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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  

Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Food

fairy Party Food from Wonder Kids

This is our second addition to the Fairies re-mix, every few months I take one of our older blog posts and look at how we can improve and add to the content we already have.  Fairies is one of those topics that never goes out of favour much like Pirates there are peaks and valleys in their popularity but there is always love for Fairies.  I think in hindsight I really didn't explore enough with Fairies back in 2015 so here we are two years later adding some great new ideas just for you.

This edition we are going to look at having fun with Fairy food, I have tried to keep a balance between treats and healthy snacks but I will say this now some of these treats should be consumed sparingly.


Fairy Fizz from Wonder Kids

Fairy Fizz

The first couple of ideas are super simple, so there are no excuses for not giving these a go.  This simple but delicious drink.  Mix equal amounts of pink lemonade and 7up, serve over ice.  This is great summer drink.

Magic Fruit Wands

Use a cookie cutter to cut star shapes out of water melon slices.  This is where the kids can help, with a skewer thread on grapes and a strawberry for each wand, top it off with the watermelon star. Delicious and fun.

Sweet Toadstool's

Similare to the fruit wands this is super simple. Use large Marshmallow's threaded onto a cake pop stick and topped with a strawberry for a really cute fairy toadstool that tastes great.


OK are you ready to get a little more complicated? The ideas above are great simple ideas that kids and fairy fans will love, but we can take this to the next level.

Fairy Wand Cookies from Wonder Kids

Fairy Wand Cookies

You'll Need

  • Cookies made using your favourite recipe or you can our one
  • Before baking cut the cookie's into star shapes using a star cookie cutter.
  • Royal Icing, you can't go wrong with Mary Berry's recipe here.
  • Gel food coloring in two colors
  • Long lollipop sticks
  • Rainbow dust
  • Icing bags or bottles
  • Toothpicks

Start by turning your cookie recipe into star-shaped cookie pops. Bake as needed and allow to cool.  Use gel food coloring to dye your royal icing two colors of your choice. I used light purple and light pink. Water down your icing to a 10 to 12-count consistency and then load each color into a separate piping bag or bottle. Pipe a border around the edge of a star cookie. Immediately fill the entire cookie surface with icing in the same color as the border.

While the icing is still wet, add dots in a different color around the outer edge. Run a toothpick, scribe through the dots in one continual motion around the entire edge of the cookie. While the icing is still wet, sprinkle the surface with rainbow dust. To ensure that I don’t overdo it, I like to dip a food safe paint brush into the disco dust, hold it above my cookie, and tap it with my finger. This method gives my cookies a light dusting of disco dust with plenty of noticeable sparkle.


Fairy Freakshake from Wonder Kids

Fairy Freakshake

Yes you read that title correctly, I had never heard of a freakshake before doing the research for this but they are a "thing", google them and you will find some incredible creations.  This is what I meant about enjoying them sparingly.

Ingredients 

  • 2 pints of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 and half cups of candy floss plus more for garnish
  • half a cup of cold milk, more may need to be added
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • melted white chocolate
  • sprinkles

How to Make

To rim the glass with sprinkles, first dip the glass into melted white chocolate and then roll into sprinkles.  Place the glasses in the freezer for the rim to set.

In a blender combine the milk, candy floss, vanilla extract and ice cream. Blend until smooth and serve immediately topped with candy floss garnish.

Thats it for this update but check out more great updates by using the button below or you can use the search bar at the top of the page to find some other great ideas.  I have also included some of our other recent posts below too.

Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Houses

Tinkerbell & Fairies from Wonder Kids

I really enjoy re-visiting my old blog posts and seeing how I can improve them.  This is the first in a series of posts exploring how we can have even more fun with Tinkerbell and all the other fairies. I loved putting together a fairy House two years ago with my daughter, she loved it too and our cat Misty also seemed to love.  Over the past two years our cat has slowly destroyed our previous Fairy house.  This summer I want to make a brand new Fairy house, bigger and better than anything we did before so lets see how much fun we can have now.

Fairy Garden from Wonder Kids

This was the fairy garden we made back in 2015 it has since been destroyed by our cat but here you go with the details of how to build this super simple fairy garden.  I will then share some more up to date designs and some accessories you can add to your garden to make them even more awesome.

What you'll need:

  • Moss
  • Flowers
  • shells/rocks
  • Saucer
  • Bird Houses
  • Large Planter
  • Compost
  • Small picket fence (optional)

Most of this should be available from your local garden centre. Firstly you'll probably need to paint the bird house's, this is a great activity for the kids. Then once they are dry, lay out how you want your fairy garden to look.  The get to planting the plants and embedding the houses in the dirt (so they don't fall over.  You could always put some rocks inside the house to make sure it stays vertical. And your all done, easy huh? you can even go out in the evening and sprinkle some glitter over it to show the kids in the morning like a real fairy had been in the house.


Next level Houses

Ok so here we go with some next level ideas, the above idea is very simple beginner type design. In my research for this new post I found this quick video from B&Q which again is quite a simple build with some really cool additions.

Adding a bonsai tree is a really nice touch that I didn't think of originally, I love bonsai tress and have one myself so this may be something I try in the future. The inspiration below reminds me of something from the shire where a Hobbit may live.

Bonsai fairy Garden

Having more space would really help to make a more elaborate fairy garden so I found the garden below online.  It looks like it may be built inside of a bird feeder which is a fantastic idea to make a feature in your garden from.

Large fairy garden Wayne Wonder

In our original garden we used bird houses and painted them in bright colours but this time I would like to go with a more natural woodland look. So you could still use birdhouse as a starting point, adding moss, twigs, cork and other materials to make something that feels more authentic.

No need to shell out loads on bird houses, check out this simple build just using some drink cartons.  make sure you use the nice big cartoons you get for milk, orange juice etc.

Eco build fairy house Wonder Kids

First cut openings for the door and windows. Then trim the sticks down to size with the pruning shears. After that, glue the sticks and leaves to the carton.

We took a break and let the houses dry overnight. They might have been ready sooner than that, but the kid only had so much focus power for gluing a bunch of sticks. I didn’t want him to lose interest, so we put it aside. Sometimes you just can’t rush a child artist!

You don't need to cover all the sides of the house with sticks you can opt for ivy leaves to cover the walls. The roof was topped with bark–the sloped roof was a tricky surface, so we pulled out the hot glue gun for immediate results. maybe using pebbles for the roof?

Once the house was dry we came back and added more glue between the sticks and anywhere the box was still exposed. Then we sprinkled sand on the glue and brushed off the excess with an old paint brush. The result looks like grout, but without the hassle. We put it aside again to dry.

After the fairy house is completed you can set up next to some potted plants or put it out in the garden. If you do display it outside, you might want to put some rocks inside to weigh it down. The fairies need some place to sit, after all.


Accessories

Now to make your fairy garden awesome and not just cute you need to accessorise, keep adding more accessories until everyones jaws drop.  I like the use of a lego tyre from the B&Q video above.  I think it would be quite simple to make some great accessorise just by using some broken twigs you can find in the woods.  Check out the entire playground made from small twigs. I love the addition of small food being added to tables or creating a picnic area.  This small food is a huge craft at the moment.  I believe it started in Japan and quickly became a world wide phenomenon.  

I have a very talented friend that makes a wide range of small food accessories you can purchase on Etsy, check out her work below and just click on any of the pictures to visit her Etsy store. I love the Sushi, do fairies like sushi?

Last but not least I wanted to show something super simple that you can make with just a bit of hot glue.  Using lollipop sticks check out the bench below for your fairy.  Im picturing it with a cork table next to it, maybe with a small slice of cake sitting on the table from the Etsy store above?   For this simple build I would paint the sticks first and let them dry, then just start gluing the sticks together, allowing them to dry in stages so that it doesn't all collapse.

Thats it for this folks but you can click here for loads more Fairy fun.

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Dennis The Menace - Granny

More Aprils fools pranks from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our final instalment of Aprils fools gags.  I hope you have had a good laugh trying these out, lets crack on with the final three gags.  make sure you come back next week for a brand new theme, we are going back to games, crafts and activities you can try from home.

Frozen Milk Gag from Wonder Kids

Frozen Milk

combine this with the crazy wake gag from last week and it would be a great way to start April fools day. Make a small bowl of your kids favourite cereal at night and put it in the freezer to freeze over night.  In the morning add a splash or two of normal milk on top so the it looks like a fresh bowl of cereal and then sit back and watch the reaction as they tuck in.


Doughnut Seeds

This is a great idea for the kids packed lunch. Click here for the free printable seed pack.  Fill it with Cherios and the kids will get a great reaction at school.

Doughnut Seeds prank from Wonder Kids

Chocolate Grapes

This is a two for one and more great opportunities to mess with the kids lunch.  I recently tried this prank as well as some others on a good friend Captain Calamity, check out the video below to see how they went down.

Broccoli lollipops, steam some florets of broccolis to soften them a little you won't need to steam them for long.  get your self some lollipop sticks, I have included a link opposite to save you time.  just insert the stick into the broccoli and wrap with a coloured napkin and leave it as a treat in their lunch box.

Fake mini eggs, this could also work for the kids lunch box but I prefer to take the time to make loads of these up, carefully unwrap the chocolate and wrap a grape in the foil instead.  Place them all n a bowl and leave the bowl somewhere the kids will spot it.  On the top in the kitchen or maybe the desk in their bedroom.  I've also tried this one on my daughter and it was hilarious.

That's it for this week and for the gags at the moment, but check out some of our older posts below and make sure you come back next week for a brand new theme.

Dennis The Menace - Walter

Dennie the Menace week 3 pranks

Welcome to week three of our month of Pranks! April is going to be a month of pranks here at Wonder Kids.  Make sure you check out the first two weeks below as well.  If this is your first time visiting us, thanks for clicking.  I wanted to make sure you all know that we have hundreds of great simple craft ideas, games and fun you can try from home.  It's all free so try using the search bar above for your kids favourite film or character's. Alternatively you can see our older posts by scrolling down.

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Wayne Wonder is launching a range of Party Box kits, it's a complete party in a box.  Wayne Wonder walks you through step by step how to put on an amazingly creative party for a small group of children, no more than 15 children.  Each kit contains Tableware, decorations, games equipment, prizes, party bags, invitations and loads more.  Click on the Minecraft edition to find out more.


Paper Cup Prank

This one is self explanatory but just up turn a paper cup on your Childs desk or I the bedroom and write a message like the one on the picture.

Paper Cup prank from Wonder Kids

Bieber-ize the kids room

Now this works if your kid hates Bieber? if not swap it for another character/personality. Imagine posting pictures of Princess Elsa all over a boys room or Luke Skywalker all over little Imogen's room for when they get back from school.  

Bieber-ize Prank from Wonder Kids

Crazy Wake Up Prank from Wonder kids

Crazy Wake Up

Here is one for the brave.  When the kids wake up in the morning, you need to be already up and ready dressed as crazy as you can! Hold on it gets worse, then do the school run in the same crazy outfit.  Try and get some friends to do it too and the kids will see how amazing this prank is when they get to school.  I did say this one is for the brave, if you have what it takes to pull this one off I would love to see some pictures on my Facebook Page which is at the top of the page just to the right.


Thats it for this week, but make sure you come back next week for even more great pranks that would make Dennis the Menace proud.  Let us know if you tried any of our pranks so far and how they went.