Create fun computer games using Scratch on Windows, a Mac, or the Raspberry Pi: make a game with animated cartoon characters, build a drum machine, make 3D mazes and stop motion films, use the ScratchJr app, and more!
By: Sean McManus
Publication Date: August 12th, 2016
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Millions of children and young people worldwide are using Scratch to make their own games and animations.
Following on from the success of Scratch Programming in easy steps, Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps gives you great ideas to create computer games and other projects that’ll impress your friends and family – and you’ll have endless fun creating and playing them! The book provides step-by-step instructions for building projects that show off some of the cool things you can do with Scratch.
It starts with two simple projects to get you started. Find out how to:
- Make a game with animated cartoon characters
- Build a drum machine and make random music
- Use anaglyph glasses for 3D effects and 3D Art
- Design amazing mazes in a 3D environment
- Create your own stop motion films
- Use the ScratchJr app to create games and interactive stories anywhere using your iPad or Android tablet
Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps has projects for Scratch 2.0 on a PC/Mac and Scratch 1.4 on the Raspberry Pi, and includes a Raspberry Pi Camera Module project. Each project includes suggestions for customizing it, so you can make it your own!
Preview all the projects in the book
If you lose or damage your 3D glasses, replacement pairs can be purchased from our online shop
Check out some of the fantastic game videos here! Maze Maker and Circuit Breaker, Gribbet! and Pipeline Defender – all part of the Neat Stuff from Cool Scratch projects in easy steps! Which will be your favourite?
To view the videos, 3D previews and to download examples and resources mentioned in the book, visit the Free Resources page.
About the author
Sean McManus writes inspiring books about business and technology. His books include Scratch Programming in easy steps and Web Design in easy steps and he has written for magazines including The MagPi, Raspberry Pi Geek, and Internet Magazine. Sean is also a Code Club volunteer.
A great review of the book from www.techagekids.com!
Check out the Cool Scratch Projects 5 Star review from I Programmer!
Reviews from Amazon readers:
5 stars Teaching Scratch programming using Sean McManus’s books
I have been using Sean’s books on Scratch as the basis for teaching Coderdojo classes to an age range of 8 to 15 years. I have been very happy with the material and I am currently teaching it to a 3 hour weekly session with all 15 -20 participants using the introductory TIPS online tutorial in Scratch 2.0 online and then Cool Scratch Projects book. This approach is proving successful and satisfying. I have also used Sean’s “Scratch Programming in easy steps” and found it very acceptable.
5 stars Great book, very easy to follow with good example programs.
Bought this book for my daughter, once she started following one of the included programs she was hooked and made a great game she is very proud of.
5 stars Scratch coding
Excellent study for children 8-12.