Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell

Hello everyone,

We’ve been reading one of our favourite books, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.  It’s a fantastic story that allows for so much role play, maths and language development.

Dear Zoo

To support their mathematical language development focus on the language related to size.  Were the animals gigantic or huge?  Perhaps they were tiny or miniscule?  Can  you find a variety of sized boxes and see what fits inside?  It’s a perfect rainy day activity.  Could your child build an enclosure for their animals out of duplo or blocks for their toys?  There’s a lot of mathematical language to describe size,  measurement, or when comparing things.  Have fun with it and make up your own words to describe size and let us know some of your favourites! Explore size and measurement, let your child use first hand experiences, the supermarket is invaluable for this, although it may take awhile to get round.  Don’t forget to include a tape measure if you’ve got one, or other tools like metre sticks so that they can measure.  Perhaps you’ve got some scales to see how heavy or light their toys are?

You could create another ‘story map’.  Use the animals in the story or make up a Dear Zoo kind of story of their own maybe Dear Farm or Pet Shop?  There are many adjectives your child could use to describe the animals further.   Could they be enormous with wrinkly grey skin, or maybe they are as tall as the sky with swishing tails and extremely long necks?  Maybe the snake isn’t scary but frightening or terrifying?!

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence