Since my older brother got my eight-year-old son a book about Scratch, a free online coding program where you can design projects for yourself or to share, he has done a lot of projects – both his own, using variations of the programs he has created from books, as well as those included in the books themselves including his latest – DK Books’ Scratch Challenge Workbook ($6.99).

Despite the number of Scratch books we have, this one features all new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects including the Keepy-Uppy, a game that uses the computer’s webcam to make the designer the star of the show.

Scratch itself is pretty easy to use with the workbook making it even easy to design a program with step-by-step instructions and explanations as to why that command works the way it does. After each completed program, the book offers a quiz to see how much you learned about the program you just designed.

The book is perfect for those who have never used Scratch before as well as those who, like my son, needs new ideas. And with school days away from being finished, and the battle of screen set to begin, DK‘s Scratch Challenge Workbook will ensure my son continues to learn STEM, reads and expands his brain this summer, all while playing on the computer. Bonus.

What activities do you do with your children to keep them learning throughout the summer?

A copy of this book was provided by DK Books for an honest review.