DiaryZapp

Kids Holiday Diary - Learning Game

Rating DiaryZapp - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About DiaryZapp

DiaryZapp 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. 

DiaryZapp has made the finals of the 2018 UK App Awards for Best Children's App of the Year.

DiaryZapp 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. 

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Cognitive Development
Communication Skills
Engagement and Usability
Life Skills
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Diary Zapp

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