QR codes have become ubiquitous. They're everywhere these days! We've seen them in books, on posters, on restaurant tables, at the train station ticketing machine and countless other things arounds us. Kids are particularly good at spotting them and always seem to have a lot of fun scanning them to see what pops up.

Printable & Activity Objectives

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Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colour pencils, mobile phone and personal computer (optional)

In this activity, your child learns what QR codes are, what they are used for and how they are created. They also get to contribute to the creation or completion of one and finally run a test to check if it works.  

It will help your child or student:

  • Foster curiosity about the more complex workings of everyday technologies which exist around them.

Let's get busy and remember to colour within the lines!


How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Give your child a brief explanation about what exactly are QR codes.
  • Get them to write down where they've seen QR codes. Ask them what they think they will see when they scan each QR code on their list. This will help them to understand the real world usefulness of QR codes.
  • Start colouring the printable. Upon completion let them test it out.

So what is a QR code anyway? Here are 3 simple points to explain what it is to a child:

  • It stands for "Quick Response" code and it was first invented in Japan.
  • Each QR code is unique. They are usually made out of black and white boxes to form a "one of a kind" pattern.
  • A digital device (like a mobile phone) is used to read it and convert it into something useful to us like take us to a menu or let us into a theme park.

Here's a good video to explain to kids how QR codes work in everyday life:

Below are a few extra ideas for your child to improve this activity:

  • Make an actual QR code on your computer and test it. Click here to make one.

What's in the Printable Pack

This printable pack consists of 1 QR code colouring sheet to help your child understand how colour squares can be transformed into something useful using technology.

Tips: Dark coloured pencils are recommended in this activity. Try your best to colour within the lines to ensure that the QR code works.

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