The early educational development of a child is a crucial phase where they discover the world through play and hands on learning.
ZooLab workshops provide children with a rich variety of play activities and learning experiences in a safe, secure, and stimulating environment under the supervision and guidance of our expert ZooLab presenters.
Our Early Years & Pre-School workshops motivate and stimulate children to help them grow
Early Years & Pre-School Workshops
All About Our World
ALL ABOUT OUR WORLD
Our brand new 'All About Our World' package for nurseries encourages young learners to discover more about themselves and the world around them.
Simply book 3 of the workshops below over the course of the year and receive 10% discount on all your sessions!
This lifecycle storybook egg-stravaganza follows Jane on a chocolate egg hunt. Along the way, she spies a series of eggs - could they be her chocolate egg prize? Perhaps they belong to some of ZooLab’s amazing animal team?
Linking to environmental concerns, we explore how informed personal choices can protect animals, habitats and people over the world. This workshop teaches us about recycling, using examples from the animal and insect world.
Go on an action-packed adventure through the rainforest layers and meet animals along the way. It’s all part of an approach that combines storytelling and drama to bring the rainforest to life, help children discover biodiversity.
'Naturetown' is a rhyming adventure, following eco-warriors in a crusade to help their local wildlife - investigating issues of pollution, deforestation and litter. We look at how we can protect and care for our animal friends.
Ben in the Glen
Follow Ben through his home in the glen as he explores the changes and wildlife of the seasons and learn how he records his findings in his nature book. Meet some ZooLab animals linked with the seasons along the way.
Coming September 2021
Join Henry as he explores how animals use their senses within their habitats. Our story looks at human's five senses to link to how animals perceive and adapt to their surroundings.
Meet The Animals (0-2 years)
Baby Zoo Sensory
Sensory play is a great way for 0-2s explore the world that we live in! This 45 minute session uses ZooLab animals, actions, songs/rhymes, sensory items and puppetry to enhance learning and help language, physical, social and emotional development. Baby Zoo Sensory includes 4-6 ZooLab animals. These can include a snail, tarantula, stick insect, millipede, cockroach, snake, frog/toad and a furry animal.
Baby Show and Tell
ZooLab’s Baby Show and Tell experience is an additional 20-30 minute workshop designed to stimulate the senses and help your 0-2s develop. We use ZooLab animals, actions, songs/rhymes and puppetry as a powerful and unique bonding activity between parents, carers and children. This aids learning and helps language, physical, social and emotional development.
ZooLab Animal Storytime (0-5 years)
Ben In The Glen
Follow Ben through his home in the glen as he explores the changes and wildlife of the seasons and learn how he records his findings in his nature book. Meet some Zoolab animals linked with the seasons along the way
Meg & Mog
A story-based active-learning workshop helps children develop independent thought processes as we follow an apprentice witch/wizard under the instruction of the famous Meg! We follow this hapless witch/wizard as they attend a Halloween Spell Party in Meg & Mog’s place, where they help them with magic spells that go wrong and have to escape the
party at the end!
After being inspired by amazing animal space facts, the intrepid ZooLab team decide to have a race to space! The two teams are now in a desperate contest to reach Mars first. On each of the Spacecraft we find out which animals adaptations are best suited to space exploration! Trouble hits both spacecrafts and they soon tumble to the ground – only for us to find out that it was a product of their imagination all along!
We’re Going On An Animal Hunt!
This story-based workshop based on a classic children’s book takes children on a fantastic animal hunt! Their ZooLab presenter will take them through grass, a river, mud, a forest and a snowstorm before coming face to face with an array of amazing ZooLab animals! Using animals, songs and rhymes helps promote language, physical, social and emotional development.
Jane's Easter Egg
This egg-citing Easter storybook egg-stravaganza follows Jane on a chocolate egg hunt. Along the way, she spies a series of eggs - could they be her chocolate egg prize? Perhaps they belong to some of ZooLab’s amazing animal team?
Morpho the Munching Millipede
This active-learning workshop based on a classic and much loved children’s picture book follows ‘Morpho the Munching Millipede’ as he travels through a week-long adventure, meeting a variety of exciting and awe-inspiring ZooLab animals. Through repetition, actions and participation, this workshop introduces concepts of literacy, numeracy and sharing as well as reinforcing the healthy eating.
Speedy the Snail
A story-based active-learning workshop for younger children lets them contribute to a story whilst acting out dialogue with movement and mime. We follow Speedy the Snail’s journey through the jungle and across a number of habitats. They also get to be up-close and hands-on with some ZooLab animals getting to compare the senses and textures and think about how different animals are adapted to different environments.
The Zoo on the Broom
This Halloween, join ZooLab on a rhyming story adventure based on a well known children's classic! Follow our friendly witch Zog on her broomstick ride through towns, forests and bog. Along the way, her broom starts to resemble a zoo! Our helpful and kind witch offers a ride to a selection of amazing animal hitchhikers, who the children will get to meet! However - it's not all plain sailing. Will Zog’s journey end with a bump?!
This rhyming adventure follows the eco warriors of Naturetown in a crusade to help their local wildlife. We investigate issues of plastic pollution, deforestation and litter; teaching us about alternatives such as recycling, composting and habitat creations; to reinforce what we can do to protect and care for our animal neighbours.
Your class will go on an action-packed adventure through the rainforest layers meeting various animals along the way. It’s all part of an approach that combines storytelling and drama to bring the rainforest to life, help children discover biodiversity and to get a first hand look at how what happens in the rainforest can affect us all.
Our story-based workshops are sure to engage and entertain through our presenters acting out the story and by getting the children on their feet and moving about! The Zagaro, based on a famous children's story, takes us on a trip through the deep, dark wood. We bring this classic tale to life, adding an extra dimension and sense of excitement through our live animal interaction.
Zola the Kind-hearted Elf
Join Zola the Elf on a wonderful Christmas adventure as we help her deliver presents to children all over the world. From Africa, to India and through America via Australia, we encounter a variety of fascinating creatures along the way! This is a special, festive workshop that focuses on the themes of selflessness, kindness, friendship and fun. Perfect for an end of term treat! As always, our presenters will attend in full festive costume!
All About Me
All About Me
Our All About Me workshop is the perfect way to ‘break the ice’.
Think about it as a mini team building session for your children.
Pupils will learn about their bodies, their origins, and how we relate to other species, all through a variety of fun and creative animal handling activities. Perfect as a get-to-know-you topic for the start of a new school year or equally exciting during any other term!
Senses & Textures
Children get to explore and understand how animals use their senses within their habitats. How do animals perceive their surroundings and how well are their senses adapted to them? Children make hands-on discoveries of textures and senses in an animal handling experience that is suitable for everyone from new intake to SEN classes.
Wriggle and Crawl Roadshow
The Wriggle and Crawl Roadshow is a fun, exercise based workshop designed to get young children up and active! Your children will find themselves hopping like a frog and even taking part in the Millipede Conga! Children are encouraged to act out being specific animals while at the same time gaining knowledge of basic scientific principles - all while having fun!
Animals & Our World
A special look at life cycles for younger children! We demonstrate how our special ZooLab animals deal with the changing of the seasons and what happens in springtime. In turn, we look at how each animal reproduces and prepares for the season ahead. Where possible, our presenters will try and bring you examples of eggs and baby animals. A great way to entertain and educate children at a special time of year!
Identifying animal tracks and trails is a key skill used by naturalists and survivalists alike. Be a real nature detective as your ZooLab presenter helps you identify a variety of animals from their tracks. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet and handle some of these animals to do some up-close investigating!
Linking to the schools 'Green Flag' initiative and global environmental concerns, Eco Investigators explores how informed personal choices as a consumer can protect animals, habitats and people all over the world. This workshop investigates issues of consumption, looks at alternatives and teaches us about recycling using practical examples from the animal and insect world.
Pets & Other Animals
We all love our pets! Your ZooLab presenter explains how they care for different animals and how to recreate the conditions that they need to thrive. As well as practicalities such as food, shelter and exercise, children are reminded too of the role of emotion in caring for other living things that need our love, care and respect if they are to thrive.
What better way to explore Africa than on a ZooLab safari! A ZooLab presenter will take you on foot, jeep and kayak around Africa’s varied habitats. On our travels you will learn about the fantastic large creatures found in Africa and meet some smaller creatures that call this continent home.
Animals in Winter
This workshop looks at everything from hibernation to bird migrations and we discover how other animals and insects adapt to conditions and seek shelter. Pupils learn what they can do to help insects during the harsh winter period. We then look forward to springtime and the changes that the season brings.
Children get a fun introduction to invertebrates and classification. They get to question, investigate and learn about scientific discovery. This workshop answers all the big questions such as - What do minibeasts have inside them? Are there any similarities between our bodies and theirs?
The Great Zoolab Bug Hunt
We’re going on a bug hunt! This session takes children outdoors and gets their hands dirty. It’s all about the thrill of turning over a log or stone to find an exotic-looking centipede, a family of woodlice or even a frog! The session also includes an indoor section where children get to see, touch and handle some of ZooLab’s unusual minibeasts. It’s a great chance to compare creatures they have just found to other minibeasts from around the world.
For some it takes grit and determination to become a record breaker; and for others they’re oblivious! ZooLab’s Animal Olympics session features some of the best runners, jumpers and weightlifters on the planet! Let’s look at some of the phenomenal feats of nature that put them into the book of the best!
Caring for Living things
This show emphasises what we need do to care for living things and explores the diverse requirements of a range of animals in terms of shelter, warmth, food, water and protection. Using active learning techniques, and building on prior knowledge this show is highly value driven in teaching respect for all living things.
Paws Claws and Whiskers
From fully developed human beings to the tiniest insect, this workshop looks at the huge variety of weird and wonderful animals we share Planet Earth with. Together we find answers to questions such as, where do they come from? What do they have inside them? And, how do we group animals and why?
We visit over 10,000 schools across the UK every year and have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of bullying. This inspired us to work directly with PSHE teachers to create a story-based workshop that explores relationships, social conflict, diversity and feelings. We examine the issue of bullying, the motivations behind that behaviour and what can be done to help people suffering from bullying.
Health and Wellbeing
Animals are living demonstrations of diverse ways of eating, reproducing and communicating which brings inspiration and excitement to learning. By engaging all the pupil’s senses, we are able to make stronger and faster cognitive connections which enriches the classroom environment and brings health and wellbeing to the forefront of the educational experience.
This story based workshop joins a class of extraordinary animals as they learn all about road safety. Learn about Stop, Look, Listen and Think and the importance of finding the right place to cross the road. At the end of the workshop each participant will receive their ‘Road Safety Rat’ sticker. Of course, throughout the duration of the workshop your class will get to meet and handle a variety of wonderful ZooLab animals!