With a 5 and a 7 year old who both love playing video games they often ask me how they might be able to make one. There are loads of amazing tools out there to help get children experimenting with game design and creation. Introductory coding tools like Scratch and the wonderful Hopscotch iPad app are brilliant but can still prove a touch technical and labour intensive for younger children. Needless to say there is a lot online in wildly varying degrees of quality but I wanted to share one we found this morning. A small site called Sploder allows you to design levels and styles for different types of classic game formats.
It took us minutes to get going and both the kids have been happily making their own games for the last hour, taking turns to play test each others levels and offering constructive feedback. It's awesome. I'm sure there are plenty of other resources out there so if you know of any, please leave a comment below. Game on!