DIY Code Hopper for Preschoolers

'Code Hopper' is a popular children's toy that introduces computer programming through play similar to hopscotch. Kids can design their own steps, like "Do you see a circle?" then hop to yes or no to follow a different path, like a computer sequences. "Touch your nose" or "kick your leg" are directions that also help keep kids moving. These simple "computer commands" are perfect for toddlers to start building a STEM foundation. You'll only need something to write on and something to write with to play this game! If you'd like a big game to jump on, make sure you have cardboard or paper large enough to jump on. If you'd like to make yours on paper and have someone direct you, you can use index cards, post its, or smaller pieces of paper or cardboard. Join Ms. Courtney on Tuesday, February 2, at 3:30 p.m. to learn how to make one together!

Supplies needed

  • Something to write with (markers or pens can work depending on the size you choose)
  • Something to write on (paper, big pieces of cardboard, post it notes, index cards can all work depending on the size you'd like)
  • Scissors, depending on your choice of material. 

If your child enjoyed this activity, check out more resources below for introducing STEM concepts to toddlers and preschoolers. 


Cover of Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R Johannes
Cover of My First Book of Patterns by Bobby George

Cover of How To Code A Sandcastle by Josh Funk
Cover of Ava in Code Land


Cover of Ada Twist Scientist
Cover of I'm Dirty! And more stories of adventure and science

Cover of Sesame Street. Elmo's Super Numbers
Cover of Mack and Moxy S.T.E.M. Strong


Overdrive for kids, access eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids including on topics such as science, technology, engineering, and math


By Courtney on February 1, 2021