It's February! Every February there is a very special event for magicians, the Worlds Largest Magic Convention takes place in Blackpool (I know, the U.K's answer to Vegas). I am super excited to be going this year as I try to only attend every other year. Im hoping to learn lots of new things and get lots of creative ideas for my shows. Follow me through the whole convention on Facebook, just like my Facebook page to get those updates. I also have a newsletter going out this month with loads of interesting news, stories and updates. Sign up below, plus I send some great ideas to try with the kids throughout the half term.
Lets kick this pack off in the traditional way with some great colouring pages. I have loads of Minecraft greatness in this pack including paper crafts, a whole Minecraft Party, Minecraft games and even Minecraft furniture. Lets Go!
Minecraft - Diamond Sword print out
This is awesome and great for a rainy day in. make them with the kids help and take your time making them, remember patience is a virtue. These swords are just awesome and I think they would work well for any retro game theme maybe Zelda for instance? First you need to print off two copies of the FREE sword print out. Just click on the image opposite for the print out.
Then cut out the sides where the two will meet together (I don’t cut out the whole thing just yet.
Glue down to your support (cardboard, posterboard, cereal box…) we used foam board. Make sure to glue it down well paying attention to the edges so that all the “tips” are secure.
Cut out with scissors, a box cutter or exacto knife depending on what will work best for your material.
After your sword is completely cut out you’ll need to attach the other side. Cut out your 2nd copy completely and adhere to the back side.
That's it, you all done, make sure you let it all dry before playing with it. We don't have time to stop lets get on with the next thing.
Mine Craft Pizza!
Oh yes, who doesn't like pizza? So if you are getting ready for a Mine Craft marathon you need snacks and they don't come much better or easier than this.
Ok so you need to get a fresh pizza not frozen. I think a plain margarita would be best to use or at least the easiest to use. You'll also need some pepperoni slices which are normally round. First you need to make a square pizza so cut a piece of paper into the square size you like and use that as a template to trim the edges off of your circular pizza.
Don't throw those trimmed pieces away, just because we are playing with our food does not mean we need to waste it. They can be cooked separately as Pizza dippers with a range of different sauces like tomato, bbq, garlic or salsa spaces served as a dip. Next we need to prep the pepperoni slices. We cut the slices into 4 squares. Also we need on square cut on half and one square cut into quarters. Now all you need to do is arrange them on the pizza. So I have included a pic of a Creeper. Cook the pizza and enjoy.
Minecraft Book Marks
Everything you can do to get kids reading will benefit them in the long run thats why I have included these easy bookmarks. They are not the first bookmarks I have put into the Activity Centre, try using the search bar to find the other bookmarks I have done in the past. I printed them on photo sticker paper (one of the best inventions EVER), cut them out, pre-folding them before removing the backing. It worked really well! The colors are bright, the bookmarks have a slightly glossy finish, and they’re just the right thickness. You could also use regular printer paper or cardstock and a glue stick or spray adhesive. (click the image below to download the PDF)
How about a full blown Minecraft Party! I have included a few cool elements that you can use for free at your own birthday parties. We'll start with drinks, click the image below for the Minecraft labels.
How about getting some cheap plastic green cups from the pound shop and using black electrical tape to turn them into Creeper cups.
Creeper Dodgeball: Get a large green bouncy ball from the pound shop and put a Creeper face on it with a Sharpie.
Knock Over the Creeper: Get some green floral styrofoam from the pound shop and make a creeper from it. Then using a simple plastic bow and arrow with a suction cup (buy a cheap set from a toy shop or pound shop), they can take turns trying to knock over the creeper. Try to keep track of how many blocks they knock over (it was made of four blocks) and the one who knocked over the most blocks wins, with everyone else in order behind them.
Light the TNT: I love exploding fizzy drinks, yes it's messy but the kids will love it! Put a little bottle of Diet Coke in a two-high TNT box. I split everyone into teams of two and had them “light” their “TNT” with the mentos and Diet Coke. It was fun and crazy, and the fact that I used little bottles meant nothing too crazy was going to happen. Just click on the image for the free print out.
Here is a quick bit of inspiration for a Minecraft Piñata. It's just a small box with slits in it to load it full of sweets and to make sure that the box can be broken. These slits are then taped up and then the box is decorated to look like a Ghast. I have a whole pack of information on Pinata's here.
To finish off this Minecraft Party section i have included a Happy Birthday banner PDF which you can print off and some signs for the different bits of the party. So there is a sign for the party food table and a craft table where they could make the swords I have included above, there is also a welcome sign too. Just click on an image to print them off.
We are going to finish this months blog with these awesome Creeper Draws. Follow the very easy steps and share on My Wayne Wonder FB to win a bunch of prizes. In fact you can try any craft or activity from this blog, share a picture or video on my Facebook page and I will send you a great bunch of Wayne Wonder Prizes.
What you need to pull this amazing feat off, green paint, try to get as close to the creeper green as possible not too dark, black paint, thin masking tape and a little patience. Firstly get your hands on a set of drawers. In this example we'll be using a second hand set of draws but any draws you can get will work. Now clean them and make sure they are dry before starting to paint. Remove the handles from the drawers, you could even but nice new black handles from your local Ikea or B&Q. I would also remover the drawers completely from then unit before painting. Paint the frame black with at least two coatings, then replace the drawers and paint them green.
Once this is dray you can use thin masking tape to make the outline of the Creeper, make sure you take time doing this step and getting the proportions correct, remember its a symmetrical shape so one you have done one half you can just mirror it for the other half. Once you are happy with this paint the shape black and again you may need more than one coating. Allow it to dry and you have a masterpiece that any Minecraft fan will love. Well thats all I have for this months blog, please do come an join in on Facebook and let me know if their are any topics you would like to see me cover for next months post. Don't leave just yet, why not try one of my past posts I have included below.