The Night Zoo is a very magical world indeed, but we want children to recognise the magic of the world they already live in. These Earth Day prompts were designed to try and do just that, by getting kids to engage with their imaginations and write creatively about nature, the Earth and the environment. Hopefully it will encourage them to think a little deeper about what the word “Earth” means to them, whilst developing the key skills they need to be a star writer.
At Night Zookeeper, we’re proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021. 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.
In partnership with Chessington World of Adventures we’re offering their ROARsome followers up to 52% off annual subscriptions to the Night Zookeeper creative writing platform to keep their children busy and learning during lockdown! Plus, they get a free 7-day trial! ROARsome!
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! 💕 We know that change can be abrupt and alarming, however there are some great things that can come out of spending more time at home, particularly if your child tunes into […]
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. Are you trying to encourage your child to love creative writing during lockdown? We’ve created a list of fun […]
Does your child LOVE using Night Zookeeper? Are they really engaged with the platform? ✨Superfans are children (and parents) who are enthusiastic about Night Zookeeper and want to get the word out! Superfans are a community of children and parents who love Night Zookeeper! Superfans receive nice perks such as free merchandise and sometimes early access to new features. Awesome!
Studies have found that lockdown inspired a resurgence of children turning to creative writing, but also that this resurgence has provided a pivotal role in children’s wellbeing.
These fun Halloween prompts for young writers will help your children make great use of their imaginations and creative drive. Whatever your child decides to write about, we hope they will keep their writing fun and a little bit magical! 🎃
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.
In partnership with IMM’s Care to Create and printed.com, we set out a very special Star Writing Challenge.
For this Star Writing Challenge, we asked our young writers to create a short rhyming poem about staying positive and spreading love and hope. We also wanted them to create a piece of artwork relating to positivity and spreading love and hope. The winners of this challenge had the chance to have their poems and drawings featured across different hospitals and care homes to help make Key Workers’ and patients’ lives happier.
If your children are stuck staying at home this summer, you can offer these writing prompts as a fun off-screen activity. Please also feel free to have your child write about these writing prompts in the free-write section of their Night Zookeeper accounts. If your child doesn’t have an account yet, you can sign up here.
In partnership with IMM’s Care to Create, we asked children to write a letter to a Key Worker, thanking them for all the wonderful things that they do for other people. Their letter had the chance to be shared with different Key Workers across hospitals, care facilities, police stations, transport companies, as well as our social channels!
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).
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. By consciously providing them with the right influences, materials and environment, you can help their inner writer and artist blossom.
Some of the wonderful winter writing prompts listed below are intended to inspire kids to engage with their imaginations, creating new magical animals, adventure stories, poems, persuasive essays, 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 engaged and wanting to write about winter!
When writing feels like a task and a challenge, often event the idea of it can cause reluctant writers to shy away. 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. Many of these are alternative ways to get children to have fun (and be comfortable) with the idea of writing.
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.
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 […]
These prompts are designed to spark creativity and imagination within children. We encourage children to think about what they like about the season fall, but also ask them to create characters that would fit within a ‘fall environment’. Other writing ideas encourage the child to write about a memory they have about fall or an opinion they might have about it.
Explore reasons to encourage your kids to love creative writing. The skills gained from creative writing ultimately contribute to language mastery. Increase their creativity, imagination, self-esteem and confidence today!
Starting in September 2019, we will be embarking on an exciting US Tour, aiming to visit as many schools as possible in three months!!! We would love to kickstart writing in your school this year by providing FREE creative writing workshops using nightzookeeper.com! The workshop will involve: A special story-telling workshop with a member of the Night Zookeeper team Unique activities and experiences designed to get your most reluctant learners engaged in creative writing We’ll also include: A special training […]
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 10.30am and 2pm Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool on Sat 4th May at 10.30am and 1.30pm Families will get to meet the creative team behind The Night Zookeeper, watch a special screening of the first episodes, and through a mix of storytelling, drawing and creative writing, be helped to tap into their imaginations to come […]
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? The authors of every 1000 word story will receive a pack of exclusive Night Zookeeper cards! We want to encourage children of all ages to write, so every child who reaches 500 […]
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! Congratulations to all the students involved, their teacher and school for such an imaginative endeavour. We love it! You can watch the perfomance below. 🙂
Invent a new location for the Night Zoo! 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. The challenge “Hello, young zookeepers! We have a new competition for you to enter. All you have to do is invent and describe a new location for the Night Zoo. You can also illustrate your location as well. […]
Langham Primary School has been using the digital writing website nightzookeeper.com, for the past three years, with some amazing results. “22% of the students made a year’s worth of progress in just one term. One child made incredible progress during that term – 6 points!” Emma Cotton, Class 3 teacher, gives her feedback on the impact of using nightzookeeper.com in the classroom. “I had heard about Night Zookeeper at the Norfolk ICT Conference a few years ago and thought it […]
Throughout April, students have the opportunity to write a report and/or story that has the chance to be published in the third Night Zookeeper book, The Penguins of Igloo City. How to take part Students simply have to visit the Star Writing page and click ‘accept this mission’ to start writing. Challenge 1 (running 1st – 15th April) “Write a report about a magical animal that lives in Igloo City (max 500 words)” Teachers must publish and nominate writing by […]
As Night Zookeeper is a browser-based website, students can seamlessly continue learning after school by logging on at home. In fact, about 50% of all writing on Night Zookeeper is done out of school. This blog post contains 5 Top Tips for parents who would like to find out how they can help their children produce their best writing and fall in love with learning on Night Zookeeper. Comment on their work Every teacher that signs up to Night Zookeeper […]