Puffball Panic

Requires iPad and Tynker Junior App

Students help adorable dust bunnies add to their sock collection as they use conditional loops to navigate a dynamic environment. Request Quote

Course Summary
  • Pre-K to Grade 2
  • Beginner level
  • 4 lessons
  • Tynker Icon Blocks
    • iPad
Course Includes
  • 4 lessons
  • 39 activities
  • Enhanced Creativity Tools
  • Automatic Assessment
  • Tutorials and Reviews
  • Coding Puzzles
  • DIY Projects
  • Quizzes
  • Answer Keys
No previous coding experience required.


Fourth in the series of pre-reader courses, Puffball Panic introduces pre-readers to conditional loops and nested loops, while reinforcing pattern recognition and sequencing. To use Puffball Panic in your classroom, you must download the Tynker Junior app from the App Store. The Tynker Junior app offers a collection of courses specifically designed for young children (ages 4-7) who are still learning how to read.

In Puffball Panic, students help the friendly dust bunnies add to their sock collection while avoiding obstacles. They are introduced to conditional loops that they use to repeat tasks until a condition is satisfied. They detect patterns and apply nested loops to reach a goal. They play in a physics-enabled sandbox where wacky interactions ensue!

Tynker Junior uses word-free picture-based block programming with fun characters to help kids develop animations, pursue adventures and solve puzzles and challenges. This enables young children—who have limited motor skills and are still developing hand-eye coordination—to learn to code using big blocks, pictures, voiceovers and tap-tap-tap interactions, without words or drag-and-drop or any other actions they may find too tedious or overwhelming. Tynker SmartPass enables younger students to sign in by simply scanning a code, without the need to remember any usernames or passwords.

Puffball Panic is only available on iPads and iPhones. Students can access the course using the Tynker Junior app on their iPad devices. These courses are not available on Android or via the browser at tynker.com.

Topics Covered

  • Conditional loops
  • Loop nesting
  • Pattern recognition
  • Explore a physics sandbox
  • Debugging

What Students Learn

  • Help the puffballs add to their sock collection while avoiding obstacles
  • Use conditional loops to repeat tasks until a condition is satisfied
  • Detect patterns and apply nested loops to reach a goal
  • Create physics-enabled sandboxes where wacky interactions ensue

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.
* Tablet courses require an iPad (iOS 10+) with Tynker or Tynker Junior app installed and Internet access

1. Meet the Dust Bunnies
16 activities
Use loops to help these puffballs jump, climb, and push their way to the socks!
2. Home Sweet Home
2 activities
Visit the Dust Bunnies' home and play with physics!
3. Balloon Bonanza
13 activities
Find keys, pop balloons, and chase flying socks while using conditional loops!
4. So Many Blocks
8 activities
Learn about other conditional loops and kick boxes to clear a path to the socks!