Well, I say, “Have children, will buy apps to keep them busy while I organize the wine cellar.” Yes, dear Mac friends, it’s true. My children are an inspiration to me. They’re the reason I collect wine (and sample the collection regularly).
And, they’re the reason I try Mac apps for my age deprived spawn.
Painting On A Mac vs. Painting On An iPad
Kids of any age beyond where they point and click usually love apps that paint and draw. That’s what is so cool about using KidsPainter (not me– the kids use it; I grab a glass of wine and supervise).
KidsPainter is drawing and painting all rolled into one obviously-made-for-children app.
It’s billed as good for ages 3 to 12, which means I can force my children to use it for at least another six years. I have to get my money’s worth, you know.
The app is like a big drawing table with tools (brushes, eraser, pens, etc.) scattered left and right and top and bottom.
There’s a big sheet of digital drawing paper in the middle and it’ll take all of about 27 seconds for most pre-schoolers to figure out how to use all the tools (vs. about two hours for parents).
Choose different papers and brushes and colors and your kids can learn to draw what looks like digital crayons or digital water colors or something that Picasso might be proud to call his own (assuming he could remember what he drew for his parents when he was four).
After watching our girls play around with KidsPainter I can guarantee you this. Children will enjoy using it (now, about that guarantee; It’s only as good as a political candidate who has frequent Etch-a-Sketch moments).
Here’s the problem with KidsPainter. For the exact same money you can buy eight to 10 similar painting and drawing apps for an iPad.
Many iPad apps are priced at 99-cents to $2.99 and at most $4.99 and children will love to use them and thank you for buying them a $500 iPad, too.
Why the huge difference between the price of children’s apps and games for the iPad vs. those of similar quality on a Mac?
Whatever it is, children don’t really care. Our girls fight over the rights to use the iPad for anything. The loser gets to use something similar on the Mac.
That’s the truth about the post-PC era, folks.