The age probably varies with each child, but every Mac owner with children knows that sooner or later the curtain climbers and carpet crawlers will reach the keyboard, trackpad, or mouse and who knows what happens then.
One way to circumvent potential disaster is by using Mac apps to teach, including Magic Paint which teaches math while kids learn to, well, paint.
Painting By Numbers
Magic Paint is really a math learning too, a cleverly disguised way to get preschool and elementary school age children to learn more than repeating numbers while learning to paint.
The painting tools are substantially less than any inexpensive Mac painting app, though. There are three basic modes.
The first is Triplets game which helps children to memorize and understand subtraction and addition.
Training is the option to provide instruction to a child, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Results can be saved and displayed on a stats page with a graph, including number of errors.
The Coloring mode is obvious.
The Training mode gives children problems to solve.
Magic Paint has paint brushes of different sizes, and a palette of basic colors.
Each drawing can be filled with appropriate colors which match the specified number on the object. That makes it easier for children to learn numbers, but doesn’t have an association to a value.
Magic Paint is aimed to younger children just getting started with basic numbers and math, so it’s not likely to be challenging for those at the high end of elementary school.