I know we can’t go to the zoo. I had members tickets for the Monday that Lockdown 3.0 was announced. It was a lot of fun! It was socially distanced and we wore masks. I’m so grateful we got a tiny bit of normality before everything was shut again.

I am a meer KAT, do you get it?

If we can’t go to the zoo, why not bring the zoo to you? Go through the teddies and organise them into zoo animals and non- zoo animals with your child. Hide them around your house and visit the “zoo”

With every animal you “see”, make a fact card. Depending on your child’s age, maybe they can research using books or the internet. I know I’m all about books, but any form of reading counts. If you don’t have a book on that animal, using different forms of literature is still reading. If they can, use it as a writing opportunity too.


Why not do some artwork from the animals in your zoo?

This is my attempt. I’m practising as I would like to illustrate my own children’s book, I am thinking.
I think he is sick of lockdown too!
Did you know Winnie the Pooh was based on a bear that was in the zoo in 1914?

More to books…

Usborne’s Peep inside the zoo illustrated by Simons Dimitri
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
For older readers, there’s a whole series of Zoe’s recuse zoo by Amelia Covb and illustrated by Sophy Williams
For younger learners, Usborne’s That’s not my sloth…

Nb I took these photos of the books on my birthday in December…the shops and cafes were shut on Monday.

Don’t forget books can be fiction and non- fiction, use magazines and the internet!

Also, you could watch Andy’s animal adventure, set in a zoo! Or even Our Planet by David Attenborough, I find even little ones are mesmerised by these.

Show me your pictures with your little one’s favourite soft toy or drawing or a zoo animal!

Love Kat x

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Award- winning author of the book: “There’s more to books than reading- how to help your child bring stories to life” With a Masters in Education, I have taught as a School teacher across Northern England and have worked as a Nanny/Governess in London and across the world. I support parents and nannies to bring learning into the home in an exciting and purposeful way. Also a speaker at events such as NannyPalooza and the International Nanny Day 2017 and featured in the Nanny Magazine (USA) and Childcare Magazine (UK)

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