Delay's Blog is the blog of David Anson, a Microsoft developer who works with the Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone, and web platforms.
When I'm working on the computer and my toddler is around, she usually wants to "type" - which consists mostly of hitting all the keys to see the letters appear on the screen. A maximized Notepad window works pretty well for this purpose, though the occasional modal dialog (ex: open file, change font) gets in the way and requires parental assistance. I've tried using Paint to let her "draw" and develop basic mouse skills, but the Paint user interface is not great for young children. Paint's input elements are small and hard for a beginning mouser to click and there are lots more of them than a beginner really needs.
So I decided to use Silverlight to write a very simple Paint-like program for kids. SilverlightKidsDoodler looks like this (the artwork is mine; yes, I'm keeping my day job):
You can click here (or on the image above) to try SilverlightKidsDoodler in your own browser. As usual, I've made the complete source code available, so click here to download the source code and play around with it yourself! (To build the project, you'll want to use Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the latest Silverlight Tools.)
SilverlightKidsDoodler is an extremely simple drawing program that's intended to help young children learn basic mousing skills while having fun doing something they already enjoy. Silverlight made the implementation easy, and hosting the application on the web means "installation" is trivial!