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IIe2PB
19th December 2009, 07:15 PM
I'm thinking about introducing my six year old to computers. Does anyone have any recommendations for good quality educational games?

I don't mind buying them if they are good, or open source or flash games are good too :) Thanks!

milliedog
19th December 2009, 07:39 PM
Kid Pix (http://www.mackiev.com/kid_pix.html)

asphotos
19th December 2009, 09:24 PM
this is a good (free) start

Tux Paint (http://www.tuxpaint.org/)

jcw
19th December 2009, 09:51 PM
I'd definitely second the vote for Kid Pix. My daughter has been using it since Prep and loves it. Very dynamic interface. Suits readers of all stages. Also, Kidspiration (http://www.inspiration.com/kidspiration) - the primary-school version of Inspiration - is great. For a budding animator, Stykz (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/30298) (free) is a great deal of fun, too.

craigc
19th December 2009, 10:22 PM
Starfall is an excellent and free learn to read site. My kids love it.

Learn to Read with phonics (http://www.starfall.com/)

Other good sites for kids are:

Club Penguin

Moshi Monster

IIe2PB
20th December 2009, 06:39 AM
Thank you all. I've seen kid pix and it was great. I've downloaded tux paint though so we'll see how she goes with that. At the Apple store yesterday I bought a DR Seuss game for her... so we'll see what that is like.

Thanks for the suggestions Craigc I'll sus them out. :)

Any others out there? :)

asphotos
20th December 2009, 07:52 PM
forgot this one.

Poisson Rouge . Red Fish Soup . Games for Children . Jeux pour Enfants (http://www.poissonrouge.com/)

great flash games and stuff for kids (based in french, but displays in english)

leon
20th December 2009, 08:07 PM
Not quite educational, but bugdom is a bit of fun.
Pangea Software: Bugdom 2 (http://www.pangeasoft.net/bug2/index.html)

amstrad_mac
20th December 2009, 09:18 PM
my vote goes for tux paint, kids loves it.

richbowen
20th December 2009, 10:40 PM
My 7 year old daughter has enjoyed the site her school uses for Maths homework - Mathletics (I think).

But she prefers real pen/paper than creative computer stuff at present.

We've tried a few games, including Cake Mania, but generally disappointed. I think she enjoys games on the iPhone more than the Mac. Actually, so do I!