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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Right Royal Recreation

Right Royal Recreation from Wonder Kids

Im back! Not for long though I'm afraid, im still working on the studio space, I can't wait to share with everyone what I have created.  With the whole country getting excited about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry (Henry) to Meghan Markle I thought I would come up with a bunch of great ideas for fun at home whilst you have the wedding on the TV or fun you can do before you pop out to one of the many public events going on around the country.  I havent really been following the TV coverage so far ( I don't watch TV) but I bet the coverage is going crazy in the U.S with an American joining the Royal Line.  I have included the current (Correct as of May 2018) Royal Line of Succession below.  I'll be honest it confuses me a little? I think Meghan will now be seventh in line to the throne? which will change if they have any children. Please do correct me in the comments if I have it wrong.

Royal Succession Line Wonder Kids

With all this Royal fun it reminded me of the time that Danny Dyer was on the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? and found out that he is a direct descendant of Kind Edward III, take a look at that clip and then we'll get cracking on with loads of fun activities, keep the kids busy with these great colouring pages during the more boring bits of the TV coverage.

If these only just wet your appetite than maybe trying one of the commercial colouring books available from Amazon? I have linked to one of the ones I like but there are many more at Amazon.com. Lets have a right Royal laugh with the next activity, Royal family masks, have a laugh and assign everyone in the family a different mask. Just click on the mask to print it out, cut it out and either add a stick (skewer) at the chin or elastic attached to the ears.

Royal Paper Chain from Wonder Kids

Now to really get into the celebration mode how about using some red white a blue balloons and pin them up around the house, combined with these great paper chains, super easy to make, all you need is some A4 paper in red white and blue.  You should be able to find coloured A4 paper in your local craft shop, I like hobby craft myself. Cut the paper into strips.  Make a loop with the first strip and either glue, sellotape or staple the loop together.  Take the next strand thread it through the first loop.  Close the second strip into a loop and secure with glue, sellotape or a staple.  Continue this for however long you want your chain to be.  You can also find loads of great decorations and party ware online too like this set from Amazon.

It's time to get crafty, make these super cool crafts with our little Kings, Queens, Princes and Princess's. Here's what you'll need

Crown from Wonder kids
  • Yellow or gold construction paper
  • Split Pin
  • Scissors
  • Glues
  • Scotch tape
  • Red crepe paper (optional)
  • Things to decorate your crown with: sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, glitter glue, puffy paint, tinsel paper, etc.
  1. Cut out a 1½ to 2-inch wide strip of yellow or gold construction paper long enough to go around your head. This piece will be the crown's base so the construction paper should be thick/heavy weight for a sturdy crown.
  2. Glue the ends of the strip together to form a circle. 
  3. Cut out a pair of 1½-inch wide by 10-inch long strips of black or brown construction paper (or a color that best blends with your hair color). 
  4. Glue the first strip across the middle section of the base, spanning the circle's diameter. This strip will define the crown's fit on your head and should follow your head's contour. Try on the crown and adjust the strip's position while the glue hasn't quite set yet.
  5. Position the second strip perpendicular to, and at roughly the same height as the first. Glue the ends in place.
  6. Reinforce each strip's connection to the base with tape. These two strips should be well-anchored since they form the supports or frame for your crown.

Cut out six identical strips of yellow or gold construction paper. Each strip should be 1½ inches wide and 8 inches long.

Curve out the strips on one end and punch a hole near the tip.

Punch a hole at the center of the supports.

Glue the strips from inside the base at the 12 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 8 o'clock, and 10 o'clock positions. Try to glue the strips at the same height along the base.

Cut out a couple of "half-petal" or "hill" shapes from red crepe paper. Glue the base of these crepe paper shapes along the upper edge of the crown's base

Glue the tips of the crepe paper onto the center of the crown supports.

Create a cross-shaped crown topper by cutting out a pair of identical crosses from yellow or gold construction paper. Include a tab or rectangular extention at the base of each cross. Crease along the bottom tab. Glue the crosses together except the bottom tabs. The crosses should be aligned at the edges. Fold out the bottom tabs.

Punch a hole at the center of one bottom tab and insert a round paper fastener.

Insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on one of the crown's six strips.

Simlarly insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on each of the remaining strips so that the tips of all six get tucked neatly under the cross.

Anchor the cross onto the crown by inserting the ends of the paper fastener through the center holes on the supports, easily puncturing the crepe paper cover. Split the ends of the fastener from the inside of the crown. For safety, cover the ends of the paper fastener with tape or with a small piece of paper.

Decorate your crown with sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, gem-style stickers, beads, glitter glue, puffy paint, bits of tinsel paper, and other notions.  Once it's all dried you have an amazing crown to wear with pride.  Not happy with a crown? then how about this cool jesters hat instead.

jester Hat from Wonder Kids

This is super simple, you will need;

  • Yellow/gold card
  • purple card
  • green card
  • scissors
  • sellotape
  • glue

Cut out the templates included below, the headband may need to be adjusted in size to fit the wearer.

Cut out the spikes in alternative colours using the template provided. Normally around 6-8 spikes are needed but this varies depending on the size of the head band. secure the triangles to the inside of the hat using glue or sellotape.

Finally add any decorations that you want, use glue to add the circles, hexagons and stars in the template.


Right Royal Cress Heads Wonder kids

Royal Cress Heads

You will need:
an egg box
2 eggs
colouring pens and paper to decorate
cress seeds
cotton wool

How to make Royal Cress Heads

Carefully crack the tops of your eggs and remove the egg from the shell, wash and dry the egg shell.Fill with a small amount of cotton wool and sprinkle in some cress seeds.Draw faces onto your egg shells and make small paper crowns.Water every day and within 5 days you should have sprouting royalty!


Howe about some super tasty British food? Don't worry the Kids Kitchen is open and has you covered.  Our modern take on the British Traditional Fish and Chips should please everyone. Just click on the picture for the full recipe, a modern shallow fried fish with sweet potato chips. Thats it for now, I will be back as soon as I can.  We are aiming for a summer launch for the Studio Space and then we will continue to tweak and improve it as we go.  Once the Studio Space is open the content should come thick and fast. I can't wait!

Space - Out of this World Crafts

Space crafts and activities from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome back for another great blog post following our theme of space.  This week I am going to share loads of great activities and crafts, kicking off with these great colouring pages, it's been a while since I included any colouring pages so if you like these and would like more just use the search bar above.  If this is your first time visiting our site then please make sure you go to the bottom of this blog post to see our other space related articles or try out the search bar above to search for anything you are interested in we have loads of content waiting for you.

Alka Seltzer Rockets

I included the full details of how to do this on a previous post all about Big Hero 6 which was a film that never broke into the mainstream but we loved it.  Check out the video were we did it in our back garden, then just click the link to find out how to do them and have fun.

Erupting Moon Rocks

This uses our moon dough recipe that you can find here.  Make the moon dough as we have done previously adding water to make sure they are really moist.  Using a squeeze bottle is a good way of keeping control over how much water you are adding.  Be careful, if you add too much the dough will just dissolve (the baking soda will dissolve). Now to turn them into moon rocks, you need to leave them to one side to dry out.  Indoors they will take a long time so you will need to leave them overnight to make sure they have dried out.  If you are doing this on a nice hot sunny day (lucky you in the UK) than a few hours outside in the sun should do the trick.  Once they are solid, you cadd some vinegar into the squeezy bottles, when the kids squeeze some vinegar on the rocks there should be a reaction with the bicarbonate of soda.  Im not sure wether every type of vinegar will work oil the same way, we used white wine vinegar (thats all I had in the cupboard) but that worked, Im pretty sure that cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar will work too.  Not sure about malt vinegar, give it a go and let me know on Facebook.

Erupting Moon Rocks Wonder kids
Space jewellery from Wonder Kids

Space Jewellery

This is lots of fun and super easy to do, we can't wait to give this a try over the summer. Here's what you'll need, I have put all the Amazon links below too so you can save some time.

  • Sculpey Clay in assorted colors (Red, Yellow, Gold, White, Black, Purple, Blue, Green)
  • Skewer
  • Baking Pan
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cord
  • Optional: Extra Star Beads

To make these spacey clay necklaces, you need to first make your Sculpey clay pliable and soft. When you first pull it out of the package it’s slightly hard and rectangular. Just roll the clay around in your hands for it to become pliable and soft. This may be difficult for very small children so you may have to help.  Whenever you look at photos of the various planets in our solar system or of the galaxy, you’ll probably notice all the beautiful, swirling colors. To recreate this effect, roll various colors of clay together to create your beads.

Once you get the colors and effect that you want, roll the clay into balls and push a skewer through them. Cover a baking dish with aluminum foil. Then, bake the beads according to the directions on the package. When you pull your beads out, they’ll be hot. But they’ll soon cool down and you’ll end up with clay beads that are really quite solid. String your planet beads according to the order of the planets around the sun and your galaxy-inspired beads into whatever fun design you’d like. You can also mix in other beads too. Adding the star beads makes for a nice extra touch,  Tie the two ends of cord together and boom you're done.

That's it for this week but we will be back next week for our last Space adventure where I show you some really cool ideas for a space theme birthday party.  If you think about, look back at all the Space posts and related posts below and you are already well on your way to create an amazing Space party so I am looking forward to sharing with you the party ideas I have to add to what we have done so far. See you soon.

Make it Simple - Moon Dough

Moon Dough from Wonder Kids.png

Check out our other Make It Simple recipe for Play Dough below, this is super easy and will keep kids busy for hours. 

Ingredients

  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Glitter ( Black and Silver)
  • Black Food Colouring

Now this isn't an exact science so just try adding two cups of baking soda into a bucket or tray and add a 1/4 cup of water to it, combine with your hands.  If you want more dough add another 2 cups of baking soda followed by 1/4 cup water, this ratio should be about right.

Once you have the quantity you want add a small drop of food colouring and combine, add some glitter and combine. Continue to add small amounts of each until you reach a colour and coinsistency that you are happy with.

Make it Simple - Play Dough

DIY Playdough from Wonder kids

This is super easy to make, you'll never need to buy the store stuff again.  This is a cooked version, there are uncooked versions floating around the net which are great if you want small kids to make it themselves but I think this version is superior with a far better texture and it lasts longer too.

I have also included an amazing shopping list at the bottom of the post which may help and save you time, also I have linked some of our articles that use Play Dough at the bottom too.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
  • Food colouring for any colour you want 
  • You can also add herbs & spices for different aromas, try adding cocoa, cinnamon or ginger. Just make sure the kids don't eat it, I don't think it would harm them but just to be safe.

Method

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.  

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

If the dough is still sticky just cook it longer until it is more of a play dough consistency.

Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves, a big ziplock bag, or plastic wrap at this stage to keep your hands clean- only the concentrated dye will color your skin, so as soon as it's worked in bare hands are fine.Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen color.

When you're done, store your playdough in an air-tight container.
- If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to useability. Once it's dried past a certain point, however, you'll just have to start over; thankfully it's not terribly difficult.
- If it gets soggy, you can re-heat it to drive off the extra water the dough absorbed overnight.  This is usually the result of high humidity, but is fixable!

You can also bake it in the oven to make hard dough figures and ornaments, then paint or otherwise decorate the surface.  

Space - Astronaut Food

Astronaut food from Wonder Kids

It's our second week of Space fun, you'll find some great Astronaut games at the bottom of this article.  This week we are going to look at some great space themed snacks and astronaut food.  Astronaut's need to be super fit and healthy to go into space so we are going to start with these super tasty Astro Croquettes, these are vegan and they can be frozen to save time, make a bunch over the weekend and you have a super easy addition for weekday dinners. Part cook the croquettes that you would like to freeze, allow to cool and freeze on a baking tree, transfer once frozen to food bags for better storage.  Just heat them up and they are ready to go.

Astro Croquettes from Wonder Kids.jpg

Astro Croquettes

Ingredients

  • 300 g mashed potato
  • 100 g cooked peas
  • large bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • 2 tsp ready-chopped garlic / garlic purée
  • 5 tbsp chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • 100 g breadcrumbs or Sweet Chilli Dried Peas blitzed into crumbs
  • plain flour for dusting
  • sunflower oil for frying

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the potato, peas, basil, pine nuts, vegan parmesan/nutritional yeast and garlic.

  2. Tip the chickpea (gram) flour into a shallow bowl and mix to a paste with 5 tbsp water - the mixture should be the consistency of beaten egg, so if it is too thick add a little more water, and if it is too thin, a little more flour.

  3. Tip the breadcrumbs or crushed dried peas into another shallow bowl.

  4. Flour a clean work surface, then take a quarter of the mashed potato mixture and roll it into a long sausage shape. Cut the 'sausage' into four equal lengths, then repeat with the remaining potato mixture.

  5. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan or saucepan - it should be about half a centimetre deep. Take each croquette, dip it first in gram flour mixture, then into breadcrumbs (it is easiest to do this with two forks), rolling it around until fully coated. Place into the oil and repeat until you have 4 or 5 frying at once (don't overload the pan), turning occasionally until they are golden brown all over.

  6. Remove from the pan and place on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil, and repeat until all the croquettes are cooked. They can be eaten straight away, or refrigerated and reheated in the oven when needed.

For that extra special touch use these dried peas for the breadcrumbs, loads of different flavours available and they're vegan too.

These are super tasty, a must try but how about something much easier, I have included before Rocket Sandwiches as part of a kids bento lunch, so how about some star sandwiches for their bento lunch too, all you need are some star cookie cutters.

Without a doubt I find that kids love most fruit, so how about these super cool Alien fruit cups.  Fill with pretty much any fruit you like, two marshmallows for eyes and just draw a face on the cup. try mixing up the fruit, use different coloured grapes, raspberries with blackberries. Share your creations on my FB page.

Galaxy Bark from Wonder kids

Galaxy Bark

This is a very naughty treat, but I think it's needed every now and again.  You won't believe just how super easy this is to make. Lets go.  I have included at the end of this recipe an Amazon shopping list of almost everything you will need to save you time.

Ingredients

  • 10oz Black, purple or dark cocoa Candy melts
  • 1 cup Purple Candy melts
  • 1 cup Blue Candy Melts
  • Wilton Glitter Stars
  • Wilton Pearl Dust

Method

Melt the candy melts in individual bowls, one at a time the microwave in 30 second increments, be careful not to over cook them, you want them just melted. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (greaseproof paper) and pour the black/purple or dark cocoa candy melt over the tray.  The pic looks more purple but when it hardens it turned more black.

Black Candy melt Wonder Kids

Drizzle blue and purple candy melt over the darker colour, then using a butter knife you need to swirl and swish these colours around to look like galaxy's.

Sprinkle over the glitter stars and stick it in the fridge for 15-20minutes to harden.  The stars and pearl dust are edible so they are not just there to look great.  Once it is solid, remove from the fridge and add the final touch of the pearl duct brushed over.  make sure the paint Bruch is really clean.

Galaxy Bark Wonder kids
Galaxy Bark Wonder Kids

Thats it for another week, but before you go anywhere you may be interest in some of our related blog posts below.  Make sure you come back next Tuesday for some great Space themed crafts that the kids are going to love.