Kevin McAllister on 11 Aug 2008 05:26:57 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Free Edutainment Software

The software I am going to mention is not free (it is inexpensive) and  
supposedly runs on Linux (I cannot vouch for that claim I run mine on  
Windows).  But it may be some of the best child software I have seen.

I am talking about Disney's Magic Artist Deluxe:

I purchased it from the $5 software rack at best buy over a year ago  
for my then 2 1/2 year old daughter.  And she has played it at least  
weekly and continues to want to play it regularly (she spent a good  
half hour just last night.)

It is basically a drawing package with lots of bells and whistles.   
The different tools can easily draw cookies that animate and bake for  
a few seconds on the canvas or bugs that crawl, or draw connecting  
pipes or balloon animals.  They have the ability to create simple  
animated scenes and probably lots of other things I haven't even seen.

This past week on vacation with my family my niece who is now 6 spent  
a hours playing with it as well.  So although I can't speak for it's  
ability to run on linux I can say that it is a very well done package  
for a good price and it provides hours of entertainment and replay  
value for the little ones, and I highly recommend it based on that.

Kevin McAllister

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