Kids have seen my Qimo….

OK so I have a 4 year old and she loves to watch me on the computer and playing her Nintendo DS.

One day surfing the web looking for thing my four year old could do online, like Club Penguin and the CBBC website I came across this Linux distribution called Quim.

About Qimo:

Qimo is a desktop operating system designed for kids. Based on the open source Ubuntu Linux desktop, Qimo comes pre-installed with educational games for children aged 3 and up. Qimo’s interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use, providing large icons for all installed games, so that even the youngest users have no trouble selecting the activity they want.

The pre-installed games are easily accessible from the docked menu bar at the bottom of the desktop, some of these games are:

GCompris is a wonderful suite of educational games. It has age-appropriate activities from 3 years and up. It provides mouse and keyboard activities to help kids learn how to interact with the computer, and goes all the way up to activities that teach math and science.
GCompris Website
Childsplay is another suite of educational games.

Childsplay Website

eToys is built on the Squeak programming language and environment, which means you can do just about anything with it. Once you’ve drawn an object, you’re given a list of actions that it can perform, like moving and turning, as well as tests that let you perform different actions under different conditions. By combining them, you are able to make your drawing do just about anything.

eToys Website

Tux Paint is an easy to use drawing activity that’s fun for kids of all ages. Choose from a variety of tools, brushes and stamps, even make your own stamps from photos!

Tuxpaint Website

Fun game that teaches touch typing. Similar to the old Missile Command arcade game.
Tuxpaint Website
Like TuxType, only this one teaches numbers and various levels of Math.
Qimo also comes with all the usual stuff  like Firefox ect
I can whole heatedly recommend Qimo for your younger children as it is very easy for them to use and it also gets them into to world of Linux early 8)


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