Saturday, 14 December 2013

Lantern Magic

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This week was Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo. A fabulous first time event for us and a favourite place for Little Bird since buying zoo memberships this year. Upon entering you are greeted by elves with glowing dresses and then go to the restaurant to make a little cup lantern. Daddy Bird made this as it would have been too frustrating for LB to do as he was raring to stay outside among the pretty fairy lights. We then collected our big pyramid lantern to light our way across the zoo and special glasses that cause all sorts of animals to be projected from the lights - bats, giraffes....a great idea. 
Coloured lanterns star wishes in a basket hot chocolate chalet
Star wishes were collected from pretty Lady Christmas and we made them as we walked past all the beautiful animal lanterns and through the magic icicle forest. 
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Wishes were then hung on the Cedar Wishing Tree by the jolly elf.
 Wishes tree Zebra lantern giraffe lanternPerhaps I had a wish granted as we walked around when Little Bird started commenting on what he could see. He's usually so quiet and unable to talk when out and confronted with so much sensory information. He was naming the animals. He suddenly said ' I want ti-angle' which confused me for a second but then I realised it was - I want triangle and it was the pyramid lantern he wanted to hold! On so many levels this is amazing as he is applying the shapes that he learnt from a book into real life to help himself to get the object he wants. It completed a magical evening for me. presents zoo shop at Christmas Zoo Christmas tree my happy little bird
Joining in with Country Kids from Coombe Mill and Ethan's Escapades.

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Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

What a very magical experience, the lanterns looked fantastic and Little Bird looked very happy. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Wow, that looks absolutely fantastic! And how lovely that LB asked for his ti-angle :) #CountryKids

DogsMom said...

I am so happy for you! Not only was this a great family outting (I wish I could go too!) but to see LB make those connections and be so animated.
What a wonderful time. I hope this can become a tradition for you.

the Monko said...

wow what awesome lanterns, and how lovely that your son was making links and loving the outing.

Katie R said...

Those lanterns are amazing! Go LB knowing your shapes!

Jane Roberts said...

WOW what a fantastic night to go to. Ethan would love this. What an amazing moment when Little Bird asked for the triangle. MUst have been music to your ears.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0) (Sorry It's taken me a while to get round to this post)

Jocelyn (@ihavecards) said...

It looks absolutely amazing! And fantastic that Little Bird completed the magical evening for you like that, too x

LakesSingleMum said...

Oh wow so magical and especially when he reacted

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