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Why is Writing Important for Children?

Writing is a cornerstone of early childhood development, enhancing communication, vocabulary, and self-expression. It fosters essential skills for success in academics and beyond, making it vital to encourage children to write from a young age. Here's how you can inspire your child to embrace writing as a fun and rewarding activity!
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16 Sensational Story Ideas For Kids

Our collection of story prompts promises to entertain and inspire young storytellers, from intergalactic missions to enchanting adventures in magical forests. So, grab your pens and let the storytelling begin!
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World Creative Writing Month 2024: 5 Million Word Quest!

World Creative Writing Month 2024 is here! Join us this March as we challenge Night Zookeepers around the globe to participate in a fantastically fun and creative event- the 5 Million Word Quest!
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Overcoming the ‘February Slump’

Around this time of year, many families encounter a drop in enthusiasm for learning. A number of factors can cause the February Slump, like gloomy weather, routine fatigue, or burnout. Here are some steps you can take to overcome it!
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6 Fun Reading & Writing Activities For Kids

Our reading and writing activities offer a fun way to boost creativity, improve English language skills, and inspire a love for reading and writing in your child!
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Why are Reading and Writing Important?

Reading and writing are essential skills that work hand-in-hand to help us communicate effectively. Being able to read and write from a young age has many benefits. Learn why reading and writing are important here!
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Creative Games For Kids

Whether you’re looking for birthday party games or fun indoor activities to do on rainy days, these creative games will keep your child entertained while boosting their reading and writing skills!
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Night Zookeeper Updates 2023

The year is almost over, but we couldn't say goodbye to 2023 without sharing some awesome updates just launched on Nightzookeeper.com. These have been created to make reading & writing more accessible, exciting, and fun!
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6 Exciting English Games for Kids

Navigating teaching English can be tricky, but we've got you covered! Here are our favourite games that will improve your child's English skills in no time.
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Ariana Silva

9 Fantastically Fun Language Arts Games

Teaching language arts can be difficult, but we're here to help! Here are our top recommendations for language arts games that your child will love!
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7 Spectacular Reading Games For Kids

Teaching your child to read can be challenging, but there are thousands of fun ways to improve this skill. Here are our top free reading games to kickstart your child’s journey!
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6 Super Spelling Games For Kids

Finding fun ways to ease your child’s learning process can be a game-changer, especially if they’re a reluctant learner. Here are the best spelling games that you can try with your child!
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Why is Language Arts Important?

Teaching language arts is a challenging task, but we're here to help! Here are some common questions asked by parents, tips on how to overcome challenges, and activities to make ELA fun!
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What Is Unschooling?

Are you interested in unschooling? Learn more about what unschooling means and how it differs from traditional schooling. We also address some common concerns, offer valuable tips and resources for a successful start, and show you a glimpse into the future of this educational approach.
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What Is Gameschooling?

Are you intrigued by the concept of gameschooling? Dive into the exciting world of gameschooling as we explore its definition, various approaches, the benefits and disadvantages you should be aware of, and discover how you can seamlessly integrate it into your homeschooling journey.
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How To Homeschool Language Arts

Teaching language arts can be a rewarding, yet challenging adventure. We’re here to guide you through how you can successfully teach this core subject in a fantastically fun way!
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8 Fantastically Fun Writing Games For Kids

Teaching children to write can be challenging, but there are many ways to make it enjoyable for both you and your child! Here's a list of the best writing games for kids that you can try anytime, anywhere!
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Father's Day Writing Prompts

Celebrate Father's Day with heartfelt gratitude for all dads, stepdads, grandads, and other father figures. Explore these writing prompts to honor the amazing father figures in our lives!
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How To Beat The Summer Slide

How can you beat the summer slide and avoid learning loss, while allowing your child to have a well-deserved summer break? Get inspired with our summer learning activities, and learn how you can use them to beat the summer slide and set your child up for academic success in the new school year!
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How Creative Writing Improves Children's Wellbeing

Taking care of your child's wellbeing has become more important than ever. Studies have shown that creative writing positively impacts children's wellbeing and helps them learn key social skills that will help keep your child happy and healthy!
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World Creative Writing Month 2023: 5 Million Word Quest!

March is World Creative Writing Month and this year at Night Zookeeper we are challenging our young writers with a 5 Million Word Quest. Every word published by our Night Zookeepers will count towards our collective goal of reaching 5 Million Words!
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How To Get Your Child To Love Writing

Writing is one of the most used types of communication, and it’s a skill your child will need in their academic journey. However, teaching your child to love writing can be an extremely challenging task. This is why we've gathered our favorite ways to inspire a love for writing in your child!
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January Writing Prompts For Kids

New year, new writing prompts! Use these creative writing ideas to get your child inspired to write and back into learning mode. These prompts will help your child write stories, poems, reports, and much more!
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How To Help Your Child Make New Year's Resolutions

Setting clear objectives for the new year can have a positive impact on your child’s academic performance & general development. Here are our top tips on how to set clear goals for the new year!
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Literacy Games For Kids

Encouraging your child to practice literacy skills can be challenging, especially if they find literacy boring, or look at it as schoolwork. From family game nights, to epic singing battles, we hope these suggestions help spark a passion for learning in your child, all while having fun!
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Top 7 Writing Activities For Kids

Writing can be a challenging skill to learn, but at Night Zookeeper, we believe in making writing fun. Here are some great writing activities that will transform your child’s attitude toward writing!
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Christmas Writing Prompts For Kids

Christmas is a great time to let your child’s imagination run wild! Encourage your child to express themselves creatively this holiday season with some fun, Christmas creative writing prompts!
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12 Days of Christmas Writing Prompts

Inspire your child to keep writing even after Christmas with our 12 days of Christmas writing prompts. These prompts will help you keep the festivities going until January!
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December Writing Prompts For Kids

Inspire your child to write all month long with our fantastically fun December writing prompts - perfect to get into the festive spirit!
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Fun Creative Activities For Children’s Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing has become a global topic of discussion, but children’s mental health specifically continues to be overlooked. Without the right tools, children may struggle to find ways to manage their mental wellbeing. Here are our best, fun creative activities to improve your child's wellbeing!
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October Writing Prompts For Kids

October is the first full month of a brand new season, and as usual, we have lots to write about as we celebrate World Smile Day, World Animal Day, World Teachers’ Day and Halloween! If you’re on the hunt for some amazingly creative writing prompts, you’ve come to the right place!
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Why Is Grammar Important For Children To Learn?

Recently, grammar has been argued to no longer be an important area of study when it comes to English language. Technology is now used in classrooms and workplaces worldwide to enable grammar to be easily corrected at the click of a button. We’re here to argue why it remains important for children to learn grammar!
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The Benefits of Technology in Education

In recent years, technology has started to revolutionize the way we think about all aspects of education. Here at Night Zookeeper,  we believe that technological advancements in education offer great ways to keep children engaged and entertained, which is a known challenge for traditional schooling methods. Learn more about the benefits of technology in education here!
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30 Super Writing Prompts for September

These September writing prompts are perfect whether your child is getting ready for Autumn or enjoying the first few days of Spring!
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5 Young Writers Competitions To Try This Year

Looking for a great way to spark an interest in writing? This list of young writers competitions offer an insight on current events that your child can participate in (and win amazing prizes)! Writing competitions are a wonderful way to motivate your child to write more, so be sure to give these a go!
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August Writing Prompts For Kids

Now that we’ve settled into the second half of the year and a new school year approaches, get your child’s writing back on track with our best August writing prompts!
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Homeschool vs Unschool vs Gameschool

Curious about different teaching methods and how they work? Learn more about the differences, similarities, pros and cons of homeschooling, unschooling and gameschooling here. We hope this article will help you decide what works best for your family, or at the very least, offer some guidance on how to try these innovative forms of learning!
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What is Microlearning?

Because students have varying needs, many learning strategies have been emerging in the academic world to accommodate all learners. Microlearning is one of these new learning strategies; it utilizes short bursts of time with the goal of learning a specific topic. This learning strategy is engaging and easily digestible for many students! Microlearning is effective because it covers the main points of a topic, but doesn't bore or confuse students with too many minute details. Learn more about what makes microlearning effective and how you can implement it with your child!
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Cathy Duffy Picks Night Zookeeper in 103 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum!

In her new book, 103 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, Cathy Duffy selected Night Zookeeper as one of the best programs for language arts! Her review highlights the fantastically fun features that will get your child to love reading and writing.
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July Writing Prompts For Kids

We have much to celebrate in the month of July, including some awesome international animal days, yummy holidays and friendship! Let your child's imagination run wild with our favorite July-themed writing prompts!
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Why Gamification Helps Children with Special Educational Needs

Gamification has been proven to be extremely beneficial to all children's learning, but is especially useful for children who struggle with special educational needs. Gamification can help students improve their focus, motivation, engagement, and more. Learn more about how children with SEN can use gamification to revolutionize their learning!
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How to Worldschool Your Child

Worldschooling is a fascinating approach to education, and a method that is rapidly growing in popularity. With a little help from technology, worldschooling has never been as attainable as it now is, but what are some of the advantages and risks that come with this teaching method? Find out how you can worldschool your child here!
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How to Write a Paragraph

Paragraphs help to organize ideas into separate sections with the aim to make it easier for the reader to consume the text at hand and understand the information shared. In this article, we’re giving you our top tips on how you can help your child to successfully write a paragraph!
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15 Summer Writing Prompts For Kids

It's finally time to bring out the beach towels, swimwear and sun cream! However, we can't forget how important it is to keep your child's brain active during the summer break. Our amazing summer writing prompts will do just that!
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15 Summer Learning Activities

Summer can be a tricky time of the year for parents, as it's sometimes challenging to keep children entertained in a productive way! Looking for new, educational activities to do with your child this summer break? This article may be just what you've been looking for!
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How Drawing and Writing Work Together

Have you ever wondered how important drawing is in terms of writing skills development? Drawing is considered to be the foundation needed in order for children to be able to develop writing skills at an older age. Learn more about how drawing and writing work together and their benefits here!
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What Is Gamified Learning?

Gamified learning is defined as the process of applying gaming features to traditional learning ,with the aim to create a more interactive learning experience. Learn more about the principles of gamified learning & how Night Zookeeper can help here!
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How to Write a Summary

A summary is an overview or condensed version of a full story or text. It can sometimes be a challenging task to accomplish, as your child will have to be very selective on what to include. Learn more about how you can guide your child on how to successfully write a summary here!
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“My Child Hates Writing.” What do I do?

“My child hates writing” is a phrase we hear a lot from parents who have not yet found an effective way to transform their reluctant writer’s attitude toward this task. Here are our best tips on how to get your child to love writing, from parents who have overcome this obstacle!
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May Writing Prompts

Let your child's imagination run wild with our awesome May Writing Prompts! These writing prompts have been created to help your child develop their skills in various styles of writing, including opinion pieces, persuasive texts, storytelling, list-making and letter writing. Be sure to share these with your child!
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How Night Zookeeper has Helped Children with ADHD

ADHD affects 2.2% of children worldwide and it can be an extremely challenging condition to manage. Symptoms include low attention span, hyperactivity, disorganization and many others, all of which have a direct impact on education. Here's how Night Zookeeper has been able to help children with ADHD.
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How to Homeschool and Work From Home

Are you currently working from home and homeschooling your kids? Do you feel a little lost and in need of some guidance? These are the best tips on how to combine working from home and homeschooling!
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Environmental Writing Prompts

These Environmental Writing Prompts have been created to raise awareness about the current environmental crisis and to get your child to think creatively about all the ways they can help!
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April Writing Prompts for Kids

Here are some fantastically fun April Writing Prompts to inspire your child to write all month long! April is a busy month, with lots of great things to celebrate, including Earth Day, World Penguin Day and Poetic Earth Month.
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How To Organize Your Homeschool Day

Organizing your homeschool day can be an overwhelming and challenge task and we're here to help you! Having worked with many homeschooling families, these are the best tips we've gathered on how to organize your homeschool day.
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Mother's Day Writing Prompts

Celebrate Mother's Day with these amazing writing prompts! Mothers are really important role models and should be celebrated and cherished! They do so much for us a daily basis and we should dedicate this day to show gratitude and love for them!
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Creative Writing for Kids: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Story

There are many ways to get your child excited about creative writing, but it can be helpful to have a structure to work from, so we’ve outlined some simple steps on how your child can write a story and enjoy themselves in the process!
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World Creative Writing Month 2022

World Creative Writing Month is back for 2022! This is your chance to challenge your children and students to write as many stories as possible throughout the month of March.
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March Writing Prompts for Kids

With Springtime around the corner and World Creative Writing Month in full swing, we've gathered some awesome March writing prompts to inspire your child's creativity and to get excited about writing!
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Library Lovers' Month

Happy Library Lovers' Month! To celebrate libraries worldwide, we've put together some fun facts about these amazing institutions. There are also some awesome library-related writing prompts, just for your child!
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How Creative Writing Can Help Children with Anxiety

Discover why creative writing is a powerful tool to help children understand and process their emotions, easing feelings of anxiety.
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February Writing Prompts for Kids

Inspire your child to love writing this February with our fantastically fun writing prompts! These prompts include journal entries, story starters, prompts to help your child celebrate special days, and much more. Happy February!
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How to Help Your Preschool Child Develop Pre-Writing Skills

Ever wondered what goes into preparing your child for learning how to write? Well, look no further! We've got some awesome tips from trusted educators and fellow parents which will for sure set your child up for success!
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New Year Writing Prompts for Kids

Our New Year's resolution is to inspire your child to love writing! Try our New Year writing prompts to get your child excited for new beginnings, and to start improving their skills this year.
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23 Fantastically Fun Facts for Kids

These fun facts for kids are designed to teach your child about animals and encourage their creativity. We've also included fun writing prompts to help spark your child's imagination and help them write cool new things.
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Holiday Writing Prompts for Kids

Our holiday writing prompts will make your child excited to write even during the holiday season. Encourage them to keep their skills on track while having fun!
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Night Zookeeper Launch A Personalized Book Where Kids Can Draw The Hero

Children’s education and media company Night Zookeeper is launching the first book in the world where kids can design and draw the hero! This personalized book is the perfect gift option for the holidays.
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Teach a Child to Read in 6 Simple Steps

Learning how to read is hard! Teaching your child how to read can be even harder. Here are six amazing ways to teach your child to read
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7 Top Creative Activities To Do at Home

These are the best creative activities to do at home to entertain the whole family - from preschoolers, to older kids, to even parents!
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What is Hybrid Learning?

Have you ever heard of hybrid learning? Find out more about this learning method and how it may benefit your child's academic progress here!
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Why Is Reading Important For Children?

Encourage and inspire your child with these seven amazing tips on why you should encourage your child to read (and read a lot).
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Why Spelling is Important for Children

Have you ever wondered why spelling is such an important skill to develop? Take a closer look at some of the main reasons why spelling is crucial for children's educational (and professional) success!
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Benefits of Storytelling in Child Development

Learn about the benefits of storytelling towards child development in this article. We explore the effects of storytelling on children's learning and why it's important to introduce storytelling early.
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The Best Homeschooling Tips for Parents

Learn how to create a homeschool routine that works for you and your family with our advice and suggestions from other homeschoolers!
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How Laughter Can Help Your Child Learn

Are you looking for ways to engage your reluctant learner? We recommend that you introduce humor into your child's learning process and start encouraging laughter. Pairing learning with laughter can be incredibly beneficial for your child’s education and general well-being.
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Prepare Your Child For Back To School

Get your child's new academic year started in the best way possible by teaching them some positive learning habits. Encourage and inspire your child with these seven amazing tips on how to help your child build positive learning habits for the new school year.
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Night Zookeeper: New Alexa Skill launched for Amazon Kids+

Night Zookeeper has joined forces with Amazon to offer an exclusive educational Alexa Skill for its Amazon Kids+ service. Called Night Zookeeper Write and Draw, it launches in the UK alongside a funky new Echo Dot Kids speaker.
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Earth Day Writing Prompts

The Night Zoo is a very magical world indeed, but we want children to recognise the magic of the world they already live in. Celebrate Earth Day with these amazing Earth Day Writing Prompts!
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How Night Zookeeper Helped Our Neuro-divergent Learner

At Night Zookeeper, we’re proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month. Our topmost priority is to promote acceptance for every child who uses our platform, particularly including children with more unique needs. We strive to give every child a safe and positive space that they will feel comfortable in. We’re delighted to share a guest post that Amber Donaldson, subscriber to the Night Zookeeper platform and mother of four submitted to us.
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Spring Writing Prompts for Kids

These super spring writing prompts will help your child to grow their imaginations and their writing skills!
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World Creative Writing Month 2021

World Creative Writing Month was back for another year, starting March 1, 2021. This exciting competition challenged children to write as many stories as possible throughout the month. The very best writing was showcased each week with prizes up for grabs!
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November Writing Prompts For Kids

Whether you’re homeschooling or simply looking for creative writing prompts to do after school during the month of November, here is a list of our favorites!
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How Creative Writing Can Provide Vital Support for Children’s Wellbeing During Lockdown

Unexpected circumstances such as a protracted lockdown can seem scary, heavy and uncertain for children. There are many ways to help alleviate the negative emotions a child might experience. One such way is creative writing! Here's why.
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Halloween Writing Prompts for Kids

Make Halloween fantastically fun with our spooktacular Halloween writing prompts!
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How you can help your child with dysgraphia or dyslexia to enjoy writing.

How you can help your child with dysgraphia or dyslexia to enjoy writing. Dyslexia and dysgraphia are common learning difficulties experienced by children. It can be incredibly tough to find a program that not only helps encourage a child to love creative writing who struggles with either of these difficulties, but also one that allows them to actually flourish as creative writers! So, the main question is how can we help someone with dysgraphia or dyslexia with their writing so that they can grow to love it? There are plenty of online learning games and options for dyslexia and dysgraphia that can help your child.
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June Writing Prompts for Kids

We're nearly halfway through the year already! June is an awesome month as it brings a change in seasons and plenty of smiles! We've created some June writing prompts that will encourage your child to use their imagination and have lots of fun whilst writing!
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IMM Care to Create Challenge

Together with IMM's Care to Care and printed.com, we created two Star Writing Challenges aiming to brighten lives and spread positivity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more!
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How to get your child interested in poetry

Whether you’re interested in getting your child to read or write poetry, there are numerous benefits to introducing this form of writing to them. Poetry will be all around them: be it in children’s poetry books they will encounter or simply through the songs they hear on the radio. So, how does one introduce poetry to children? How do they start writing poems, themselves? What kind of poetry is the best to start with? Poetry is varied and comes in many different shades of colour!
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We’re proud to partner with Times Tables Rock Stars!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with our friends at Times Tables Rock Stars to allow students the chance to collect these fun Night Zookeeper characters!
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Night Zookeeper Interactive Experience at Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Night Zookeeper, the fun creativity website, SKY TV animated series, and popular chapter books; will be hosting a free magical interactive experience at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in February half term (February 15-23).