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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Sleepover's - Girly Fun

Wowzers it's been a brilliant but hectic couple of weeks for me, with extra birthday parties to perform at due to the kids breaking up for school holidays and dozens of school end of term parties too! all mixed together with the hottest weather of the year and I have just been exhausted by the time I got home.  My apologies for the delay but I'm now back on board and to make up for my absence I am releasing three blog posts all in one week.  Make sure you take advantage of them, you can find links to them at the end of this post.

Before we crack on, I have included a form below to sign up to the Wonder Kids e-mails. I can then send you some great activities to try out during the school holidays. I also have my theatre show on Saturday 3rd September in High Wycombe, this is just before the kids go back to school and it's going to be a big crazy show.

This week we get all girly and look at some simple but really cool ideas for girls to do at a sleepover, now I think some of these ideas are perfectly unisex and can easily be done with a minor tweak at a boys sleepover too. 

Pillow Bed

The first thing this week is a really cool pillow bed, I want one of these for myself! We do have a bean bag in our front room at the moment and I have already decided that if/when that breaks I will be replacing it with a bigger version of one of these pillow beds. 

This really couldn't be simpler.  Buy four large pillows, these can either be all the same design or four different designs for a more funky bed.  All you need to do is sow all four pillow cases together and then put the pillows back in.  This is even easier if you have a sowing machine.  I have looked around online and this version is the super easy version of it.  there is another way of making one of these by purchasing loads of fabric and measuring everything and using patterns etc, just stick with the super easy method.

Balloon Timer

This simple idea is really fun for kids.  Write an activity on a small piece of paper and stuff it inside an un-inflated balloon (I have a super simple method for this here).  Blow the balloon up and write a time using a sharpie on the balloon.  Trust me when I say use a sharpie to write on the balloon, other pens will do it but sharpies are the best for writing/drawing on balloons.  The kids then take turns to pop a balloon at the corresponding time to find out what their next activity is.  If you don't mind the mess you can make this extra fun by adding confetti/glitter into the balloon so when they pop it you have an explosion of colour.

Spin the Bottle

WHAT! I hear you cry, how old are the girls I aiming these games at? fear not, this version is Wayne Wonder Awesome and doesn't involve any yucky boys.  First you'll need to print off the FREE PDF game by clicking on the image opposite.  You'll also need a split pin to attach the arrow to the centre of the board.  You line up all different shades of nail varnish on the board and each girl takes a turn spinning the arrow, whatever colour it lands on the girl has to paint either a finger or toe nail in that colour.  Lots of fun and great for getting pictures taken after the game with all different colours on the girls nails.

Make your own pillow case

Materials 

Pillow case

Fabric markers

Paper

Instructions

1. It’s a good idea to do a bit of practice on paper before beginning the design on the pillowcase.

Design Ideas

  • Name
  • Favourite things
  • An entire scene
  • A quote or words

2. Once the kids are ready to go, insert a piece of paper (baking paper could be cut to size) inside the pillowcase. This will ensure the pen ink doesn’t go right through to the other side. Tip: If using a regular piece of paper, just move it around as you draw on the case.

3. Use fabric pen to draw on the design. These are easy to work with and you can find them at craft, supermarket and some discount stores.

4. Once the design is finished, iron on cotton setting (or as per pen brand instructions) for about 5 minutes to set the colour. Wash (separately on cold) and it’s ready for use!

That's it for this post but don't worry I have dozens more ideas for sleepovers, scroll down to find more sleepover posts that I have put together.

 

Author

Wayne Wonder is one of the UK's leading family entertainers, a multi award winning magician and balloon artist, he's also a published poet and father of one.  As well as a few TV credits to his name Wayne has performed in three different countries.  Wayne Wonder's Kids Club was only launched in 2014 and since then has changed dramatically.  If you have found this blog helpful/interesting then please do let us know in the comments below.  Please do share these posts on your favourite social media too.