Over the last years I kept asking my now 5 year old daughter how she would design a simple painting App and how this Painting App should look like. We discussed about the background color as well as how to change and choose colors, the absolute requirement to add the color pink and how to change the brush thickness. The design of the paint and drawing App went completely without the need to read a single piece of written text or menu. We came up with a very simple and intuitive way to touch-draw images for children and to store these images as .png pictures. You can find your free Android Painting App for Kids and Children in the Google App store.
Thanks to Mark Frauenfelder, we get a cute overview about some interesting apps on smartphones for Kids. His co-host is his 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. This week they are talking about Expand it!, which is a game where you inflate little dinosaurs by tapping on them until they reach a rainbow. The game costs 99 cents in the iTunes store and is free for Android devices.
littleBits, a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.
littleBits are an open source system of preassembled, modular circuits that snap together with magnets – making learning about electronics fun, easy and creative. An engineer, inventor and interactive artist, Ayah received her master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab and undergraduate degrees in computer engineering and sociology from the American University of Beirut. Ayah has taught graduate classes at NYU and Parsons and taught numerous workshops to get non-engineers – particularly young girls – interested in science and technology. She is also the founder of karaj, Beirut’s lab for experimental art, architecture and technology. littleBits was named Best of Toyfair, has won the editor’s Choice award from MAKE magazine, and has been acquired by MoMA for its collection.
“Instead of having to program, to wire, to solder, littleBits allow you to program using very simple intuitive gestures.” (Ayah Bdeir)