getting started with scratch


Your first Scratch project

An annotated screenshot of the Scratch editor, with key features labelled.

When you create a new Scratch project, it includes a cat sprite.

Drag blocks from the Blocks menu to the Code area to make the cat do something.

To try an example, drag a move block from the Motion blocks menu. The blocks are colour-coded to help you find them.

A 'move' block in the Code area.

You can click on blocks in the Code area to run them. Click on the move block and the cat will move.

Tip: If you are using Scratch on a tablet, you can tap an item to click on it.

Hat blocks run the blocks below them when a particular event happens. The when green flag clicked block runs code when you click on the green flag above the Stage to run your project.

Drag a when green flag clicked block above the move block so that they snap together.

The 'move' block in the Code area.

Your code should look like this:

You can add more sprites to your project, and you can also add a backdrop.

In the Sprite list, click on Choose a Sprite to see the library of all Scratch sprites.

The 'Choose a Sprite' icon.

You can search for a sprite, or browse by category or theme. Click on a sprite to add it to your project.

The Sprite Library.

In the bottom right-hand corner of the Stage pane, click on Choose a Backdrop.

The 'Choose a Backdrop' icon.

You can search for a backdrop, or browse by category or theme. Click on a backdrop to add to your project.

The Backdrop Library.

Go to File in the menu. If you have a Scratch account, click on Save now. If you do not have an account, click on Save to your computer.

Click in the project name box and change the name to match your project.

The project name box highlighted.

If you share your project, then other people will also see this name, so make sure that it makes sense.

You have created your first Scratch project!

You are now ready to learn Scratch. We recommend that you start with our Introduction to Scratch, Scratch: Module 1 and/or
Look after yourself paths, which are designed for beginners.

You can return to this guide if you need help using Scratch when you are working on our pathway projects or on your own independent projects.