Barclays have asked us to share with Mumsnetters their very latest feature on their Code Playground website which enables children to code a Father’s Day card. Have a go and let us know what you think!
Here’s what Barclays say, “We've built an online playground where kids can start to discover coding. It's a safe place where young explorers can try their hand at fun activities that are based on simple coding principles. We’re very excited to launch the new section of the Playground that gives kids the opportunity to code their very own personalised Fathers’ Day card.”
We’d like you to start getting creative with your DCs on the Code Playground website, click here to start. Once you’ve finished the card please save it as a jpeg and upload it onto this thread to share with us what you’ve created. We’d also love to hear a little more about why you chose that design, how old your DC is and your general thoughts about the Code Playground website and the process of making the card. Looking forward to seeing your designs!
Everyone who posts on this thread with a picture of their DCs Fathers Day card will be entered into a prize draw where 5 Mumsnetters will win a Kano (RRP £119.99), a build-it-yourself computer.
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I found it difficult to figure out so not sure how well a child would do on their own. I also did not like that we could not figure out how to change designs of the characters. Ds's dad does not have a beard! and our cat is a black cat! I don't know if anyone else had more luck changing the characters. There was also limited choices.
He chose a football pitch because he watches his daddy play football. There is a dad, mum, son and cat as is our family. He also chose some music, from the limited selection. He was dancing along to the one we chose
The game doesn't work in firefox however. I need to use internet explorer to make it work. Whoever code this needs to be shot really. They need to have proper testing in place. Firefox and chrome are the most standard compliant browsers around. Or maybe the people who project manage this in barclays has not got a clue how to deliver a software project.
This was created by my 8 and 6 year old daughters for DH. My 6 year old found it a little tricky but my 8 year old just flew with it. She's keen to do more.
They chose the shark design as I am nuts about them and they wanted the card to be a little bit for me too. I must admit, I am not terribly flattered by my design, that's some serious helmet hair. Great little tool though!
AngelBlue12 and TwoLittleTerrors Barclays have now resolved the issue with Firefox and would like to say the following,
"Thank you for flagging the bug. The intro shows random people, backgrounds and pets. Being totally random it's exceptionally hard to test every possibility. We of course had rigorous testing of the site on all browsers. However, the random nature of the intro meant that we didn't happen to test firefox with a cat in the intro sequence. The cat had a small bug in the code that only affected firefox, and unfortunately we just by chance happened to miss this bug. The bug has now been fixed so any future attempts on Firefox should be fine."
This is Luke's card (age 7). He was very excited to try coding and really enjoyed doing it, he had great fun changing all the features and making up different dance sequences. He found it very straightforward and it even made sense to me despite being a bit of a Luddite!
Going back to try it again now with my three year old daughter who spent the whole time Luke was doing it asking if it was her turn yet- looks like this is a hit in our house!
Got ambitious, but clearly 2 years old is too young for this. Had to do all the coding for our little one. Additionally, the code box proved to be a pain since it appeared slap-bang in the middle of the image, covering up the characters behind them. I wanted to constantly add characters, change the colour of the jumpers, etc., quickly to provide options for him to choose. Instead it had to be done one by one, and then deleted when he didn't like them. However, it is definitely a good application and good intro to coding for primary aged children.
DS2 has really enjoyed this and I'm sure DS1 and DD1 will have lots of fun playing with it over the weekend. It is pretty straightforward to use and I like that they can learn that a simple change of number can have a big effect which means they know that details count!
Lottie (age 3) had just as much fun as Luke making her card and thought it was hilarious to make the grown ups really small and all the children huge. I am not sure how much she understood or what we were doing but she was keen to do it herself with me reading the instructions to her and has requested that she do another one tomorrow- my husband is clearly going to be overwhelmed with e-cards this year!