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Throughout the week, we’re in a bit of a routine when it comes to television and tech time. In the mornings, Olly likes to watch one of his favourite television shows whilst he’s eating his breakfast and then one night a week he gets to spend some time on his tablet usually whilst he’s waiting for his dinner. During the weekends, my husband and I are a bit more relaxed about him spending time on his tablet, we’re always keeping an eye on what he’s watching or playing but it gives him some quiet time, he usually sits still for at least ten minutes and we can get on with some housework.
I was recently introduced to Zoomoo which is brand new to UK airtime. ZooMoo is a full television channel (similar to CBeebies here) in parts of Asia, America and Latin America but it’s recently hit our screens and the ZooMoo TV series is now available to watch on Sky, NowTV with a kids pass and Virgin Media in Kids on Demand. There’s also a stand alone app for children which can be downloaded for free on iTunes or Google Play for Android.
So what is ZooMoo?
ZooMoo’s philosophy is “all animals all the time” with the aim of entertaining children in a fun and informative way about the world’s wildlife. ZooMoo is a collaboration between some of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and world renowned early childhood educationalists from the University of Otago, in New Zealand. Together they have developed ZooMoo which engages pre-schoolers to develop a knowledge and affection for animals.
ZooMoo on TV
There’s a cast of funny, furry puppet characters who are engaging and appealing to younger children bring the series to life. There’s a range of different shows within the 13 series; Storytime, ZooMoosic, Move It, ZooMoo Groove, Bath Time, Lost!, Animal All Stars, Origanimals, Pop Fiction, Make It, Lemur’s Art Class, World Watch and Boing The Playranger. Each of the series appeals to different children within the age range of 3-6. Olly has really enjoyed watching Storytime, World Watch and Animal All Stars. He’s found them informative and interesting which is brilliant as he’s soaking up so much about the world right now, he’s so thirsty for knowledge. Some of the television shows are short (between 5-10 minutes long) and some of them are a little longer and can capture the imagination of older pre-schoolers.
The ZooMoo app is a stand alone app which can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play for Android. The app takes children to ZooMoo island where there are eight different regions to explore; desert, ocean, mountains, grasslands to name just a few. In each region, children can meet the native animals from that area and can access information about the animal including footage from the wild. Children can move the animals around, find out what they eat and listen to what they sound like in the wild.
As children move around ZooMoo island they can collect new food and animal cards which are saved in their scrapbook for them to visit again later. It’s a brilliant way for children to learn about new animals and to discover where they’re from and what they look and sound like. To be honest, I’ve learnt a thing or two about some animals as well. Olly’s been able to recognise some of the animals we saw at Chester Zoo recently and it’s brilliant to see him connecting the two and remembering that’s what the animals look like in real life.
The ZooMoo app doesn’t feature any in-app purchases or advertising and is completely safe for little ones to use. I love that it doesn’t recreate the TV series too, it’ something totally different and great fun to play with. There’s a parents section too which gives you more information about the animals and what your children can do within the app.
Interactive television app connectivity
I have no idea how this works but it is very clever. When fully enabled the app interacts with the TV and sends extra content via the Zoomers (the little characters on ZooMoo island). This unfortunately isn’t enabled on Sky and Virgin as yet but we tested it via the app by watching clips from the ZooMoo YouTube channel. We picked up a bonus set of cards including the adorable Aye-Aye character.
You can find ZooMoo on Sky (on demand in Kids Vids, Sky Go and the Sky Kids app), NowTV with a kids pass (in the Tiny Tots and Kids vids sections) plus on Virgin Media in Kids on Demand. Whilst some folk don’t have the digital television, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before ZooMoo becomes more widely available.
We’ve really enjoyed exploring what ZooMoo has to offer. The TV shows are brilliant fun to watch and we’ve only just scratched the surface with the app. There’s hours of fun to be had whilst adding to the children’s knowledge base and developing their passion for wildlife. If you’re looking for a safe, informative and engaging television series for your children to watch, we highly recommend ZooMoo!