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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Lego Fun - Lego Movie

Lego Movie fun from Wonder Kids

Hello it's the most magical time of year and just in case you are reading this in December than I have included below a link to some great Christmas Ideas from Wonder Kids.  Every week this month we are going to look at a different theme of Lego. This week is Lego Movie, I really enjoyed the movie, in fact it was one of the first things I ever wrote about on this blog.  I won't link to it because it's just embarrassing now looking back at it but if you really want to see it just search for Lego Movie in the search bar above. Anyway I am waiting nervously for the next Lego movie, the sequel, can it be as good as the first, can it be better? Im not sure. Before we get going I have also compiled this years list of the top most wanted toys and of course it has some lego sets in it for the lego fans, lego makes it on to my top rated lists every year, such an amazing toy in my opinion.

I included Lego boost on the top Christmas toys list and I think it was the most expensive addition I have ever included.  I only included it because we saw it demo'd at the Convent Garden Apple Store and it was brilliant.  So the kids can build any of 5 different model options, we made it like the Johnny 5 robot from the classic Short Circuit film as you can see on the box.  then using your iPad you can program the robot to move in all sorts of directions and to do great things like dance and spin too.  This is a great fun way of getting kids programming and understanding how programming works, it is pricey but coding, programming and web development will be crucial in our kids future.

8 Lego Movie Masks

I included some of these back in 2014 when I first covered Lego Movie but now they are back with some additional characters, just print them off and mount them on some good card like a cereal box.  Wrap some elastic around your head and boom you have some great Lego movie Masks.

Lego Movie Bingo

Stick the film on, grab your drinks and snacks, make sure everyone has one of these bingo cards and a marker pen.  Just mark off every character you spot, be careful though some of them are tricky! The first person to find all of their characters wins.

Ok so we are having fun now, but how about a Lego Movie Party? Of course you can use these items already but lets check out some inspiration, keep reading for FREE Lego Party Invites then at the end of this blog we are going to include a brilliant Lego activity that the kids will love.

I hopes that these pics give you some inspiration, I would love to see what you come up with or if you try any of the ideas here.  You can post pics on our Facebook Page. Below I have designed some free Lego Movie Party invites for personal use only.

Wonder Kids Lego Zip Line

Lego Zip Line

Lego Zip Line Wonder Kids

This is a great activity that you can just do over Christmas, maybe the kids got a new lego set from Santa? or its great for a party too.  All you need are some simple lego bricks and some cord.  I recommend Parachute cord because it's nice a smooth and obviously very strong but string will work too.  The only downside with string is that it will get worn and break. First build the stand for the man, to do this start with a based put the man on it then get the kids to build bricks around him. Note the gap above his head, we use a curved brick like in the picture but I think it should work with a square gap too. Now all you need to do is connect the cord to something solid like a door handle and then raise the cord to something higher.  The higher the cord is raised the fast the lego man is going to go.  Try maybe making quite a long one by tying one end to the front door handle and the other end up stairs? You need an nice straight line with lots of tension.  If the cord is loose and sags in the middle the lego man may get stuck.

This also teaches kids loads about gravity, tension, forces etc, try to explain whats happening to the lego man, if he falls too fast ask them why they think it happened.  I like the idea of including secret compartments in the box the lego man is travelling in that could house a secret message or some other lego bits that he could transport. Ok thats it for this week, but make sure you come back next week for loads of great fun with Lego Friends and then after that we are going to explore Lego Ninjago and then finish the month off with a Lego surprise. See you soon.

Top Christmas Toy's 2017 for the U.K

Top Toys for Christmas 2017

Last year this was an incredibly popular idea to list the toys that I am hearing the most about, not only from the kids in my family but also from the kids I work with every week. Now I didn't want to just do another top 15 list like last year.  No! I thought how can I take this further so this year I am going to include a seperate list for family board games that I think will be great for Christmas. 

But first, I have created some free downloads for you to use at home. Below you will find two Christmas wish list templates.  Just click on them to print them, now you could just use these to make it a bit more special for the kids or you could write a nice wish list and actually send it to Father Christmas! You can send it to Royal Mail just for the cost of a stamp, send your letter or wish list to - 

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ

Alternatively I have found this company that offers a paid service to make what look like some great Christmas letters.  I have never used them so I do not know how good they are but I may try them this year.

Visit Elfi Santa Here

Top 14 Toys for Christmas 2017

Ok lets do this, you can find last years list here.  This year there are some old favourites as well as some new toys on the list.

  • The Rocket Wireless Singing Machine is an all in one music experience that enables you to sing on the go.

  • The new completely wireless singing mic can amplify your voice and play your music through the built in speaker.

  • Adjust the volume and echo to layer on top of your favourite songs. Via Bluetooth music can be connected from your computer or handheld device and play through the speaker at the bottom of the Rocket.

  • Includes Light up base, headphone jack and works as a standalone speaker.

  • Styles may vary. Requires 3 x AAA batteries. For ages 14 plus years.

  • Cat Boy figure & Cat Boy car included.
  • Full of interactive features!
  • 3 levels of play.
  • Features lights and sounds!
  • Go down the super Gekko slide and train on the Cat ball rings!
  • Includes three mini-doll figures: Olivia, Stephanie and Liam, plus Sheen and Sapphire the dolphin figures
  • Features a 3-level catamaran, personal water scooter and a banana boat
  • Catamaran features a sun deck with 2 sun loungers and a pool, bridge with steering controls and a seating area, slide into and spiral stairs up from the water, opening garage for the personal water scooter and living quarters with a kitchen, bedrooms and lounge with sofa and transparent-brick floor
  • 1:24 scale radio control Lightning McQueen, forward-straight, backward right and left movement
  • 2 channel 2.4 GHz radio control with full movement, turbo feature
  • Great quality and reliability
  • Comes with everything kids need to create and control their own DroidTM - right down to the battery - plus stickers and extra accessories
  • No grown-ups necessary: Kids can put together easily with step-by-step, in-app instructions, then challenge themselves to level-up their inventor skills by creating new custom Droids
  • This Poppy feature doll delivers the ultimate music and light Trolls experience
  • Poppy is all about Hug Time, and this Poppy doll comes with a wearable Hug Time bracelet for the girl
  • When activated, both bracelets and her hair light up to the beat of music
  • Super-soft plush Despicable Me 3 Jail Time Tom
  • Features voice or sound effects
  • Soft & cuddly plush
  • Have soft plastic goggles
  • Develops speech and language skills
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Encourages practice of alphabet and number recognition
  • Wipe-clean for repeated use
  • Award-winning imaginative play set
  • Includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO move hub, interactive motor and a colour and distance sensor.

  • Rotate Vernie's head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter

  • Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000

  • Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customisation attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities

  • Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light

  • Transformers: The Last Knight AutoRoute Squeaks RC
  • Comes with remote control and movie-inspired blaster accessory
  • Interactive features include lights, sounds, and phrases
  • Dance and blaster modes, both with lights and sounds
  • Figure does not convert
  • There are over 70 adorable Hatchimals Colleggtibles to collect in Season One, including common, ultra-rare and limited edition Hatchimals to discover.
  • Hold the egg in your hands, rub the heart and when it changes from purple to pink, you know it's ready to hatch! Gently press to crack the egg and discover the Hatchimal Colleggtible inside.
  • Live video streaming
  • Height Lock , easy take off and Aut Hoover
  • Official partner of DR1 racing
  • Beginner and advanced mode Indoor and Outdoor game
  • Air Hog FPV RACE is for ages 10+
  • Game stands over 3 feet tall
  • Step right up -- players test their strength
  • Hit the plate hard enough to "pie" your friends
  • Works like a carnival strength tester game
  • Laugh-out-loud fun
  • 8 minifigures: Nya, Lloyd, Jay, Master Wu, Pythor, General Kozu, a Stone Army Swordsman and General Cryptor
  • The Samurai X Cave features an opening skull entrance
  • Inventor launchpad with 3 modules to assemble a jet
  • Laser prison with an opening ‘door’ of translucent laser-beam elements
£49.94
  • Build your own blaster with the motorized Nerf Modulus ECS-10 blaster
  • Flexible blaster has more than 30 combinations
  • Features targeting scope, drop grip and dual-rail barrel
  • Blaster can launch the included darts at targets up to 90 ft away
  • Blaster's banana clip holds up to 10 darts
  • The Sea Patroller uses drop-down wheels to transform from ship to land vehicle, to take pups on new and exciting missions!
  • Lift Ryder out of sticky situations with the moveable crane and attachable cage. Once on board, send him down the ramp on to land with his Rescue ATV.

Well there it is, My predictions for the kids tops toys this year, let me know what you think about the list in the comments below.  New this year, I thought I would compile a list of really different and imaginative games for the family to play together, some of these are for younger kids and some for older kids, again let me know what think of this selection.  I would love to know if you decide to get one of these games, please do let me know how you got on with it.

Lets talk Toys R Us quickly, they have brought back their very popular payment scheme.  It's based on the American layaway scheme I believe.  The idea is you create a shopping list from Toys R Us and then reserve all the items you want.  You can now make regular payments on the run up to Christmas and once you have paid in full you just collect your order.  I thought this was worth sharing because it is far better than buy now pay later schemes offered by many stores.  So if you are able to take advantage of this, its much better than going through credit checks (that could affect your credit rating) and paying interest on toys so they cost more than they should!

Find out more about the Toys R Us payment scheme here

  • Hilarious drawing game that challenged your vision and leaves you googling for more.
  • Put on the zany, vision-altering google eye glasses.
  • Start to draw while your team guesses.
  • A fun game that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete
  • since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone.
  • 40 cases to solve
  • Ages: 9+
  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Lasts 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Includes 7 sequential games that build on their level of difficulty
  • Cooperative and easy to learn
  • Rich content and game play
Cranium
£24.99
  • Exciting and funny
  • Relies on the chance element as well as skill
  • Played by two or more teams of one or more players
  • Great for teens and adults
  •  
  • A game of Speed, Observation and Reflexes
  • Race to find the one matching image between one card and another
  • Images may be different sizes and placed on any part of the card, making them difficult to spot
  • Every card is unique and has only one picture in common with every other card in the deck
  • All exciting family board game
  • Perform noises, actions and gestures for other players to guess!
  • Magic decoder reveals hidden forfeits
  • Suitable for ages 5+ and 2 or more players
  • Tell your own fantastic tales of brave heroes and daring adventure
  • New art work and revised rules
  • Playing time: 20-40 mins
  • Ages 8 +
  • 2-6 players

Wayne Wonder's Top 15 Christmas Toy's

 Being a Magician I thought I would have a crack at predicting the top toys for Christmas 2016, these decisions are based on working with kids every week and listening to them.  Talking to my own daughter and nephews too. The list is in no particular order and I have tried to include items for kids of different ages.  Let me know how well you think I have done (or not) on my Facebook Page.

BB-8 - £59.99    For ages 3+    This is the droid you’re looking for! Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise. Plus with another Star Wars film coming out in December although it probably won't have BB-8 in it.   

BB-8 - £59.99

For ages 3+

This is the droid you’re looking for! Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise. Plus with another Star Wars film coming out in December although it probably won't have BB-8 in it.   

Furry Connect £99.00    Explore the Furby Connect World app to make the most of your cute companion    With over 150 expressions, kids will never tire of Furby's expressive world. Get access fun games and videos, plus find even more ways you can play with Furby via the urby Connect World app.

Furry Connect £99.00

Explore the Furby Connect World app to make the most of your cute companion

With over 150 expressions, kids will never tire of Furby's expressive world. Get access fun games and videos, plus find even more ways you can play with Furby via the urby Connect World app.

Fisher Price Codeapillar - £49.99    What is it?   This clever caterpillar teaches kids to code without them even realising it. They'll have to rearrange each section of the toy to 'tell it' how to move. Each combination gets a different results so once they've worked out the code they'll be able to direct their caterpillar to move in any way they want.

Fisher Price Codeapillar - £49.99

What is it? This clever caterpillar teaches kids to code without them even realising it. They'll have to rearrange each section of the toy to 'tell it' how to move. Each combination gets a different results so once they've worked out the code they'll be able to direct their caterpillar to move in any way they want.

LEGO Nexo Knights General Magmar Siege Machine of Doom Construction Set - £30.00    What is it?   Phew - try saying that name in a hurry! This kit comes with   3 minifigures: General Magmar, Flama and Clay Moorington, and features red flame elements and spikes, monster teeth, cockpits for General Magmar and Flama, dual catapults and a disc shooter - hours of fun!

LEGO Nexo Knights General Magmar Siege Machine of Doom Construction Set - £30.00

What is it? Phew - try saying that name in a hurry! This kit comes with 3 minifigures: General Magmar, Flama and Clay Moorington, and features red flame elements and spikes, monster teeth, cockpits for General Magmar and Flama, dual catapults and a disc shooter - hours of fun!

Vtech Kidi Super Star - £49.99    What is it?   Know a little someone who loves singing along to their favourite tunes? They'll love this microphone, which lets them use the Music Magic feature to remove the vocals from the track and let their own lyrics shine through. Be warned in advance - four AA batteries are required. 

Vtech Kidi Super Star - £49.99

What is it? Know a little someone who loves singing along to their favourite tunes? They'll love this microphone, which lets them use the Music Magic feature to remove the vocals from the track and let their own lyrics shine through. Be warned in advance - four AA batteries are required. 

FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin' Dragon - £86.45    What is it?   This little chap is the latest in Hasbro's FurReal Friends collection. He breathes flame-coloured mist and has over 50 sound and motion combinations - just hold his colour change treat to his mouth and watch him go!

FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin' Dragon - £86.45

What is it? This little chap is the latest in Hasbro's FurReal Friends collection. He breathes flame-coloured mist and has over 50 sound and motion combinations - just hold his colour change treat to his mouth and watch him go!

Marvins i-Magic Box set - £24.99    Combining traditional magic secrets with the latest technology.  Offering the next level in astonishing illusion, interactive play and mind blowing entertainment.

Marvins i-Magic Box set - £24.99

Combining traditional magic secrets with the latest technology.  Offering the next level in astonishing illusion, interactive play and mind blowing entertainment.

Lego Friends Party Shop - £24.99    Every child loves Lego, and this 176-piece set combines the fun of construction with the bright world of the Heartlake party shop.

Lego Friends Party Shop - £24.99

Every child loves Lego, and this 176-piece set combines the fun of construction with the bright world of the Heartlake party shop.

Minions Pie face - Coming Soon    One of the most coveted games of 2015 is back. But this year the game gets a new spin with a Minions theme. We expect this one to be equally as popular as the original.

Minions Pie face - Coming Soon

One of the most coveted games of 2015 is back. But this year the game gets a new spin with a Minions theme. We expect this one to be equally as popular as the original.

Nerf Tri-Strike - £49.99    With three different ways to blast, the Nerf Tri Strike lets kids reconfigure their blaster to suit their mood.

Nerf Tri-Strike - £49.99

With three different ways to blast, the Nerf Tri Strike lets kids reconfigure their blaster to suit their mood.

Selfie Mic £19.99   Sing along to pop tracks from the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and many more using the free StarMaker singing app.  Kids can create their own music videos by recording themselves and sharing with friends.

Selfie Mic £19.99

Sing along to pop tracks from the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and many more using the free StarMaker singing app.

Kids can create their own music videos by recording themselves and sharing with friends.

Yuu Bag - £55.00   A world away from a regular backpack, the YUUbag cleverly combines a portable entertainment station with a durable, premium quality backpack with pockets galore for all your kid’s kit and caboodle. With a YUUbag you can take the fun wherever you go!

Yuu Bag - £55.00

A world away from a regular backpack, the YUUbag cleverly combines a portable entertainment station with a durable, premium quality backpack with pockets galore for all your kid’s kit and caboodle. With a YUUbag you can take the fun wherever you go!

Shopkins Smoothie Truck £19.99    Shopkins is back with a fun smoothie truck playset that includes two shopkins, two stools and a blender. The truck is compatible with all existing Shoppies dolls too, so your little ones can have fun driving them all around.

Shopkins Smoothie Truck £19.99

Shopkins is back with a fun smoothie truck playset that includes two shopkins, two stools and a blender. The truck is compatible with all existing Shoppies dolls too, so your little ones can have fun driving them all around.

Star Wars Spinning Lightsaber - £44.99    Re-enact all the moves from the latest film with this 360 degree spinning Lightsaber at the flick of a wrist.

Star Wars Spinning Lightsaber - £44.99

Re-enact all the moves from the latest film with this 360 degree spinning Lightsaber at the flick of a wrist.

Thomas Sky High Bridge Set - £99.99    If your child loves to build things they'll love this customisable bridge set. Complete with drawbridge and cargo hopper, it will bring them hours of fun.

Thomas Sky High Bridge Set - £99.99

If your child loves to build things they'll love this customisable bridge set. Complete with drawbridge and cargo hopper, it will bring them hours of fun.

Star Wars

Hello again, When I started this blog I went for about 6 months without knowing if anyone actually took a look at it at all.  Now every month I get more and more feedback about how people are using the different ideas I present in these packs.  Thank you for this and I want to hear from more of you.  These packs are quite time consuming so the feed back I recieve is the reason I keep going and try to make each one better than the one before it.  Remember to try the search bar (at the top and bottom) to find all sorts of interesting activities and games. 

This month can only be about one thing! The new Star Wars film is looking like it could quite possibly be the biggest film of ALL time. No I'm not exaggerating, this film is going to be huge and everywhere. I have compiled an amazing pack this month full of Star Wars fun to try at home.


Star Wars Colouring

Normally I start each month with some colouring pages but this month I have this cool colouring book and each page includes great hand writing practise.  Any little Star Wars fans will love this so just click on the image to print it out. It's FREE.


Star Wars Bingo

Before you see the new film you might want to go back and watch the previous six films or maybe just the original three (I'll understand if you skip the prequels). To make this more fun for little ones try this. I love this type of game, I made something similar months ago in my Lego Movie Pack which was one of my first activity packs.  I always like to get some sort of surprise prize for whoever wins this game.  Make sure you have more than one prize as the kids will want to swap cards and play again.  It doesn't have to be a huge prize just take a visit to a local pound shop they are bound to have something Star Wars themed. To mark off the characters you have seen you will need some sort of counter.  Whats I always use are little lego bricks, just get a cup full of lego bricks and the kids can put a brick on each character they have seen. Sorted, print out the game for FREE by clicking the image.


Star Wars Crafts

I have included a couple of awesome Star Wars Crafts here.  The first one is a little involved and there will be some planning on your part, you might even have to try things a couple of times but I thought it was so cool I couldn't leave it out.  I am going to be trying this with my daughter over the Christmas Holidays. Please do give these a try and take a picture or video of your family enjoying them. Post it to my Facebook page and I will send you a bunch of Wayne Wonder goodies as a thank you.

Yoda's Swamp Slime

So what do you need:-

Firstly a couple of recipes, this play dough recipe is super easy, you will never have to pay for play dough again.  For the brown colour required for this craft you could try to mix food colouring but I think I'm going to just add a little coco powder to make a nice brown colour plus it will smell great too, just don't eat it.  For the slime add green food colouring to make it nice and green.  Also add a couple of drops of Red food colouring to make the green a bit darker and murkier, like a swamp.

  • Plastic tub
  • Bubbling Slime We used about four batches of the bubbling slime recipe in the swamp, tinted with a lot of green food coloring plus a few drops of red to make the color “swampier.” Go easy on the red, though. A little goes a long way!
  • Use five batches of the chocolate slime play dough recipe to create the land for Yoda’s hut to sit on.
  • Star Wars figures: Any plastic figures could be used but I think the lego ones make this so much more fun, being able to build and change everything and break things into the slime etc.
  • A big bowl of water and plenty of towels: for wiping hands and cleaning toys etc, also put some towels or blankets down on the floor/table just incase of spills.

SETTING UP THE SWAMP SLIME TUB

Firstly you can build some sort of lego hut for Yoda's swamp home. Then press your chocolate slime playdough into one corner of the tub to make land for the hut to rest on. Just set the hut on top of the land, and then spread a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the tub. Finally pour in a big bowl of the bubbling slime…and watch it bubble!  Add more lego as needed and get stuck in and messy, just play for lots of fun.

Tie Fighter

I promise this craft will be much easier to do buts it's till heaps of fun.  The kids can even help to make this one.

For one ship you need:
• 4 pipe cleaners
• 1 balloon
• 2 pieces of cardstock (construction paper can be used also but cardstock will hold shape better)
• tape

See, I told you this one is easy, how you doing so far? Now you should have two wings with a fold down the middle.

Now let’s make the body, wing connectors, and put it all together: 
• Blow up a balloon and keep it on the small side.  Tie a knot in the top and set it aside.
• Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together at the ends to create one extra long pipecleaner.  Do the same thing with the other two pipe cleaners.  And now you have two long wing connectors.
• Take the first connector and wrap around the middle of the balloon.  Twist the ends together on the other side so the pipecleaners are snug around the balloon and won’t fall off.  Then twist the ends together so they look like one fused pipecleaner.

• Take the other wing connector and wrap it around the balloon as we did above, but wrap it from the other side.  You should have two pipecleaner connectors sticking out from the sides of the balloon.
• Bend the ends of the connectors down at a 90 degree angle.
• Then tape the pipecleaner ends to the wings, at the fold in the paper.  Black tape is ideal.  But I didn’t have any so I used transparent Scotch tape.

Then tie a yarn string around the top, tape it to the ceiling with Scotch tape….and your Tie Fighter is ready for battle!

Star Wars Baubles

This craft is even easier, all you need are some cheap, plain baubles, a pack of sharpie pens in a range of colours and some metallic spray paint.  You will also need some white spray paint for R2D2.  Use masking tape to half the bauble for the R2D2 version but just spray the whole ball gold for C3PO.  Once they are dry add artwork and hang.  Try making a Yoda version too!

Star Wars Games

Here we go with a couple of Star Wars based games. I may even try this first one at my shows.  I literally came up with this one morning whilst doing some housework.  

Don't Drop Yoda!

You'll need a plush star wars toy for each child playing, they don't all have to be Yoda.  The yoda need to be tucked somewhere on their body so if they are dressed as Jedi's then pop it in their hoods or up their sleeve or even tucked in a belt.  It's a little like simon says, you call out actions and they have to copy you but if they drop their star wars toy then they join you up front and demo the next move.  The last child standing with their toy is the winner and should get a nice prize.

Here are some actions you could call out:

  • Dance like an ewok
  • walk like a wampa
  • show your best jedi moves
  • jumping jacks like a wookie
  • march like a storm trooper
  • spin in circles like yoda

Home Made Light Sabers

You don't need to buy expensive plastic light sabres that hurt when you get hit by them.  These are super easy and it doesn't matter if you get hit by one.  Trim a pool noodle down to a good size and use silver duct tape to create a handle. Just wrap it all around the bottom of the pool noodle.  Duct tape comes in a range of colours and designs now which you should find at every good craft shop.  Now use black duct tape to create a unique design on the handle.  There you go a cheap and safe lightsaber to use. Now I can hear you saying but Wayne how is this a game, don't worry little Padawan, if you combine these with the tie fighter I showed you above, hang up the tie fighters and now you have an epic Star Wars battle on your hands just add some star wars music.

Star Wars Blasters

These are super cool and easy to do.  I did this for christmas a few years ago and they were a huge hit with my daughter and nephews.  I would try to get the sturdiest plastic cups possible rather than the polystyrene ones shown in the pic.  Use little marshmallows as the ammunition and let the battle commence.  We were finding marshmallows for about two months after the battle they get everywhere!

Well thats it for another month folks.  Give these ideas a try, your kids will love them, these are all great to try during the school holidays.  If there is anything you would like me to try to include in this packs then just let me know through my Facebook page.  Maybe your little ones are Smurf fans or Beauty and the Beast fans and you want to see some ideas based around that, just let me know and I will get them included.  Have a great Christmas folks and a happy new year.  May the Force be with you.

Christmas Time

Ok so some of you may think that I'm getting a bit ahead of myself doing my first ever Christmas Activity Pack in November but I do it because next month is really only going to be about one thing.  If you have any little boys in your house you will know about it likewise if you have any grown up boys in your house, you will still know about it.  Can you guess what it is? My next pack is going to be all about it so make sure you come back.

It's coming up to my favourite time of year and my busiest too.  I can do anywhere between 30-50 shows in December which takes a huge toll on me physically so when it comes to the end of December for Christmas and the New Year I really enjoy the break and spending time with friends and family.  I have complied this pack with friends and family in mind.  We have some great games that everyone can join in with.  Some amazing home made christmas decorations to keep the kids excited and entertained on the run up to Christmas day and some great home made gifts, ideal for teachers, friends or neighbours.

First things first, if you have any budding magicians in the house, let them know I am massively jealous of them! Magic is so much more accessible now than it was when I was kid.  You Tube alone is an incredible resource that just didn't exist back in the day.  There are also dozens of different magic sets available for kids that vary in quality but some of them have amazing magic tricks in.  I remember as a child finding the odd magic book in a book shop and studying it for months, eventually learning every trick that the book offered because that is all I had, I didn't know when I would find another collection of magic tricks to learn, there was no internet.  I even wrote a letter to the Magic Circle as a child (so wish I had kept a copy now) and I mean I hand wrote this letter, going through numerous re-writes to get it correct and making sure my handwriting was legible and then I had to post it, imagine that! Then the wait for a response which did come however it very politely told me to go away.  I was gutted and it nearly killed my passion for magic but every weekend I would go to stay at my Dad's house and he would give me a little pocket money.  He happened to live near a John Lewis store who in their toy department had started selling something new, tiny cheap little individually boxed magic tricks by a new company called Marvins Magic.  I had just enough pocket money every week to buy just one of these little boxes but I loved them.  It was really Marvins Magic that kept my passion alive and I have since gone on to meet Marvin Berglas, the creator of Marvins Magic and he is not only a brilliant second or third generation magician but also just a lovely guy too. This is why I have started reviewing magic sets on my You Tube channel, you can take a look at one of my reviews below but there are loads more videos on my Wayne Wonder Channel, Go and take a look and see which sets are the best sets to buy and maybe there will be some very lucky budding magicians this Christmas who get to explore the brilliant ingenuity and diversity that Magic offers.


Christmas Colouring Pages

Have you noticed that colouring is becoming really popular lately? I mean adults are turning to colouring in their droves, in fact the Amazon best seller list regularly has colouring books outselling novels.  I don't mean stupid obscure novels, things like 50 shades of Grey was being outsold in August by colouring books! here is a great article on colouring books. It doesn't surprise me all that much as there is something very zen and calming when you are in the zone colouring, so lets start with some great christmas colouring pages. 



Home Made Gifts

Here are a few great ideas I have found that I think would be great for gifts to teachers or friends but also they don't cost much to put together.

Hot Chocolate 

This is a great simple idea to give the gift of a warm cup of cocoa in those cold winter months.  So what will you need?

  • Bottles or Tubes– I think the tubes shown in the pictures may be hard to get hold of, so instead replay them with small mason jars.  You can find small mason jars every from John Lewis to hobby craft and even supermarkets sell them. 
  • Glue or Glue Dots – I like using glue dots when working with small items, like attaching the ribbon, because then I don’t burn my fingers with the hot glue gun, but you can certainly use that if you like.
  • Ribbon – anything you like, any size you like. I used a narrow ribbon around the bottle cap, and the wider around the bottles
  • Rubber Bands – you don’t have to have these, but it did make it easier to hold the bottles together
  • Floral Picks – anything you like, we found these at HobbyCraft
  • Ornaments or Decorations – the snowflake ornament was nice to add, then the person you are giving it Hot Cocoa Kit too will also have an ornament

Once you have all this, all you need to do is fill the tubes or mason jars, so what to fill them with? How about some of these ideas.

  • Hot Cocoa Mix – you can buy store bought packets,
  • Peppermint Sticks – you could also use candy canes and crush them
  • Mini Marshmallows  – regular or peppermint
  • Mint Chips – we used Andes Mint Chips, you could also use regular Chocolate Chips
  • Oreo Mint Cookies – or other cookies you like

Once this is done all you need to do is use the rubber band to wrap everything together and finish off with ribbon and the flower/snowflake decorations.

Balloon Sweet Cups

These are my invention, Re-Useable cups filled to the brim with celebration chocolates and decorated on the top with an incredible hand made balloon design.  Here are some Christmas  designs however there are many more available.  I came up with these because I have three nephews, two of which are getting to that age where they are no longer little kids but they are note quite teens yet either so it gets very hard to buy gifts for them and I hate giving money as a gift, to me it always says "here you go I don't care" Everyone loves chocolate and being able to add some awesome balloon designs makes these cups super fun gifts that no-one has seen before.  They are only £6.00 each with free local delivery, click the find out more button to, well find out more and purchase if you like.

Exciting Gift Cards

I actually think gift cards can be a brilliant gift, much better than money and if the gift card goes towards something very expensive than it can really be a special gift that can make someone's dreams come true.  I have a friend that wanted to train to become a pilot but obviously this costs a lot of money.  So a few of us got together to buy a gift card for his first few lessons. You see this was the start to a whole new life for him and he got a great head start just from a gift card.  But we can do better than this.  How about these ideas to present the gift card in a fun way.

These boxes are super easy to make.  Take a box from a top trumps deck of cards.  You can find top trumps decks in most toy shops.  They normally come in a brilliant plastic box with a hinge to open and shut it.  Cover the entire box with PVC Glue being careful not to cover the hinges with glue.  Sprinkle the glitter all over the box and allow to dry, its a god idea to do this over a tray or bowl.  Any spilt glitter can just be put back in the glitter tub to use next time.  Once the boxes are dry you can put another coat of PVC glue over the glitter to protect it and to stop the glitter from crumbling off and getting everywhere.  Once dry put the gift card inside and now you have something fun and different.

Here's another idea with mason jars! Fill it with M&M's and bury the gift card inside. I love this idea, mainly because I love M&M's but you can add some variety by mixing chocolate M&M's with peanut and crispy ones.  Or if you visit M&M world in London you can get personalised M&M's or just pick the recipients favourite colour/s for the M&M's.

Chocolate Sleigh

I love this idea and I would be super happy if anyone gave it to me.  I think this is a perfect gift for teachers and with some coaching your kids can help you make it.  So what do you need:-

  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 x candy canes
  • 1 x 4 finger kit kat
  • handful of smaller chocolates like celebrations

The picture pretty much says it all, use just a dab or two of hot glue to fix the candy canes to the kit kat and then again only a dab of hot glue for each of the celebration chocolates arranged in a pyramid to look like a sleigh.

I hope you've liked these gift ideas and obviously you don't have to use them just for christmas, these can be modified and used anytime of the year for birthday's or anything.  

Don't go anywhere just yet, this pack is one of the biggest packs I have ever put together and next up we have a bunch of great games for you to try at home.



Christmas Games

There is no better way to keep a whole group of friends or a family happy together than playing some great games.  Of course you could let the kids play the xbox while the adults break out into separate conversations etc but that's not christmas, bring everyone together with these great games.

Reindeer Antler Game

This can be a great crazy game and it's great for taking some funny pics to share on Facebook or Twitter.  Split your guests up into teams (as evenly as possible) and give each of them a bowl full of balloons.  Balloons of all shapes and sizes make this game a lot more fun.  Also give each team a pair of tights.  Now depending on how crazy and manic you want this game you can use your phone to set a timer for either 5 or 10 minutes.  When the time starts the teams need to inflate tie and stuff balloons into the tights, as soon as the time finishes one team member must get the tights on their head to show off their antlers, the team with the biggest craziest antlers wins.  Make sure you get pics of everyone wearing their antlers.

Christmas Bingo

This game is brilliant! it is not your ordinary bingo at all.  Great for adults but tweens and teens can join in with this and love it too.  You do need to know how many guests you have for this one.  So lets say you have six people playing this, you need to plan this one ahead of time and you will need to get 3 or 4 small gifts, always about half the amount of gifts to players.  These gifts don't have to be much maybe a movie hamper with a film, popcorn and a bottle of wine or something along those lines.  Each present must be wrapped up so you can not tell what is in any of them.  You could also do some red herring gifts too like a £1 scratch card in  a larger box to make it look like something bigger.  

We always play this around a table with all the gifts in the middle.  You then need to multiply the amount of guests by five.  So for our example we have 6 guests multiplied by 5 which is 30.  We'll need to number small squares on an A4 sheet with 1 to 30, in fact you'll need to do this twice.  Cut both batches of 30 squares up into tickets and place each batch into individual bowls.  Every player takes 5 random squares from one of the bowls.  These will be the players tickets.  The second bowl of numbered squares is for the host.  The host will be the bingo caller and pick out one of the numbers from the bowl.  Who ever has the matching number gets to take a gift from the centre of the table.  This is repeated until all the gifts have been taken.

Now we get into the fun bit, the next number is called by the host and whoever has the matching number can take a gift off of someone else.  Again this is repeated with players taking gifts from each other until all the numbers are called and anyone that still has a gift gets to keep it.  This game is always very popular and lots of fun.

Name this Christmas tune

I actually use this game in my Christmas shows so I know its brilliant and it's a great game for boys versus girls and again the kids can join in.  You need two adults or teens to head up and represent their teams.  Each representative gets a kazoo, yes a kazoo.  Just a cheap plastic one will work, click on the image for an amazon link to go and buy them. I have included a button below for my christmas name that tune cards which have all of the most popular christmas songs printed on them.  You'll need to print them out and cut them up into cards.  Each representative gets one minute (use your phone timer) to play songs from the cards using the kazoo and their team has to guess what the song is.  They get a point for each correct answer.  The winning team is the team with the most correct answers.  This is a funny game and the answers get more frantic the more you remind them of the time running down.


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Christmas Decorations

Obviously store bought decorations look awesome (mostly) some are terrible but you can get some lovely bought decorations.  But NOTHING compares to home made ones, these are great activities to keep the kids amused and excited (like they need help to get excited) on the run up to christmas but you all get these great objects that hold memories.  My mum still has two christmas decoration that I made in primary school that still go on her tree every year and its been great to show my daughter what I made as a kid.  So here are some great choices to create memories and keep them for years.

Elf Yourself

For this great hang up deco idea you'll need to take a picture of your child's face, don't take an old picture and crop it.  Take a new close up picture of their face and print it out as large as you can.  The closer to A4 you get the better your Elf will look.  You will also need a variety of construction paper/cardboard.  Most craft stores sell a variety pack in A3 size card which will work great.  Cut the shapes out for the body, hands, legs, hats and feet.  The children can then customise their elf with different decorations like stickers, pom poms, cotton wool, felt tips etc. Just glue all the bits together and use some string to create the hanger.  This can be hung from the ceiling, a door or entrance way to the house. 

Frosty the Snowman

This is awesome, can you imagine walking into someones house and seeing this? Maybe this is not the kind of decoration that you can bring out every year however it would be cool to make with the kids and get some pictures with it. Obviously the main component of this snowman are two paper lanterns.  You should be able to find these in pound shops however I  found a bunch on Amazon.  You need a big lantern for the body of the snowman and a smaller one for his head. You'll also need some sheets of felt that you should be able to get from Hobbycraft.  Black for the eyes, orange for the nose and two red sheets for the scarf.  First cut the circles for the eyes, mouth and buttons. Use double sided sticky tape to attach them onto the lanterns.  The the nose, now for the scarf.  Stretch one of the red sheets of felt as much as you can and then cut it length wise so that its the width of a scarf, now stretch it again and do the same to the second sheet of red felt.  Use a safety pin to attach the two sheets of felt together and the make some slits in either end to finish off the scarf look.  

Love this idea

This is a great idea for storing christmas cards, I would be a little worried about making a fire hazard however maybe modern led fairy lights would not generate too much heat but it does look great.

Reindeers

This idea has been doing the rounds for quite some time but I love how easy it is and how cute it turns out.  Plus because you will be getting this out every year imagine pulling it out 5 years from now and the kids can see the size difference in their fingers. So this is so simple, just a small bit of paint in a dish and get the kids to cover a finger with paint.  You may want to supervise this bit and just rock one finger in the paint.  Get a good press on the ball, don't worry if it doesn't work the first time you should be able to wipe the paint off and try again.  Allow the print to dry and then use sharpie pens to add the finishing details.


That's another Activity Pack in the bag folks.  I really hope you find this useful and I would love to know if you actually try anything from it.  Remember you can win some great Wayne Wonder Prizes just for posting a pic on my Facebook page of your family trying something.  Before you go why not try another one of the packs below or use the search feature to search for anything you may be interested in.  If you want Elsa, Minions or Lego then just type it in.   Give it a try and let your friends know about all the resources and ideas available here.