I challenge you to learn to make your own version of "Flappy Bird" for free.
Whether you were in the group of individuals who had never heard of "Flappy Bird" before it vanished from the app store. Or you had heard of it but had not gotten around to downloading it, you are in luck! "Flappy Bird" is returning to the app store! Whew, world panic can end now!
Seriously though if you missed the boat and desperately want it, stop bidding $1000+ dollars on eBay for phones with it installed and download it yourself as soon as it returns. Or, while you wait, do even better and visit Code.org and learn how to make your own! Yes, that's right you can learn to make your own version of Flappy Bird and probably have more fun than actually trying to make that stubborn bird fly without hitting the tubes!
If your kids are home on spring break and are driving you nuts, point them to Code.org. Perhaps they have not yet done the "Hour of Code" or if they have, let them take a crack at making games. They can also try making an "Angry Birds" type game as well. Two of our kids made their own Flappy Bird and loved it. They also did the Hour of Code. Our 12-year-old son is also doing small SYDCON tasks monthly to help him learn to program. With the spring break weather not being so hot, and kids looking for something to do, why not try getting them to learn something while having fun?
Now, Code.org is not just for kids. Grown-ups such as yourself can have just as much fun learning to make these games or learning to code any of the many lessons they have available. Give it a try, you might find a new hobby for yourself. What do you have to loose? It's free, takes a small amount of time and you can expand your horizons.
So, here is my challenge to you for today. Let's call it the "Make your own Flappy Bird game challenge!". If you participate I would love to hear about your experience. I will take my own challenge and will report on it on Fridays "IT Thing" blog, so be sure to tune in. In the meantime, check out that pic above of our 9-year-old daughter making her own game! Go on, what are you waiting for, make a game!