Diary Zapp

Category: English / Literacy

Ages: 3-5 5-7 7-11
Price: Android - Paid iPhone/iPad - Paid

This is an interactive diary app that encourages young people to document their adventures and their lives in an interactive way whilst improving their communication and literacy skills in the process. It is an excellent app to use during the holiday periods when learning can ‘drop-off’ as it encourages young people to keep a visual and written documentation of their holiday time whilst secretly improving their writing skills. However, this app does not just have to be used in the holiday period as it would work really well as a toy and interactive diary throughout the year. There are also many different features within the app including a sense of challenge where new things become unlocked the more the user plays and uses the app. 

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Teacher Review

This is an excellent, interactive diary that encourages young children to keep a written and visual documentation of their lives. It is fully interactive in the sense that the user can use a fully extensive set of tools including editing tools, picture uploads, paint and drawing tools. The user really can tell the story of their life through the app creating a way to keep all their memories and experiences in one place.
 
It is obvious from the developer’s website that they are passionate about creating fun experiences for young people and they have clearly created this app from their own experiences as parents. Like many parents, as with my own children, the developers want to keep children active during holiday periods. As responsible parents, they want to ensure that they not only fulfil their parental duty but also keep a diary, as their child’s school may have suggested. 
 
Diary Zapp addresses the desire to maintain learning during the holidays in a fun way with an interactive diary where you can upload photos, edit and add stickers and design characters to accompany you on your journeys and adventures. This is all explained on the website, with pictures and a description of how to best use the app. The website includes a blog, which has lots more information on it about the effects of ‘holiday learning drop-off’ and ways in which being creative can have a positive educational impact for young children.
 
Once the user logs in, they can start to create their diary and the character that is going to help them along the way. This character is called a Zappicon and it can be styled in any way the user wishes. They can also be edited over time so if the user gets a little bored then they can redesign their Zappicon to whatever they want. There are also lots of added features within the app including an ability to share what has been created plus printing the pages of the diary. This is especially good if your child has been set the task of keeping a diary over the holidays but can also mean that a holiday’s worth of adventures can easily be shared with others, such as grandparents for example.
 
There are lots of challenges throughout the app too, which has certainly kept my children returning to the app, and also lots of encouragement if they are stuck on what to do or write. With there always being something different to do each day, the challenges have been more like rewards because they enjoy using the app so much. As it’s so simple to use it could only be used 10 minutes a day for it to be beneficial in an educational sense, however you’ll probably find them motivated to use it for a lot longer.
 
Overall this is a really fun and enjoyable app that will give young children the ability to keep a record of their adventures and activities over time as well as helping them to improve their written communication skills. It can used over long periods of holidays or shorter weekend periods or just as an interactive diary that is kept all year around. 

From the Developer

With DiaryZapp a blank page can quickly be turned into an adventure to be remembered for life.

CREATE
DiaryZapp is a space for your child to capture their daily adventures, broaden their literacy skills and share their creations every day over holidays, weekends and beyond. Watch your child’s confidence grow every time they ZAPP.

TELL YOUR STORY
Ten minutes is all it takes and we bet they’ll be on longer than that, well they’ll have so much to write about … From magnificent dens, to camping at Grandma’s, are no boundaries to the stories they can tell.

CRAFT
But the creativity doesn’t stop there. Your children can get busy using DiaryZapp’s extensive paint and drawing tools. Import their favourite photographs from the day and have fun editing them with the stickers they’ll have won for ‘zapping’ their entries.

We’ve teamed up with Photobox so you can easily print off your child’s favourite memories, create holiday mementos or even build an entire book for the whole family to read and enjoy.

SHARE
By adding a list of pre-approved email addresses it’s easy for your children to share their day with the family so Grandma’s going to be very happy. She can even leave a positive message to praise them for their writing if she wants to. It’s easy for your children to share their day with fellow Diary Zappers via our secure app-to-app sharing.

LEARN
We’ve designed DiaryZapp to boost kids learning by stealth! Increased vocabulary, spelling skills and an overall literacy boost are amongst the benefits.

DiaryZapp FEATURES:

  • Style the unique Zappicon characters to any shape, size or crazy colours. Add wings, a sword or even a unicorn horn to its head, then take a selfie styled photo to add to your day.
  • Earn points for reaching DiaryZapp milestones to unlock more sticker rewards from the treasure trove full of stickers (these are included in the price - there are no in-app purchases).
  • Illustrate every entry with a full kit of colouring pens and tools.
  • Make each day extra special by importing photos into the entry. Then squiggle moustaches and fairies over them to add that final perfect touch.
  • Uncapped creativity… your child can create as many pages per day as they please and you can register up to four other children too.
  • Positive encouragement and help is given to guide your child through their diary by their Zappicon. They will help them if they get stuck choosing what to write about, or how to spell a word. These are then repeated carefully for the following weeks to ensure that they are retained within their memory.

Turn summer slide into summer pride…

It is well researched that children regress by up to six months over the course of the long summer holidays, negatively impacting their grades and overall performance. This can lead to confidence issues and stress. DiaryZapp was initially borne with a mission to help prevent learning loss, or the ‘summer slide’ as it’s known. Even ten minutes of writing, drawing and reading a day helps to protect them against the negative impact of six weeks off.

DIARYZAPP ASSURANCE:

DiaryZapp is a family company, created for other families to enjoy. We want to reassure you of the following:

You the parent are the ‘Chief Adult’ within DiaryZapp. You are the gateway to approve who is on the buddy list and can even choose, if you wish, to approve entries before they are sent.

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