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Block Pallet

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

The block palette is an area on scratch edit screen, located to the left of the code area.





What block pallet is?

The block palette is an area on scratch edit screen, located to the left of the code area.





What are the major 3 tabs in block pallet?

Three major tabs are Code, Costume/Backdrop and Sounds. The middle tab changes depend on the selection. If you select a sprite, it will be costume and if you select backdrop, it will be backdrop.





What code tab is?

In the block pallet default tab is code tab. Coding blocks are available in this area. By default, 9 categories and can get more blocks by selecting extension.





Code blocks are different depends on the selection (sprite or backdrop)

The blocks in code tab will vary depends on the selection. An example if you select sprite “Motion” category will be available. But if you select backdrop there won’t be any “Motion” blocks




How to add extension?

There are 11 extensions available in Scratch 3.x. To access that, you must click on the extension icon on the bottom of the Code tab.





What costumes/backdrops tab are?

This is the middle tab on the block pallet. When you select sprite, the label will be costumes and when you select backdrop, the label will be backdrops. This tab gives you a paint tool something like Microsoft paint. You can use these tools to create your own costumes/backdrops or customize your existing sprites/backdrops.





How to choose a costume?

When you bring the mouse over to the “Choose a costume” icon, you will get first option “Choose a costume”. Click on that option and go to the “Choose a costume” screen. You must select the costume and click on it. It will be added to the costumes.








How to create your own costume?

When you bring the mouse over to the “Choose a costume” icon, you will get second option “Paint”. When you click on the “Paint” option, you will get a blank costume, which will allow you to draw any costumes you like.








How to get a surprise costume?

When you bring the mouse over to the “Choose a costume” icon, you will get third option “Surprise”. When you click on the “Surprise” option, you will get a surprise costume.




How to upload a costume from your computer?

When you bring the mouse over to the “Choose a costume” icon, you will get 4th option “Upload Costume”. When you click on the “Upload Costume” option, you will go to your device folder to select the image.







How to change the name of the costume?

Make sure you selected the sprite.

Select the costume and give the costume name




How to customize the costume?

Make sure you selected the sprite.

Select the costume and draw and customize using the paint tool





How to delete a costume?

Make sure you selected the sprite.

Select the costume and click on the bin icon




How to change the name of the backdrop?

Make sure you selected the backdrop.

Select the backdrop you want to change the name and type the name.





How to customize the backdrop?

Make sure you selected the backdrop.

Select the backdrop you want to customize and draw or write anything you want using the paint tools.




How to delete a backdrop?

Make sure you selected the backdrop. Make sure there are more than one backdrop. If you have only one backdrop you can’t delete. You must have at least 2 backdrops to delete one.

Select the backdrop you want to delete and click on the bin icon.





What sound tab is?

Sound tab is the third tab on the block pallet, which allows the user to upload sound files and edit.





How to change the name of the sound?

Select the sound you want to change the name and type the name in the box given next to “Sound”.





How to choose a sound?

Mouse over to the speaker icon in the bottom and click on the option “Choose a sound”.




How to record your own sound?

Mouse over to the speaker icon in the bottom and click on the option “Record”.





How to get a surprise sound?

Mouse over to the speaker icon in the bottom and click on the option “Surprise”.




How to upload sound from your own computer?

Mouse over to the speaker icon in the bottom and click on the option “Upload sound”.





How to delete the sound

Select the sound you want to delete and click on the bin icon.





How to edit the sound

Select the sound you want to edit and use the edit tools available on the screen.




Youtube channel Scratch Coding for Kids



1. When you are trying Scratch, what did you get stuck on? How did you get unstuck?


2. What might you want to do next?


3. When you are creating your own Sprite or backdrop, what did you imagine? Are you able to bring life all your imagination?


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