A seven-year-old boy from Moorside is the brains behind a new fun interactive drawing app.
Freddie Dickson came up with the idea with a little help from his parents Kathryn and Oliver, who run soft play centres Play in Royton and Play 2 in Diggle.
The couple spend their working days amongst the hubbub of busy play centres but at night want quiet time with Freddie.
Looking for a family orientated game to play, they started out with pen and paper, describing and drawing things in the room but soon ran out of things to draw.
They bought a book on how to draw but it was too technical and certainly not fun and it was Freddie who chirped up with “if only the computer could show us what to draw”.
Mum Kathryn said: “When Freddie suggested it we laughed but then thought why not?”
Kathryn and Oliver met with a technical whizz and a graphic designer to build the app and create the images before testing their new ‘Describe ‘n’ Draw’ app on friends and family.
The game is simple to play and simple to use. The describer describes the first stage of the image to the drawers (a part reveal of a bigger picture). The players then draw what they hear.
When done, the drawers move on to the next stage, and the next, until they reach the final stage and see the reveal screen, showing them the completed image and what they have heard and drawn. They are often very different!
Kathryn said: “We think the core market is for families with children up to 10 years old who enjoy quiet time (although it can get raucous!).
“But we can see it has wider potential in the same way that other drawing games are enjoyed by all ages.”
Oliver said: “Someone said to me that board games won’t be around in five to 10 years which is a shame as it’s what we grew up on.
“But simple-to-use apps like this are with you everywhere as long as you have a smartphone or tablet.”
Freddie, who attends Hodge Clough Primary in Moorside, said: “It’s really exciting seeing this game we came up with. I can’t wait for my friends to play it.”
‘Describe ‘n’ Draw’ is available on Android and iOS. Find out more online: www.describendraw.co.uk