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Zookeeper Zoe is a fun way for parents and carers to check a child’s vision while reading for pleasure, but is not a replacement for a full eye check with a qualified Optometrist. A full eye check will check a child’s vision and the health of their eyes. We recommend regular full eye checks at least every two years from the age of three.

If there ever was a child who loved animals, it was Zoe. She read about rhinos, she watched films about flamingos, she was crazy about crocs and barmy for bears.

She laughed at lemurs and smiled at snakes, but elephants were her favourite of all. There wasn’t a single creature that she didn’t like. When she grew up, Zoe wanted to be a zookeeper.

Whats your favourite animal?

Every weekend Zoe begged her parents to take her to the zoo. After all, how was she going to become a zookeeper if she never met the animals?

When they finally agreed, Zoe could barely hide her excitement. She packed a big bag with everything she thought she’d need.

But when Zoe and her parents arrived at the zoo, the gates were shut! The zookeeper looked upset. He didn't want to close the zoo, but there was far too much work for one person.

SIGN: ZOO CLOSED. STAFF SHORTAGE. ASSISTANT NEEDED!

Position the screen at arm’s length and ask your child to fully cover one eye

Ask your child whether any of the black lines at the top of the zoo gates look darker and clearer than the others?

Now ask them to fully cover their other eye and check again

“I can help you!” said Zoe. “I know lots about animals. Maybe I could be your assistant?”

“Yes, please,” said the zookeeper. “There are so many jobs to do! Shall we start with the bear?”

“Boris says he’s hungry,” explained
the zookeeper,“but he won’t even
look at his salmon sandwich.”

“Salmon?” said Zoe. “No wonder!”

And she pulled from her bag a big, soft and totally delicious peanut butter and cucumber sandwich.

“That should do the trick,” said Zoe.

And it did! The zookeeper looked impressed. “What next?” asked Zoe.

Which sandwich would you choose?

Salmon, or peanut butter and Cucumber?

When they got to the elephant, it was clear that she wasn’t happy.

“It’s Ellie’s birthday today,”muttered the zookeeper. “And, well, I… forgot.”

“Not to worry,” said Zoe,
“I’ve got just the thing.”

From her bag she pulled out a fabulous, fancy birthday cake. There were also some beautiful birthday balloons, sure to make Ellie smile.

“Happy birthday, Ellie!” Zoe said.

The zookeeper – and the elephant – looked impressed.

“What next?” asked Zoe.

Position the screen at arm’s length

Ask your child to look at Ellie's birthday balloon

Can they identify or trace the number on each balloon with their finger?

Can your child to identify or trace the number on the balloon with their finger

Zoe knew as soon as she saw the cheeky lemurs causing chaos that all they needed was a good story to calm them down...

The flamingos just wanted something to dance to

Position the screen at arm’s length and ask your child to fully cover one eye

Ask your child to look at the circles on Zoe’s stereo

Ask your child if the circles look darker and clearer on either the red or green background

Ask them to cover their other eye fully and check again

It turned out that the tiger needed a tennis partner...

…and the gorilla just wanted to spend his days playing cards.

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Position the screen three metres away from your child

Ask your child to fully cover one eye

Point to the symbols to the left of the gorilla

Ask your child to tell you which animal is holding the matching cards

Point to the symbols to the left of the gorilla

Check your child's eye remains fully covered

Ask your child to tell you which animal is holding the matching cards

And when the tiger was tired of tennis, he joined in too!

Position the screen three metres away from your child

Ask your child to fully cover one eye

Point to the symbols to the left of the gorilla

Ask your child to tell you which animal is holding the matching cards

Point to the symbols to the left of the tiger

Check your child's eye remains fully covered

Ask your child to tell you which animal is holding the matching cards

Zoe was rather pleased with her morning’s work, and so was the zookeeper. He could open the zoo to visitors once again.

“I don’t know how you managed it,” the zookeeper said to Zoe, “but that was amazing. You’re a natural!”

“When can I start?” Zoe asked, excitedly.

“I think you already have!”
the zookeeper laughed.

Do you think it would be fun to visit this zoo?

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