The Enchantment of Chester Zoo 

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo 

In the run up to Halloween Chester Zoo staged a special event ‘The Enchantment of Chester Zoo’ as members we were able to attend this event for free. 

The Zoo had been cast under the spell of an evil sorcerer and it was our job to help save it. The event started with an introduction by various characters to explain what had happened and how we could save the zoo. This was brilliant and so interactive. 

We had to visit 3 animals the tarantulas, aardvarks and the bats learning a fact at each animal in order to receive some potion. At the end all the potion was added to a big cauldron and we received a certificate to thank us for saving the zoo. 

Finn really enjoyed the day, even though he didn’t fully understand the tasks he loved all the characters and it was an opportunity for us to visit animals we wouldn’t normally go to. 

The Autumn & early winter (as well as spring) are definitely my favourite times to visit the zoo as it is quieter and looks beautiful with the changing seasons. I’d definitely recommend a visit at this time of year if you can. 

The Irish Fairy Door Company 

The Irish Fairy Door Company 

I was recently sent The Irish Fairy Door to review and for me and Finn to try out. I love this idea and can imagine as well as being fun it is an amazing way to keep your child’s imagination alive and explore the magic of childhood. 


We started by decorating the Fairy Door. I gave Finn total free reign of this ( despite having a design in my head ha). He loved it, he painted and coloured in the door with the provided paints & felt tips. He then stuck on all the decorations. 

The next step was to name & register our Fairy. We named him Bing (you are able to choose the sex). I registered him online and then downloaded the app. This way we can receive Fairy updates and inspiration for fun activities to do.

We then set up our door with the provided stepping stones & magic key, we left Bing a note welcoming him to our home. During the night Bing took the note & magic key so he is now able to enter when he likes. 

The suggestions given range from leaving your tooth for the Tooth fairy or leaving your fairy pictures or gifts. You can even leave your fairy your worries, a useful way for older children to learn to express their emotions. 


Whilst Finn is a little young to fully understand the concept it is definitely something we will continue to use over time. He still loved decorating and setting up the fairy door. It will make a lovely gift for any children in your life. 

Strawberry Picking at 

Strawberry Picking at 

On Sunday we visited  a lovely Farm, Claremont Farm about 20 minutes away from Chester. 


We loved the strawberry picking, the farm shop and the cafe. 


Finn had so much fun Picking the Strawberry’s and really got involved hunting for the best ones. There was a free tractor ride around the field which he loved. 2 big punnets came to just under £6, they are really tasty. 


The Cafe was lovely with an outside seating area.For a coffee, tea, 2 cakes and a Cookie & Milk it was £12. We all enjoyed it and you could tell they used quality ingredients. 


They host regular events like art class, cooking workshops and creative writing classes. They also hold a parent and toddler cooking class that I really want to try out. 


This is a lovely place to visit if you are in the area, I’d definitely recommend you check it out even if it’s just for the cake. 


We finished the day with an afternoon in the garden & setting up Finn’s swing. 

Sensory Snow 

Sensory Snow 

I recently made this Fake Snow for Finn, it was so easy to make and fun to play with. It was mouldable like Snow but crumbled back easily so can be used over again. 

You need; 

  • A can of shaving foam or gel 
  • Baking Soda about 300/400g 
  • Glitter 

I started by putting a full tub of baking soda into the box (200g). 

I then slowly squirted in the shaving gel, mixing it as I went along. I used the whole can of shaving gel. 

I then added more baking soda a bit at a time until it had the texture of snow. 

It will look like this when it’s done. I then sprinkled in glitter and mixed it together. Due to the baking Soda when its first made it will expand when you mix  it together so it’s best to play with it straight away. 

Edible Mud & Worms 

Edible Mud & Worms 

We recently made this Edible mud & worms it was so much fun! Finn loved it.


It was really easy to make, I just combined a few different methods I found online. I just guessed the amounts as well and mixed until it was the right consistency but below is roughly what I used. 


I used, 

  • 3 X packets of chocolate angel delight (but you could combine flour and coco powder if you prefer) 
  • About 3 tablespoons of baking powder 
  • About 8 tablespoons of flour 
  • A cup of water – just add gradually and stir until it’s the right consistency. Thick like wet mud but not too runny. 
  • About 3 tablespoons of cooking oil just to thicken it up. 


I mixed all the dry ingredients, then slowly added the water and oil mixing well. 

For the edible worms I  cooked spaghetti and added black food colouring. 

We also recently made this Cloud Dough Finn loved playing with it.