Wonder Kids

Wayne Wonder Based in Buckinghamshire in the U.K is one of the country's leading children's entertainers and winner of multiple awards across his field.

As a magician and children's entertainer I am constantly on the look out for new ideas, different takes on old ideas and practically anything I can add into my repertoire.  As a by product of this I come across or invent lots of ideas that for one reason or another I can't fit into my shows.  That doesn't mean that they are no good in fact many of them work great for ideas to try at home.  I only realised this after having my daughter and seeing how much she enjoyed them.  That's why I have created this resource, for families to visit take away what they want and try these things at home.  You have everything at your fingertips for great, easy and inexpensive ideas for your little ones at home.  Going out to new experiences and spending time together as a family is important if not crucial to a child's development but that doesn't mean you have to go out and spend lots of money every time, you can create amazing memories just by investing a little bit of time at home with these great ideas.

I would love to know what you think about Wonder Kids blog and how you get on with any of the ideas in fact if you post a picture of your family trying one of the activities from this blog o my Facebook Page I will send you a goodie bag filled with loads of great Wayne Wonder Prizes for FREE!

Here's my Facebook page  - https://www.facebook.com/WayneWonderEntertainment  

Batman & Justice League - Snacks

Batman party food from Wayne Wonder

It's another new week and I have a whole bunch of perfect treats for any little batman fans out there. Last week I launched a brand new party concept.  Magic Skillz is a new party option for children aged 9-12yrs, I can come along and wow the guests with an award winning close up magic show, I then spend the rest of the party teaching the guests how to perform some of the magic tricks they have just seen.  This is a really unique type of party where the guests leave feeling empowered by the new skills they have learned and will be showing all their friends and family the new tricks.

Magic Skillz party from Wayne Wonder

Party for kids 9+

Find out more about this great new idea in birthday parties  and get a quote in minutes for Wayne Wonder to come to your party.

Lets kick this week off with some super easy snacks, I'll warn you now that these are not the healthiest of snacks but a treat every now and again like at a birthday party is no problem what so ever.

Harley Quinn Hammers

Just blocks of cheese with a toothpick inserted into them, thats it, it doesn't get much easier.

Harley Quinn Hammers from Wonder Kids

Poison Ivy Seeds

Two shades of green M&M's in a bowl, you see I told you this was simple. You can buy the M&M's here

Poison Ivy Seeds from Wonder Kids
Batman Crisp Cones Wonder Kids

Crisp Cones

Another quick simple idea, roll coloured card into a cone shape and tape them together, add the superhero logo to the top of the cone and fill with the kids favourite crisps. This is a great way of controlling how many crisps the kids eat.  If you roll the cone up tighter than you can even fill them with less than an entire bag of crisps. Fun and healthier for the kids.  These ones are all Batman but just change the colours and logo for at the whole of the Justice League.  I have included a list of them below.


Click on the picture to watch the How to video

Click on the picture to watch the How to video

Are you ready to go more in depth? Lets start with these awesome Oreo cake pops.  You can have the entire Justice League in cake pop form.  You will need some food colouring pens so I have added a link below to save you some time.  Just click on the picture of them to be zoomed through the internet to the creator's video.  It's a great step by step video, they are easy to make, you CAN do this.

£7.75

So who are the Justice League, they are a team of Superhero's that came into existence before the Avengers.  The original team consisted of Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Man Hunter.  The tea, has since grown and some members have left to go on other adventures etc.  Make sure you come back next week for more Batman and the Justice League fun, we are going to be doing something that we have never done before! You don't want to miss that one.  Before you go you will need a great drink to wash down all of these treats so how about some Joker Juice? You can also find all of our other Justice League ideas using the buttons below. 

Joker Juice from Wonder Kids

Ingredients:
Lime Sorbet (Lemon & Lime sorbet works too)
Lemon-Lime Soda (Lilt or sprite)
Fresh Limes

 Directions:

Slice limes and put in the bottom of the pitcher of punch bowl.  For the pitcher, slice at least four limes (the more the merrier) and for the punch bowl, slice up at least six.Next add in the lime sorbet.  For a pitcher you’re looking at 8-10 scoops of sorbet and for the punch bowl, the entire container.Next it’s time for the lemon-lime soda (use your favorite brand).  If you want the fun foaming effect just pour it on in.  If you want less foam, gently pour the soda into the pitcher or punch bowl until it’s filled.

Batman & Justice League - Party

Batman Birthday Party from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to the third week of our Batman fun, make sure you check out the great ideas we've posted so far this month.

This week is going to be all about Party Fun, how do you make an awesome Batman/Justice League party?  Im going to show you some really cool things this week but the ideas I have already written about in the posts above work for birthday parties too.  Lets start with party invitations.  As Wayne Wonder I provide free invitations for my shows and I have a great comic/superhero themed Wayne Wonder Invite or you can use the great Batman themed invite I designed.

Party Decorations

Ok we have a few points to get through here.  I love the city sky line sillohette idea.  Very simple to do, just cut out a series of squares and rectangles and mount them to a wall.  This can be used as a great photo backdrop or just decoration. Now check out these super hot focus pulling tables, using the plastic tablecloth you can buy in rolls.  I love the red tablecloth used to look like Superman Capes on the chairs, you could make batman ones with black tablecloth and just sticking their logo's to the capes.  I also love the large comic bubbles in the other picture.  If you laminate these that make awesome place mats or mount them on card and cut them out to hang from the ceiling to make great decorations.  I have included some comic bubble print out below too.

Party favour Idea

I love this idea of Batman signal party favour's, I think the kids will really love this.  The only tricky bit is finding good affordable torch's.  I would recommend trying the pound shops especially closer to the winter months.  If you can find a small black and yellow torch for one pound each then this idea really can be affordable.  However if you just simply haven't got the time then I have included a great ready to go batman signal from Amazon below.  For the homemade torch's all you need to do is use a black sharpie to draw a batman logo on the light.  You may need to let it dry and go over it two or three times to make sure the ink is thick enough.

Batman & Justice League - Superhero Crafts

Batman Crafts from Wonder Kids

Welcome back to our second week of Justice League fun.  This week I am going to show you some super easy and quick crafts.  Try these out during school holidays or for a really cool birthday party. We have so many great ideas to share with you, did you know that if you sign up to our newsletter in the column to your right then we will send you some great ideas direct to your inbox every school holiday FREE! We never share your details and this way you will never be stuck for fun things to try with the kids.


Bat Cave from Wonder Kids

Batcave

This can be a reading nook or just a really cool hiding spot.  The key to this is to use the biggest cardboard box you can get your hands on. 

You will need:

- large cardboard box (I used an appliance box)
- paper lunch bags or newspaper
- spray adhesive
- spray paint

**My box did not have a bottom on it.  If you are using a regular cardboard box you can choose to cut the flaps off the bottom if you want or leave them on.

1.  Cut an arched opening on one side of your box. 

2.  Rip up your paper bags or newspaper into large-ish pieces.  I separated the layers of the bags to make it a bit easier to crumple them up and glue them on. 

3.  Crumple up a piece of paper bag into a ball.  Slightly uncrumple it (is this even a word?). 

4.  Spray a bit of adhesive onto the cardboard box.  This stuff works best when it is slightly tacky so you don't have to spray a lot.  Attach your uncrumpled ball so it resembles a rough rock by pressing down on the paper bag and shaping it with your hands.

5.  Cover the top and sides of the box with crumpled paper bag pieces.  I chose to leave the back uncovered so I could put it up against a wall.

6.  Spray paint (or leave it as is).  I used a mix of grey and dark brown. 

Add a pillow inside, a batman sign and voila!  You've got your very own Bat Cave!


Wonder Woman Cuffs

  • Four toilet paper rolls for one set of cuffs
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  1. First cut a slit all the way down one side of all four paper rolls.  Two will be your cuffs and the other two will provide the material for your shapes.
  2. Flatten two of the rolls and cut superhero shapes from them.  Ideas include stars, bats, lightening bolts, letters, the sky’s the limit!
  3. Paint your pieces.  Paint all around your cuffs and on both sides of your shapes.  Be sure to use two different colors so that your super hero shapes really pop!
  4. Once the paint dries, glue your shapes to the top of your cuffs and allow to dry.
  5. Punch a few holes down each side of your cuff openings and lace them up by threading them with yarn.
  6. Now you’re ready to don your super cool cuffs and try out your new super powers.

So this can be applied to loads of different super hero's, The Flash would be red with a yellow lightening bolt, Aquaman could be Orange with a green trident, your only limited by your imagination.


Simple Batman Mask

This simple mask will make any superhero's day.  First you'll need to print out the template I have included below.

Here's everything you'll need

  • Sheet of Black of Craft Foam
  • Sheet of Yellow Craft Foam
  • Black Elastic
  • Hot glue gun

Lets Make It

Cut the mask out of the black foam, cut the bat sign out of yellow foam.  Measure your Childs head with the elastic and cut the elastic to size.  Use the hot glue to attach the elastic onto the mask.  Let it dry and your done.

We're all done for this week but make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great Batman and the Justice league fun.  In the meantime try last weeks ideas and some of our older posts below.

Fish Cakes - Kids Kitchen Recipe

These fish cakes are the best fish cakes you will ever try and they are so easy to make too.  If you would like to find more great recipes then just click on the picture above to explore our Kids Kitchen.  So like the rest of our recipes here at Wonder Kids they are all designed to get the kids in the kitchen and helping. Watch the video then see the full instructions below. This is a great meal to make for fathers day.

Fish Cakes

Ingredients

  • 4 Cod Fillets (I use frozen but fresh is best)
  • pack of cooked prawns (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Parsley
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 4 small knobs of butter plus extra for mash potato
  • 1 tin crab
  • 5 or 6 potatoes
  • mayonaise
  • zest of one lemon
  • panko breadcrumbs

Method

  1. Start with the cod fillets, cook them in foil parcels, just add a small knob of butter salt and a pinch of parsley to each parcel. If using frozen fish these should take about 20mins
  2. whilst they are cooking peel and boil the potatoes for mashing
  3. leave the cod to cool once cooked
  4. If you are adding cooked prawns, I squash them with the flat side of a large knife and then dice them into small pieces. I got my daughter to do this bit, you can see her in the video.
  5. combine the mash, cod, prawns (optional) and crab gently. Don't break up the cod too much, add paprika, chilli, remaining parsley, garlic, lemon zest and a little mayonnaise.  Mix together until you have a thick sticky mixture, add more mayonnaise as needed.
  6. Make one large cake using the entire mixture. Nowslice into however many portions you need, slice it up like a pizza, this way you get equal portions.
  7. shape individually with wet hands into cakes and allow to rest in the fridge for 20-30mins
  8. gently roll the cakes in the breadcrumbs and fry into vegetable oil until golden, about 4 mins on each side. Remember the actual cakes don't need cooking, this is just to warm them up and get the breadcrumbs golden.

Tinkerbell and Fairies re-Mixed - Fairy games

Wonder Kids Fairy Games

Well we have made it to the final update to the Fairies Re-Mix.  It's gone from about three ideas to over 20 so there are lots of new ideas for you to try at home now.  In this update we will be looking at three new game ideas of course they are all Fairy themed.

Wonder Kids Fairy Potion

Fairy wish potion

Make a wish with this potion, if it fizzes it means your wish will come true.

What you need:

  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Vinegar [we use white distilled]
  • Washing up liquid
  • Powder Paint
  • Glitter Flakes  [ordinary glitter will do fine too]
  • A small glass jar
  • A magic wand  [ok, a spoon will work too!]
  • A bowl or tray to catch the overflow

It helps to get dressed up as a fairy (or other fantasy creature!) and have your magic wand at the ready, all set for stirring the potions quickly.

First, fill the jar half way with vinegar, then stir in a spoonful of your chosen colour.

Next add a big squeeze of washing up liquid and a liberal helping of sparkly confetti.

Then add in a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and start to stir with the magic wand.

Think of a brilliant fairy wish or spell to make while you’re mixing and watch the magic happen!

The potion will bubble and froth, fizzing out over the jar and making a gorgeous, sparkly mixture!

There’s no need to wash it out to start again, just kwep adding more bicarb, washing up liquid and vinegar and stir it up! You can change colours during the experiment by simply adding them over the top.


Dew Drop Catch game from Wonder Kids

Catching Morning Dew Drops

This simple idea will always be a favourite with kids, You'll need some small pond nets or butterfly catching nets.  For this game I have included some links (below) to buy the bits you need just to save you time.  You'll also need some bubble fluid, the game couldn't be simpler just catch the bubbles, now if you want to try and keep a score you will need at least two people counting the bubbles caught but I warn you this is not easy to do.  What I would do is invest in a budget bubble machine, this makes your job a little easier and it means there will be loads more bubbles than any person can blow on their own. For me the magic in this game is to have the kids dressed as fairies, play loads of great fairy music and have the kids dance and catch the bubbles (Dew Drops).  Keeping score is just not necessary.

Fairy Treasure Hunt from Wonder Kids

Fairy Treasure Hunt

I love a good treasure hunt, it gets all the kids together trying to get the treasure they need.  Now this should be a team game, everybody should need to find maybe 5 or six items to complete the game, once someone has found all of their items, they then help the other kids find the bits they are missing.

Tinkerbell is a tinker fairy so she helps to make things from items she finds, with this in mind I like the idea of just hiding random stuff for the kids to find, you could hide things like

  • Thimbles
  • gold coins
  • nuts&bolts
  • balls of string/yarn
  • Florist pebbles 
  • Pocket watches
  • Keys
  • bells
  • cotton spools

Ideally to play something like this the kids need to know what they are looking for so a card set like the one pictured is ideal if you have the design chops to make it alternatively you can just take pictures of the treasures you have hidden and let the kids look for one of them at a time.  You will need enough of each item for every child playing, so if you have 10 kids you will need 10 thimbles, 10 bolts etc.