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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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Zootopia - Action Games

Zootopia Action Games from Wonder Kids

This week I have some awesome Zootopia games you can do at home or in a hall.  All of these are super simple and great fun.  I have already covered a great Ring Toss game/craft and I have some great FREE printables for you too, you can use the buttons below to find these posts.  Lets go.

Girraffe Stilts from Wonder Kids

Giraffe Race

This just looks like so much fun and your kids will love it. here's what you'll need:- remember to get enough supplies to make at least two sets of these so that two people can race.

  • 2 coffee cans (or any 2 cans sturdy enough for your child to stand on)
  • Yellow construction paper (enough to cover the two cans)
  • Crayons
  • 2 pieces of rope (cut to a length that can go through the can and be long enough for your child to hold as he/she walks)
  • Scissors
  • Sharp utensil (to punch holes in the sides of the cans)
  • Tape
Giraffe Race from Wonder Kids

How to Make 

Color Paper

Ask your child to color “giraffe” spots on the yellow paper.

Wrap Paper Around Can

Wrap the paper around the can and tape to hold in place.

Punch Holes in Can

Punch a hole close to the bottom of the can. Then punch another hole opposite it on the other side of the can. 

Thread Rope Through Can
Turn the can upside down. Thread the rope into one hole and out the other. Loop it over the top of the can and back through the first hole, and back out the other side. Tie the two end of the rope together. (You should have a strap across the top of can that your child can slip his foot through as well as a handle that your child can hold.

Walk on Legs

  • Repeat steps 1–4 for the second can.
  • Slip your child's feet through the straps, and give him the handles. Stay close while your child gets used to balancing on the giraffe legs. Walking is easier on a solid surface. Carpet and grass may be more challenging to walk on. 

Pus the Peanut Game Wonder Kids

Push The Peanut

This is so simple, you wouldn't believe how many uses I have found for Swimming Pool Noodles over the years! I use them every week in my Magic Shows and I have even made lightsabres out of them too.  Now we have the elephant Push the Peanut Game!.  

First cut the pool noodle to a good length, you want the kids to be able to stand up and use the noodle to push the peanut so think of a miniature hoover.  I also use a hand saw to cut the noodles.  You'll need some masking tape/painters tape.  With the tape make a course with some bends in it, at the end of the course have a small basket or washing bin for the kids to get the peanut inside of. I love this idea so much that I am putting a version of it in my Game Show.


Hungry Hungry Hippos/Humans

Hungry Humans from Wonder kids

I've saved the best idea for last! Now this one does take a little more prep and its best does in a hall but it's worth it in my opinion.  It's a great team game, so for this example I am going to say we have two teams of three.  

What you'll need

  • 1 Skateboard per team
  • 1 Small-Medium laundry basket
  • Rope - to attach to skateboard. (Use the same length and type for each team, it depends on the size of the venue but you'll need maybe 40' of rope)
  • Play balls, you can find these in large bags at most toy shops, I have included some below you can buy to save you some time. Get at least 200!
  • Tape for marking off "Team Box" on the floor in the room

Set Up

Before everyone arrives you'll need to tape a square box on the floor.  One box for each team, this box is where the teams stand and it's where they bring the plastic balls back to keep. Tie the length of the rope to each skate board.  Place the laundry basket and skateboard in each home square and place the loose balls in the centre of the room, they could start rolling away but don't worry, enough will stay in the middle to play the game.

Playing

Each team chooses the first person to lay on the board, I always like to start game with music, so when there music starts each team dives into the centre and uses the laundry basket to capture as many balls as they can.  The other team members then pull them back and they need to keep the balls in their home square!  The next team member lays on the board and repeats the process.  This continues until the music stops or all the balls have been collected.  This game is mayhem but it's so much fun, trust me give it a go.

Wonder Kids Hungry Hippos Game

That's it for this week, but we still have one more week to go with the Zootopia theme so make sure you come back next Tuesday Lunchtime.  Try out some of my other ideas below before you leave, I have hundreds of ideas covering loads of topics in my Wonder Kids blog now, it's all free so go and take a look.

Minions Re-Mixed - Minion birthday Party

Minions are out of the box

To round off the new Minions Re-Mixed posts I have included here some great simple Birthday Party additions to really take a party to a new level.  First check out this table deco, minions are a great theme for birthday parties because almost everything is available in both yellow and blue and the whole party is easy to bring together under a great bright theme.

Minion Party Table Wonder Kids

I love these super simple cups, just yellow cups which should be easy to find, black paper/card and some googley eyes which you should be able to find at a local craft shop or I have included a link below to save time.

This game is all sorts of fun but I think it's definitely an outdoors game.  The idea is that the kids save the minions from turning into evil purple minions.  You'll need to print out the picture supplied below and laminate it.  One picture for each child.  Then you'll need some washable finger paint and really water it down.  Again I have included a link for this to save you time.  Stick the pictures on a fence as shown and apply a little of the watered down paint to each Minion, it should start to drip down the picture.  This kids need to race to pick up their water guns and spray the pictures with water until the Minion is entirely clean and no longer turning purple.  

Couple of tips with this game - It's almost impossible to get all the purple paint off the picture so you may want to set this as a challenge against the clock.  Also make sure the kids have really good water guns so that they can step  quite far back from the fence and it should make the game easier for them.

Minons Re-Mixed - Take on the Minions

Hello and welcome to the first ever Wonder Kids Re-Mixed post.  One of my first ever blog posts covered the Minions back in 2014.  I think the time is right to re-mix this post and add loads of new ideas to it too.

Minion Pins Mions Remixed

Take on the Minions

I have here a couple of brilliant games using these super easy to make Minion Pins. You'll need as many 2ltr soda bottles as you would like to use.  You'll also need everything below:-

  • Yellow Spray Paint
  • Blue Spay Paint
  • Glue
  • Free Goggle print out (below)
  • Marker Pen

Just print out the goggles below and stick them onto the bottles.

Now you’re all set for fun! These can be use a bowling pins just use a regular small ball, maybe a tennis ball. But my favourite thing to do with these are Nerf guns, lots of boys have at least one nerf gun. Here’s the idea, have the kids leave the room whilst you set up minions all over the place. The kids then come in and try to hit all the targets. I promise you the kids will not get bored of this for a very long time and will soon be setting the pins up themselves to shoot down. This is just the first in anew series of posts about the minions, come back soon for more.
 

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.  Wonder Kids 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.

Ghostbusters - Crafts

Week two with the awesome Ghostbusters theme, this week I have some super simple and awesome crafts you can try at home.  Remember these crafts are not just for Ghostbusters, you can also use them for Halloween too! I have included a button to my Halloween blog post I did last year for loads more ideas.  You can also find the first week of Ghostbusters fun below where I showed you how to make your own slime.

It's not long until my brand new show Halloween Havoc, Myself and fellow entertainer John Johnny are teaming up to create a brand new Halloween experience.  This party is going to be all sorts of awesome with a brand new Spooky magic Show from me, Halloween Games, prizes, fancy dress, eerie disco, petrifying photo booth and loads more.  For this week only I am running a competition on Facebook for a free family of four ticket. There are not many tickets left now so make sure you take advantage of this. Click on the picture opposite for more details on Halloween Havoc.

 

Lollipop Ghosts

These are super cute and easy to make.  I think they make a nice little gift for Halloween or as part of a snack dox for a Ghostbusters movie marathon.  Maybe you want to catch up on the classic films before watching the new one.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tissues
  • Lollypops
  • Black Sharpie
  • small elastic bands, or maybe use loom bands if you have some laying around
  • Thin orange and black ribbon

Here we go, Use one full size tissue, and another tissue that has been cut into quarters. Take the quarter piece of tissue and put it in the center of the full sized tissue. This will help to hide the colour of the lolly pop underneath the tissue. I tried it first with just one layer of Kleenex, but you could definitely see the lolly pop through it. Two layers worked much better to hide the colour.

Bunch up the tissue over the lolly pop and stretch the elastic over it to hold it all in place. The elastics that I used were small enough that I only had to go around once. Make eyes with the sharpie and tie the ribbon around a bow.

Paper Plate Ghost

This is a cool craft and it works brilliantly with the silly string guns I showed in last weeks post which you can find here. You can hang a bunch of these paper plate ghosts all around the place and have the kids try to shoot them with the silly string guns. So how do you make them?

You'll need - 

  • Paper plates
  • White Crete Paper
  • Normal white paper (could use card)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Glue Stick

First you'll need to print out these templates on paper or card stock.  Cut out the two vale and colour them in using the sharpie. Make sure you don't miss out pupils for the ghosts eye's using the sharpie pen.  Now take the two arms and mouth from the template.  Glue the facial features to the front of the paper plate. Glue the arms to the back of the paper plate.

Cut crepe paper into five strips, 24 inches long each. Glue crepe paper to the back of the paper plate so that they hang down from the bottom.

One last thing before I let you go for the week, here is a free Ghostbuster's Trap.  Just click on the picture and print it out on A4paper or even better card stock if you can.  It's a very small trap when it's built but I think the kids will have a blast building them and playing with them.

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.

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.