10+ Plugged and Unplugged Coding Activities for Hour of Code!

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

December 9 to 15th is the annual Hour of Code event.  Coding is such an important skill that enables students to learn writing and math along with any other subject matter. Coding also inspires students to invent and innovate. Students also learn how to write and follow instructions. Below are the resources to get you ready for dedicating at least one lesson to coding.

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Coding Resources

Idea: Dedicate at least one lesson to coding.


  • The Hour of Code website has tons of ready to go online activities that get students to write code that results in a number of cool outcomes. Search by grade, coding level, and by the type of technology available or unavailable.
  • Code.org has different activities for elementary students to adults. The Hour of Code activities require no registration. Find tons of unplugged activities that require no technology and a curriculum with objectives and standards.
  • Tynker is another student favorite that includes projects where students learn different programming languages to create, design, and play games. No registration is required for some of the activities.
  • Kodable has different free activities for elementary students that require no registration. This is one of my elementary students favorite coding programs.
  • Made With Code lists different engaging and fun coding activities for beginners to advanced coders and no registration is required.
  • Khan Academy– Students will walk through video lessons that teach them about a programming language. Then students tweak a code for a specific result. This website is for middle school, teens, and adult learners.
  • TinkerCad– If you have access to a 3D printer students (elementary to adults) can complete several quick learning modules to create rings, name tags, and more. The modules are broken down into very simple steps that often take 5 minutes or less.
  • CS Unplugged has several free printables with pdfs describing the different activities and concepts. Find a list of topics here.
  • CS Unplugged MINES lists several lesson plans for teaching coding, binary, algorithms and more to middle school students.
  • Teachers Pay Teachers has free unplugged printables, games, and activities.
  • Pinterest also has several unplugged coding activities from great STEM bloggers.

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