A unique drawing app specifically designed for kids, parents and teachers.
App Name: Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch by Wonky Star
Category: Educational Game App for Kids
Price: $2.99 (actual price may vary)
Download Now: iPad
Our Review of Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch
Developer syas: Night Zookeeper started as a creative, literacy and ICT based project that took place in Primary schools in the UK. So far it has been performed in over 500 schools and 20 countries. To explain a little, Night Zookeeper was originally a story all about a magical night zoo, where strange animals that no one had ever seen before were looked after by the Night Zookeeper. In the school project, children can create their own new magical animals, with their own interesting story to add to the ever growing night zoo. Night Zookeeper “Teleporting Torch” is our new app, which contains exclusive Night Zookeeper stories combined with creative drawing missions. Children have to complete the creative drawing missions to help look after the animals.
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Interested in this app? Well, although we haven’t reviewed the app, we just happily chatted with Paul, the developer at Wonky Star and he will help you learn more about this app. Check it out below:
Please note: we have no paid affiliation with this developer/author.
– We noticed that there was a word ‘online ‘ in your app description on the AppStore page. What does that mean?
When we built Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch, we decided that there weren’t enough apps that encouraged adults to play along with their children. Because of this, we wanted to build something that would enable children and their parents to play together, without putting too much time pressure on the parents. Teleporting Torch is linked to the Internet so it can send and receive the kids’ drawings from our ‘online dashboard’. Parents can login to NightZookeeper.com at any point in the day to access the dashboard and send fun drawing challenges to their kids.
– What’s difference between the app and the site, nightzookeeper-dot-com?
The Teleporting Torch app receives daily creative tasks from the animals in the zoo. It has easy-to-use drawing tools, a camera to snap pictures of physical artworks and even a short animated story. Our website is a space for children to create their own magical animals and parents to create and send their own creative challeges, which we call ‘missions’ to their children. Ultimately both the app and the website inspire children’s creativity.
– Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is sort of an innovative app for kids. So how long did it take you to develop this app?
Whenever you are doing something new it takes a long time to get it right. We worked very hard to make sure that the Teleporting Torch was produced to a very high standard so from concept to delivery it took the team over six months to create.
– What is the coolest feature this app has?
The app has a number of great features, but I must say that I really enjoy it when the monsters turn up. You see, these monsters are trying to stifle creativity and present you with unusual missions, such as ‘draw the ocean without the colour blue’ and ‘create a wooden sculpture using only the eraser tool’. These missions are great at getting kids to think outside the box about solving problems, showing them that with imagination there really is no limits!
– What do the kids (or parents) around you think about this app?
We have had excellent feedback on the app so far. Parents have told us that they really like that it sends their children creative problems to solve rather than supplying them with mindless entertainment. It’s very important to us that this is not just a fun activity; it introduces kids to problem-solving early on, in a way that is engaging. Children love the story and world of the Night Zoo and find the app very liberating. They always want to show off their drawings and get very excited when new missions ‘teleport’ to the app.
– Will teachers find this app helpful too?
As a former teacher myself I can say that it’s a very useful tool for teachers. They can create accounts for an unlimited amount of students and then create missions based on any topic. A teacher can track who has understood the task from the finished drawings they receive. They can also display the drawings of the students and discuss them with the class, ensuring that students have feedback on the tasks they have completed in class. Here is a great case study of a teacher who used the app with her class: http://nightzooteacher.com/post/53938019874/teleporting-torch-teacher-case-study
– It looks like there’s going to be a Night Zookeeper series of apps, right?
That is correct, we are planning a number of releases over the next twelve months. In fact, we are in the process of completing our first smart phone application. It is called Story Pairs and will be available on iPhone later this month. It’s a game of Pairs where you try to collect matching, magical animals. The zookeeper with the most pairs will win the game and have the honour of telling everyone a story using their winning cards. The twist is that every card you collect is a unique character created by a child somewhere in the world and includes a special Story Power. The winner of Pairs takes the spotlight and uses their magical animals and Story Powers to tell an amazing story to entertain their fellow players.
– What age group would this game app most suit?
Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is aimed at children between the age of 5 – 11, however younger children can definitely use it with adult support. We really believe that there isn’t a child in the world that wouldn’t enjoy creating their own animal for the Night Zoo and certainly lots of ‘big kids’ are having fun with the app too!