Have you ever wished you had a purple crayon and could draw whole worlds like Harold does? (As in Harold and the Purple Crayon.)

Then perhaps you’d like Crayon Physics.

Chris learned of this new game while listening to NPR on his drive home Friday. Here’s a link to the story on NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99080116

This simple program is absolutely mesmerizing. Although I should say ‘seemingly simple’ as there was so much work that went into creating this gem. I believe the creator spent over a year and a half of his life on this inspiration.

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So, what’s the big deal? It just looks like simple childrens’ crayon drawings. And that’s where the addiction starts. They are simple crayon drawings, but so much more.

In one area there is a series of challenges. In the very beginning, you learn the basics of drawing within this world, and you learn the physics of the world. You learn how to draw simple shapes, but also how to anchor shapes and build structures to get the ball to the star.

Seriously, this is way more thinking than you think it will be until you try it. For those of you with children who LOVE playing computer games, but you have doubts about its educational value…this is the game for you. This makes you think and reason and problem solve.

In another area, there’s free draw, where you can just experiment with creating your own contraptions and then applying the laws of physics to them.

If you go here: http://crayonphysics.com/ you can watch a demo of all that I am telling you.

It’s only $19.95 via PayPal.

But be forewarned, you won’t want to stop.