Babies are to computers what flies are to honey. Babies love to push buttons and watch things move on the screen so they're naturally drawn to your computer. It's cute until they accidentally start deleting things on your desktop or adjusting your settings. Not surprisingly a few parents have come to the rescue with free programs, Baby Smash for PC's and AlphaBaby for Macs, that let your kids bang away on your keyboard without unwittingly firing off an email to your boss.
AlphaBaby (for Mac) was first on the scene: "Every time a key is pressed or the mouse is clicked, a letter or shape is drawn. Sounds can be played every time something is drawn. Your own sounds and pictures can also be used. AlphaBaby helps kids to learn letters, plus provides a safe environment for kids to have fun "typing" on the keyboard!"
Not wanting parents with PCs to be left out of the fun, father to a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old created Baby Smash: "As babies smash on the keyboard, colored shapes, letters and numbers appear on the screen." You can watch videos of babies and toddler playing with Baby Smash here.
The good news is both AlphaBaby and Baby Smash are free downloads. For parents on the go, AlphaBaby is available as an iPhone/iPod Touch app for .99 cents.
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