09 August 2007

wallOVERs: Web-based kaleidescope fun for preschoolers

Picture 2-4Thanks a lot, Vincent. I just spent 20 minutes distracted by your hack.

We recently spent an afternoon at a local children's museum.  My three year old spent a good portion of that time enthralled by a Mac running an application that generated kaleidescope-like creations called wallOVERs.  I'm not embarrassed to say that I sat next to him for most of that time and worked on my own creations.  I was thrilled to find a version online (and then upset that it was marginally less interesting than the version in the museum).  In any case, the perfect site for any kid who can work a mouse: http://www.protozone.net/ASHOCK/AJwall.html.

Enjoy.  And then try to get back to work.

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Take a look at this cool site that also shows kaleidoscopes in real time, and you can build yours too...
http://www.zefrank.com/byokal/kal2.html

Our software is designed to engage children from 3 to 101 and I enjoy playing with them. Our museum exhibits and Cd always have more content then our website. Check out http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm for a great creative site for kids of all ages.

Bummer... no Intel Mac version of the shockwave/director plugin exists. If I read right, I'd have to quit and run under rosetta, or browse under Parallels.

My 5 yr-old LOVES this!!! We did a screen capture of the image and now (the one-tile version) sits in the middle of my desktop. Better than fridge art - no magnet required.

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