Early education software for young kids should involve the use of entertaining, bright, and colorful graphics, as well as easy to follow instructions and clear sounds. Ideally, there should be very little or no reading required for these programs. It is best to provide instructions through the use of spoken words or in the form of graphics that children can easily understand. Sound and graphics should be clearly thought out so that they are not used at random but be tied in with the activities to make the content more engaging for children.
It is essential for programs designed for pre-schoolers to be user-friendly, which means that the child should be able to navigate the program through the use of a mouse and a few keystrokes at most. It should be easy for the child to initiate activities and terminate the program.
In addition, such programs should also only make use of positive feedback rather than humorous insults or sad faces, as those may be discouraging and negatively impact a child’s self-esteem.
Of course, early education software must also be fun as children mainly learn through play. If a child doesn’t find the program enjoyable, he or she is unlikely to appreciate and spend time on it.