Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (preschool and K-6).
The interface is kid-geared by combining fun sound effects and an encouraging cartoon mascot to guide the children as they learn to use the program.
Upon starting Tux Paint, the kids are given a blank canvas with a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative. A fun little graphics suite for kids to use while becoming more comfortable with PC-based drawing apps.
A number of useful drawing tools are made available. (See Drawing Tools below.)
The drawing canvas is a fixed size, so the user doesn't need to worry about 'pixels' or 'inches' when making a new picture.
The entire program fits on a screen as small as 640x480 and can be displayed full-screen to hide the computer's underlying 'desktop' interface. (It defaults to 800x600 mode but can run at larger sizes and in portrait or landscape mode, as well.)
Loading and saving images are done using thumbnails, so no knowledge of the underlying operating system's filesystem structure is needed. Even filenames are unnecessary.
Fun sound effects are played when tools are selected and used.
A cartoon version of Tux, the Linux penguin, appears at the bottom to give tips, hints, and information.