Algodoo is a brilliant 2D physics sandbox game. It’s a totally open creative platform. Children can draw shapes, which become real objects which interact with each other. They can be pinned in place, or connected together via springs and chains. Objects can be transformed into liquids which behave exactly like a liquid would. Gravity can be altered, and switched on or off.

Algodoo is designed in an engaging, cartoon-like manner, making it a perfect tool for creating interactive scenes. Algodoo encourages students and children’s own creativity, ability and motivation to construct knowledge while having fun. Algodoo is also a perfect aid for children to learn and practice physics at home. It’s simple to pick up, and there’s a lot of depth to it for more advanced users.

Your creations can be shared via the Algobox, which also lets you download the creations of others. It’s well worth taking a look to see what other people have created – some are mindblowing.

There is an Algodoo iPad app (£2.99) as well as a free desktop version.

It works brilliantly on an interactive whiteboard, where it is easier to draw shapes and explore – likewise it works really well on an iPad.

I highly recommend it for Science and Design & Technology teachers. It’s well worth getting hold of a copy and having a play.

You can learn more about Algodoo, and download a copy here.