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An ingenious, fun and easy-to-use digital diary app for children to record their adventures, share with family and friends - and it helps improve literacy.

Finding it hard to get your child to practice their literacy skills? This clever little app might help.

DiaryZapp is a fun and easy way for kids to get into the habit of writing every day, record their thoughts, feelings and adventures and stay in touch with family and friends. According to The National Literary Trust (UK), it also promotes early writing skills. So win, win, win, then.

The app has been designed by a Dorset family for families everywhere. When Charlie and Jon Dance’s kids were asked to keep handwritten diaries to prevent ‘learning loss’ over the holidays, it didn’t go completely to plan. Seven-year-old Ella chose a pretty notebook (great) but was struggling with literacy, making the task onerous (not great).  It was a complete non-starter with nine-year-old Noah, who didn’t see the fun in it at all. Ella wanted to tell her friends about her hols but she found sending photos and messages on her phone just too fiddly. Then – lightbulb moment – Noah asked why there wasn’t a special app on his iPad to do that –  and the idea for DiaryZapp was born.

It’s super easy to use. A personalised Zappicon guides your child through each step with hints, tips and prompts like ‘Did you see any animals today’?  They can upload photos, draw pictures, create boxes to write in, grab and move stickers around, change the colour or design of the pages to create their own unique diary entries – and share with Buddies (who don’t have to have the app themselves).

It’s safe. You control who your child sends to, via the Chief Adult controls.

It’s educational (though to won’t feel like it to your kids).

It creates memories for the whole family.

DiaryZapp is super cheap (£2.99), with absolutely no ads or in-App purchases (phew) and you can subscribe up to five family members.

Just download the app onto a phone or tablet from the Apple App Store, the Amazon App Store and Google Play.

Suitable for children aged from four years up.

Get Zapping!

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