Drawing app/OSX setup for kids

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by macstatic, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I'd like to set up my Mac for my 5 year old daughter to draw on the screen. I've got Sketchbook express which I let her try but it's too complex. Besides, all the OSX interfacing messes things up when she moves the mouse pointer outside the screen -the auto-hiding dock reappears etc.).
    As all of this is very frustrating for her I'm wondering if there's a drawing app out there made specifically for kids?

    I also have a Wacom Intuos 4 drawing tablet which I think would be great for her if set up correctly with the drawing app. And to further simplify things I want to create a separate OSX user for her. I'm using OSX 10.9.5.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Check out KidPix I had that for my daughters when they were younger.
  3. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Looks nice, but all she needs is something similar like a piece of paper and colored pencils/crayons.

    I've tried numerous apps but although nice (for me) they're not made for kids. It's too easy to drag a window around, complicated color choosers, tools which she'll never need (and if she presses the wrong one she might mess up the entire drawing).
    We just need something very basic with a full-screen layout, a color chooser, eraser and the ability to choose a pen or brush in different sizes. And I wish there was a way to make the dock go away (even with it auto-hidden it's way too easy to have it pop up again when drawing, then clicking on something and all of a sudden she's in the Finder and doesn't understand why drawing doesn't work any longer).
  4. Buggyflayer macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2014
    West Sussex, UK
    Perhaps experiment with setting up another profile with Parental Controls enabled, you can choose a simple finder etc for that user
  5. CreatorCode macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2015
    You really want KidPix. What you're describing is KidPix. Specifically, you probably want the slightly simpler KidPix 3X, not the 3D version.

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