Creative Creatures Project

This project is hugely flexible and so can be as large or small, sophisticated or simple as you like.  You can do all the elements, or just one and any element that you do try can be as in-depth or superficial as you like to suit the age of the children undertaking it.

The elements cover a wide range of subjects, so the maximum benefit comes from doing the whole thing, but if that’s not appropriate for your child or children, then that’s fine too!

The project covers:

  1. Science – You introduce the children to the idea of Endangered Species and their life-cycles and habitats.
  2. Creativity/Imagination and Writing – The children apply what they have learnt in the Science section to invent a new animal which may, or may not, be made up from parts of different Endangered Species.  They write a description of the animal and list its attributes, using the prompts from the worksheet.
  3. Art – This is the culmination of what they learnt in the first two sections –  children draw and colour the animal they have invented.
  4. Publish – you submit their animal to the website and they get their own free animal webpage.

To help you, we have created various resources you can use if you like.  Click on one to jump to it.

We have also made some short videos to show how you might use the material. 

Animal Groups & Animal Characteristics

We have created these resources to help children understand how we categorise animals into groups according to shared characteristics.  We would suggest using just the information sheet with KS1 children.  It might be that they haven’t encountered some of the characteristics, especially younger children, but you can use this as an opportunity to introduce them and look them up together.  The answer sheet can be used with KS2 children, giving them a space to learn the characteristics and even write out their definitions.  For example, they could explain that a vertebrate is an animal with a backbone.

You can also use these sheets as a starting point for more learning about animal groups.  For instance, you could explore with your child why is it that a snake and an alligator are in the same animal group when they look so different?

Please view the videos if you want to see how to use these resources.

British Endangered and Threatened Species

Start by filling out the Favourite Endangered Species Research sheet.  Here’s lots of information about different British species that are either under threat or endangered that you can use to fill in your sheet.

British Habitats and Animal Life Cycles

Now you need to work out the habitats your creature will live in and its life-cycle.  Use the information sheets to learn about British habitats.  See if you can make clear links between the creature’s habitats it needs to survive and its life-cycle.  So if it eats fish, then one of its habitats will have to be the coast or wetlands, but perhaps it nests in trees, in which case it will make its home in woodland.

To help you, you can download our Habitats Worksheet and our Life Cycle Worksheet.

Aerial view of Chichester Harbour

Creating your Creature

Here you get to use your creative thinking to produce a creative piece of artwork.

  1. Start by filling in your Creative Creatures sheet, this will help you to summarise all your work from the Science section.
  2. Then, with our Experimentation sheet, you can try out different designs to help you decide what you want your creature to look like.  If you are looking for inspiration look at our Online Safari Park here.
  3. Once you have decided on your final design, practice drawing it.  First do a sketch in just pencil, then a second picture, but with colour, and then a third picture to try and make it perfect.  You can use our worksheets if you like.  After you finish each drawing, share it with your parent, carer or teacher and ask them to comment on how you could make it even better.
  4. Once you have done at least three practice pictures its time to do your final piece of Artwork.  If you can do it on a large bit of paper (like A3) then that helps, but A4 is fine.

If you like you can add it to our online Safari Park by uploading your Artwork and Creative Creatures sheet by clicking here.

We recommend that you try and visit your local zoo or safari park all of whom work incredibly hard to help Endangered Species.

If you have any comments or feedback, please let us know here.

Video Guides

Of course there are lots of ways you can use this project, but if you would like some suggestions, then please have a look at the short videos below, which we hope will give you some ideas.

Researching Endangered Species

Animal Characteristics

Close Up of Animal Groups & Characteristics Sheets

Researching Endangered Species

Animal Characteristics

Close Up of Animal Groups & Characteristics Sheets

Animal Groups & Animal Characteristics

We have created these resources to help children understand how we categorise animals into groups according to shared characteristics.  We would suggest using just the information sheet with KS1 children.  It might be that they haven’t encountered some of the characteristics, especially younger children, but you can use this as an opportunity to introduce them and look them up together.  The answer sheet can be used with KS2 children, giving them a space to learn the characteristics and even write out their definitions.  For example, they could explain that a vertebrate is an animal with a backbone.

You can also use these sheets as a starting point for more learning about animal groups.  For instance, you could explore with your child why is it that a snake and an alligator are in the same animal group when they look so different?

Please view the videos at the bottom of the page if you want to see how we use these resources.

British Endangered and Threatened Species

Start by filling out the Favourite Endangered Species Research sheet.  You will also find lots of information about different British species that are either under threat or endangered that you can use if you wish, to fill in your sheet.

British Habitats and LifeCycles

Now you need to work out the habitats your creature will live in and its life-cycle.  Use the information sheets to learn about British habitats.  See if you can make clear links between the creature’s habitats it needs to survive and its life-cycle.  So if it eats fish, then one of its habitats will have to be the coast or wetlands, but perhaps it nests in trees, in which case it will make its home in woodland.

To help you, you can download our Habitats Worksheet and our Life Cycle Worksheet.

Creating your Creature

Here you get to use your creative thinking to produce a creative piece of artwork.

  1. Start by filling in your Creative Creatures sheet, this will help you to summarise all your work from the Science section.
  2. Then, with our Experimentation sheet, you can try out different designs to help you decide what you want your creature to look like.  If you are looking for inspiration look at our Online Safari Park here.
  3. Once you have decided on your final design, practice drawing it.  First do a sketch in just pencil, then a second picture, but with colour, and then a third picture to try and make it perfect.  You can use our worksheets if you like.  After you finish each drawing, share it with your parent, carer or teacher and ask them to comment on how you could make it even better.
  4. Once you have done at least three practice pictures its time to do your final piece of Artwork.  If you can do it on a large bit of paper (like A3) then that helps, but A4 is fine.

If you like you can add it to our online Safari Park by uploading your Artwork and Creative Creatures sheet by clicking here.

We recommend that you try and visit your local zoo or safari park all of whom work incredibly hard to help Endangered Species.

If you have any comments or feedback, please let us know here.

Of course there are lots of ways you can use this project, but if you would like some suggestions, then please have a look at the short videos below, which we hope will give you some ideas.

Researching Endangered Species

Animal Characteristics

Close Up of Animal Groups & Characteristics Sheets

Researching Endangered Species

Animal Characteristics

Close Up of Animal Groups & Characteristics Sheets