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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 in this article and how Night Zookeeper can help!
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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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Ten Top April Writing Prompts for Kids

Celebrate the first full month of Spring with our top April Writing Prompts! 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

Creative writing can be a real positive force for children’s lives and development, but how does a child get started with creative writing? There are many ways, but it can often 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

March is the month of new beginnings and creativity! With Springtime around the corner and World Book Day fast approaching, we've gathered some awesome March writing prompts which will for sure inspire your kid(s) to get excited about some cool upcoming events!
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Library Lovers' Month

Happy Library Lovers' Month! To commemorate all of the wonderful libraries in the world, we've put together some fun facts about the importance of these amazing institutions and also gathered some awesome library writing prompts to get your child thinking of all the great ways in which libraries are very useful resources!
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7 Winter Olympics Writing Prompts for Kids

To celebrate the kick-off of the Winter Olympics, we've created some awesome writing prompts to encourage your child to keep up with this amazing sporting event! Not only will these prompts develop your child's creative writing skills, but they'll also spark an interest for this cultural occasion!
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How Creative Writing Can Help Children with Anxiety

Creative writing can be a great way to help ease a child's anxiety. Hear the story of how one child found solace in writing with Night Zookeeper.
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11 Fabulous February Writing Prompts for Kids

Looking for some writing inspiration? Well, look no further! In this blog, we share with you some of our favourite February writing prompts for kids! As Valentine's Day approaches, it's always good to remember and celebrate our loved ones and that is exactly what these prompts will prompt your child to do! 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's Writing Prompts for Kids

New Year's Day marks a lot of new beginnings, which might be difficult for children to understand. It marks both the start of a new year, as well as a new decade! We thought it would be fun to serve up some fresh new writing prompts to help your children better understand what all the buzz about a new year is about. What better character to deliver these prompts, but Maji the Time Travelling Elephant? She knows *a lot* about new years!
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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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25 Holiday Writing Prompts for Kids

These holiday writing prompts are designed to spark creativity and imagination within children. We encourage children to think about what they like (or dislike) about the holiday season, but also ask them to think outside of the box about what the holidays mean to them.
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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

Now that the colder months are fast approaching, we've compiled our top activities that you can do in the comfort of your own home! These are some of the best ways to encourage creativity and imagination. Have fun and learn at the same time!
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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

Are you starting your own homeschooling journey? Learn more about how to create an effective learning environment at home from our super parents, who have shared with us what has worked for them!
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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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Back to School: Help Your Child Start the Year on the Right Foot!

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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Our New Look Animal Dens: All you need to know…

As you may have seen, we recently launched a new look for the Animal Dens (where each animal lives) in Night Zookeeper. This aims to make it simpler for your child to use and to give them more choice in the activities they do. However, we know that with any change, it can take a little getting used to so we’ve put this guide together to help anyone who is wondering how to use it. Don’t worry, all the same features are still there!
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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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Paul Hutson

Springtime Writing Prompts

With these super springtime writing prompts, your young writers can continue growing their imaginations.
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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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Night Zookeeper: Exclusive Chessington World of Adventures Resort Offer!

Are your children newly remote learning or homeschooling due to recent restrictions? Ignite their creativity this lockdown, with Night Zookeeper! 🎨 This time last year, our very own author Joshua Davidson and the Night Zookeeper team were invited to host an interactive experience at Chessington World of Adventures Resort! Josh and the team gave children the chance to enter the Night Zoo and invent their own unique magical animals through nightzookeeper.com! 🐘
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Fun Creative Writing Prompts For Kids During Lockdown

With an increase in the rise of coronavirus cases and many countries going into lockdowns many of your children might be facing remote learning for the foreseeable future. Are you someone who is now newly homeschooling or remote learning due to new lockdown restrictions? Never fear! Night Zookeeper can help! 💕
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November Writing Prompts

Happy November, folks! We can’t believe how quickly this year has come and gone! December is almost here, which means winter is right around the corner. With a steady rise in coronavirus cases, more countries are putting stricter measures in place to keep families protected and healthy. This means children are staying at home more and remote learning is on the rise.
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How Creative Writing Can Provide Vital Support for Children’s Wellbeing

At Night Zookeeper, it’s no secret that we champion creative writing. We’ve known for some time about the importance creative writing has on making children flourish. The earlier a child starts writing, the better! Recently, we read a brilliant article from the National Literacy Trust concerning new research that focuses on the benefits of creative writing for children’s wellbeing during lockdown. According to the study, not only has lockdown inspired a resurgence of children turning to creative writing, but also that this resurgence has provided a pivotal role in children’s wellbeing.
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Halloween Writing Prompts for Kids

We’ve created a list of fun Halloween writing prompts to help spark your child’s creativity presented by Bertie the Bumbling Bee. 🐝 Some of the Halloween writing prompts listed below inspire kids to engage their imaginations and create a new poems, recipes, thought pieces and short stories. Please feel free to change the type of writing you would like your child to do; the idea is to get them comfortable and in the mood to write!
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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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Caring Stars Exhibition!

In light of the recent developments surrounding Coronavirus and potential school closures, we wanted to help support families struggling to provide educational activities for their children. For the children, we wanted to provide them with a creative outlet to express their feelings during a complicated time. We understood that having to stay at home and not see friends, family and loved ones could feel lonely for them. However, by staying home, it helped to make sure other people who need help can get it. That’s why in partnership with IMM’s Care to Create and printed.com, we set out a very special Star Writing Challenge.
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June Writing Prompts

While summer doesn’t technically start until June 21st, it sure feels like we’ve entered this blissfully hot season! June is a lovely month because it encapsulates both spring and summer! These seasons bring new plant blossoms, good weather, and smiles! So what better summer treat than to provide some new June Writing Prompts (delivered by Riya!).
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IMM’s Care to Create Challenge: Write a Letter to a Key Worker!

In light of the recent developments surrounding Coronavirus and potential school closures, we want to support families struggling to provide educational activities for their children. That’s why in partnership with IMM’s Care to Create, we set out a very special Star Writing Challenge.
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World Book Day – Giveaway!

Just in time for World Book Day, we’re thrilled to announce that the Night Zookeeper Book Series is now fully available for purchase on our shop. We know many of you have been patiently waiting for the third book to become available. You can access all of the books alongside other fun merchandise by visiting our official shop.
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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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Star Writing Winners – Publishing Opportunity!

We’re reprinting our first book “Night Zookeeper: The Giraffes of Whispering Wood”. If you didn’t know already, we love featuring our children’s work – wherever we can! So we decided our reprint would be the perfect opportunity to feature some new writing from our Night Zookeeper Writers on platform! So, we set out a very special Star Writing Challenge. For this Star Writing, we challenged children to create a new magical animal and write a story about them. They had to write a minimum of 100 words. The winning stories would be chosen to be published in our reprint!
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New Features: Reading and Writing Support

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve launched some awesome new features to help children that are still developing their reading and writing skills.
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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).
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Introducing: Interactive Challenges

We have an exciting new feature to share with you! We now have thousands of new interactive challenges available on the Night Zookeeper platform! These challenges cover all required learning for ages 5-12+.
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11 awesome ways nightzookeeper.com develops reading and writing skills!

Nightzookeeper.com was designed to inspire a love of reading and writing in children, while at the same time helping to develop their creative thinking skills, as well as genuinely improving the quality of their writing. Here are eleven awesome ways nightzookeeper.com could do this for your child!
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Tips on How to Raise a Creative Child

Whether your child is naturally creative, or not quite there yet, there are ways in which you can raise them to be the most creative version of themselves. Why is this important, you might ask? Raising a creative child is incredibly important because it will help prepare them for their future. With the rise of technology, the job industry is constantly changing. Who knows what jobs will be available in the next ten to fifteen years? What is certain, is that being able to imagine something that doesn’t exist already and communicate it properly will prepare your child to handle any challenges thrown their way. This is an incredibly useful life skill.
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Night Zookeeper – Year in Review

Happy New Year! 🎉 We’ve been working really hard all year and wanted to share all of the things we’ve been up to in 2019. This year has been full of magic and great memories. It has been such a transformative year that rather than simply listing out all of our adventures, we are breaking with tradition, and have instead produced a beautiful infographic.
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Wonderful Winter Writing Prompts for Kids

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9 Fun Ways to Practice English Writing

Are you struggling to get your child engaged with writing? We’ve found that making writing fun is often the key to making writing stick. If you have a reluctant writer, or perhaps are just looking for fun new ways to engage your child with writing, keep reading! We’ve compiled a list of nine fun ways to practice English writing with your children.
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The International Writing Cup 2019 – Top 10 Winners!

Throughout the month of November our children were challenged to participate in The International Writing Cup Competition!
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7 Great Word Games for Kids

Here are 7 fun word ames to help inspire even the most reluctant readers and writers to start loving creative writing and storytelling. These games focus on improving literacy, language skills and overall enthusiasm for creative writing.
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Star Writing: Invent A New Location – Top 10 Submissions

We recently set a really exciting Star Writing Challenge. To celebrate the launch of the brand new Night Zoo map, we challenged our young writers to invent a new location for the Night Zoo. To take part, they needed to create a new map location, draw a picture of it and write a short story set in this area of the zoo. This new location will then be added to the brand new Night Zoo map.
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10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Write

Let’s face it. Some children are natural born storytellers with creativity and imagination spilling from their fingers. For them, exploring creative writing is just the beginning of a beautiful journey. However, for some children, getting them to want to write is a tedious and stressful task. While writing might not come naturally to every child, this does not mean that your child can’t eventually learn to really love creative writing! This blog explores how to encourage your child to want to write.
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16 Fantastic Fall/Autumn Writing Prompts

We’ve created a list of fun fall writing prompts to help spark your child’s creativity. Some of the autumn writing prompts listed below inspire kids to engage their imaginations and create a new poems, persuasive essays, adventure stories, reports and short stories. Please feel free to change the type of writing you would like your child to do; the idea is to get them comfortable and in the mood to write!
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Four Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Love Creative Writing

There are plenty of reasons to encourage your kids to love creative writing. The skills gained from creative writing ultimately contribute to language mastery. Whether you’re telling a good story, invoking feelings in a poem, or including all the facts in a report, language helps us communicate with other people and connect and share knowledge with them. In essence, when one learns how to write creatively, they are also learning how to better communicate with the world around them. In doing so, encouraging your kids to love creative writing also boosts other key aspects of a child’s development:
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Writing Mentors (UK)

We’re excited to launch a ‘Writing Mentors’ scheme with Colt Technology Services (the same company that has kindly sponsored access for selected classes in the UK). How does it work? Each month, we’ll send class blogs to volunteers at Colt. They will spend designated time leaving helpful, encouraging comments on writing produced by your students.
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New Feature: Auto Feedback Tool

We’ve been working incredibly hard this summer to develop a new feature that will save teachers hours of marking and grading time this year.
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Thanks to Colt Technology Services, students around UK are improving their writing with nightzookeeper.com.

In September 2018, Colt Technology Services partnered with Night Zookeeper to sponsor annual licenses to the nightzookeeper.com platform so that classrooms all across the UK could benefit from our literacy program. The impact has been immense with more students than ever in the UK being able to access the Night Zookeeper literacy platform, which is proven to improve the reading and writing skills of primary-age children.
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How to get your kids to love writing!

As a primary school teacher, I loved teaching writing. And when I first introduced the Night Zookeeper story to the children in my class, they instantly became absorbed in the world of the Night Zoo and the endless possibilities it provided them to imagine and create. This writing project evolved into the website you see today, nightzookeeper.com, that is developing a love of writing in over 100,000 children around the world.
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We’re proud to partner with Fliplearn Kids

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the wonderful Fliplearn Kids. They are dedicated to enhancing children’s education and opportunities through the use of technology. You can find out more about Fliplearn Kids on their website here.
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The Night Zookeeper US School Tour!

Starting in September 2019, we will be embarking on an exciting US Tour, aiming to visit as many schools as possible in three months!!!
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Creativity Matters

Night Zookeeper is the basis for a literacy program that inspires children to draw, write and think creatively. Our belief is that too much of the content children consume, leaves little or no room for their own imagination and that in homes and schools, creativity is falling further and further down the list of priorities.
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New learning games on nightzookeeper.com!

We’re excited to announce we’ve added new learning games to nightzookeeper.com! The foundation of all great writers is their broad and rich vocabulary. Our new games help children to learn thousands of new words through exciting, personalised activities and games, that feature the animals they create!
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Night Zookeeper Come To Picturehouse!

We are thrilled to be working with Picturehouse on a series of family-friendly workshops. Upcoming Dates: Cinema City Picturehouse, Norwich on Sat 27th April at 10.30 am and 2 pm Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool on Sat 4th May at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm
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Tagtiv8 Workshops and CPD Sessions

Night Zookeeper & Tagtiv8 Workshops and CPD Sessions I’m delighted to announce that Night Zookeeper have partnered with Tagtiv8 to deliver amazing Literacy workshops in schools!
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Monthly League Tables

April sees the beginning of a new league table system for all classes using Night Zookeeper. Our leagues now run for the duration of the month, so that you can award new winners throughout the year!
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Colt Technology Sponsors Night Zookeeper Class Subscriptions

We’re very excited to announce that we are able to offer 140 schools the chance to use Night Zookeeper for the year, free of charge. This fantastic opportunity has been made possible by sponsorship from COLT Technology Services, who provide network and voice services to Europe, North America, and Asia.
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New Class Blogs, Upload Writing Feature, and New League Table

We’re excited to tell you about new features that have just been added to nightzookeeper.com! Students and teachers can now upload writing and pictures to nightzookeeper.com. From the ‘create’ button at the top of the menu, students just need to press ‘upload’ and either take a picture of their writing, or add the picture via the photo gallery, or a file if using a computer.
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A BAFTA screening of Night Zookeeper

We were very excited to attend a very special screening of the animated Night Zookeeper series at the BAFTA Theatre in London on Saturday March 16th. At a packed-out event, children were able to watch the first four episodes of the Night Zookeeper TV series currently showing on Sky Kids.
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A Visit From The Night Zookeepers!

The Night Zookeeper team are visiting schools all over the UK gathering fantastic ideas for the new animated series on Sky TV
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Night Zookeeper are attending BETT 2019. Come see us at stand F75!

We’re excited to be attending Bett 2019 at the ExCel London from January 23rd to 26th! Come visit our stand to get a special free trial of our website nightzookeeper.com, an educational platform that is proven to raise the writing attainment of primary school students.
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UK school children given unique chance to create animated characters for TV series

The team here at Night Zookeeper is delighted to be giving primary school children across the UK a unique opportunity to use a new (and free!) website to create characters for a soon-to-launch animated TV series in a world first. Of course, Night Zookeeper is already well-known to school children aged seven and above as an award-winning digital platform that encourages literacy and writing, but soon it’ll also be an animated series on Sky Kids!
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London school children become Sky TV animators

We recently had great fun with a group children from St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake when we joined them on a visit to a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning animation studio where they became animators for the day and saw their drawn creations come to life.
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Get Started On Our Sky Kids Website! (for UK users)

We are very excited to announce that our free website and teacher/parent guide for the new animated Night Zookeeper TV series is now live! Teachers and parents can give their children the chance to see their creations come to life in an animated series simply by completing creative challenges on the website.
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Keep students writing all year on nightzookeeper.com!

We make sure students are able to easily join in with a variety of engaging writing challenges, competitions, and resources throughout the year. If you are interested in gamified learning, edtech, creative writing, and inspiring confidence, and a love of reading in your primary-aged students, check out our calendar of events below.
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How a Primary School Teacher Made Homework Fun

How a Primary School Teacher Made Homework Fun. We’re extremely lucky to work with some of the most amazing teachers in the world, as the Night Zookeeper community continues to grow every day! Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Colt Technology, we have been able to work with a new network of schools who perhaps would have been unable to introduce their students to the wonderful world of the Night Zoo.
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Our Top Tips for Editing and Revising Work

Editing and making improvements in writing is a key focus within literacy teaching at the moment. It is one of the most important stages of the writing process, however, it is also the trickiest to do well.
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International Writing Cup 2018

The International Writing Cup is back for another year, with a brand new format! We’re launching a special Writing Triathlon on 1st November 2018. Students will be challenged to write three different pieces of writing that are all linked by the theme of writing an amazing adventure story.
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How An Elementary School Teacher Got Students Excited About Writing

This week, our Night Zookeeper Teacher in the spotlight is Matt Peebles. Matt is a fourth-grade teacher based in Illinois who has been using Night Zookeeper with his students for the last couple of months.
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Sky Kids confirms 10 episodes of Night Zookeeper for 2019

Sky Kids has commissioned 10 episodes of animated series Night Zookeeper for 2019. Night Zookeeper, created by Wonky Star, is a UK-based children’s brand, which has grown organically over the last six years from a primary teaching resource. Their website, nightzookeeper.com, is used in thousands of schools across the world to inspire children to invent their own magical animals, and then write stories about them. The animated series will invite children throughout the UK to participate by creating characters or background designs and suggesting plot points and dialogue for the show.
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5 Reasons Why Blogging is Important for Children

At Night Zookeeper, children have the option to submit their work to be featured on our curated class blog list. Our class blog is a great way of sharing students’ work and allow them to leave feedback on other children's work. Find out more about why blogging is important for children!
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Follow our Night Zookeeper Ambassadors

Our community of Night Zookeeper teachers is some of the most awesome people around! Follow some of our official Night Zookeeper Teacher Ambassadors below to see how they are using Night Zookeeper and developing a love of writing in their class.
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1000 Word Story Challenge!

Calling all aspiring writers – the latest Star Writing Challenge is up today! We would like your students to write a 1000 word story about their own adventure in the Night Zoo. Once they step through the magical gates, where will they go and who will they meet?
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Writing Assessment: We’re Here to Help

Assessing students’ writing isn’t always the most enjoyable of tasks for teachers; hours spent scouring writing searching for adjectives and commas used in the right places. That’s where ‘Reports’ comes in; one of the new features on Night Zookeeper that we are really excited about. This tool is readily available from your Classroom Dashboard and provides you with data on what your students are including in their writing.
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Read a Book Day

Today is Read a Book Day. We believe that every day should be Read a Book Day but any excuse to grab a book and read is good enough for us! Whether it’s an old favourite that is as comforting as a soft blanket or a new one ready for you to explore and fall in love with, make some time for it today.
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Live Writing Lessons with Night Zookeeper

We’ve launched an exciting new initiative, which enables teachers to book live writing lessons with the Night Zookeeper via video chat. An experienced Night Zookeeper educator is ready and waiting to connect with your class via Google Hangouts, Skype, or any other live video software that you use in school.
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Night Zookeeper Series – Be the Creator!

Do your students love Night Zookeeper? Are you looking for new opportunities to stretch their creativity? Would your students love to be part of a hit SKY animated TV show? If so, then we’ve got an amazing opportunity for you this year!
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How to use Reading Light

We’ve created these short walkthrough videos to help show you some of the cool features inside our new Reading Light Resource.
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How we gamifed reading records! ‘Reading Light’ on nightzookeeper.com

We’ve created a feature this summer to gamify the process of keeping a reading record. We think this will have a huge impact on student motivation levels as they are rewarded in their Night Zoo account for the amount of reading they are doing ‘offline’.
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Short Writing Challenges!

With the launch of nightzookeeper.com 2.0, we added our newest feature, short writing challenges, which are perfect for independent learning. These new writing challenges are all focused on helping to improve the spelling, grammar, and vocabulary of students. They are all automatically assessed by our smart algorithm, so you don’t have to moderate any of the writing that students produce. You can simply check in on their performance on your dashboard results table.
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The Lioness of Fire Desert

Book 2 in the Night Zookeeper series, ‘The Lioness of Fire Desert’ is out now and available for purchase.
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A Unique Educational Project: Global Readers Theater!

We are very excited about a new project that will be starting September 3rd, organised by Sean Forde, a Technology Teacher at Chadwick International School in Korea. Utilising Flipgrid, classes from around the world will take part in the creation of a specially produced Night Zookeeper theater performance!
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Night Zookeeper partners with children’s home and refugee NPO

We are pleased to report a partnership with the Japanese NPO, YouMeWE. Thanks to this fantastic organisation, Night Zookeeper is now being used by children’s homes in Japan, charity schools in the Philippines, and by children from Syria, in refugees camps.
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ISTE18 Day 1 – Highlights

We’re really excited to be attending ISTE conference in Chicago this year. I’m writing this post at the end of day 1 at the conference and we have had an awesome day and met some incredible educators and colleagues! Here are a few of our highlights from our first day…
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A Night Zookeeper Performance!

We were absolutely thrilled to see this fantastic end of year performance from a class at the Taipei European School in Taiwan. They explain so well all about Night Zookeeper and the importance of creativity!
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New Competition

This week, we are challenging students to invent a new location for the Night Zoo. They should use their imagination to invent a new environment to fit into the Night Zoo map as seen above.
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Top 3 Gamification ideas for the classroom

Gamification is becoming a more and more popular way for teachers to engage and teach students in areas where they may sometimes struggle. Although gamification of the classroom doesn’t neccesarily need tablets, computers etc, this article discusses 3 different websites/apps that use gamification as a tool to engage students and how they can be used in class.
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8 Creative Ideas to Keep Children’s Minds Active Over the Summer

8 Creative Ideas to Keep Children’s Minds Active Over the Summer! Summer is the perfect time for children to explore, go on adventures, and relax away from school. However the holidays are long and children can often forget many of the things they have learned over the course of the year. Children often write and read throughout the summer on our program, but that is just one way for them keep up their skills. Here is a list of eight other creative ideas for children to keep their minds active over the summer!
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25 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids to Get Imaginations Flowing!

We love creative writing at Night Zookeeper. In fact, we love it so much we made an entire website to inspire children to produce creative writing! But sometimes a teacher just needs some exciting prompts to get their student’s imaginations flowing and writing. That’s why we have made this list of 25 creative writing prompts that will get your children inspired and writing in no time!