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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Summer Outdoor Fun

The sun is shining and the Activity Centre has fun for you.  In this pack I have included 5 great outdoor fun ideas to try in the garden or if you are going to an outdoor area.  Let me know which ones you like best.

Re-useable Water Balloons

Ok so these are not strictly water "balloons" but they are great fun and last forever. I did these last year at they were brilliant so much so I'm making them again this year.  From your local pound shop or supermarket get the cheapest sponge's you can find, ideally you should be able to get a pack with different coloured sponges in. Now with a sharp pair of scissors cut them into strips.  I used 5 strips per water bomb. gather the 5 strips and tie them around the middle, I used an inflated balloon to tie them up (because my house is full of balloons) but anything will do like string or maybe even a rubber band, wrapped around as few times.  Finally just position the sponges so they spray out in like a star shape, get a bucket of water and throw them at anything and everyone!

Packing away

Ok so this is not an activity in itself but it will make life a little easier, after doing all of some of these games have these handy baskets placed somewhere for the kids to put everything away, it means you don't have to spend time clearing away at the end of the day.

 

 

Cool Picnic Area

This makes an awesome snack area or a little reading nook in the garden.  It can even be used for costume play i.e a princess's tower or a kings castle etc.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Hula Hoop just from a pound shop
  • Safety Pins
  • Twine or Rope
  • Tulle and/or Ribbon (you can even cut up an old dress or something)
  • Sheets
  • Scissors
  • Cushions and Blankets

Instructions:

  1. Pin the top edge of the sheet to the hula hoop by folding the sheet over and pinning it to itself. (see pic opposite)
  2. Use twine to create a hanger to tie your hideout to the tree with. I used two long pieces of twine and tied each piece to opposite sides of the hula hoop. The two pieces then criss-crossed over each other. I tied the two together where they criss-crossed with another piece of twine. Later I used that piece to actually tie the hoop into the tree.
  3. Tie on tulle and ribbons or any other embellishments you have. (see pic below)
  4. Hang the hideout from a tree branch.
  5. Add blankets and cushions underneath your fort so you can be nice and comfy.
  6. Take a little nap or eat a snack inside your new hideout.

Pool Noodle Obstacles

This is soooo easy, pool noodles can now be found at most pound shops and the only thing you need are bamboo BBQ skewers.  Stick two skewers into each end of the pool noodle, then stick the skewers into the ground and position however you want.  Now you can use a ball to go round the obstacles, egg & spoon race, ball & spoon race, or even a blindfold obstacle course! This last one works for grown ups too after a few drinks, just saying.

Giant Naughts & Crosses

Ok you are better off calling this 3 in a row, you'll need to get a cheap shower curtain, some tape (I used electrical tape because I have loads and it comes in lots of different colours) and I got 12 coloured frisbees from the pound shop.  6 of each colour.  The kids take it in turns to place a frisbee on a square, the first one to get three in a row wins.

Game idea 2 - You can throw the best, aim to get your frisbee in the centre square, whoever is closest wins.

That's all folks for another great FREE activity pack, I have had a blast putting this one together, in fact I have so many ideas that I may even do a part 2 to this one.  Remember if you post a picture on my Facebook Page (click the image below) of you trying one of these activities than i will send you some Wayne Wonder Prizes!