Gone are the days when children’s artwork was posted only on the refrigerator. Instead, children of this generation have a much broader and more immediate way to share their creativity. Called Drawp Unlimited - Drawing families closer together, this new app allows parents, relatives, and family friends to connect with their children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, within a safe circle of parent-approved contacts. This app is much more than your typical kiddie drawing app; it offers a wide range of options and encourages children to create detailed pictures, limited only by their imaginations. Drawp Unlimited is a definite Top Pick because it combines multi-featured project capabilities with a safe and secure means of sharing them.
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Drawp Unlimited was developed by Moondrop Entertainment for the iPad. It comes in two versions, a free version with limited capabilities and a complete version. On the opening screen, there are two buttons- one for kids (a portal for making the projects) and the other for grownups (a portal for setting up the secure circle of contacts that may receive projects).
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Like most art apps for children, Drawp Unlimited provides lots of tools with which to be creative. With initial guidance from an adult, the app is easy to use. The Drawing Room is where the fun happens. The tools are arranged on the left side of the screen; from top to bottom, there are icons for:
- Create a new drawing
- Color a picture (including 7 holiday-themed drawings)
- Delete this project
- Erase something
- Undo the last step
- Add text
- Add a photo
- Add a recording
- Use the paint brush or the colored pencil
After the picture is finished, the child simply touches the blue “Save” button, or the green “Share” button in the upper right hand corner. If the picture has been saved, a thumbnail of it then appears in the section called My Drawings. This is a place where an unlimited number of creations can be stored. If it has been shared, your child is connected to My Friends, a screen with icons showing all available contacts. With one touch, the drawing is then sent to the contact he chooses.
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I was impressed by the extensive painting and drawing features in Drawp Unlimited. As with any drawing/ painting/coloring app, I always recommend that parents invest a few minutes to learn how to navigate around the app beforehand, because even though it may be well-designed, there is some amount of trial and error that occurs as you get familiar with the options and how they work. Think of it this way: every trick you learn about using the app is one less time your child will get frustrated and have to start over.
In order to expand your kids creativity and art exposure, Drawp Unlimited is now featuring the work of some talented artist from around the world. Today’s new release features Chuck González who has illustrated for Scholastic, Chronicle Books, Nickelodeon, MTV, Tiger Beat and Babble Magazine. Encourage your kids to visit his festive holiday canvases and drawing prompts, a great way to get inspiration!
Overall, Drawp offers children a way to express themselves in a very open-ended, creative manner. It is our latest Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps in the category of art apps for children.
Drawp Unlimited - Drawing families closer together is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air
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Note: Unlimited Cloud Storage
All your kids digital artwork can be saved in the Draw cloud so it does not take up on your device storage. Drawp has received the TrustE Children’s Privacy Seal of Approval and strictly complies with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Act).
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At the time of this review, Drawp contains no ads. The developer collects information from users of this app as outlined in its privacy statement. The free version allows in-app purchases.
ABOUT MOONDROP ENTERTAINMENT
Moondrop Entertainment was founded to provide outstanding educational tablet apps for children. The company’s first release, Drawp, connects children with loved ones through the simple acts of drawing and sharing. Moondrop’s mission is to combine technology and art to nurture creativity, build self-esteem and provide a platform for seamless collaboration.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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