Monday, February 22, 2010

Tux Paint

If you like Kidpix, you need to try Tux Paint, an open source drawing software program for kids. It's a FREE download for Mac or PC. It has a very easy to use interface that includes sound effects that kids love. If your school is watching every penny (like most schools), this is a great drawing program for students of any age. One feature that I think is better than Kidpix is the stamps.  They are much more realistic and enlarge much easier and less pixelated. I encourage you to download this and let your students have some fun, then assign them a project or specific drawing to create and see what may just be surprised!
By the way, they also have free math and typing programs available for download.


Kathy Cassidy said...

My students love Tuxpaint as well. They frequently go to it when they are allowed choice. The greatest barrier to my using it is the difficulty in saving their work so that it can be posted somewhere else. I know it is possible to do, but the teachers that I know who have done it have all struggled with the saving part.

Cindy Brock said...

We struggle with that as well. We use a mac and do a screen shot of the picture. Not the best solution, but it works. It would be nice if there was a save as jpeg feature.