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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RoaldDahl - This is where all dreams is beginning

It's officially Roald Dahl day here in the UK and I'm right on the ball with week two of my Roald Dahl month.  Every week this month Im picking one of my favourite Roald Dahl stories to get creative with.  Last week it was Charlie and the chocolate factory.  This week Ive picked one of my  absolute favourites, I mean all these choices are great stories but this one is a great adventure with all of that Great British quirkiness that I love from Dahl's stories.  Steven Spielberg has recently released his cinematic vision of this story and it is a brilliant film.  My daughter loved the film and I really did too.  Heres the trailer.

So I have three great ideas for you this week.  We'll start off with these awesome dream catchers, without the BFG's giant ears to hear peoples dreams us normal beans will need a little extra help.

The BFG Paper Plate Dream Catchers

The beautiful thing about paper plate dream catchers is that there are unlimited possibilities to decorate them, so each one is unique and colorful. 

Materials

  • Paper plates (cheaper the better)
  • string
  • Crayons
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Feathers
  • Pony Beads
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch

Directions

The first step is to have a parent cut out the center of the paper plate leaving just the outer ring. Using the hole punch, punch holes along the inner edge of the ring. We also placed two holes at the top of the ring (for hanging) and three holes at the bottom (to hang feathers). 

After that let kids use their imaginations decorate one or both sides of the paper ring with crayons, sequins, glitter and anything else that makes them happy. 

Next cut three lengths of string and tie a feather to one end. Once the feather was secure, we strung beads onto the string and feather. 

Next I cut a length of string to weave across the middle of the plate. (This was really an estimate, I loosely ran the string across the holes a few times to get an idea of how much string to cut.) 

After tying off the string on one hole, we weaved the string through the holes across the center of the ring to create a web. While weaving, we also added a few beads at random to the string. 

Then it was time to attach the feathers and a loop of yarn for hanging. 

I have two more great ideas for you yet so don't go anywhere.  I will be entertaining at the official Roald Dahl Museum on Saturday 17th September with my amazing balloon art for a whole day celebrating his work.  It's always an a amazing day, click here for more details.  Im also running a colouring competition at moment with the chance to win a big box of Marvins Magic.

BFG Dream Jars (glow in the dark)

What You’ll Need

  • Mason jars
  • Glitter
  • Tissue paper
  • Glow bracelets
  • Sticker labels
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pen

How To Make It

  1. Sprinkle glitter inside mason jar. Shake gently.
  2. Tear a piece of tissue paper to match the size of your mason jar. Crinkle for texture and line the inside of the jar.
  3. Bend and shake glow bracelets in many places to activate glowing. Fold into bracelet shape and place three inside jar.
  4. Coat label sticker with glow-in-the-dark paint. Let dry.
  5. Tear and crinkle label sticker to create an aged effect. Write the title of your dream on the label and place on the side of the jar.

BFG Ears

You Will Need

  • Metal Headband
  • A4 sheet of flesh coloured felt
  • Fabric Glue
  • Ear template (see below)
  • PVA Glue
  • Pencil

How to Make

1. Print and cut out the ear template, using paper and scissors.

2. Fold the A4 sheet of felt in half. This is to allow a gap in the centre to thread the headband through and makes the ears a more sturdy double thickness. Place the ear template on the fold and as close to the bottom of the felt as possible. This is to allow enough room to cut out the second ear.

3. Use a lead pencil to draw around the outside of the template straight on to the felt. Repeat for the second ear. Cut out both ears ensuring you leave the centre fold as this will form a tube to slide in the headband.

4. Use the off-cuts of felt to create the narrow inner ear parts. Cut these out.

5. Arrange the inner ear parts onto the big ears. When you are happy with their position, glue in place with fabric glue. Leave to dry for five minutes.

6. Place each ear around the headband. The ears need to be positioned quite low down onto the headband to ensure they are in the correct place when worn. When you are happy with the position, use PVA glue on the headband and a generous amount of fabric glue on the inside of the felt ears to glue it all together. Leave to dry.

7. Complete the look with a waistcoat, shirt and green trousers.

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.