Following on from my post and Nigel’s comments about Clicktoy, I just found Scratch, which is a simple multimedia authoring environment for children. It looks like it outputs to java applets as a playback format.
The team is led by Mitch Resnick at MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten, which would frankly be my dream academic post.
Scratch is free to download and is for Windows and OS X.
[tags]games, programming, multimedia, children, MIT, Scratch[/tags]