Childs Play

Childsplay Educational Software


Childsplay is not a single game but a suite of educational games aimed predominantly at children

Of the Childsplay/CognitionPlay/Schoolsplay family of programs, Childsplay is the one oriented at home users but can also be used in kindergarten schools. Python and PyGame based, it provides a framework for activities that are more ‘game’ like: they can have animation and move.

Childsplay has all the activities found in the old childsplay, version < 0.90.


Childsplay provides several features for users and developers of activities:

  • Memory activities that are fun to play and at the same time learn sounds, images, letters and numbers.
  • activities that train the child to use the mouse and keyboard.
  • pure game activities like puzzles, pong, pacman and billiards.
  • multilingual support, even right to left languages (via Pango).
  • solid data logging to monitor the children’s progress; locally (SQLite) or over network (MySQL or any other db supported by SQLAlchemy).
  • set of OpenOffice reports to print this data (still in development state).
  • object oriented framework for easy activity development in Python/PyGame.
  • good support by the developers and translators.

Images originally placed in this article 2007 it is likely the images may have been updated since.

Game Module Image Description Age
Numbers numbers Put the correct operator between two numbers. 5-7
SoundNpic soundnpic A toy for young children with pictures and sounds. 2-4
Packid packid A pac-man game, try to catch the letters. 4-7
Soundmemory soundmemory The classic memory game, with sounds. 3-6
Fallingletters fallingletters Type them before they reach the ground. 4-7
Findsound findsound Listen to a sound and find the image to which it belongs. 3-5
Findsound2 findsound2 The same as findsound, now with numbers and letters. 5-6
Pong pong The classic game, play alone,against the computer or against another child. 4-7
Billiard billiard Try to put the balls in the hole. 4-7
MultiTables multitables Learn the multiplication tables. 7-9
Puzzle puzzle Recreate the image. 4-6
LetterFlashcard letterflashcard Learn the alphabet by listening to the words and initials. 1-4

Childsplay uses a plug-in system for the game modules. These games are packaged in plugin-packages (only one for now). You must first install childsplay before you can use these games, because they only work from within childsplay.

#> sudo apt-get install childsplay childsplay-plugins childsplay-plugins-lfc

Installing the three packages above will net you all the childsplay games listed.

What didn’t you know you can add more than one package at a time to install.

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TuxType – Educational Software

This software is still probably aimed at the young and designed to elevate the apptitude and dexterity with regards to touch typing and keyboard skills. However when developing the grey cells it is just as valid no matter what age you are.


Tux4kids Debian

#> sudo apt-get install tuxtype tuxtype-data-nonfree

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TuxMath – Educational Maths Software


Using a combination of hand to eye co-ordination the would be Mathematician quickly calculates sums that cascade slowly to ground entering any correct answer for any given sum on the screen, answering with any correct answer will destroy the relevant raining equation completely, (or so my littlen tells me). The object of the game is to disguise the fact that a child is using their brains to calculate mathematical equations to resolve mathematical problems. The participant is rewarded with a score for each correct answer, different levels and degrees of difficulty are available, with repeated practice it is possible there could be another Einstein in the making.

Tux, of Math Command (TuxMath, for short) is an open source arcade-style video game for learning mathematics, initially created for Linux. The game-play mechanic is based loosely on that of the arcade game Missile Command, but with comets falling on cities, rather than missiles. Like Missile Command, players attempt to protect their cities, but rather than using a trackball-controlled targeting cross-hair, players solve math problems that label each comet, which causes a laser to destroy it.

Eventually the city imagery was replaced with igloos, to match the arctic theme of Tux, the Linux penguin, who stars in the game. (The first alpha of the game was released by its initial developer, Bill Kendrick, in September 2001, days prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was decided that the imagery of exploding buildings no longer suitable.)




#> sudo apt-get install tuxmath

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Educational Games

Linux Games That Educate

This section is not concerned with the age groups as such to which these games are classified only the method by which the games themselves are installed along with any quirkiness we feel you need to know that might effect your installation. Ok possibly none of the games listed on this page will appeal to you they are not intended to, these games provide another purpose and that is to educate the young.

#> sudo apt-get update
#> Password:
#> sudo apt-get upgrade

Tux Educational Games

Another great educational application well two of them really TuxMath and TuxType install them using the command bellow or using the synaptic package manager.


Again an educational suite of games aimed at the young some 112 games in all.

#> sudo apt-get install gcompris gcompris-data gcompris-sound-en

These are all the packages needed to access the GCompris Suite of Educational games, please refer to the GCompris site for more information

Game Module Image Description Age
Sudoku Symbols must be unique in a row, in a column, and (if defined) each region.
Memory Flip the cards to find the matching pairs
Memory (Addition) Turn the cards over to find two numbers which add up the same, until all the cards are gone.
Memory (Subtraction) Turn the cards over to find two numbers which subtract the same, until all the cards are gone.
Memory (Sound) Click on Tux the violinist and listen to find the matching sounds
Memory (Sound Tux) Play the audio memory game against Tux
Memory (Division) Turn the cards over to find a matching operation, until all the cards are gone.
Memory (Subtraction Tux) Turn the cards over to find two numbers which subtract the same, until all the cards are gone.
Memory Game with Tux Have a memory competition with Tux.
Simple Letters Type the falling letters before they reach the ground.
Click & Draw Draw the picture by clicking on the blue points.
Algebra Answer some simple algebra questions
Counting Place the items in the best way to count them
Hosing Tux needs to water the flowers, but the hose is blocked.
Magician Hat Count how many items are under the magic hat
Hexagon Find the strawberry by clicking on the blue fields
Prime Numbers Guide the Number Muncher to all the prime numbers
Maze Find your way out of the maze (Move is relative)
Chronos Drag and Drop the items to organize the story
TuxPaint Tux Paint is a simple drawing application
Drawing and Animation Free drawing and animation tool.
Tower of Hanoi Reproduce the tower on the right side
Read Colours Read and click on the matching color
Matching Drag and Drop the items to make them match
Colours (Advanced) Click on the correct colour
Maze Find your way out of this Maze
Vector Drawing Drawing application using Vector graphics
Water Cycle Tux has come back from a long fishing party on his boat. Bring the water system back up so he can take a shower.
Locate Regions Drag and Drop the regions to redraw the whole country
Algorithm Complete a list of symbols
Number Dice Count the number of dots on dice before they reach the ground
Mirror Image Copy the mirror image of an object from the box on the right into the box on the left.
Factor Number Munchers Guide the Number Muncher to all the factors of the number at the top of the screen
Pass ball to Tux Press the two shift keys at the same time, to make the ball go in a straight line.
Country Locator Drag and Drop the items to redraw the whole map
Numbers Move the helicopter to catch the clouds in the correct order
Image Name Drag and Drop each item onto its name
Tangram Puzzle The objective is to form a given shape with seven pieces
Learn Chess Play chess against the computer in a learning mode

Ok thats GCompris, well some of it anyways the above should give you a pretty good taster of whats available many of the games are versions on the theme, however if you would like further details of any of the applications available visit the [ GCompris] website it will make interesting reading.


Atomix is a 1990 2D transport puzzle video game, the object of the game is to assemble molecules from compound atoms by sliding the atoms around. This has to be done in a set time limit for each level. Hardly a kids game but certainly suitable game for children to enjoy.


#> sudo apt-get install atomix atomix-data

No homepage found sorry.


What is Kalzium, er it’s the periodic table for would be chemistry bofins it is not a game like Atomix but more like a reference application tool. So would suggest you treat it as such.

#> sudo apt-get install kalzium kalzium-data

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