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Drawing Software for Children

Tux Paint is a free and open source drawing software program for children available for Linux, Apple macOS, Microsoft Windows, Android, and Apple iOS. This educational software is geared towards young children. It is a raster graphics editor created by Bill Kendrick in 2002 whom with volunteers still maintains it today.

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). Tux Paint is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.


  • Simple Interface
    • A number of useful drawing tools are made available.
    • 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 640×480, and can be displayed full-screen, to hide the computer’s underlying ‘desktop’ interface. (It defaults to 800×600 mode, but can run at larger sizes and in portrait or landscape mode, as well.)
    • Loading and saving of images is done using thumbnails, so no knowledge of the underlying operating system’s filesystem structure is needed. Even filenames are unnecessary.
  • Entertaining Interface
    • 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.
  • Drawing Tools
    • Paint brush
    • Rubber stamp
    • Line tools
    • Shape tools
    • Text and Label tools
    • ‘Magic’ (special effects) tools

Sources: Tux Paint’s Home and Features pages

Tux Paint's interface

Tux Paint’s interface


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