Zoo Lab at Children 1st @ Grantham

We were all delighted to receive a visit from the Zoo Lab team who came to show some of their wonderful creatures to the toddlers and early years’ children who have been learning about animals and their habitats. We held two workshop sessions with 30 children in each group.

The Zoo Lab ranger was called Barry and he began the session by telling us about the story of the Chinese New Year Zodiac Race across the river. He showed us some posters of the zodiac animals and explained that this year is ‘The Year of the Pig.’

The first animal we saw was Sally the Snail. She’s a very large African Snail and was very wet and slimy and didn’t finish the race because she was too slow. When thinking about why she was slower, Ivan cleverly said, “She doesn’t have any legs!”

The next creature was Carla the Cockroach who was much faster because of her six legs. In fact, Barry told us she was the fastest out of all the insects! Barry then let some of the children hold Carla as she crawled along their hands.

Gary the Gecko was the children’s favourite by far! Claudia said, “He looks like a lizard!” Karina commented on the size of his eyes, calling them big and beautiful. Adrianna thought Gary’s neck was fascinating and spoke to her friends about the way it crinkled up when he turned his head.

The fourth animal was Sophie the Snake. She’s a very well behaved 18 year old Corn Snake! The children enjoyed stroking her and some were even confident enough to have a hold.

The fifth and final animal was the winner of the Chinese Zodiac race…Raquel the Rat! The children enjoyed stroking her soft white fur and watched her as she washed her whiskers. Barry told us that the rat won the race in the story because he was very clever and jumped on the back of the ox!




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