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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Roald Dahl Whizzpopping, Ucky-Mucky Games

Roald Dahl is an absolute national treasure and for good reason.  His books are timeless and will be children's classics for a very long time to come.  This year would be his centenary year and there are celebrations going on all around the country.  Did you catch Channel 4's show that allowed the public to vote for their favourite Roald Dahl book? I won't spoil the winner but it's not the one I would have voted for.  This month I will be entertaining at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden providing my amazing balloon art on Saturday 17th September, this is always a great celebration of Roald Dahl's birthday with loads of activities, magic, balloons, live story telling, facepainting and loads more going on.  Just click on the picture above to get your tickets. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get creative using some of my favourite Roald Dahl stories as a theme.  This week I have a few great ideas for Charlie and the Chocolate factory.  

Chocolate Slime

I came up with this slime for my upcoming Halloween Show, its going to be the best Halloween party ever.  Just add some green food colouring for spooky halloween slime but for our theme we are going to make it smell like chocolate.  I have found far better and more complex slime recipes online however they involve adding some sort of chemical to the mix which when you are playing with kids and it could get under their finger nails, in their eye's nose or mouth etc I didn't like the thought of.  So this slime is ridiculously simple and technically edible however would not taste very nice.

2 parts cornflour

1 part water

So if you use 100ml of water use the same measuring jug (after drying it) to pour in the 200ml of cornflour.  Stir them together in a bowl and you should get a thick horrible but great slime.  If you want to thin it to a little just add a little more water.  To make this chocolatey add in some cocoa powder into the mix, just add it in little scoops and mix well so that it's not lumpy.  Eventually you should get a great chocolatey slime that even smells like chocolate.  This is very much a messy play sort of thing.  So prep the area where you will be playing with it and you're good to go.

Lickable Wallpaper

This is a super simple way to make a quick likeable wallpaper, trust me kids love this.  First just click on the fruit picture to get your free printable PDF. Once this is printed you'll need some greaseproof paper and cover the printed sheet with it.  You can tape it to the back of the printed sheet.  Now the prep is done all you need are a section of different flavoured fruit winders or fruit yo yo's.  Cut these into strips and they just stick to the greaseproof paper, making sure you stick them where the appropriate fruit is printed.  Either sellotape or blue tac the finished product to a wall or window and the kids can get licking.

Custard Pie Face

This is a great game, the more people the better.  You get a paper plate and some cheap shaving cream, in the squirty cans.  Squirt a bit of sharing foam on the paper plate and everyone stands in a circle facing each other.  Play some music (ideally some from the Willy Wonka films) maybe this song would work? when the music stops the person holding the plate can sit down.  Also every time the music stops you add a fresh squirt of shaving foam to build up the custard pie.  This continues until you're left with two people and a massive custard pie.  This time when the music stops the person holding the custard pie gets to put the pie in the face of the other person.  This game builds up the mayhem and excitement until the very end. Just have a towel on hand to help clean up.

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.