That Blue Square Thing

Scratch Programming - Ideas and Sample Projects

There are all sorts of excellent Scratch ideas out there. I'm just not sure that they always work in the best way - or sometimes really work at all.

This page is about presenting some ideas other people have developed and making some suggestions for improvements. These are the sorts of things I find quite interesting - so you won't find so many game ideas here probably!

All the ideas here have been used under the same Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licenseexternal link icon as they were released under. In other words, use it however you like, but give the original creator credit.

Etch-a-Sketch

Did you ever have an Etch-a-sketchexternal link icon when you were a kid? Maybe you still have one - there's one in our house somewhere still I know.

This project was developed by Scratcher Ionosphereexternal link icon. I quite like it and it has some good ideas - the way the pen is kept within the frame for example. I remixed it immediately by removing the music which ran in the background on a constant loop!

I wonder if there are other improvements which could be made:

Code iconThe Etch-a-Sketch Project - you may need to right click and Save as to save the game to your computer

Note that all of the projects here are Scratch 2 projects. They all need version 2 of Scratch to work!

The Water Cycle

I've taught the Water Cycle loads of times. It's a classic Geography and Science bit of content.

This is just a good example of how you could use Scratch to do your homework. Say if you needed to produce a presentation about something. It's just a simple animation (one which I think could be improved by the way) produced by Scratcher potion0621external link icon. Scratch doesn't have to be about games (now, there's a thought...)

I'd have loved to have received homework done in something like Scratch if I was teaching Geograhy or Science. Or just about any other subject for that matter...

Code iconThe Water Cycle - you may need to right click and Save as to save the game to your computer

Apple Drop

Scratcher --Pastel--external link icon has produced what might be my favourite Scratch project so far. I think this really works as a playable game and has clearly had a lot of thought put into it.

Try it and see what you think.

Code iconApple Drop - you may need to right click and Save as to save the game to your computer

Minecraft Quiz

Quizes can be done in Scratch as well. This one happens to be about Minecraft. I don't think it's great and it can certainly be improved I'd say. It was originally produced by Scratcher EJTgamesexternal link icon.

Code iconMinecraft Quiz - you may need to right click and Save as to save the game to your computer

Animated Christmas Card

I sometimes forget that as well as a programming tool, Scratch can be used to produce animations which don't require any interaction from the user. They can just run.

This is a simple enough idea, produced by Scratcher seanmcmanusexternal link icon. This is adaptable for all sorts of things and has simple code as well.

Code iconAnimated Christmas Card - you may need to right click and Save as to save the game to your computer

Using Scratch

Scratch is available free on the web without having to log in or download anything.

There are basic instructions on the my first Scratch page.

> Start using Scratch on the webexternal link icon