Developer: Cube Interactive
Platform and Price: iOS (Universal) / Kindle Fire / Android – £1.99
App overview: Dipdap is a fun little drawing app aimed at kids aged between about 2 and 6 years old. It’s based on the CBeebies programme of the same name, although you don’t have to have seen the programme to enjoy the app – we’ve never watched it but that hasn’t stopped the geekson really enjoying this app. Dipdap is a little animated character who makes his way through a number of different scenarios. Each of these opens with a short animation to set the scene, and then it becomes clear that an object is missing, and the child is prompted to draw it (you can elect to have lines for them to trace over or leave it completely freehand). Once drawing is complete, the animation continues to show the end of the little scenario, and your child can see their drawing as part of that. There is the ability to playback the animation and to share with family and friends.
What I like about it: This is cute and humorous app – it makes the geekson giggle when he plays it! The kids love watching their pictures come to life as Dipdap interacts with them.
What could be better: I’d like the option to switch off the sharing button. The ability to share your childs work with family and friends is one of the options at the end of each scenario. Sharing is done through an online Dipdap gallery. To share your work you need to enter an email address in a text box – that email will then receive notification and a link when the work is uploaded. I haven’t managed to get this to work yet.
What parents need to know: Aside from the sharing this app has some parental controls that are accessed by completing a sum which should be difficult enough to keep kids out. In the settings you can enable or disable music, sounds and guide-lines for drawing. Parents should also be aware there is an instructional video on how to use the app accessible on the home page.
Our Verdict: It’s fun, and makes my son giggle. It is also an app that my kids come back to time and time again – another firm favourite!
Download link: Unfortunately, since this review was written, the app has been removed from all app stores
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