OSX COMPATIBLE CHILDRENS LEARNING SOFTWARE

Sadly, the Educational Software For Mac world has declined significantly over the past few years. As computers and web access become more ubiquitious the STYLE of learning has shifted and whatever remains of the Mac EDU market is also shifting towards students using Apple iPad tablets in classrooms. Much of the remaining educational titles are leaning towards iOS apps for schools - and away from traditional desktop programs - for Mac or PC.

These software titles linked below are suitible for Macs running OSX 10.4 Tiger or OSX Leopard 10.5 and later. While many Mac educational and learning software titles exist - beware old, outdated, 'Classic' OS9 programs that do not run on Intel computers and don't have much of a future. Explore these more recent OS X compatible titles below instead. If your child has an older hand-me-down G4 or G5 Mac that can run OS9 Classic - try to keep it well maintained and up to date.

Mac Preschool Software

For your youngest children still at home - these learning games for kids focus on the basics of color, shapes, letters and sounds for early cognitive development and point-and-explore motor skills. A great start to computer literacy!
         
Learn With Dr. Suess Girls Love DoraBoys Love Diego
Interactive A B C 's

Engaging Audio & Animation
Dora The Explorer

Crystal Kingdom
Go Diego Go!

Dinosaur & Safari Rescue

Early Elementary Mac Software

Once kids start school - slightly more challenging and creative software is right for 5 to 8+ year olds:
         
Art Software For Kids Eye-Spy Find-It FunBuild Crazy Machines
Children's Graphics App

Best-Selling Kid Pix 3 For OSX
I-SPY Funhouse

Rave Reviews for Engaging Kids
Ultimate Contraption Builder

Endless Hours Of Fun!

Apple Software Girls Might Love

DASH is an entire series of very afforable games under $10 - that starts with Flo the waitress serving restaurant guests - with other titles for wedding or cruise ship service.
         
Be A Waitress - 101 Order Up! Burger FrenzyDash Up A Wedding
Diner Dash 1&2
Burger Shop

FAST - Fast-Food Fun
Wedding Dash

Serve Wedding Guests


List Of Educational Software For Mac OSX

This list of OSX childrens software is from Apple's Kids Mac Software page and current as of Summer 2010. (A few Intel processor-ONLY titles are noted with an asterisk '*' otherwise, all others OUGHT run on G4-G5 and Intel Macs.) Do read the Amazon or Apple store customer reviews carefully. You'll get parents views on their kids engagement and enjoyment. Also, Google-up and visit the software publisher's website directy for System Requirements. You'll get a better sense of Mac compatibility. Many software publishers let you download a trial version to explore before making your purchase - which might help you gague your child's interest and enjoyment of the program.

::: Aspyr Media
futureU
Shrek 2
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

::: Brighter Minds
Bob the Builder Can-Do Zoo

::: Cartoon Network New Media
Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall*

::: Clicktoy Interactive Inc.
Clicktoy: The Meadow*

::: Disney Interactive
Disney’s Toontown Online
Finding Nemo: Learning with Nemo
Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online

::: Edalive
Numbers Up! Volcanic Panic
Numbers Up! 2 Baggin’ the Dragon

::: eMedia
My Guitar
My Piano

::: Feral Interactive
LEGO Bionicle
::: Freeverse
BumperCar 2 Web Browser

::: Got Game Entertainment
MindHabits

::: Innovative Knowledge
Academic Fitness for Elementary School
Academic Fitness for Middle School
Academic Fitness for High School
Academic Fitness Math Bootcamp

::: Knowledge Adventure
Math Blaster: Master the Basics

::: Kutoka Interactive
Click & Create with Mia
Creatures: Exodus
Creatures: Village
Didi & Ditto: Preschool: Mother Nature’s Visit
Didi & Ditto Kindergarten
Didi & Ditto: First Grade: The Wolf King
Mia’s Language Adventure: The Kidnap Caper
Mia’s Math Adventure: Just in Time
Mia’s Reading Adventure: The Bugaboo Bugs
Mia’s Science Adventure: Romaine’s New Hat
Miss Spider: The Scavenger Hunt

::: Legacy Games
Pet Pals: Animal Doctor

::: The LEGO Group
LEGO Digital Designer

::: Leveractive
Giggles Funtime For Baby: Nursery Rhymes
Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby: My Animal Friends
Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby: Shapes

::: The Software Mackiev Company
ClueFinders Search & Solve Adventures
ClueFinders 3rd-6th Grade Adventures
ClueFinders Math Adventures: Mystery of the Himalayas
Dr. Seuss ABC's
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham
Kid Pix Deluxe 3X
MacKiev 2010 World Book

::: MacRun
Captain Bumper

::: MTV Networks
Monopoly Spongebob Squarepants Edition

::: Net Educational Systems Ltd
Nessy GamesPlayer
Nessy Tales

::: Nova Development
Barney: Secret of the Rainbow
Dora the Explorer: Lost and Found Adventure
Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom
Go Diego Go: Great Dinosaur Rescue & Safari Rescue (2-Game Set)
Sesame Street Elmo's World
Sesame Street First Steps
Sesame Street Learn, Play & Grow Preschool
Sesame Street Preschool

::: Pangea Software
Bugdom 2
Cro-Mag Rally
Otto Matic

::: Phelios, Inc.
Doulber Gold
Lua Lua

::: Broderbund/TLC
Arthur 1st Grade
SpongeBob SquarePants Typing 2008

::: Scholastic
Scholastic Animal Genius
Can You See What I See? Dream Machine
I SPY: Fantasy
I Spy : Funhouse
I SPY: Mystery
I SPY: Spooky Mansion Deluxe
I SPY: Treasure Hunt

::: School Zone Publishing Company
Flash Action Colors, Shapes & More
Flash Action Phonics Made Easy
School Zone Preschool 2 Pack
School Zone Kindergarten 2 Pack
School Zone First Grade 2 Pack
School Zone Second Grade 2 Pack
SchoolZone Spelling Grades 1-3

::: Sibelius
Sibelius Groovy Music Shapes (Home Edition)
::: Sound Advice, Inc.
Healthy Eating & Exercise
Respect Our Earth

::: Sunburst Technology
Ice Cream Truck School CD ROM
::: Tabula Digita
Dimenxian

::: THQ
Care Bears: Let’s Have A Ball
Disney/Pixar Cars Radiator Springs Adventures
The Incredibles: When Danger Calls
Ratatouille: The Video Game
UP: The Video Game*
Wall-E : The Video Game

::: Topics Entertainment
KAPLAN SAT Gold
Math Evolver Math Action Game
Mrs. Flinkster’s Spelling Accelerator

::: TransGaming, Inc.
Freaky Creatures Trappern & Dracon Starter Pack *

::: Viva Media
Crazy Machines: The Wacky Contraptions Game
Fritz and Chesster’s Chess Complete
Emo’s: Match Maker Deluxe with Diamond Drop Bonus
Gary Gadget: Building Cars
Peanuts: It’s The Big Game, Charlie Brown!




Apple Compatible Education Software Still Hard To Find

Even with Apple computer's resurging popularity and market-share growth, it's still tough finding great Mac-friendly learning software for families that's kept current with OSX. A big part of this is the software industry: Publishers who market - but don't write the educational programs themselves, liscense the rights to programs from smaller software developers, or engage in liscensing Book, TV and Cartoon character royalties. Add to that consolidation and spinoffs in the world of big business - and many once great learning programs for Macintosh get abandoned or left to languish. Look to companies like MacKiev who've acquired rights to programs like Mavis Beacon, Kid Pix, Print Shop, WorldBook etc. from other plublishers - and have kept them updated for OSX Leopard and Tiger.

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