This year, we’re transforming Scratch Day into Scratch Week: a global, virtual celebration of Scratch! We invite you to imagine, create, and share along with us in the Scratch online community during the week of May 17–23.
How to Participate
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Whether you are new to Scratch or a long-time user, we invite you to imagine what you would like to create. We hope Scratch Week brings a playful spirit to those Scratching around the world!
During the week of May 17–23, the Scratch Team will share a new theme every weekday. People of all ages are invited to create projects based on any of the themes that inspire them. Visit the “Featured Studios” section of the Scratch online community from Monday to Friday to find the daily themes and create your own project.
Here are this year’s Scratch Week themes so far:
Show us your silly, creative, or fun solution to any problem.
Cooking with Scratch
Cook up your tastiest food-related Scratch project — recipes, favorite snacks, food-maker projects, or anything else you can imagine!
Put on your wizard hats and grab your wands, in this studio we’ll be creating games of myth, magic, and fantasy.
Invent an Instrument
Make a musical instrument from anything: a starfish? a soccer ball? a snack?
Make Someone’s Day
Make a project to cheer someone up or remind them that they are loved!
The Scratch website will feature studios for each of the daily themes. A studio is like an online gallery: it’s a collection of projects based on a certain theme. Add Scratch Week projects to the studios to share with the larger online community — as well as see what others around the world have created. Scratch Week studios will be launched every weekday from Monday, May 17 to Friday, May 21.
Is your organization hosting a Scratch Week event? If so, we’d love to learn more and help you promote it!
Tips for Getting Started
Just starting out? The Scratch Ideas page is a great place to find tips for getting started, tutorials, Scratch Coding Cards, and more, before jumping into Scratch Week themes.
Have limited or no internet access? The downloadable Scratch app allows users to create and save projects with or without an internet connection.
For Younger Children: ScratchJr is a free creative coding app for children (ages 5-7) to program their own interactive stories and games. The ScratchJr Teach page offers educational activities and resources to engage children in a variety of ScratchJr activities. ScratchJr works on an iPad or Android tablet. It’s a great way for younger siblings to engage in Scratch Week!
News and Updates
Scratch Week themes will be shared every day of the week from May 17-21 in the “Featured Studios” section of the Scratch homepage.
The Scratch Week themes are designed to spark project ideas and learning through creative coding at home. The themes will offer a variety of topics to engage many interests, styles, and abilities. Studios are also a great place to find inspiration! We invite learners to visit the Scratch Week studios to remix projects that they find interesting. Remixing, or making a copy of a project and modifying it to add new ideas, is a great way to learn to program and create unique projects.
Scratch in Practice is a project of the Scratch Team and the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.