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Sean's Scratch Programming Resources

What is Scratch?

The Scratch catScratch is a programming language, popular in schools and education. You can use Scratch to build your own games, stories and other projects. Instructions are prewritten on blocks that you drag and drop, so there's minimal typing involved. Blocks lock together like jigsaw pieces, so Scratch guides you to combine instructions in ways that make sense.

I've collected together my Scratch tutorials, free book chapters, sprite packs and more, to help you learn to program in Scratch. I hope that these will prove to be valuable teaching resources, as well as useful for students teaching themselves Scratch, community code club leaders, and parents.


Assets for your games

Press Play Sound Pack

Press Play: Sound Pack

Download my collection of music loops and sound effects for your Scratch games. Includes instructions!

Coder academy sprite pack

Coder Academy sprite pack

This sprite pack was created using characters that appeared in my book Coder Academy, illustrated by Rosan Magar.

Coder academy sprite pack

Red Nose Day sprite packs

Themes include Danceathon, Celebrities, Great British Bake-Off, Health, and Special Effects.

Ransom font

Sean's Ransom font

This font resembles letters cut from a newspaper. Use it to write messages and titles on the Stage!


Free chapters from Scratch books (PDFs)

Scratch Programming in Easy Steps

Scratch Programming IES

Get a free sample PDF from this popular book, now fully updated for Scratch 3. The sample chapter here introduces you to Scratch and shows you how to make your first simple project.

Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps

Cool Scratch Projects IES

Create the first project in this book, Magic Mirror, in which the cat's reflection is distorted in different ways as it walks past a mirror. This book comes with 3D glasses and features projects using them.

Raspberry Pi For Dummies

Raspberry Pi For Dummies

This book sampler for Raspberry Pi For Dummies includes a guide to Scratch 1.4 and Scratch 2 on the Raspberry Pi. The full book includes a project to build a simple arcade game in Scratch.

Coder Academy

Coder Academy

Invent your own on-screen instrument and code a tune in this chapter, dedicated to the music features of Scratch. This book is aimed at children aged 7 to 10 years old, and includes lots of on-the-page activities.


Scratch tutorials and teaching resources

Coder academy sprite pack

Multiple Choice quiz

This tutorial shows you how to build a multiple choice quiz, including how to paste a list into a Scratch project. From The MagPi issue 34.

micro:bit photo

Using the micro:bit with Scratch

Here are my tips on using the micro:bit with Scratch, including how to get started and how to use the micro:bit to control projects.

audio game screenshot

Make a micro:bit audio game

This tutorial from micro:mag shows you how to create an audio game using the micro:bit and the text-to-speech feature in Scratch.

Cat Catcher game title screen

Using a Sense HAT in Scratch

Use a Sense HAT on Raspberry Pi to control a car in this top-down racing game. From The MagPi.

Learn to Code

Learn to Code

This 12-page feature from The MagPi introduces Scratch and shows you how to build a simple game, before moving on to Python and electronics.

Scratch notes infographic

Scratch notes infographic

This infographic shows the musical note numbers in Scratch to make it easier to program tunes. The same numbers are used in Sonic Pi.

Shaun the Sheep screenshot

Shaun the Sheep football

See how I made Shaun the Sheep Football in Scratch, using the Shaun the Sheep Game Academy sprite pack.

Cat Catcher game title screen

How to add a title screen

This tutorial from The MagPi shows you how to add a title screen to your Scratch project. It's from issue 36 of the magazine.

high score table

How to add a high score table

I wrote this article for The MagPi to show you how to add a simple high score table to your Scratch game

ScratchJr

ScratchJr review

Read my review of ScratchJr on the iPad, including a simple game you can make.


Play some Scratch games!


Scratch community links

Find out more

For more help with Scratch, see my books Scratch Programming in Easy Steps and Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps.

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Sean's Scratch Resources

Tips, tutorials and free book chapters for Scratch, a coding language widely used in schools.

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