour of Code Activities for Kids

Here are some of the best Hour of Code games, tutorials, and activities for all ages.

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1. Hour of Code Tutorials

Grades K – 12

Fun and easy tutorials in Scratch, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Python that kids can do in just one hour. They’ll get step-by-step instructions on how to build an Hour of Code game or app. These are fun coding activities for beginners and students practicing their coding skills.

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2. Tynker Hour of Code

Grades K – 12

For students and teachers, Tynker has over 500 challenges in 14 coding puzzles and 40+ tutorials. You can check out these Hour of Code activities by grade or topic that feature themes like Barbie and Hot Wheels. If you’re looking for inspiration, the gallery is full of fun examples from other kids.

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3. Virtual Robotics Competition

Grades 1 – 12

Tech Point Youth is celebrating in Indiana with a robotics coding challenge. Students will code their way through one of the activities using VEXcode VR for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Play with a team, even if you can’t meet, and complete this Hour of Code robotics activity from the comfort of your own home.

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4. Unplugged Coding Activities

Grades K – 5

Go sans screen time with Kodable’s coding unplugged collection of Hour of Code games and lessons. No computer? No problem! Learn basic programming skills and practice using core coding commands without the use of a device.  Students will watch a video about programming (optional), then complete self-guided worksheets about coding basics. All worksheets will include instructions and examples so you can get started right away.

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5. Hour of Drawing with Code

Grades 3+

Learn how to draw and color with code. Draw a snowman, wild animal, and even a self-portrait using JavaScript. You can also choose the hour of webpages or the hour of databases track. You won’t need to download anything because the coding editor is embedded in the website.

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6. AI Lessons Unplugged

Grades K – 5

Free unplugged lessons about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning from Edsquare. It’s available in 2 versions: online (Google Slides) and printables. You get 5 activities for elementary school learning activities that make AI simple and fun for kids.

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7. Code with Ana and Elsa

Grades K – 5

Use these Hour of Code activities to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. You will create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland that you can then share with your friends. Watch the video for hints and a walkthrough of the code in Blockly.

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8. Digital Escape Room

Grades K – 5

Your class is ready to code when a firewall goes up and no one can get online! In this Hour of Code activity, your teacher needs you to use logic and reasoning to break through and save the day in this digital escape room. Clues are all around and might even be hidden in the Blockly maze game.

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9. Generation AI

Grades 2 – 12

Venture through time to create AI-powered inventions in the new Minecraft Hour of Code: Generation AI. Kids use problem-solving, creativity, and computational thinking with the principles of Responsible AI. Code in blocks or Python to learn the basics of coding and how to build a better AI for all.

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10. Code Combat Hour of Code

Grades 6+

Embark on an epic quest to learn coding. You will take control of the games using your programming skills. Learn JavaScript and Python by completing these activities complete with video and lesson plans.

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11. Minecraft Hour of Code

Grades 2+

Minecraft has teamed up with Code.org for a new Minecraft Hour of Code activity: Minecraft Generation AI. This year’s lesson is offered in both Blocks and Python. The free lesson is available to all users, even those who don’t currently have a Minecraft: Education Edition license. 

Recommended: Summer Minecraft camps

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12. Lego Plants and Pollinators

Grades 6+

Using a LEGO representation, you will model the relationship between a pollinator and flower during the reproduction phase. This Hour of Code activity includes lessons and materials for both teachers and students. 

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13. Google CS First

Grades 4 – 8

Explore computer science without a computer. CS First includes a free printable booklet for coding unplugged that contains three computational thinking activities in which students learn about how computer science helps us communicate and stay connected with people around the world. You get a print-friendly booklet and other materials that don’t require any technology.

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14. Code Your Hero

Grades 3 – 5

Choose an everyday hero from their own lives and build a story or game using code that gives their hero superpowers. You can read over the free lesson plan and watch videos.