Wonder Kids Blog

Wayne Wonder Based in Gloucestershire 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.

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Top Secret Spies - Code breakers

Spies code breaking from Wonder Kids

Oh no, it's our final week of Spy fun.  Worry not we are going to make this week brilliant.  Lets kick off with some free Party Invites that you can print off or send to a print company to print out and deliver them to you. I have designed two per A4 sheet.  There is even a blank box at the bottom which you can use to write a message in invisible ink.  Don't worry up next we'll show you how to write in invisible ink. All you need is half a lemon, some water and some cotton buds. Squeeze the half a lemon into a small bowl/dish. Remove any seeds, you don't need them.  Add a few drops of water to the lemon juice and mix with a spoon. Now use the cotton buds to write a secret message on paper.  With the invites opposite you can draw an emoji, maybe a different one for each child?  Allow the message to dry, it should dry clear.  To reveal the message you just need to apply a little heat to the paper.  Now this should be done with supervision from an adult but I find a desk lamp with a standard bulb in it works great.  If you use LED lamps then you'll find they generate little to know heat.  Alternatively I have heard of people placing them in a pre heated oven just for a couple of minutes and that works fine.

Wonder Kids Invisible Ink
Code Breaker from Wonder Kids

Code Maker/Breaker

I love these special devices, You can create your own code and then use the same device to break the code too.  First lets make them.

To make the code maker cut a rectangle about 7 cm (3 inches) by 19 cm (7 1/2 inches) from recycled cereal box cardboard.

Fold the rectangle in half so the long ends meet. Snip into the fold at 3 cm (1 inch) from each end. Unfold. Cut into each snip to make a 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) opening centered and running parallel to each short end.

To make the code breaker, cut a 23 cm (9 inches) by 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) piece of construction paper to fit in the code maker's slots. Trim the sides of the code breaker so it will glide easily when you put it into the code maker.

Use pens to mark 1 cm (1/2 inch) spaces to the right and left of the code maker. Write A through M to the left and N through Z to the right in the spaces.

Write the code letters on the code breaker strip so they line up with your code maker alphabet. You can make several codes by sliding the code breaker up so each letter is aligned with a different letter. Write the top two letters that disappear in the new spaces at the bottom. Mark lines on the construction paper strip at the top to show how to line up the letters for the particular message you are sending, then be sure to tell the message's recipient at which line to arrange the code breaker.

These are super cool and the kids will love them.  Now how can you have fun with these, you could play a treasure hunt where is clue is a coded message and the kids need to use the code breakers to decipher the clue.  You have just made a traditional treasure hunt awesome!

Top Secret Spies - Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible Spy Games for Kids

This is the week I have most been looking forward to in this months theme, it's all about Spy Games! Lets Go!

Pass the TNT Wonder Kids

Pass the TNT

Pass the dynamite in a circle, whoever is holding it when the bomb explodes is eliminated

I love this game, use three kitchen towel cardboard tubes and wrap them in red tissue paper.  Secure the three tubes together with some black electrical tape.  To finish add a cheap kitchen timer from a pound shop to the front.  Set the timer for a few seconds or a minute or two, play some music maybe some James Bond music? and let the kids pass it around. Note the timer display is covered so the kids don't know when the timer is about to go off.

Laser maze from Wonder Kids

Lazer Maze

Use the search bar at the top of the page to find more great ideas like this.

Blasters from Wonder Kids

Blasters

Another idea to search for, Marshmallow Blasters, Loads of fun, see what else you can find.

Detective Skills Wonder Kids

Detect

Show the kids a bunch of items, they turn away and one item is removed

To make this harder for them, make sure you change the position of all the items once they have turned away. Whoever gets it right first wins a prize.

Find the Bomb Spy Game Wonder Kids

Find the Bomb

Fill one balloon with loads of confetti

This works even better if you use loads of balloons, I mean like a hundred balloons, play mission impossible music and the kids have nothing but their hands, feet and bums to pop the balloons.  Whoever finds the bomb wins a prize. Thats it for this week, these games should keep the kids very busy through. Come back next week for even more Spy themed fun.

Top Secret Spies - Mission Control

Wonder Kids Spy Party

Welcome to the second week of our Top Secret Spies fun. This week we'll discover your agent code name, As well as provide you with you Top Secret Passes. To top everything off we will even give you some cool printable decorations too.

First lets discover what your secret agent code name is! Mine is Gunner Stealthy, which I'm very happy with. Use the first letter of your first name for the first column and then the first letter of your second name for the second column. Post in the comments below what names you come up with, I would love to see them.

Just click on the picture to print off the free download

Once you know your new Agent Code Name you can fill pin the Secret Agent Cards below.  First fill in the agent number, these should be 001, 002, 003, 007 etc add your new code name and you can even fit these cards into a lanyard to be worn throughout a party too. These awesome cards are a free download and the QR codes actually work, to scan them you may need a QR scanning app (I'm writing this before Apple releases ios11, I believe that with this update the iPhone camera will automatically scan QR codes, sorry I know nothing about Android phones) Here is the app I use, it's free and works brilliantly.

Just click on the picture to download the free printable.

Wonder Kids Spy Party Decorations

Making some signs like the ones above are a great idea for a Spy party or movie night.  Super simple, just print out the words on Yellow paper, I have included a link to some great yellow paper below.  You can combine this with some caution tape which I have linked below too.  Together these will. look brilliant. That's it for this week but make sure you come back next week for tricky spy games to test the new recruits skills.

Top Secret Spies - Induction

Wonder Kids Spy Fun

Welcome to November here at Wonder Kids.  This is something I have wanted to explore for a while now. All month we are going to find some really fun things you can use for any budding secret agents out there. Lets start with the induction of our spies to be.  Take their fingerprints first and show them the little grooves and indentations.  Explain that these are pretty much unique to each individual. To do this you'll need the free print out I have created below and I have found it best to use an ink pad, make sure you have a wet cloth to wipe the kids fingers straight away so that it doesn't stain.  You can also get a fingerprint with a normal pencil.  To do this rub a very dark patch of pencil on a sheet of paper and have the kids press each finger onto that dark patch as you would the ink pad.  This does give fingerprints but not nearly as good as the ink pad. 

Click on the image to download the fingerprint sheet for free.

Next as part of the Induction the kids need to figure out this puzzle, It's a word search that I created with all spy related words.  Again this is a free printable.

Click on the image for the free printable

Lets finish this week off with a super simple craft, but don't worry we will back every week this month with more great Spy Fun.

Wonder kids Walkie Talkie

Juice Carton

Walkie Talkie

Finish with your juice drinks, Cover them in black Fablon. Use Aluminium Foil for the speaker and mic parts, just use PVA glue to attach them.  Using a black sharpie add the dots to the foil.  A nice finishing touch is a piece of either red felt or red Fablon on the side as a button.

Autumnal Fun - Comfort Food

Wonder Kids Autumn Food

I have some bad news, this will be our final week of Autumnal Fun, but fear not we will be back next week with a brand new theme, which I can not disclose now it's TOP SECRET. This week I have found three great seasonal recipe/ideas for you to try.  These will all be added to our huge collection of fun recipe's in the Kids Kitchen.

Firework-Rocket-Sandwiches-for-Bonfire-Night-full-instructions-and-pictures-from-Eats-Amazing-UK.jpgRocket Sandwiches from Wonder Kids

These super simple fun sandwiches really brighten up the kids packed lunch for school.  For years now I have loved the Bento movement.  It's a Japanese concept for making food look really enticing whilst also being super healthy too.  Now I could write for days about Bento theory but to give you the basics I have included below the new lunchbox I got for my daughter which she loves.  It allows me to create really fun, healthy packed lunches that look great for her. Maybe if I get enough interest I will do a series about Bento? let me know in the comments below if you would be interested. All you need then is a circle cutter and the star skewer, again I had included these all below so that it's nice and easy for you. The key to these sandwiches is to not try to put too much filing in them.  These just have ham which you could switch out for any other meat or cheese but I would avoid adding tomatoes, cucumber or loads of small salad items. Likewise a wet mixture like tuna mayo wouldn't be a good option either.

Use the same circle cutter to cut the bread and the hame and then thread onto the skewer, make sure you leave some space at the top for a small triangle of yellow pepper to finish the rocket off.

Wonder kids Halloween Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tblsp tomato puree (you can always add more)
  • 1 green chilli deseeded and sliced
  • 4 bell peppers in any colour (orange is great)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice (could be brown if you wish)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 can black beans rinse and drained

I start with the chicken, in a small oven proof pot I add, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper.  Make sure the chicken is well coated and add a little oil too.  Add in the chopped tomatoes and the green chilli.  Cook in the oven on a medium heat for at least 30 mins, make sure the chicken is cooked through and then shred. This can be left to cool.

Prep the peppers by slicing off the tops and hollow out the insides, be sure to remove any seeds and the white part inside. If desired, use a small paring knife to cut out a jack-o-lantern face.  Set aside.

Add the cooked rice to a frying pan and add in 1tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tblsp of tomato puree. Combine well and add the shredded chicken and black beans.  Again fry for a couple of minutes and combine well.  Now fill each pepper well, sprinkle cheese on the top, replace the lids and cook in the oven until the pepper has soften and the cheese melted.

Pear and Forest fruit Crumble from Wonder Kids

Forest Fruit Crumble

I love cooking, but baking and making deserts really escapes me.  I do however love the look of these deserts, they look gorgeous and sound super tasty too.

Ingredients

  • 3 firm but ripe pears (we used Conference variety)
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 strips of lemon zest (pared with a vegetable peeler) and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • 100g frozen forest or red fruits, defrosted

For the crumble

  • 30g cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 60g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp pistachio kernels, chopped
  1. Peel the pears, core and dice one and leave the others whole. Put 2 tablespoons of caster sugar into each 2 x 275-300ml microwave-proof and ovenproof teacups, mugs or ramekins with a star anise and 2 cardamom pods in each. Add a pear and a strip of lemon zest. Pour 100ml boiling water into each cup. Cover loosely with clingfilm. Put both cups in the microwave and cook on full power (about 800 watts) for 4 minutes or until the pear is just slightly undercooked.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Carefully remove the clingfilm, then remove the poached pears and set aside. Measure 3 tablespoons of the poaching liquid into a bowl, discard the rest, including the spices. Add the defrosted fruit and chopped pear to the poaching liquid in the bowl and toss together. Divide the mixture between the cups, then nestle a poached pear into each one.
  3. Rub the butter and flour together with your fingers to resemble breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar and pistachios. Scatter the crumble around the pear so that the top still protrudes. Put on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and bubbling.