Today we’re going to take a look at how to learn Python for kids. We’ll share some of the best free python for kids resources online, including free classes, tutorials, and worksheets. If you are new to python or code, we think you’ll be most excited to try our free Python class!

Free Python resources for kids and beginners

Programming is an art and a science. While a programming script has a logical design—with an input and an output, it also has a specific style based on the coder. There are many styles that can be used to accomplish the same goal whether it be to iterate a function (e.g. add 20) over a list (e.g. a list containing the salaries in dollars of 5 individuals), or pass a function like enumerate() over a tuple to retrieve the indices or locations of the elements.

Coding with logical design and style is easy with Python. It is one of the most accessible programming languages for many reasons. Its syntax is specific yet simple relative to other languages like C++. Also, it has many modules/libraries that can be readily installed and used to solve a variety of problems (e.g. NumPy and Pandas). If you are new to code or would like to refine your skills, let’s visit the basics of python. With free courses and fun tutorials, you will be on your way to writing algorithms that can manipulate data or generate beautiful visualizations!

Free Python courses for kids and beginners

To start your python journey, seek out one of these free classes available now:

1. Best free Python course: Python for AI

Through Create and Learn you can transition from Scratch to text-based coding through lessons in python. This course offers hands-on experience to create animations using one of the most popular and versatile languages. Required: creativity and a passion for learning code!

Ages: 10-15

Class type: Live online, small group

Class length: 54 minutes, one session

2. Introduction to Python Programming

Offered through Udemy, this free python course introduces python to anyone with little to no experience or those who are refreshing their skills! Topics covered include variable assignments, data structures like lists and dictionaries, loops, conditional statements and built-in functions (that don’t require importing modules). Access through a free account is required.

Ages: 10+

Class type: Free access to pre-recorded coding sessions with instructor narration

Class length: Self-paced. <10 minute, each video. Total: 1.5 hrs.

3. Python for Data Science

Python is a powerful language in data science for its capability to develop artificial intelligence (AI). This Udemy course is designed especially for beginners with an interest in learning and applying basic python in the context of data science. The course highlights practical skills by using the IDE Jupyter Notebook, leading you through its installation to its use for coding basic python data structures, functions, if/else statements and loops.

Ages: 10+

Class type: Free access to pre-recorded coding sessions with instructor narration

Class length: Self-paced. <10 minute, each video. Total: 4 hrs.

Note: This course does not offer hands-on experience with AI. Once comfortable with the course’s basic python skills, you can continue your python journey through Create and Learn to explore hands-on experiences with AI-oriented projects (see AI Creators I).

4. Introduction to Python

Offered by DataCamp, this introductory course to python provides insight into python applications, variables, and data types and how to manipulate them. These lessons are interactive with a coding interface made directly available to you. Upon making your free account, there will be the following prompts to lead you to your first class: Learn Python > Programming > Python Fundamentals.

Ages: 10+

Class type: Access to a python interface as well as prompted questions

Class length: Self-paced with prompted guidance.

5. IBM’s Python for Data Science, AI & Development

On Coursera, IBM offers an introduction to python that requires only interest in the language. The curriculum involves data types, variables, data structures and core python libraries such as Pandas and NumPy. Registration requires choosing a certification you are interested in earning related to AI, data science, or software engineering. Interest in the aforementioned fields is recommended.

Ages: 14+.

Class type: Free access to pre-recorded lectures and discussion forums for a 7-day trial period.

Class length: Total: ~21 hrs.

Note: Once the trial has ended, the course will cost $39 USD per month to continue. When registering for the free trial, it will prompt you to choose a certificate that you will earn upon completion of the course; the choice only matters if you plan on completing the full course.

Free Python tutorials for kids

At Create & Learn we offer a full, diverse list of opportunities to code no matter the skill-set—here are just a few!

6. Python games for beginners: Explore fun python games for beginners! Read along as we break things down with a step-by-step tutorial for making a simple python game.

7. How to Make AI in Python: This tutorial has all the steps and libraries needed to code a chatbot in python!

8. The Best Way to Learn Python: Here is an introduction to python, how to get started with coding, and various tutorials for writing code. Explore various projects in python and continue building skills!

9. Best Resources to Learn Python Programming: This article provides various tutorials and projects in python.

10. Python Tutorial for Kids: Build Your First Animation: A full tutorial for making animations using the coding environment called Trinket. Start seeing what your python skills can do!

Free Python exercises and worksheets for kids

For additional learning and answers to specific python questions, please explore any of the following websites. These offer articles, tutorials and even coding interfaces for hands-on lessons.

11. W3Schools: W3Schools is a website that provides interactive lessons equipped with your own interface, allowing you to learn a lesson and try it on your own!

12. CodingBat: This website offers excellent hands-on exercises for coding in python.

13. IBM’s “Beginner’s Guide to Python”: Once you’ve taken a look at this webpage, please refer to the “Next steps” section towards the end (especially A Whirlwind Tour of Python, offered by the successful tech publisher O’Reilly).

14. Learnpython: Here you will find basic as well as more advanced or field-related tutorials (e.g. data science) for coding in python.

15. GeeksforGeeks: GeeksforGeeks organizes a range of lessons from basic coding in python (e.g. using print()) to coding more specialized tasks (importing the Pandas library and creating a Pandas dataframe). This can also serve as a helpful reference for any questions related to python.

Free Python for Kids to Learn Programming

Python is an intuitive and versatile programming language. Exploring any one of these opportunities—courses, tutorials or exercises, you will emerge with basic skills in python. Even if you have existing knowledge, programming can become beautiful once the style of the programmer grows as well. This can only be achieved through continuous coding. We wish you good luck on your journey!

For more advanced coding, register for our class Python for AI or read our article on data science!

Written by Nicole Maeser, a second-year PhD student in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program at the University of Minnesota, developing and deploying artificial intelligence-based solutions to understand and treat cancer. Along her academic and professional journey, Nicole has been teaching since 2013, and recently held a 4-hour workshop in May 2021 entitled "Introduction to Deep Learning and Creating Neural Networks in Python and R." She hopes to inspire a growth of technical skill and confidence in the field of artificial intelligence.