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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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Autumnal Fun - Wrap Up

Outdoor Crafts from Wonder Kids

Well hello there, If you visiting us again, welcome back and if this is your first time, then please do take a minute or two to try the search bar at the top of the page or check out some of our other posts below this one. This week I have two great ideas to get the kids outside and enjoying this time of year.

Autumn vegetable Weighing from Wonder Kids

Vegetable Weighing

I love how simple this idea is.  It's just perfect for kids, they get to know some vegetables that they may not have seen before, feel them, smell them and find out which ones are heavier.  I can see kids playing with this for ages. So make sure you have a wide array of vegetables for the kids to explore, I have included a list of seasonal veg below.  To set up the scales, all you need is a clothes hanger, two small bowls or metal sieves.  Tie string from the handles to the corners of the clothes hanger and your done.

Seasonal Vegetables:

Seasonal vegetables from Wonder Kids
  • Apples
  • Butternut Squash
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Pear
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Potato
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Pumpkin
  • Turnip
  • Parsnip
  • Pear
Autumn Bird Feeders from Wonder Kids

Autumn Bird Feeders

I have always wanted to get a bird feeder but with us always having pet cats, it would just be cruel to entice innocent birds into our garden.  I can just see our cat Misty hiding under the bird feed waiting for it's prey to pop in.  So thought this year we may have a go at making these and take them for a trek in the woods?  Maybe taking with us one of my Autumn Scavenger Hunts.

Here's what you will need:

  • Lard, suet or solid vegetable fat (this last option is great for vegetarian-friendly feeders)
  • Wild bird seed, oats, breadcrumbs, sultanas, currants, unsalted peanuts (you don’t need all of these, a mixture of any is fine)
  • Oranges, halved with the flesh removed
  • Large cookie cutters in various shapes
  • A couple of plastic drinking straws
  • String

How To:

Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl.  We’ve found that a ratio of about 2 parts dry to 1 part fat works well. Next, melt the fat in a saucepan, then add it to the dry ingredients and stir well.  You can let the kids do some mixing, but the rest of this stage is definitely one for the adults to handle. For the orange feeders, you need to poke a hole into each half and thread some string through, before filling them with the seed mixture.  This is much easier than threading them once everything has set, trust me!

Make sure you pack the seed mix in tightly, then pop the halves on a tray and store them somewhere flat while they set.  This can take quite a while, so we put ours in the fridge overnight.To make the shaped feeders, pop your cookie cutters on a baking tray and fill them with the seed mixture.  Once they’re full, stick a straw into them near an edge, so that it stands up; this will leave you with a nice hole to thread the string through when they’re set.  We found cutting the straws down to a shorter length helped keep them upright.  Store the tray somewhere flat while they set.  Once they’re done you can thread them with string and hang them up in the garden.

That's it for this week, make sure you come back next Tuesday for our final Autumnal Fun post, all about enjoying the harvest.  See you soon but before we go make sure you check our some of our other ideas below.