Scratch is awesome but the current version requires Flash to play. Here are my family's profiles:

Some day Scratch 3 will be out and it will support HTML5 instead of Flash.

There's also ScratchJr, which is a tablet app for children as young as five.

Hopscotch is very similar to Scratch but it's iPad only and you can't publish your work to the web.

Scratch is open source. Version 2 can be found at but I'm holding off until Scratch 3 which seems to be at mostly at according to . The ScratchJr source code can be found at

If your kids are ready to advance beyond Scratch, I recommend Phaser.

A friend of mine has his kids using Scratch to program a cute little robot called Cozmo.

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