Teach programming concepts with Alice 3D environment
Through a simple drag-and-drop interface you can build all sorts of animation by attaching object methods to events, giving clear visual feedback in the form of the animations you build, but also stealthily teaching simple modern programming techniques. Even the only slightly nerdy kids you know will fall in love with animating characters while learning valuable lessons along the way.
Takes you back to writing simple programs in BASIC but, with a whole new modern twist. Alice is a hefty download, at 115MB, and you'll need Java installed as well. Still, it's free, educational and just the perfect thing for a rainy spring day. Take the jump to see some shots of Alice's user interface.