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  

Finding Nemo/Dory - Sea Food

Finding Nemo Food ideas from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to a brand new week at Wonder Kids,  This week I have some amazing fun food ideas that are great as movie snacks or if you have a little fussy eater I think making the food fun can really help.  Some of these would also work as party food too. We have dozens of great recipe ideas at Wonder Kids, you can find them all in our great Kids Kitchen section.

These are delicious and healthy and super easy, here we go.

Crush's Turtle Shell Peppers

Peanut Sauce

  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tbsp warm water

Ingredients

  • Half cup of brown rice cooked to pack instructions
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 2tblsp corn flour
  • 2tblsp sesame oil
  • 8 small raisins

Method

Shell Peppers from Wonder Kids

Whilst the rice is cooking, cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove all stems and seeds.

In a small bowl stir together the ingredients for the peanut sauce (this sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days just make sure you keep is covered)

Now prep the tofu.  I love tofu because it absorbs any flavour you add to it but you need to prep it correctly.  Slice the block in half length ways.  Wrap each half in a towel and place something heavy on top of it like  cast iron pan or some books.  This will squeeze the water out of the tofu.  You'll need to leave it for at least 15 minutes.  making sure you change the towels if they get too wet.  A lot of water will come out.  We do this so that the texture of the Tofu is really tasty once cooked.  If you skip this it will be like eating warm jelly. yuk.

Once the Tofu is drained cut into small cubes

Place corn flour in bowl and gently toss in the Tofu to cover all the pieces.  Heat a frying pan or wok, add sesame oil and fry the tofu pieces until lightly browned and crispy on all sides. Reduce the heat and add the cooked rice and the peanut sauce. Cover to keep warm

Steam the bell pepper halves, I prefer to use a tiered bamboo steamer for this but you could use a microwave too.  

Creating the turtle - fill four bell pepper halves with the rice mixture.  Cut the other four halves into long strips, this makes 4 heads and 16 turtle legs. On each of the four stuffed peppers insert one strip to make Crush's head and four pepper strips to make crush's legs.

Add two raisins to each head to make Crush's eyes and enjoy.


Hankfurter & Seaweed Slaw

Seaweed Slaw

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (I like to use a mix of red and white)
  • qtr cup of shredded carrot
  • qtr cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs
  • 1 tbsp English  mustard

 

 

Finding Dory food from Wonder Kids

Method

For the slaw, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. This slaw can keep in the fridge for up top 3 days, just make sure you cover it.

Cook hotdogs on packet instructions, once cooked, make seven slices lengthwise in each hotdog. These need to go two thirds of the way up the hotdog to make the tentacles. Now use the English mustard to add a face to each one. To serve, place a small amount of slaw on a plate a top with the Hankfurter. Enjoy.

 

 

 


Lets finish this with one more recipe, these have been super fun so far so how about a tropical, summer drink as the perfect accompaniment to go with them. If you love cooking and want to get the kids in the kitchen than make sure you check out the Kids Kitchen before you go anywhere.

Ocean Water Juice from Wonder Kids

Ocean Water Juice

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Coconut extract

3 drops blue food coloring

2 (12 ounce) cans Sprite

Instructions

Combine everything in a pitcher, if it's a tad too sharp then you can add a pinch of sugar but less is more.  Pour into glasses over ice.  I like the extra touch of adding a fish.  This is an American candy called Swedish fish but you can find them in the UK, so In have included a link below to save you some time.

Finding Nemo/Dory - Action games

Wonder Kids Explores Finding Nemo

Week two of our Finding Nemo/Dory theme and I have two amazing games for you to try.  I know kids of all ages will love these and they are great for a rainy day in.

Find the Fish

You'll need the free template, just click on the picture opposite to print that out.  Cut the fish out and then on clean colourful sponges draw around the templates and then cut out the shape in the sponge.  Fill a container of water, this could be the bath tub, a small paddling pool or a large bucket.  I have included a link to some colourful sponges to save you some time below. Drop sponges into a tub of water. Have kids take turns using aquarium nets to fish out their favorite sponges. Aquarium nets come in a variety of sizes; have the kids try catching all of the sponges in a big net, or have them try to grab one sponge in a small net. After the party, guests can take sponges home as favours. You can also use these like my ultimate water balloons explained in the video below.

Dory Dash Game from Wonder Kids

Dory's Deep Sea Dash

I love this idea, it's quite a set up but I think the amount of fun the game is will be worth it.  Here's what you'll need - 

  • Pink balloons (around 25)
  • String
  • Sticky tape
  • Pink crepe paper

How To Play

Cut the crepe paper to different lengths to create streamers.

Attach your crepe paper streamers to the end of the balloons so they look like pink jellyfish.

Tie string from one side of the room to the other and hang the balloons from it. Position them close together but at varying heights.

There are a few ways to play this, you could challenge your kids to 'swim' between the jellyfish as quickly as they can without touching any of the streamers. If they brush into one and it moves, they’re out!

You can play this as a race (fastest wins) or encourage each child to try to beat their own time.

I like this idea for kids maybe 6+, Blindfold one of them and put a teddy at the opposite end of the room.  It would be great if you had a Nemo or Dory teddy.  The other children or a parent then has to describe and tell the blindfold person how to get through the jellyfish without touching the tentacles.  Every person gets a try at both directions and being blindfolded.  This game will then go on for ages.

Let me know how you get on with this one, I love the idea of it and can't wait to try it myself.  Come back next week for more great ideas but in the meantime please do take a look at some of our older posts below and use the search bar to see what you can find in our hundreds of ideas.

Finding Nemo/Dory - Photo Booth and Hank

Finding Nemo Birthday Party from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to another month here at Wonder Kids, big, big thank you if you are coming back to us.  The growth of Wonder Kids is really amazing, I update this blog every week with other updates in the Wonder Kids platform coming along at different times of the month too, plus the Wonder Kids magazine is updated everyday.  This is just our first look into some fun with the Finding Nemo/Finding Dory theme make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great ideas.

I can't believe I have never covered just Finding Nemo before in fact I don't think I have much material on Sealife or fish in general so maybe I can explore something similar in the future? For now we'll see what the feedback is like from these ideas, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Loads of firsts for us here at Wonder Kids this month, we are going to start with some free Photo Booth printables for you to have some fun with at home. Maybe you could combine them with this app on iOS to make some cool pics or invites for an upcoming birthday?

Nemo/Dory Photo Booth

First you'll need to construct the props, take a look at the props by clicking on the pictures below.  I prefer to stick them onto BBQ skewers so for speed I have included a link to some below however lollipop sticks work too and you can find them in any craft shop.

What You'll Need

  • A printer
  • Paper
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks
  • Camera

Construct the Props

  • Print the Finding Dory props out
  • Glue the paper to the card - this helps makes the props sturdy
  • Cut around the props following the dotted line 
  • Tape the dull BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks to the middle of the props. Make sure you've allowed for enough stick for little hands to hold the props up
  • Point your camera and have your kids strike their best underwater pose!
  • Note: Be sure an adult removes the sharp end of the BBQ skewer before little fingers begin this craft, or that it’s supervised throughout. 


Make this Hank Craft

This is super easy and kids will love to make it. Start by tracing Hank’s head on red construction paper.  I made it easy and created a template using a Finding Dory coloring sheet. Just click on the picture above for the free template. I printed my template at 181% so his head would take up most of the page, you might need to adjust the percentage based on your own printer. You can free hand draw his head if you’re talented. I’m not but luckily with the template, it’s easy for anyone to make this craft.

What you'll need

  • Red Construction Paper
  • Blue Construction Paper
  • White Construction Paper
  • Red Streamers
  • Hank Template
  • Black Marker
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
Hank from Finding Dory Craft Wonder Kids

I printed a couple of the Hank templates and used them to also make his eyes. It helped make me keep the shape and size more accurate.

Hank Craft Eyes Wonder Kids

I used the template to sort of estimate the location of where to glue on Hank’s eyes. Then I used the  streamer paper to create Hank’s arms. Once I determined a good length (15″-18″), I cut 4 identical pieces and folded them neatly together several times. Cut the streamers in half lengthwise. This will help keep Hank’s 8 arms similar in size.

Hank from finding Dory Wonder Kids

I attached 4 arms to the front side of Hank and 4 arms to his back. I found gluing the streamers going up helped Hank’s arms fluff out (like a 3-D effect) vs lying flat. The final step is drawing an angled straight line for his mouth. Again I used the template as a guide to draw his mouth. 

That's it for this week, see you next week for more great ideas.

Zootopia - Carrots and Carrots

Zootopia Carrot ideas from Wonder Kids

It's here already, February seems to have flown by for me and this is the last of our Zootopia ideas but I have a great craft and a great sweet treat for you too.  The school half term has just finished, make sure you sign up to our FREE email's just to the right of the page and join the thousands of parents that love our ideas.  I send you some really great ideas every school holiday that are easy and inexpensive to try at home.

Carrot Pen Craft Wonder Kids

Carrot Pen Craft

This came about after our foray into the glitter pencils from the Trolls film, I love these super simple ideas that the kids will love to play with for hours.  they will be writing, drawing and talking into it just like Officer Judy does.

Supplies:

  • pen
  • printer paper
  • orange duct tape
  • green duct tape
  • craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • scissors
  • tape
  1. Cut paper lengthwise, into triangular pieces. The widest end should be shorter than the length of the pen that you are covering.
  2. Tape a triangle of paper onto the pen and wrap it tightly around, working your way towards the end of the pen. Tape the end in place.
  3. Tape another triangle of paper onto the pen, a little further up. Wrap it tightly around the pen, securing the end when finished. This should be building up a carrot shape around the pen. Continue attaching paper triangles until you have the desired shape.

4. Cut narrow strips of the orange duct tape.

5. Begin wrapping it tightly onto the pen starting at the bottom (near the writing end). Don't worry if you can't cover all of the paper because of the angle the tape wraps around the pen

6. Continue wrapping the pen in strips of duct tape until all of the paper is covered and you are happy with the coverage of the pen.

7. Cut a square of duct tape and use it to cover the end of the pen.

8. Cut two pieces of green duct tape. Fold them in half lengthwise, sticky sides together. Cut into 3 strips, leaving them all attached at one end.

9. Attach the carrot leaves to the end of the pen using a piece of orange duct tape. Then wrap narrow pieces of orange duct tape tightly around the base of the leaves to give it more of a carrot appearance.


Carrot Treats Wonder Kids

Carrot Treats

Ok these are a little bit of a cheat, but the kids will love them and they are easy to make.  It's a great fun way to get the kids in the kitchen too.  If you want more great ideas for kids the you should check out our Kids Kitchen.

Here is what you'll need - 

  • 4 Rice Krispie Treats
  • 6 oz Orange Candy Melts

Method

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut each treat in half lengthwise, then cut each of them in half diagonally.
  3. Take each piece and insert a toothpick in the flat end and place on prepared sheet.
  4. Place in freezer for to minutes.
  5. Melt orange candy by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  6. Pick up each by toothpick and either dip or spoon melted candy over each “carrot” to cover completely.
  7. Return to sheet.
  8. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  9. Now I have found versions of this that add "edible easter grass" into the hole where the toothpick was but I haven't been able to find such a thing in the UK.  So if you can find some sort of chewy green candy.  Maybe Starburst flattened out with a roller pin and then cut into thin strips. Or you can just use some green card to add the green bits (make sure the kids know not to eat them). Personally I think the carrots are just fine without the greenery added at all.
  10. Take each carrot and carefully remove toothpick. Use the toothpick to enlarge the hole big enough to insert the grass.
Easter Carrots Wonder Kids

Thats it for this week and for our Zootopia ideas.  Before you leave check out the party cups opposite.  I found them in my research for this month and I love them.  They would make for some great pictures at a party, you could even make masks with them too.  Next week we will have a brand new theme to explore so make sure you come back next Tuesday.  If you want to find out what were are doing before everyone else does then make sure you sign up to the e-mail newsletter found at the top right of the page.