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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Unicorns - Lunch Time

Unicron Snacks from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to a brand new week of Unicorn themed fun.  We have already explored crafts and games this month but don't worry I have included links to both of those below.  This week we are going to look at some brilliant Unicorn snacks, these are great for lunch box items, birthday party food or just something fun to do at home when you don't want to go out or maybe when you're stuck in waiting for a delivery.

Before we get into this weeks Unicorn ideas I have some very exciting news! My second new character of 2018 has arrived and will start to feature in shows very soon. She's a Unicorn and I had no idea what to name her so I turned to my lovely Facebook fans and ran a competition to win a Free one hour Wayne Wonder Party worth £150.00! if you can come up with a great name.  I have had loads of entries and some brilliant names, some of my favourite are listed below but there were far too many to mention.  Thank you so much everyone for entering I will be doing more competitions and deals solely for my Facebook Page in the future so please do make sure you smash that like button.  I also run regular deals and discounts for my newsletter subscribers too so you can subscribe to them below too.

  • Marshmallow
  • Starlight
  • Bella
  • Harmony
  • Glitter Puff
  • Twinkles
  • Fluffle
  • Rainbow Sparkle Farts

The Winner is........

Dazzle - Well done to the winner, I have contacted you already, you have won a FREE one hour Wayne Wonder Party Extravaganza!

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Unicorn Banana Bread from Wonder Kids

Lets kick this off with Banana Bread. I love Banana Bread so any excuse to make more and Im up for it.  This is also great to make ahead and freeze the entire loaf, you can freeze it for up to three months.  When you are ready to use it, just thaw overnight in the fridge and then leave out on the the counter top to come up to room temperature before serving.

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

Vanilla Icing:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles, for topping
Wonder Kids Banana Bread

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

STEP 1: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

STEP 2: In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined.

STEP 3: Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.

STEP 4: Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!

STEP 5: Fold in sprinkles.

STEP 6: Pour banana bread mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350F and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pan.

MAKE VANILLA ICING:

STEP 7: In a large bowl, beat together the butter with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

STEP 8: Fill a zip-lock bag with vanilla icing, lock it shut and snip off a corner of the bag. Ice top of bread and sprinkle with additional sprinkles.

NOTES:

*STORE: Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Rainbow Sandwiches from Wonder Kids

Rainbow Sandwiches

Ingredients
• 4 carrots
• 2 large handfuls of spinach
• 100g frozen peas
• 2 cooked beetroots
• 150g cream cheese or soft goat cheese
• 4 slices wholemeal bread (pick a good quality bread with minimal added ingredients, or if you have time make the Organix homemade bread recipe)

Method

1. Peel the carrot and slice into discs. Steam for approx. 20 minutes until tender. Add the spinach leaves and peas to the steamer for another 2 minutes (you can boil the vegetables instead if you prefer).
2. Drain the veg and allow to cool.
3. Create 3 different coloured spreads. Blend one third of the soft cheese with the carrots for an orange spread, then place into a storage pot. Blend a third with the spinach and peas for a green spread, then finally a third with the cooked beetroot. Place them straight into the fridge to firm up. Use either a high speed blender or stick blender, whichever you prefer.
4. Once firm, spread 3 slices of bread, one with each colour spread. Place the slices on top of each other with the spread face up, creating a sandwich, adding the plain slice on top. Carefully cut the sandwich into little squares, triangles or any shape you like, great for your little one to grab hold of.

Serving suggestions

These spreads can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a couple of days, or frozen for a month. You can also remove the crusts to see the colours all the way around the edge. Great for parties, lunchboxes and picnics.

You can also add fresh herbs to the green spread, such as basil to add an interesting flavour, and some grated parmesan for a more cheesy flavour. Why not experiment with other vegetables, using roasted carrots rather than steamed gives a different flavour to the orange spread.


Unicorn Lunch box from Wonder Kids

If you liked the rainbow Sandwiches how about combining them into an entire Rainbow Lunch? This is a Bento style lunch box which is something I love and have mentioned before on this blog, just search for the term "Bento" and see what comes up.  It's a Japanese style of packing a lunch box so that all the ingredients are in correct proportions and you get a nice blend of colours whilst also being practical in that the ingredients are filled in a way that everything holds together.

Start by cutting out the bread into a Unicorn shape, use a cutter like the one I have found below, you can fill this with whatever you want but a rainbow Sandwich would be brilliant.  Set this aside and continue with the rest of the lunch box. This cutter can also be used for making Unicorn Biscuits and how about Unicorn Water melon slices?

Lay the rainbow veggies out in the bottom of the largest compartment in your lunch box. I arranged mine in colour order – purple carrots, red pepper sticks, orange carrots, yellow baby corn and green cucumber. Lay the rainbow fruit out in one of the smaller lunch box compartments. I arranged mine in the following order; red grapes, strawberry slices, green grapes and blueberries. Fill another compartment with a plain popcorn ‘cloud’. Finish the lunch off with a couple of gold coin for a treat (optional).


Unicorn Salsa from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Salsa

This is super simple, tasty and healthy too! Anything Unicorn needs to be super colourful so it's time to raid the cupboard and fridge and see what you have for the different colours.  You can mix things up with different coloured peppers and different types of beans etc.

Here is what I had to use

  • Red: roma tomatoes and red bell peppers
  • Orange: orange bell peppers
  • Yellow: corn and yellow bell peppers
  • Green: jalapeno and fresh coriander
  • “Blue”: black beans (eh, close enough)
  • Purple: red onion

You will also need the juice of a lime too.  Try adding some Avocado chunks and maybe try heating up some corn on the cob on a griddle pan until it starts to blacken.  Run a knife down the cob to release the corn kernels.  This adds a great smokey flavour to the salsa instead of using a can of sweetcorn. Enjoy this with some tortilla chips and you have a great lunchtime snack.


All of these great snack ideas is making me thirsty so how about some Unicorn Lemonade, maybe we should call this something like a Unicorn Tears Drink? That gives me an idea for next week, make sure you come back next Tuesday for another week of great Unicorn fun and check out the posts at the bottom of this post for more Unicorn theme fun.

Unicorn Tears Drink from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Tears Drink

This really couldn't be simpler, so I have added some extra little touches to take this idea over the top but for the actual drink, you'll make it in no time at all really and the kids can help you make it too.

To Start With you'll need:

  • Pink Food Colouring
  • Purple Food Colouring
  • Blue/Teal Food Colouring
  • 3 cups of water

Divide the cups of water so that you mix one cup of pink, one cup of purple and one cup of blue water.  Always start with a small amount of food colouring so you can add more if needed. You want nice bright colours.

Fill Ice cube trays with the coloured waters, try to make sure they stay separate, so maybe use a different ice cube tray for each colour.  You will need lots of ice in every drink so you may need to make extra cubes.

Now whilst they are freezing you can pop to the shops and get the best Lemonade you can buy, it can be fizzy or more of a classic cloudy lemonade whichever you prefer.

To make the drink fill the glass with as much of the coloured ice as possible, to to add the cubes in layers of the different colours.  Pour over the lemonade and watch the magic, as the ice melts the drink should blend and change colour whilst retaining the great lemonade taste.  Add a slice of lemon on top and try the extra touches below to take it over the top.

Extra Touches

Use corn syrup, poured onto a plate and before you make the drinks but after the ice cubes are in the freezer.  Place the glass mouth down onto the corn syrup and roll it around so the rim of the glass is covered.  Now roll the rim through a plate of sprinkles (hundreds and thousands), put in the fridge to chill and solidify.

See if you can find a rainbow decorated glass or tumbler and a unicorn straw, it's all in the presentation and these touches will take it to the next level.  I have added some links below for what I could find.

Unicorns - Magical Games

Unicorn Games from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our second week of Unicorn fun, this week I am going to show you some great Unicorn games, these will work great for birthday party games or for just some fun at the weekend or during the school holidays.

Lets kick it off with this great treasure hunt, it's a free download, so just click on it and print it off.  You can laminate it and use dry wipe markers to make them re-usable.  Alternatively print them off, one for each player, put it on a clipboard and the kids need to colour the star in for each item they find.  I have included some super cool Unicorn clipboards below if you want to go full theme.

There are ten items to find, I have purposely made them as ambiguous as I could so that you can have some fun with them.  

  1. Something Magical - could be a wand, fairy wand, glitter, potion etc
  2. Soft toy - could literallybe any soft toy
  3. Rainbow - Any multicoloured item, I have included some below
  4. Something Purple - Anything purple
  5. Star - Anything star shaped, or a picture of a star, a star made from kitchen foil
  6. A horn - an Ice cream cone or a bicycle horn
  7. Pink Clothing - Uh yea
  8. A Gem - Anything shines really, raid the pound shops, I have included a pack of plastic gems below
  9. Something that Rhymes with Unicorn - I love this one, I would just go silly with Poo-nicorn and the like, a fake poo or Unicorn Poo slime like I showed you last week.
  10. A flower - depending on the time of year this could be real or fake

Something I have started to do with these new blog posts is have a little search and go back through my previous blog posts to see if anything from them can be fitted into this theme, well this time I found a couple of things that may just work, firstly its part of my Knights and Knaves fun I found these great Horses you can make out of a pool noodle.  Super easy to make with a folded over pool noodle and some felt.  You can do Unicorn races, maybe around obstacles if you turn these horses into Unicorns by adding some cute eyes and use some fab foam to make a horn on top of the head. The other Idea that can be adjusted is the great game of Junk in the Trunk from part of my Sleepover ideas.  It's an hilarious game, just add some ribbon for a tail on the box and have the kids wear a cute unicorn horn hairband and you have another quick easy and fun game.


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Oreo Unicorn 

Separate the kids into pairs, give each team a stack of Oreo biscuits.  One member from each pair kneels on the floor with their head up facing the sky.  The other team member then has to stack as many Oreos as they can on their head.  Time them for this game and only give them a Minute or so. If the stack falls over they have to start over but the time keeps counting down.  The winning team is the one with the tallest stack.


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Hula Unicorn Toss

Hula Unicorn Toss

You need some space for this games, you'll need one or more traffic cones, I have included some below to save some time.  And a selection of hula hoops.  First thing to do is prepare the cone.  Use spray paint to make it look more Unicorn horn like.  You can find loads of different types of spray paint these days, you can get spray paint that finishes with a rock looking effect which would turn this game into a Rhino horn toss? but you can get metallic paints, glitter paints or just spray a mix of complimenting colours like in the picture opposite. Now set the distance that the kids stand away and they through the big hula hoops at the cone/s and try to get as many as they can over the hoops.  Trust me this game is a tough one so maybe if you can have multiple cones and hoops you can set one closer and then others further away.  They get 2 points for the first one then, 3, 5, 10 etc.  You can keep track of the score on your smartphone.  The person with the biggest score wins.

That's it for this week, my fav games are the last two, I think the kids will love those two.  Check out the related posts below before you go and remember to come back next Tuesday for more Unicorn fun where we are going to explore how to make a Unicorn Lunch.


Space - Out of this World Crafts

Space crafts and activities from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome back for another great blog post following our theme of space.  This week I am going to share loads of great activities and crafts, kicking off with these great colouring pages, it's been a while since I included any colouring pages so if you like these and would like more just use the search bar above.  If this is your first time visiting our site then please make sure you go to the bottom of this blog post to see our other space related articles or try out the search bar above to search for anything you are interested in we have loads of content waiting for you.

Alka Seltzer Rockets

I included the full details of how to do this on a previous post all about Big Hero 6 which was a film that never broke into the mainstream but we loved it.  Check out the video were we did it in our back garden, then just click the link to find out how to do them and have fun.

Erupting Moon Rocks

This uses our moon dough recipe that you can find here.  Make the moon dough as we have done previously adding water to make sure they are really moist.  Using a squeeze bottle is a good way of keeping control over how much water you are adding.  Be careful, if you add too much the dough will just dissolve (the baking soda will dissolve). Now to turn them into moon rocks, you need to leave them to one side to dry out.  Indoors they will take a long time so you will need to leave them overnight to make sure they have dried out.  If you are doing this on a nice hot sunny day (lucky you in the UK) than a few hours outside in the sun should do the trick.  Once they are solid, you cadd some vinegar into the squeezy bottles, when the kids squeeze some vinegar on the rocks there should be a reaction with the bicarbonate of soda.  Im not sure wether every type of vinegar will work oil the same way, we used white wine vinegar (thats all I had in the cupboard) but that worked, Im pretty sure that cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar will work too.  Not sure about malt vinegar, give it a go and let me know on Facebook.

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Space jewellery from Wonder Kids

Space Jewellery

This is lots of fun and super easy to do, we can't wait to give this a try over the summer. Here's what you'll need, I have put all the Amazon links below too so you can save some time.

  • Sculpey Clay in assorted colors (Red, Yellow, Gold, White, Black, Purple, Blue, Green)
  • Skewer
  • Baking Pan
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cord
  • Optional: Extra Star Beads

To make these spacey clay necklaces, you need to first make your Sculpey clay pliable and soft. When you first pull it out of the package it’s slightly hard and rectangular. Just roll the clay around in your hands for it to become pliable and soft. This may be difficult for very small children so you may have to help.  Whenever you look at photos of the various planets in our solar system or of the galaxy, you’ll probably notice all the beautiful, swirling colors. To recreate this effect, roll various colors of clay together to create your beads.

Once you get the colors and effect that you want, roll the clay into balls and push a skewer through them. Cover a baking dish with aluminum foil. Then, bake the beads according to the directions on the package. When you pull your beads out, they’ll be hot. But they’ll soon cool down and you’ll end up with clay beads that are really quite solid. String your planet beads according to the order of the planets around the sun and your galaxy-inspired beads into whatever fun design you’d like. You can also mix in other beads too. Adding the star beads makes for a nice extra touch,  Tie the two ends of cord together and boom you're done.

That's it for this week but we will be back next week for our last Space adventure where I show you some really cool ideas for a space theme birthday party.  If you think about, look back at all the Space posts and related posts below and you are already well on your way to create an amazing Space party so I am looking forward to sharing with you the party ideas I have to add to what we have done so far. See you soon.

Make it Simple - Moon Dough

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Check out our other Make It Simple recipe for Play Dough below, this is super easy and will keep kids busy for hours. 

Ingredients

  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Glitter ( Black and Silver)
  • Black Food Colouring

Now this isn't an exact science so just try adding two cups of baking soda into a bucket or tray and add a 1/4 cup of water to it, combine with your hands.  If you want more dough add another 2 cups of baking soda followed by 1/4 cup water, this ratio should be about right.

Once you have the quantity you want add a small drop of food colouring and combine, add some glitter and combine. Continue to add small amounts of each until you reach a colour and coinsistency that you are happy with.