Coding Card Games for Kids & Family

Spice up your collection of card games for kids with our all-new fun and enrichingcoding card game! This game aims to ease kids of ages 3-7 into the world of coding and spark a love for computer science in them. Presented in an engaging card game form, this fun tabletop game encourages kids to explore popular coding concepts even without any prior knowledge of programming. Introduce your kids to simple coding in the form of handy cards and gameplay mechanics. By the end of just one play session, your kids will be begging you to help them learn coding!

Our coding card game is the perfect starter to not just coding, but also logical thinking, problem-solving and imagination, inevitable skills that your kids will be able to put into use as they grow up. Even if they do not pursue a STEM-based career in the future, they can still use these mental skills in any discipline and field of work.

An added bonus is that nothing beats our card games for family when it comes tokeeping the kids occupied at home without letting their minds idle or straining their eyes. Take a break from the screens and sit down for a fun game of Potato Pirates!

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Potato Pirates is an award-winning card game that introduces fundamental computational thinking concepts in a gamified and fun way. It is one of the best gifts you can buy for kids who like smart games and a challenge. It is designed for:

  • 3-6 players
  • Ages 7+
  • 20-40mins per game 

Top Benefits

  • Hilariously fun - Master the art of Potato War! Battle other players to eliminate their Potato Crews and seize their Potato King Cards. Acquire all seven Potato King Cards OR be the last player sailing and you win!
  • Clear instructions – Easy to learn with a clear, high-quality instruction manual. You can start playing immediately!
  • Develops critical skills – Potato Pirates teaches key programming concepts in an engaging and easy to understand way.

Featured on:

  • Forbes 10 Best STEM Gifts: "It’s a unicorn: a computational thinking game that’s unplugged and inexpensive. It won this year’s #1 ranking!"
  • Wall Street Journal - How You Can Raise Robot-Proof Children
  • USA Today - 10 amazing toys that can teach your kids how to code

Winner of Core77 Design Award, Japan Good Design Award & Singapore Good Design Award.

What you get:

  • 24 Control Cards
  • 22 Surprise Cards
  • 7 Potato King Cards
  • 1 Instruction Booklet
  • 84 Potato Crew with Storage Bag (14 Big Puff Balls & 70 Small Puff Balls)
  • 16 Ship Cards
  • 32 Action Cards

     *Note: Due to the covid situation, delivery time may be longer than usual (~3 to 4 weeks). If you need it urgently, please contact us for express shipping options.

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    Gerik A.
    United States United States
    Fry-tastic! Smashin' fun! A Roasting good time!...

    TL:DR? I can’t rave about this enough! It’s a crazy fun game that stimulates the brain and involves basic algebra (or in their terms, “coding”) and is better with more players (but can also be played with just two). The Pieces: This game includes a deck of cards broken into three types: actions (numbers), controls (equations), and surprises (counters). A fleet of 16 ships is included, each with their own, personal name. A potato sack filled with two sized foam/pompom balls (large and small) has plenty of “potato crew members” for max gameplay. A booklet is included with all of the rules and explanations of parts/cards thoroughly outlined. The Rules: The gist of the gist of the game is to end up with all seven (7) Potato King cards or to be the last one with a floating ship and crew to win. Every player starts out with two ships in “anchor” or night mode, a large potato (which equals 5 small potato crew members) and 5 small potatoes for each ship, and 5 cards. During the first round, each player takes a turn drawing two cards and building their “code” or equations for attack. A green (action) card MUST be on a ship for it to attack. You can’t play orange (control) cards without one. A max of three cards are allowed on each ship and pink (surprise) cards can be played at any time at any given instant (which can be very helpful strategy wise). If all the potato crew members are killed on a ship, that ship sinks, but if a ship is “hijacked” (special card for that), the crew survives and migrates to the nearest ship (you can’t hijack crew members). It is possible to buy new ships by trading in 4 potatoes to purchase one but you have to have an extra potato to captain the ship (i.e. all ships must have at least one potato onboard else it sinks). Potato King cards are declared once drawn and set out for all to see, but although they aren’t directly in your hand, they still count as part of it (and thus can be looted). Potato King cards are shuffled into a hand and all cards laid facedown when a looting card occurs (so you may not get the Potato King after all!; there’s some chance to it). This game teaches basic math/algebra and how to work a simple code sequence. The Play: There are a lot of working parts to this, so don’t expect to get it all down the first round. That being said, the game is very rewarding and stimulates the brain. We managed to play a few rounds with just two people even though it calls for a minimum of three (3), so just keep in mind that it is a little flexible in the rules there. By the third round, we were getting pretty good at it, but that didn’t mean the game was any less challenging. If anything it was more so as you have to be very strategic in your codes (don’t make a monster code because someone may steal your ship and use it against you!) and on the surprise cards you keep in your hand. I highly recommend this for both young and old alike. It’s fun for adults and children, but just keep a little patience in hand as you learn and work your way through the game. It’s…well, just like math! +Pros: +STEM game +Teaches math/algebra (aka coding) +Potato smashing fun +Clever concept and execution +Complicated and brain tickling +Thoroughly explained instruction booklet -Cons: -Not a game to master in the first round (it may take a few thanks to all of the working parts) -Can be a little frustrating for children who have not learned/been exposed to basic algebra yet (but this could be a great way to learn!) -A parent player may be needed to fetter out rules and the correctness of equations (older children may have no problem, they may even teach their parents something) -Its possible for players to gain up on an individual (you may need to invent rules where you can only attack a player on the right or left if this is a problem for your family) Overall, I absolutely love this game! It’s ranked up there in my top favorite games (tied with Cosmic Factory in the brain department at the moment). 5 out of 5 stars. A must for any family game night!

    Sophia E.
    United States United States
    Cute family game!

    Although there was a bit of a learning curve (and I'm not sure we totally understand all the rules yet), we had a lot of fun with this game. I give it 5 stars, however I feel the instructions could have been explained a bit better. There's a URL that has videos of the game but those videos did not give a thorough explanation of how to play. With a bit more practice, I think we'll get it down.

    Singapore Singapore
    Great Learning Game!

    Bought this game for my sons 8th birthday. He's got an independent 4H project coming up this summer that will involved learning some programming using Scratch. I figured getting him started with some basic coding logic would really help him. Myself, my 11 yr old daughter and him played this and the 1st time out everyone enjoyed it. Being a software developer, I loved being able to explain the different symbols and concepts on the cards as we went. This game involves For loops, while loops, If/Else statements, and even the idea of using your ship to attack in certain order to maximize the damage your potato smashing attacks do! There are even Switch statement cards that my son was able to use multiple times and then when getting his 4th ship he suddenly realized he couldn't continue to use! So he waited until he lost a ship... and out came that switch statement again! Was a great time, and after our first game everyone was ready to play it again!

    10 Hours Of Programming in 30 Minutes

    Potato Pirates is a swashbuckling game of carbs and strategy, perfect for families, educators, geeks, you name it. Learn fundamental computational thinking concepts in just a 30 minutes game - all without a computer.

    Easy To Set Up

    It will take you less than a minute to get started. Don't even worry about laptops, software installation and internet connection.

    Foster Peer Interaction

    Engage students with this enriching and interactive classroom programming activity.

    Gamify Your Lesson

    Don't overwhelm your children with programming syntax, instead get them interested by gamifying the experience.

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