Emma wanted to play on Daddy’s computer yesterday, so I figured I’d download BabySmash and give it a shot. She loved it! She can bang around on the keys as much as she wants to and watch the letters and happy faces (her favorite) pop up with laughter.

BabySmash is a .Net application that Scott Hanselman wrote for his children using WPF.

From his site:

As babies smash on the keyboard, colored shapes, letters and numbers appear on the screen. Baby Smash will lock out the Windows Key, as well as Ctrl-Esc and Alt-Tab so your baby can’t get out of the application. Pressing ALT-F4 will exit the application and Shift-Ctrl-Alt-O brings up the options dialog.

I wrote BabySmash! for my 2 year old and 5 month old so they could bang on the keyboards of my Windows machines without hurting anything. It’s a copy/homage of the very fine and free AlphaBaby for the Macintosh. BabySmash is free also and I’ll release the source code on my blog soon. Enjoy.

If you have children, you ought to give it a shot. Although, I wouldn’t recommend letting them do it on a laptop unless you have an old external keyboard plugged into it 😉

Daddy and Emma Time

So, this afternoon Emma and I practiced playing..

The piano. She learned that different keys made different noises.

The guitar. She learned not to bang on the string!

And chess.. She learned that Daddy’s pieces are gold and her’s are silver.