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Miranda Shanks

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Ariana Silva

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

Wonderful Winter Writing Prompts for Kids

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Paul Hutson

Getting Started on Night Zookeeper

Welcome to the wonderful world of Night Zookeeper. This blog post has been written to help you get to grips with nightzookeeper.com and give you support throughout your 14-day trial.
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Ariana Silva

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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Paul Hutson

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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Lucy Gill

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Sam Davidson

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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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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Ariana Silva

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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Here’s a great project to teach citizenship to kids

On nightzookeeper.com, we are always looking for new ways to make writing fun for kids. That’s why throughout the school year we run lots of fun competitions to get students to practise all kinds of writing as well as to help them learn about different subjects.
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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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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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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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Paul Hutson

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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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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Paul Hutson

Springtime Writing Prompts

With these super springtime writing prompts, your young writers can continue growing their imaginations.
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Caitlin Bahrey

June Writing Prompts for Kids

We're nearly halfway through the year already! June is an awesome month, because it sees us through from spring to summer - bringing with it new plant blossoms, good weather, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Paul Hutson

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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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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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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Sam Davidson

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!
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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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Caitlin Bahrey

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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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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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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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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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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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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Sam Davidson

How to Get Started on nightzookeeper.com

Take a look at our Parent Guide for information on how to get started. We’ve also listed steps for you below:
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Ariana Silva

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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