Ever since I was a child, I have always loved drawing. To me it is a wonderful way to relax and to let my imagination roam free. Most importantly, drawing also allows me to express the things which I cannot communicate verbally.
Since I get a ton of joy from drawing, I personally think that every kid should be encouraged to draw regardless of their age and skills. One app that shares this belief is Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch.
Things that Get Drawn in the Night
Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is a unique drawing app with a twist. As its name suggests the app is themed around a magical night zoo and its mysterious teleporting zookeeper, who has enlisted kids’ help to protect the zoo’s inhabitants from creativity-stifling monsters.
As night zookeepers kids have to complete missions delivered daily to their iPads. These unique missions may involve drawing a “hareplane”, imagining a girlfriend for lonely Sargeant Bearguin, giving a rhino flamingo legs, or imagining what would happen should a shelf full of paint fall on one of the zoo animals.
Several missions also introduce invisible “monsters” who steal certain colors or drawing tools from the canvas, challenging kids to figure out how to work with what they have. That said, it is possible to skip a mission when you run out of ideas and start on it later.
As you might imagine, Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch comes with a canvas and drawing tools. The tools are pretty basic, but they do the job well. There are three different-sized brushes, an eraser, a tool for automatically filling in shapes as you draw them, and a toggle for adjusting the opacity level of your lines. The app also offers unlimited undos to correct any little mishaps.
Once kids have completed a drawing, they can (optionally) type a brief note about it. They can then save the drawing to the Night Gallery, and “teleport” it to a private online dashboard for parents or teachers.
Parents Need to Know
Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is a unique app that functions rather differently than most of the apps that we have reviewed on the blog. To start using the app you need to register using your email address for a free Night Zookeeper dashboard account. You can then browse through all your child’s “teleported” drawings from the dashboard, and even create new missions to send to your child.
Another notable feature that I wanted to point out is the “teleporter”, which your child uses to download new missions and upload completed drawings to the parental dashboard. You can download three new missions from the Night Zookeeper per day, but if your child wants more you can always supplement with your own missions.
Obviously you are going to need an internet connection to download missions, however you don’t need to be online to complete them. Also, even if you haven’t downloaded any missions to your iPad, you can still open up a blank canvas and create a drawing from scratch.
Things I Like
Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is a fantastic app. Having tried it for some time, I can’t imagine what kid would not want to draw every day with this app. The daily mission mechanism is a pretty nifty idea if you ask me, and I have to add that its implementation is also quite solid.
The missions are definitely my favorite part of the app because they are so wacky and out-of-the-box. From what I gather, there are at least 60 unique missions available, which means there’s plenty of materials to use with your child. It is also great that you can create your own missions from scratch or by building on an existing one.
Another feature that I find interesting is that rather than a blank canvas, the app provides partially-drawn scenes for each mission. I think this is a great way to emphasize the back-story for each mission, as well as help get rid of the anxiety that one may feel when facing a completely blank working space.
Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is a superb app. By asking juniors to complete missions daily, the app does more than just sharpen their drawing skills; it also awakens their imaginations and encourage them to engage in storytelling. What’s more, parents can also join in on the fun by providing custom missions for their kids. If you want an app that would unleash your child’s imagination and creativity, I would highly recommend this app.
Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.