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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 elephants were her favourite of all.

There wasn’t a single creature that she didn’t like. She even smiled at snakes.

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.

ZOO CLOSED. STAFF SHORTAGE. ASSISTANT NEEDED!

CHECK 1

  • Hold 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 sandwhich 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.

CHECK 2

  • Hold the screen at arm’s length
  • Ask your child to look at Ellie's birthday balloons
  • Can they identify the number on each balloon?
  • Can your child identify the number on the balloon?
  • Can your child identify the number on the balloon?
  • Can your child identify the number on the balloon?

The flamingos just wanted something to dance to,

CHECK 3

  • Hold 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

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

CHECK 4

  • Please adjust the size of the circle using the slider bar below
  • The circle needs to be the same size as a 2p coin (around 26mm diameter)
  • Once the circle is the correct size, swipe to continue
  • Hold the screen at arm’s length from your child
  • Ask your child to answer the questions on the following pages
  • Which shape is flamingo holding?
  • Which shape is the snake holding?
  • Which shape is the toucan holding?
  • Which shape is Ellie holding?

And then the tiger came to play too!

CHECK 4

  • Ask your child to fully cover their other eye and answer the questions on the following pages
  • Which shape is the lemur holding?
  • Which shape is the koala holding?
  • Which shape is the turtle holding?
  • Which shape is parrot holding?

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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