Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft
Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.
1. It is fun and encourages creativity
Unlike adults, children have creative minds that enable them to think outside the box. The endless searching for solutions and variations of coding can motivate them to stretch their minds. For many developers, the appeal of coding is the challenge and reward of seeing their code come to life. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is too difficult - getting started with programming can be easy and fun for children.
2. Logic and computational thinking
When kids learn how to code, they not only develop cognitive skills but also learn the problem-solving skills that are crucial for their future. This involves using pattern recognition to present problems in different ways while logically breaking them down into parts and creating the steps needed to solve them.
3. Building self confidence through bringing ideas to life
Children build confidence through a sense of mastery and achievement. Learning to code enables them to build objects that interact with the real world - we always enjoy when we see children brimming with pride once they have completed their projects.
4. Resilience & continuous improvement
In learning to code, children learn how to handle problems and anticipate errors. Having a program crash the first time it is being run is absolutely normal. Once children are invested in making an idea work, they tend to persevere through the errors.
5. Prepare your child for the future that they will grow up in
Children are growing up in a digital world. In fact, even toys are currently digital and many of them have programs. It is one thing to know how to use technology, it is another to understand the science and logic behind them.