Lesson 1: An introduction to Scratch

Hello & welcome to Scratch!

Scratch is a free bit of software that you can download and play with at home, as well as in school, to make cartoons & games.

In this first lesson, we are going to make an animated card for you to send to your friends and family.

Let's get started!

Step 1: What card will you make?


Have a think about what card you want to make and who you want to send it to.

If you need some inspiration, take a look at some cards other children have made using scratch:

Step 2: Delete cat!

Click on the scissors icon and then click on the cat to delete himIn Scratch, characters and objects are called "sprites".  

You can delete a sprite by clicking on the scissors and then clicking on the sprite.

Question: Can you find another way to delete a sprite?


Step 3: Add some sprites!


There are 4 ways to add a sprite to your card, watch the video below to learn more




Step 4: Bring your sprite(s) to life!

Bring your sprites to life by adding instructions (a.k.a. computer code) that tell the sprites what to do.

With Scratch, your sprites can dance, sing, jump, talk, fly, and much more.

Now, let's play with the blocks in the different categories to see what each one does.

Step 5: Add a background image


Now lets add a background picture (called a 'backdrop') for your sprites to stand in front of:

Step 6: Add some music!


We are almost done, let's add some sounds and music to your card.



Step 7:  Let people know how to interact with your card


As a last step, you need to give help to the people looking at your card so that they know how to view it.

You can do this by adding instructions that appear when someone starts your card.