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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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Unicorns - Lunch Time

Unicron Snacks from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to a brand new week of Unicorn themed fun.  We have already explored crafts and games this month but don't worry I have included links to both of those below.  This week we are going to look at some brilliant Unicorn snacks, these are great for lunch box items, birthday party food or just something fun to do at home when you don't want to go out or maybe when you're stuck in waiting for a delivery.

Before we get into this weeks Unicorn ideas I have some very exciting news! My second new character of 2018 has arrived and will start to feature in shows very soon. She's a Unicorn and I had no idea what to name her so I turned to my lovely Facebook fans and ran a competition to win a Free one hour Wayne Wonder Party worth £150.00! if you can come up with a great name.  I have had loads of entries and some brilliant names, some of my favourite are listed below but there were far too many to mention.  Thank you so much everyone for entering I will be doing more competitions and deals solely for my Facebook Page in the future so please do make sure you smash that like button.  I also run regular deals and discounts for my newsletter subscribers too so you can subscribe to them below too.

  • Marshmallow
  • Starlight
  • Bella
  • Harmony
  • Glitter Puff
  • Twinkles
  • Fluffle
  • Rainbow Sparkle Farts

The Winner is........

Dazzle - Well done to the winner, I have contacted you already, you have won a FREE one hour Wayne Wonder Party Extravaganza!

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Unicorn Banana Bread from Wonder Kids

Lets kick this off with Banana Bread. I love Banana Bread so any excuse to make more and Im up for it.  This is also great to make ahead and freeze the entire loaf, you can freeze it for up to three months.  When you are ready to use it, just thaw overnight in the fridge and then leave out on the the counter top to come up to room temperature before serving.

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

Vanilla Icing:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles, for topping
Wonder Kids Banana Bread

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

STEP 1: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

STEP 2: In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined.

STEP 3: Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.

STEP 4: Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!

STEP 5: Fold in sprinkles.

STEP 6: Pour banana bread mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350F and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pan.

MAKE VANILLA ICING:

STEP 7: In a large bowl, beat together the butter with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

STEP 8: Fill a zip-lock bag with vanilla icing, lock it shut and snip off a corner of the bag. Ice top of bread and sprinkle with additional sprinkles.

NOTES:

*STORE: Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Rainbow Sandwiches from Wonder Kids

Rainbow Sandwiches

Ingredients
• 4 carrots
• 2 large handfuls of spinach
• 100g frozen peas
• 2 cooked beetroots
• 150g cream cheese or soft goat cheese
• 4 slices wholemeal bread (pick a good quality bread with minimal added ingredients, or if you have time make the Organix homemade bread recipe)

Method

1. Peel the carrot and slice into discs. Steam for approx. 20 minutes until tender. Add the spinach leaves and peas to the steamer for another 2 minutes (you can boil the vegetables instead if you prefer).
2. Drain the veg and allow to cool.
3. Create 3 different coloured spreads. Blend one third of the soft cheese with the carrots for an orange spread, then place into a storage pot. Blend a third with the spinach and peas for a green spread, then finally a third with the cooked beetroot. Place them straight into the fridge to firm up. Use either a high speed blender or stick blender, whichever you prefer.
4. Once firm, spread 3 slices of bread, one with each colour spread. Place the slices on top of each other with the spread face up, creating a sandwich, adding the plain slice on top. Carefully cut the sandwich into little squares, triangles or any shape you like, great for your little one to grab hold of.

Serving suggestions

These spreads can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a couple of days, or frozen for a month. You can also remove the crusts to see the colours all the way around the edge. Great for parties, lunchboxes and picnics.

You can also add fresh herbs to the green spread, such as basil to add an interesting flavour, and some grated parmesan for a more cheesy flavour. Why not experiment with other vegetables, using roasted carrots rather than steamed gives a different flavour to the orange spread.


Unicorn Lunch box from Wonder Kids

If you liked the rainbow Sandwiches how about combining them into an entire Rainbow Lunch? This is a Bento style lunch box which is something I love and have mentioned before on this blog, just search for the term "Bento" and see what comes up.  It's a Japanese style of packing a lunch box so that all the ingredients are in correct proportions and you get a nice blend of colours whilst also being practical in that the ingredients are filled in a way that everything holds together.

Start by cutting out the bread into a Unicorn shape, use a cutter like the one I have found below, you can fill this with whatever you want but a rainbow Sandwich would be brilliant.  Set this aside and continue with the rest of the lunch box. This cutter can also be used for making Unicorn Biscuits and how about Unicorn Water melon slices?

Lay the rainbow veggies out in the bottom of the largest compartment in your lunch box. I arranged mine in colour order – purple carrots, red pepper sticks, orange carrots, yellow baby corn and green cucumber. Lay the rainbow fruit out in one of the smaller lunch box compartments. I arranged mine in the following order; red grapes, strawberry slices, green grapes and blueberries. Fill another compartment with a plain popcorn ‘cloud’. Finish the lunch off with a couple of gold coin for a treat (optional).


Unicorn Salsa from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Salsa

This is super simple, tasty and healthy too! Anything Unicorn needs to be super colourful so it's time to raid the cupboard and fridge and see what you have for the different colours.  You can mix things up with different coloured peppers and different types of beans etc.

Here is what I had to use

  • Red: roma tomatoes and red bell peppers
  • Orange: orange bell peppers
  • Yellow: corn and yellow bell peppers
  • Green: jalapeno and fresh coriander
  • “Blue”: black beans (eh, close enough)
  • Purple: red onion

You will also need the juice of a lime too.  Try adding some Avocado chunks and maybe try heating up some corn on the cob on a griddle pan until it starts to blacken.  Run a knife down the cob to release the corn kernels.  This adds a great smokey flavour to the salsa instead of using a can of sweetcorn. Enjoy this with some tortilla chips and you have a great lunchtime snack.


All of these great snack ideas is making me thirsty so how about some Unicorn Lemonade, maybe we should call this something like a Unicorn Tears Drink? That gives me an idea for next week, make sure you come back next Tuesday for another week of great Unicorn fun and check out the posts at the bottom of this post for more Unicorn theme fun.

Unicorn Tears Drink from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Tears Drink

This really couldn't be simpler, so I have added some extra little touches to take this idea over the top but for the actual drink, you'll make it in no time at all really and the kids can help you make it too.

To Start With you'll need:

  • Pink Food Colouring
  • Purple Food Colouring
  • Blue/Teal Food Colouring
  • 3 cups of water

Divide the cups of water so that you mix one cup of pink, one cup of purple and one cup of blue water.  Always start with a small amount of food colouring so you can add more if needed. You want nice bright colours.

Fill Ice cube trays with the coloured waters, try to make sure they stay separate, so maybe use a different ice cube tray for each colour.  You will need lots of ice in every drink so you may need to make extra cubes.

Now whilst they are freezing you can pop to the shops and get the best Lemonade you can buy, it can be fizzy or more of a classic cloudy lemonade whichever you prefer.

To make the drink fill the glass with as much of the coloured ice as possible, to to add the cubes in layers of the different colours.  Pour over the lemonade and watch the magic, as the ice melts the drink should blend and change colour whilst retaining the great lemonade taste.  Add a slice of lemon on top and try the extra touches below to take it over the top.

Extra Touches

Use corn syrup, poured onto a plate and before you make the drinks but after the ice cubes are in the freezer.  Place the glass mouth down onto the corn syrup and roll it around so the rim of the glass is covered.  Now roll the rim through a plate of sprinkles (hundreds and thousands), put in the fridge to chill and solidify.

See if you can find a rainbow decorated glass or tumbler and a unicorn straw, it's all in the presentation and these touches will take it to the next level.  I have added some links below for what I could find.

Unicorns - Magical Games

Unicorn Games from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our second week of Unicorn fun, this week I am going to show you some great Unicorn games, these will work great for birthday party games or for just some fun at the weekend or during the school holidays.

Lets kick it off with this great treasure hunt, it's a free download, so just click on it and print it off.  You can laminate it and use dry wipe markers to make them re-usable.  Alternatively print them off, one for each player, put it on a clipboard and the kids need to colour the star in for each item they find.  I have included some super cool Unicorn clipboards below if you want to go full theme.

There are ten items to find, I have purposely made them as ambiguous as I could so that you can have some fun with them.  

  1. Something Magical - could be a wand, fairy wand, glitter, potion etc
  2. Soft toy - could literallybe any soft toy
  3. Rainbow - Any multicoloured item, I have included some below
  4. Something Purple - Anything purple
  5. Star - Anything star shaped, or a picture of a star, a star made from kitchen foil
  6. A horn - an Ice cream cone or a bicycle horn
  7. Pink Clothing - Uh yea
  8. A Gem - Anything shines really, raid the pound shops, I have included a pack of plastic gems below
  9. Something that Rhymes with Unicorn - I love this one, I would just go silly with Poo-nicorn and the like, a fake poo or Unicorn Poo slime like I showed you last week.
  10. A flower - depending on the time of year this could be real or fake

Something I have started to do with these new blog posts is have a little search and go back through my previous blog posts to see if anything from them can be fitted into this theme, well this time I found a couple of things that may just work, firstly its part of my Knights and Knaves fun I found these great Horses you can make out of a pool noodle.  Super easy to make with a folded over pool noodle and some felt.  You can do Unicorn races, maybe around obstacles if you turn these horses into Unicorns by adding some cute eyes and use some fab foam to make a horn on top of the head. The other Idea that can be adjusted is the great game of Junk in the Trunk from part of my Sleepover ideas.  It's an hilarious game, just add some ribbon for a tail on the box and have the kids wear a cute unicorn horn hairband and you have another quick easy and fun game.


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Oreo Unicorn 

Separate the kids into pairs, give each team a stack of Oreo biscuits.  One member from each pair kneels on the floor with their head up facing the sky.  The other team member then has to stack as many Oreos as they can on their head.  Time them for this game and only give them a Minute or so. If the stack falls over they have to start over but the time keeps counting down.  The winning team is the one with the tallest stack.


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Hula Unicorn Toss

Hula Unicorn Toss

You need some space for this games, you'll need one or more traffic cones, I have included some below to save some time.  And a selection of hula hoops.  First thing to do is prepare the cone.  Use spray paint to make it look more Unicorn horn like.  You can find loads of different types of spray paint these days, you can get spray paint that finishes with a rock looking effect which would turn this game into a Rhino horn toss? but you can get metallic paints, glitter paints or just spray a mix of complimenting colours like in the picture opposite. Now set the distance that the kids stand away and they through the big hula hoops at the cone/s and try to get as many as they can over the hoops.  Trust me this game is a tough one so maybe if you can have multiple cones and hoops you can set one closer and then others further away.  They get 2 points for the first one then, 3, 5, 10 etc.  You can keep track of the score on your smartphone.  The person with the biggest score wins.

That's it for this week, my fav games are the last two, I think the kids will love those two.  Check out the related posts below before you go and remember to come back next Tuesday for more Unicorn fun where we are going to explore how to make a Unicorn Lunch.


Unicorns - Magical Crafts

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Welcome to a brand new month and a brand new theme.  I have been super busy working on new material for my magic shows, now we are firmly in the Summer season the shows have really picked up. I have just added my first brand new character of 2018 in my shows.  Meet Gully, he is the worlds only Surfboarding Seagull.  He is going to be a whole bunch of fun and I think people are just going to love the next character I add to the shows. This month we are going to try and have some fun with Unicorns.  If you are a new reader than you should know that I write almost everyday, at least a little but I post something new every Tuesday.  There are five weeks this month so we have five opportunities to explore Unicorn fun. Lets kick things off with some Unicorn colouring pages, I haven't done colouring pages for a while so I thought it would be a good idea to try it again.


Unicorn Dreamcatchers Wonder Kids

Unicorn Dreamcatchers

Following on from the success of our BFG Dream Catchers that I published whilst covering Roald Dahl, this one take it a step further but they are stunning and I can see many kids loving having one of these in their rooms. 

Materials

  • 6″ Embroidery Hoops
  • Yarn and ribbon of various textures and colors
  • Hot glue
  • Felt (stiff white and light pink)
  • Decorative craft flowers
  • Glitter paper
  • Scissors

How to 

  • Step 1. Wrap yarn around your embroidery hoop and secure with a dab of hot glue when you’re done.

  • Step 2. Tie yarn around one end the hoop and then tie around the hoop, crisscrossing yarn tightly. Tie off the yarn when you are done.

  • Step 3. Cut out felt outer white ears and inner pink ears. Use a stiffer white felt for the outer ears so they stick up. Hot glue the inner pink ears to the white ears.

  • Step 4. Cut out a paper horn shape from your glitter paper.

  • Step 5. Cut out lengths of various colored yarns and ribbons for your hangings (cut as long as you want the yarn to hang, but keep in mind they will be folded over to make a loop)

  • Step 6. Determine how you want to arrange your flower pattern.

  • Step 7. Assemble your unicorn dreamcatcher! Hot glue your glitter horn, flowers, and ears to your hoop.

    Step 8. Loop your yarn hangings through the embroidery hoop


Now you're  starting to get in the Unicorn mood, lets find our what your Unicorn name is, mine is Windy Sparkle Gem.  You can print this off, frame it and use it to welcome guests at a birthday party.  


Unicorn Bingo from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Bingo

Another super simple idea that the kids will want to play over and over again. Just click on the pic opposite for the free Unicorn Bingo print out.

How to play!

Bingo is a classic party game that most people know how to play. But just in case, here’s a quick recap!

  1. Start by cutting up one unicorn bingo card. Fold up each square and put them all in a bowl for the bingo caller.

  2. Give a bingo card and a pen/pencil to each player.

  3. One at a time, the bingo caller picks a card out of the bowl and describes the picture.

  4. If you’ve got that picture on your bingo card, cross it off.

  5. The first player to cross out a whole row (horizontal, diagonal or vertical) shouts BINGO! and wins a prize.

Make sure you have plenty of Unicorn themed prizes so that the kids can play more than once, I have found some great prizes and included them below to save you time.


Unicorn poo Slime from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Poo Slime

I've made slime before for my last Halloween Show, that recipe is a super safe recipe which I used to get splatted in my face. 

This recipe is different! It contains two active ingredients shaving foam and Borax, once you have made it you need to play with it straight away.  You can be allergic to both of these ingredients and you should NEVER consume these ingredients so no fingers in mouths.  This may not be suitable for very small children.

 Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white glue

  • 1/2 cup foaming shaving cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon borax powder 

  • 1 cup water

  • Blue, pink and yellow neon food coloring

 

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix glue and shaving cream with a spoon.

  2. In a separate bowl or cup, mix 1/2 teaspoon of borax in 1 cup of water. Stir until the borax is dissolved. (To speed up this process, place mixture in a glass cup and microwave for 30-60 seconds.)

  3. Add about a teaspoon of the borax and water mixture into the glue/shaving cream bowl and stir.

  4. Knead with your hands and if it's too sticky, add a tiny bit more borax and water mixture.

  5. Once your fluffy slime recipe is ready. Separate into three pieces.

  6. Add a drop of blue food coloring to the first piece of slime and knead until the entire piece is blue.

  7. Repeat with the other two pieces of slime by adding one drop of pink and one drop of yellow to them.

  8. When all three pieces are colored, add them together.

  9. Gently knead the fluffy slime until you have a pretty mixture of the rainbow.

  10. The longer you knead this slime, the more the colors will become one.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer not to use Borax to activate the slime, try to substitute with saline solution or laundry detergent. If you don't use Borax, do not use water and you may need to add baking soda to thicken the slime.

Thats it for this week, make sure you come back next week for more great Unicorn fun, we are going to delving deeper into great unicorn party games.

Dublin to Cork 2018

Ireland Holiday Planning for families

It's been a fantastic month but also a very busy month, I touch on this a little in my last post The Complete Guide to Fathers Day 2018.  We have not long go back to a visit to Ireland where I was doing some shows but I also took my family with me and I think in total we had about 48hrs in Ireland to have fun. So I thought it would be great to mention a few things that we got to do and some things that you really shouldn't miss.  

Now before we kick off we can't do this without that little Wonder kids touch so I will also include a couple of great activities to get you in the Irish mood.  I have also included all the related posts at the bottom of this article.

We'll kick this off in Dublin, which is a brilliant city with so much you can do this is by far not a complete list of activities.  We started our trip at Butlers Chocolate and a tour of the famous Irish chocolate factory.  This was a big hit with our daughter.  They have two time slots for the tour, due to ferry travel times we had to take the afternoon tour which I'll be honest for me was a little disappointing.  The factory was cleaning down and packing away for the day which meant we didn't get to see any chocolates being made.  We did get lots of tasty samples and we saw some trays of ready made chocolates.  The biggest highlight of this tour is having a go at decorating your chocolates.  I have included some pics of our attempts below. Can you guess which one is mine?

Next on our list was Grafton Street, this was only because our daughter had heard it on an Ed Sheeran song.  It's like the main high street in Dublin with street performers up and down the street.  Some great shops and places to eat here, at the top of the street is St Stephens Green Shopping Centre which was great and some good entertainment too.  However just off of Grafton Street is Wicklow Street were you can find Murphy's Ice Cream.  Their ice cream is all handmade in Dingle and is delicious.  I highly recommend the Brown Bread Flavour and the Sea Salt flavour, in fact just try all of them.

We have one more daytime activity that we were able to try and then we'll move onto nightlife in Dublin.  We just about had time to visit Dublin Zoo. You know if you've been to one zoo you've been to them all.  They have the same animals that most big zoo's have access too but it's always interesting and Dublin Zoo is a very nice zoo.  We managed to get to see some talks and feeding sessions too.  It's a lovely option to have available to keep the kids happy.  Now what was really surprising about the zoo is that it's located in Phoenix Park.  I had heard of this park before we left, apparently there are wild deer that you can see.  Now this park is beautiful and it has hundreds of free parking spaces available too.  This is incredible for a massive park in a city, you can park your car for FREE! (wake up London) We didn't really have time to explore Phoenix Park and it's something we would go back to when we return.

Wonder Kids Dublin to Cork

Nightlife time, now Dublin is legendary for it's nightlife and I think if you are jut a group of adults than you are spoilt for choice for places to go.  However we are looking at a family break in Dublin.  What can you do with the kids in Dublin in the evening? I would love to hear from anyone that has any great ideas as we would love to go back at some point. Here is what we did, we visited Temple Bar which is just great and very lively, we popped into the actual Temple Bar, really just so my daughter could experience the live music.  We stayed for one set of music with a great Irish band playing. There are no shortage of places to visit around here and loads of live music too.  It's not all that child friendly which is why we left after one set and boy does it get busy.  We were packed in like sardines and you can't really move at all.  I have a feeling that it's like this most nights.  

Wonder kids Dublin to Cork

The night in Dublin we enjoyed the most was when we booked to go and see the Celtic Nights show in the Arlington Hotel. This show is a three course traditional Irish meal whilst you watch live music and Irish dancers.  It runs 7 days a week and we loved it.  My daughter is 8yrs old, she loved the food and the dancers.  She wasn't too keen on the music but she has time to come round to it.  I don't want to spoil the show but the food was great and the show is very energetic (wait for the brooms to come out) and I thought the whole thing was brilliant and good value for money.  Below is a quick list of things to do and check out in Dublin, we are going to have some Irish fun next and then move onto Cork and what we found there.

Top Tips in Dublin

  • Butlers Chocolate Factory Tour

  • Baggot Court Town House Hotel

  • Murphy's Ice Cream

  • Dublin Zoo

  • Botanical Gardens

  • Phoenix Park

  • Temple Bar

  • Celtic Nights Show Arlington Hotel


St Patricks Joke Teller

Do you remember these from primary school, normally to tell the future, who you would marry or what job you would have etc.  This one tells St Patricks day jokes. just click on the pic for the free download. Cut it out, fold it up and play.


Wonder Kids Wear it Green Game

Wear it Green Game

This is a super fun and fast game.  You will need loads of green clothes, it doesn't matter what, it could be gloves socks, t-shirts, dresses.  Anything and everything green you have.  You can always raid charity shops for green clothes on the cheap too.  Set up two piles or two wash bins filled with the same number of green clothing.  I think 5-7 items in each bin is perfect.  Now if you have two players they need to run up to the bins and put on one item of clothing and then race back to the beginning.  The first person to go back and fourth and wear all items from the bin is the winner.  

Variations

Instead of just running they could hop on one leg or leap like a frog, belly crawl, forward roll etc.  

Relay race - set up two teams of three or more people and play the game as above, when the first player returns they tag the next player to hop or leap up to the bin and put on a piece of clothing.  Now for this you want at least two items of clothing per player.  

How about using this music whilst everyone is racing?


Irish Soda Bread

Wonder Kids Soda Bread

The kids kitchen brings you another great recipe idea here, make sure you check out the Kids Kitchen recipes for some great affordable fun in the kitchen, click on the pic opposite.

Any bread is great to make with kids so why not get in the kitchen and make this super tasty soda bread which to me is more of a cake consistancy rather than a normal bread texture.

Here is what you will need to make this tasty bread - 

Kids Kitchen Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar + 1/2 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup of butter milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter for brushing on top
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
 
Wonder Kids Soda Bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease baking sheet.

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and softened butter. Mix in the buttermilk and egg until dough starts to form, then fold in raisins. If dough is still crumbly, add a splash of buttermilk until it comes together.

  3. Knead dough on a floured surface. Form into a round loaf.

  4. Brush the top of the loaf with 1/4 cup of melted butter then sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of sugar on top.

  5. Cut an X into the top of the loaf using a sharp knife.

  6. Bake for 1 hour. Test to see if it is done by inserting a toothpick into the center and checking to see that it comes out clean. If the loaf is too thick, the center might take longer to bake. Simply place some foil over the top of the loaf and continue baking until done.

Kids Kitchen Soda Bread

Wonder kids Dublin to Cork

Visiting Cork

We only spent a few hours in Cork really, we stayed in the Clayton Hotel which is a lovely 4 star hotel geared towards the corporate market.  We got a special offer to stay here and then upon arrival our room got upgraded to a suite. Nothing like the luck of the Irish.  It was a beautiful room to stay in.  We went and had a good walk around the centre of cork and we visited the famous English Market, this is a lovely market, we did spend a few euro's and there are plenty of places to eat here too.  I think really if you are staying nearby self catering or you are staying with friends then. this would be a great place to shop for some really good Irish ingredients to cook with.  The real reason for us visiting Cork was that it is near to Blarney Castle.

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Blarney Castle was superb and I would really recommend a visit there, you can go and kiss the Blarney Stone and walk around the grounds.  The grounds are amazing with waterfalls, fairy gardens, a witch, neolithic stone circles, great views and even a poison garden!  Something we didn't realise was how many other attractions are near Blarney Castle.  I would recommend staying somewhere really close to Blarney Castle and visiting some of the other attractions near by.  We saw some great restaurants, another chocolate factory and loads more right on the doorstep to the Blarney Castle. Here are some pics of us around the grounds of Blarney Castle.

Thanks for reading, please do share this post with your friend son social media too.  I have included below some related posts that you may also be interest in.  You can you the search bar at the top of the page to find out loads more great fun for kids in the Wonder Kids blog.