Happy holidays from my little volunteer group at www.TeachingKidsProgramming.org. To celebrate the season we’ve written a new recipe for you to share with your kids – teach them to code and make a custom holiday card at the same time!
Here’s a sample output, but of course you can change anything about your card, because you are coding it (together):
1. SmallBasic – FREE download
2. SmallBasic Extensions (CodePlex) – FREE download and install via instructions on Codeplex (Here)
To Install Extensions (Instructions):
a) Unzip SmallBasicFun.zip, two files will be created. Create a folder named 'lib' in C:\Program Files\Microsoft\SmallBasic
b) Copy SmallBasicFun.dll and SmallBasicFun.xml into a folder named 'lib' at C:\Program Files\Microsoft\SmallBasic\lib
3. Our recipe (SmallBasic wiki)
4. Are you stuck trying to translate the recipe into code? Use our CHEAT SHEET – here (scroll down on the page!)
If you want to distribute your card, save the output (cardName.exe) and the SmallBasic.dll and SmallBasicFun.dll files onto a flash drive and have the recipient click the cardName.exe and enjoy.
We’d love to see what you and your kids code up – send us screen shots via this blog – enjoy, happy holidays and merry coding!