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Tickled Skink – Animal Handling Workshops for Schools London, Manchester & Nationwide

Location(s)Throughout the UK
Key StagesKS2, KS3, KS4
Special SchoolsYes
Public LiabilityLess than 5,000,000
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesPlease contact us with details of your requirements
Administration Service Administered by the provider

More about this Workshop/Service and the Provider

At a Tickled Skink session, children interact with the world and the world responds to them. Their impact is the visual reward for their actions. Instead of studying the world from the distance of books and pictures, here they are fully immersed: Preyed on by mantids and bats, creating the rain, feeding the black swallower, rescuing the butterflies, swimming in the ocean and so much more.

With environmental issues threatening the future of our planet, what the world needs today is people who understand and love the natural world; who feel, reflect and act upon it.

Tickled Skink aims to open eyes, hearts and minds to the world; to leave the holistic impression of having experienced, first-hand, something rather remarkable: our natural world and its incredible diversity, and to have helped in some way to enable it to thrive.

There is no better time to foster appreciation of living organisms, habitats and eco-systems in the children that will, one day, make the difference for our planet.

Vanessa established Tickled Skink in 2008 and regularly visits primary schools, nurseries, museums, children’s birthday parties and special events throughout the midlands. She is a professional Actress, Educator and Musician who also holds a Masters degree in Museum Studies with the University of Leicester.

She has three grown up children of her own. Together they have practised journeys of the imagination, the memories of which will last a life time. It is thanks to them that the inspiration for Tickled Skink was born. It is in hopes for a better future for their generation that Tickled Skink continues.

If you are a primary school, nursery or museum beyond the midlands and would be interested in a visit, please enquire about our next tour.

The Workshop

An hour of animal handling and the chance to get up-close and personal with a host of exotic animals, including reptiles, mammal and invertebrates. Focusing on the National Curriculum Science agenda, students will have the opportunity to investigate different species first hand and to learn about them in depth.

  • Where they come from
  • Which family they belong to
  • Key characteristics of their classification
  • What they eat and how they grow
  • Survival needs and the conditions of their habitat
  • Key behaviours
  • Caring for them as a pet


Availability & How to Book

If you wish to enquire about this workshop/service, please use the form below (underneath the calendar) and someone will be in touch.

Alternatively, you can book this service now using the online diary and booking system below. Select the date you wish to book by clicking your mouse on it (turning the date box black) and repeat until all the dates you wish to book are selected and complete the form below the calendar and press Send. All dates selected will then show as Pending in yellow making them unavailable to anyone else.

If you do not wish to pick dates on the calendar, please fill in suggested dates at the bottom of the form.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your booking request and someone will be in touch with you directly to finalise details and organise everything for you.

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