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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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Lego Fun - Lego Games

Lego Party Games from Wonder Kids

Lets crack on with our final week of Lego fun, make sure you check out all of the posts on the blog that feature lego by clicking the links below.  This week I have found some brilliant yet simple games you can play at home for any lego fans. Make sure you come back next week in the new year for a brand theme and we may well be introducing some exciting changes to the blog too.

I spy the lego guy from wonder kids

I Spy

Print off this template, cut out the mini figures and place them around the room, you can print off as many as you like. The kids need to try and  "spy" all the lego mini-figures without actually making the room a mess.  Try printing on different coloured card, this helps them stand out more and you can even play teams this way too.

Lego Handwash from Wonder kids

Lego Soap

I just love this idea, place small lego bricks in clear hand wash to make it more fun for kids, back to the games.

Lego Sucks from Wonder kids

Lego Sucks!

Im kidding, but this game does, use a straw to suck up as many small pieces of lego and place them in a cup, give the kids only a minute or two and whoever gets the most pieces in the cup is the winner.

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Lego Cards

Challenge your master builder skills with these free cards, take turns, play teams, keep count or just play for fun.

Pin the Head

Click on the picture for full details, but a great game idea for a lego party, pin the head on the lego mini figure.

Lego Fun - Lego Ninjago

Lego Ninjago Fun from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome back to Wonder Kids, this week we are looking into Ninjago, with the film that has just recently came out, check out the trailer below.  We are going to look into some great Ninjago, decorations, food, crafts, fancy dress and more. So take your time and take a look through all of this Ninja fun.

Lets kick off with these super cool Ninjago Lanterns. All you need are some cheap Chinese lanterns which I have linked below to save you some time, and these super cool Ninjago eyes which you can print on standard paper or sticker paper.  if you print them on standard paper you can attach them using sellotape or double sided sticky tape. these can also be stuck on to red, green, blue and black balloons to make ninja balloons. 

Lego Ninjago Lantern from wonder kids
Lego Ninjago Lantern from wonder kids
LEGO Ninjago party from wonder kids

Ninja Eyes

Just tap the button below for the free eyes print out

I also wanted to share with you these great Ninjago costumes I found whilst researching, I think they are great and will really take a Ninjago party to the next level. As with any costume accessories help to make it so I have also found some cheap ninja swords too. Ok lets get on with some more cool fun things, first up I have made these great lego ninja go party invites for you to download for free.  We have a huge growing collection of invites all on one web page, take a look with the button below.

Ninjago Party Invite from Wonder Kids

Ninjago Party Invite

Now we are going to need some great Ninjago themed food, these can be used to enjoy with the movie or use them for a birthday party, I have also included below some birthday cake inspiration for you to show professional bakers or have a go at one yourself.  Share your pictures on our Facebook page, we love to see what you are up to.

These first two ideas are super easy, just buy some fortune cookies, dip them Ito some red candy melts and boom they are done.  Next are the Spinjitzu Sticks, these are pretzel sticks again dipped in coloured candy melts and then covered with different toppings, you ca use sprinkles, coconut, chocolate chips or anything else you can find. I love this cake sushi below, it looks really impressive and again is sooo simple, this just uses different types of cake, so use a Swiss roll and slice to make it look like sushi, the same with a chocolate log.  Rice Krispie treats with a sweet fish on top,  I think they are called Swiss fish? but not too sure, they are available in the Uk through specialist suppliers. Genius! Then I have put together a gallery of cake inspiration for you to.

Ninjago Cake Sushi from Wonder Kids
Origami Ninja Stars from Wonder Kids

Origami Ninja Stars

I think these are super cool, and depending on the age of the kids they could have ago at making these themselves.  I think kids under 8yrs will really struggle with these.  First off I found you need to start with two pieces of A4 and you need to measure 10cm tout off.  These makes the A4 more of a square shape which should make all the folds work better. Just follow the pictures, take your time and once you have made one you will be well away. 

This is the end of our fun this week but fear not we still have one more week of fun with Lego yet.  Next week I will show you some brilliant Lego themed games that you can modify and use with all three lego themes we have covered so far.  

Lego Fun - Lego Friends

Lego Friends Party from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our second week of great Lego fun.  This week we are going to explore Lego Friends, I think this range of Lego has been a brilliant success, my daughter loves it. they were included in my top toys for Christmas post with the set below. Lets kick this week off with some great lego Friends snacks. After these three snacks I have compiled some great birthday cake pictures for your inspiration, then we move onto some really good bits. before we go any further make sure you check out last weeks post all about Lego Movie fun, there are some ideas that you can use with any Lego theme.

Jelly Bricks from Wonder Kids

Jelly Bricks

These are so simple once you have the right equipment.  You'll need the silicone brick moulds like the ones below. DO NOT TRY TO MAKE THIS WITH ACTUAL LEGO BRICKS.  I have seen loads of advice telling people to pour jelly into actual bricks, that would just be a disaster.  The other top tip is when you are mixing the jelly with hot water, make sure you don't whisk it too hard, you don't want loads of bubbles in the mixture because they stay in the finished jelly bricks and they just don't look great.

Wonder Kids Lego Sandwich

Lego Sandwiches

You can make these with pretty much any filling you like, all you need is a small circle cutter, cut the circles out of an extra piece of bread and you'll need to attach them onto the sandwich.  Cut the sandwich into small brick shapes, then you can use butter, peanut butter, jam, mayonnaise or any other sticky edible substance add two small circles onto every brick sandwich.

 

 

Brick Rice Krispy Treats 

One more super simple idea, cut rice Krispy treats into brick shapes and then use smarties to add the circles on top. You can use a little bit of icing or even melted marsh mallow to stick the smarties on.

Wonder Kids Rice Krispy Treat Lego

Here is a gallery of great Lego friends cakes, take a look and get inspired. After this we have some great simple lego builds for you and then some free printables. Stay with us we are going to finish on something awesome.

I also love these ideas for a cutlery holder and napkin holder. You can also find a snack holder here.  You can make anything out of lego that will fit in with any of our lego fun.

Ok enough with the inspiration lest get on with some fun and free printables, first here is a word search  and bingo game you can print out for some Lego Friends fun and then I have created some lego friends invites for you to use for free to.

Lego Friends Invite Wonder Kids

Friends Invite

 

Click button below to print these great party invites, two per page of A4

To finish everything off this week, check out these super cool lego finger rings, there is a little prep work before the kids can get stuck in and finish them off, but I think it's simple enough that the pay off will be worth it. First you'll need some supplies

  • Blank rings (linked below)
  • Permanent Glue (linked below)
  • 2 x 2 lego plate (linked below)
  • assortment of additional lego attachments 

Before you let the kids at these, you'll need to use the glue to attache a 2x 2 plate onto each ring, make sure it fixes securely and is well cured before the kids can touch it.  Now using additional lego the kids can build their own ring designs and keep them, they look great and the kids will love designing a ring they can change a tweak at any time. You can add characters, special bricks, you really are only limited by your imagination. Show us what you make on our Facebook page. We'll be back next week when we take a look into Lego Ninjago! 

Lego Rings from Wonder Kids

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.

Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Houses

Tinkerbell & Fairies from Wonder Kids

I really enjoy re-visiting my old blog posts and seeing how I can improve them.  This is the first in a series of posts exploring how we can have even more fun with Tinkerbell and all the other fairies. I loved putting together a fairy House two years ago with my daughter, she loved it too and our cat Misty also seemed to love.  Over the past two years our cat has slowly destroyed our previous Fairy house.  This summer I want to make a brand new Fairy house, bigger and better than anything we did before so lets see how much fun we can have now.

Fairy Garden from Wonder Kids

This was the fairy garden we made back in 2015 it has since been destroyed by our cat but here you go with the details of how to build this super simple fairy garden.  I will then share some more up to date designs and some accessories you can add to your garden to make them even more awesome.

What you'll need:

  • Moss
  • Flowers
  • shells/rocks
  • Saucer
  • Bird Houses
  • Large Planter
  • Compost
  • Small picket fence (optional)

Most of this should be available from your local garden centre. Firstly you'll probably need to paint the bird house's, this is a great activity for the kids. Then once they are dry, lay out how you want your fairy garden to look.  The get to planting the plants and embedding the houses in the dirt (so they don't fall over.  You could always put some rocks inside the house to make sure it stays vertical. And your all done, easy huh? you can even go out in the evening and sprinkle some glitter over it to show the kids in the morning like a real fairy had been in the house.


Next level Houses

Ok so here we go with some next level ideas, the above idea is very simple beginner type design. In my research for this new post I found this quick video from B&Q which again is quite a simple build with some really cool additions.

Adding a bonsai tree is a really nice touch that I didn't think of originally, I love bonsai tress and have one myself so this may be something I try in the future. The inspiration below reminds me of something from the shire where a Hobbit may live.

Bonsai fairy Garden

Having more space would really help to make a more elaborate fairy garden so I found the garden below online.  It looks like it may be built inside of a bird feeder which is a fantastic idea to make a feature in your garden from.

Large fairy garden Wayne Wonder

In our original garden we used bird houses and painted them in bright colours but this time I would like to go with a more natural woodland look. So you could still use birdhouse as a starting point, adding moss, twigs, cork and other materials to make something that feels more authentic.

No need to shell out loads on bird houses, check out this simple build just using some drink cartons.  make sure you use the nice big cartoons you get for milk, orange juice etc.

Eco build fairy house Wonder Kids

First cut openings for the door and windows. Then trim the sticks down to size with the pruning shears. After that, glue the sticks and leaves to the carton.

We took a break and let the houses dry overnight. They might have been ready sooner than that, but the kid only had so much focus power for gluing a bunch of sticks. I didn’t want him to lose interest, so we put it aside. Sometimes you just can’t rush a child artist!

You don't need to cover all the sides of the house with sticks you can opt for ivy leaves to cover the walls. The roof was topped with bark–the sloped roof was a tricky surface, so we pulled out the hot glue gun for immediate results. maybe using pebbles for the roof?

Once the house was dry we came back and added more glue between the sticks and anywhere the box was still exposed. Then we sprinkled sand on the glue and brushed off the excess with an old paint brush. The result looks like grout, but without the hassle. We put it aside again to dry.

After the fairy house is completed you can set up next to some potted plants or put it out in the garden. If you do display it outside, you might want to put some rocks inside to weigh it down. The fairies need some place to sit, after all.


Accessories

Now to make your fairy garden awesome and not just cute you need to accessorise, keep adding more accessories until everyones jaws drop.  I like the use of a lego tyre from the B&Q video above.  I think it would be quite simple to make some great accessorise just by using some broken twigs you can find in the woods.  Check out the entire playground made from small twigs. I love the addition of small food being added to tables or creating a picnic area.  This small food is a huge craft at the moment.  I believe it started in Japan and quickly became a world wide phenomenon.  

I have a very talented friend that makes a wide range of small food accessories you can purchase on Etsy, check out her work below and just click on any of the pictures to visit her Etsy store. I love the Sushi, do fairies like sushi?

Last but not least I wanted to show something super simple that you can make with just a bit of hot glue.  Using lollipop sticks check out the bench below for your fairy.  Im picturing it with a cork table next to it, maybe with a small slice of cake sitting on the table from the Etsy store above?   For this simple build I would paint the sticks first and let them dry, then just start gluing the sticks together, allowing them to dry in stages so that it doesn't all collapse.

Thats it for this folks but you can click here for loads more Fairy fun.

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