Parents who allow their kids to play games on the computer know how important it is for their young to begin with simple things like drawing, which is one of the favorite activities of all children.
There are many games or educational software solutions designed especially for this purpose, but if you're looking for a very simple and basic utility, Turtle Graphics could be a candidate. The interface is rather plain, nonetheless it's look and feel can be modified using one of the available themes.
Unfortunately, in order to apply the new skin or revert to the old one, you will have to restart the application each time. The fact that it is completely built on Java doesn't help either because despite the fact that it is just a basic app, Turtle Graphics can use way more resources than other similar programs.
This drawing tool has as its main character a turtle that is actually working like a cursor for the pen that is used for scribbling onto the canvas. An interesting feature of this particular software is the way in which it works, more precisely controlling the tortoise is done through the directional keys on the keyboard.
In order to stop leaving traces when the turtle moves around the playground, it is necessary to press the pen button on the left side of the main window. The drawing speed is also adjustable and there are two more functions at your disposal, the eraser that clears everything and the button that sends the turtle in the center of the canvas. Besides this 'Graphics Mode', the application can function as a text editor as well, which adds a bit of extra value to the package.
Nonetheless, on the whole, Turtle Graphics leaves a lot of room for improvement. Apart from the fact that you can play an animation with the course followed by the turtle on the canvas, using this tool it is not as easy as it should, especially since children should use it.