Scratch 3 Programming Playground

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Scratch, the colourful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners worldwide. Scratch 3 features an updated interface, new programming blocks, and the ability to run on tablets and smartphones, so you can learn to code on the go.

In Scratch 3 Programming Playground, you’ll learn to code by making cool games. Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and run mazes! Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions with full-colour images, review questions, and creative coding challenges. Want to add more levels or a cheat code? No problem, just write some code.

You’ll learn to make games like:

  • Maze Runner, a maze navigation challenge
  • Rainbow Lines, a dazzling animation program
  • Asteroid Breaker, a space adventure game
  • Basketball, a gravity-based game of hoops
  • Brick Breaker, a remake of Breakout, the brick-breaking classic
  • Platformer, a game inspired by Super Mario Bros.

Learning how to program shouldn’t be dry and dreary. With Scratch 3 Programming Playground, you’ll make a game of it!

Note: Uses Scratch 3

Author Bio

Al Sweigart is a celebrated software developer, programming teacher, and creator of a wildly popular Udemy Python course. A fellow at the Python Software Foundation, Sweigart is the author of several Python books for beginners, including the worldwide bestseller Automate the Boring Stuff with Python.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Getting Started with Scratch
Chapter 2: Rainbow Space!
Chapter 3: Maze Runner
Chapter 4: Shooting Hoops with Gravity
Chapter 5: A Polished Brick Breaker Game
Chapter 6: Asteroid Space!
Chapter 7: Making an Advanced Platformer

Afterword: Where to Go from Here



“If you are looking for the next thing for your Minecraft-loving kids and haven’t tried Scratch, the Scratch Programming Playground book is a great guide to teach kids how to program by making cool games.”

- Tech Savvy Mama

“My son was able to successfully complete each game he attempted. And along the way, he gained some excellent programming skills. I also really appreciated the character lessons he learned (patience and perseverance, not to mention goal-setting). These were a great by-product of Scratch programming!”

- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“An impressive manual for achieving Scratch programming mastery and creating genuinely entertaining games.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“I’m quite impressed with exactly how much of the Scratch programming tool the reader will have used and learned by the end of the book, and I think teachers and parents will find this a 5-star reference.”

- Jim Kelly, GeekDad

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