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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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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.

Erupting Moon Rocks Wonder kids
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.

Trolls - Rainbow Ice Lollies

Here we are into week two of Trolls fest here on Wonder Kids. Last week we had a great super simple craft followed up with some Trolls colouring pictures.  Check out last weeks fun with the button below.  This week I have these gorgeous rainbow ice lollies, I think that Trolls is a really summary film so by the time the DVD comes out I think these fit with it perfectly.  Not only do they look amazing, they taste great and they are a healthy treat too.

Rainbow Ice Lollies

Before we get started you will need some sort of ice lolly mould.  These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I chose this classic design but you can use rocket ship moulds, cylindrical and everything in-between.  

TO ASSEMBLE THE RAINBOW POPSICLES

  1. Carefully layer each color smoothie in a popsicle mold in rainbow order.
  2. Layering the smoothies in the mold is easy. Use a spoon or tablespoon to scoop the smoothie mixture into the mold. It’s natural for the layers to blend a bit, but I have noticed that spooning the smoothies into the mold versus pouring the smoothie in from a glass leaves better results.
  3. Once the molds are filled, add the sticks and freeze the popsicles overnight.
  4. To get the popsicles to release from the mold, fill your kitchen sink with room temperature water. Place the mold in the water, making sure the water does not go above the top of the mold.
  5. Allow the mold to sit in the water for a few seconds.
  6. Begin to wiggle a popsicle free. If it feels tough, allow them to set in the water a few more seconds.
  7. Once all of the popsicles are removed from the mold, enjoy or wrap the extras in plastic wrap and return to the freezer.

Ingredients for the different layers

RED LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • water or liquid for blending

ORANGE LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 small orange
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • water or liquid for blending

YELLOW LAYER

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • water or liquid for blending

GREEN LAYER

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 handful (or more) spinach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • water or liquid for blending

BLUE LAYER

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • small amount of blue food coloring
  • water or liquid for blending

PURPLE LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • water or liquid for blending

MAGENTA LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup sliced canned beets
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries

Directions FOR EACH SMOOTHIE

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid to help it blend if it's too thick.
  2. Transfer the smoothie to a bowl or container, rinse the blender and prep the next smoothie.

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.

Roald Dahl - The Witches

Roald Dahl's The Wicthes is the final topic in our Roald Dahl month.  This story really is one of the scariest kids stories you can find and I think that is why it is so popular, I really believe that kids quite enjoy getting scared as long as it's in a safe environment.  I have utilised this in my shows. I have a puppet called Ferris, who looks like a realistic ferret, he comes out all cute and adorable the kids can pet him but then he leaps out into the audience, this delivers a real shock and scream moment in my otherwise very safe a funny shows.  This rollercoaster of emotion is what makes the best stories.  I have two brilliant ideas for you today, a great witch based game and the recipe for pea soup from the story.  

At the moment I am really busy working on my Halloween Havoc show. This is a full on Halloween Party and I am teaming up with fellow entertainer John Johnny.  We are combining our talents to provide a brilliant Halloween experience unlike anything you have been to before.  I am going to provide some crazy games and a superb spooky magic show, John Johnny will be providing a brilliant atmosphere with his DJ equipment, smoke machines and great lighting.  From his theatrical dance background we will have more interactive games and disco dances too.  Click on the picture below for more info and to get your tickets.  Don't miss out on this folks.

Witches Brew Memory Game

This is a great game, you don't have to have props for it but I think it makes the game a little bit more exciting and interesting for kids. Have guests gather around in a circle. You can place a cauldron in the middle of the circle as a prop, another great prop are little bits of coloured paper cut into small squares, each child gets a stack of cut up squares.  Each child should pick a colour stack i.e one child can be green another yellow and another red.  The first player starts the game by saying, “I am a witch making my brew and into the cauldron I through in  frog’s eyes.” and with that throw in one coloured square. 

The second player then continues by repeating the statement of the first player and adding her own ingredient at the end. For instance, she might say, “I am a witch making my brew and into the cauldron I just threw frog’s eyes and a pinch of sage.” followed by throwing in a coloured square.  The game ends when someone forgets the correct order of ingredients.  

The next player repeats the first and second person’s statements, and adds on a third ingredient. Play continues around the circle in this manner. Any player who forgets the preceding list of ingredients or can’t come up with a new ingredient is out of the game.

I love getting my daughter in the kitchen and making a proper meal feel like fun rather than a chore, just last night we made a brilliant prawn and spaghetti meal for the family.  I had her chopping up tomatoes, lemons and basil whilst I did the garlic, spinach and rocket (the smellier bits).  Lets say you have started reading the Witches as a bed time story, come the weekend you could make this recipe for lunch or dinner one night, not only does this help to bring the story to life but it makes cooking a whole lot more fun and this meal is super good for you too!

"Today there is green-pea soup to start with, and for the main course you have a choice of either grilled fillet of sole or roast lamb.’ 

The next moment, one of the cooks came along with a gigantic saucepan of steaming green soup and poured the whole lot into the silver basin. He put the lid on the basin and shouted, ‘Soup for the big party all ready to go out!’

Pea soup  Serves 4 (or 6 for a starter)

Ingredients
1tbsp butter
2 shallots (finely sliced)
750ml vegetable stock (or ham stock, if you have it)
400g frozen peas (petit pois are lovely here)
3 sprigs mint
Freshly ground pepper and flaky sea salt
Squeeze of lemon
4tsp crème fraîche

Equipment
Knife and chopping board
Medium saucepan
Wooden spoon
Blender

1. Melt the butter in the saucepan, and add the finely sliced shallots. Fry them over a low heat, stirring frequently to ensure they don’t brown. Once they are translucent, add the stock. Bring the stock to the boil.

2. Tip the peas into the stock, and bring it back to the boil. As soon as it is boiling, tip the contents of the pan into the blender and add all but a couple of the mint leaves. Blitz to a consistency you like – I prefer to still have the texture of the peas in the soup, but you might prefer a smoother consistency – if so, blitz for a good few minutes.

3. Taste the soup for seasoning, and add salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Pour the soup back into the pan, warm it through, and then serve up with some crème fraîche and a sprig of mint. Eat immediately.

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.

Roald Dahl - Marvellous Medicine

Georges Marvellous Medicine is another of my favourite stories.  This past Saturday I had the pleasure of entertaining at the official Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden.  I have included some pictures from the day.  It was a blast and it's a great day out for kids. This week in the kids blog we have some great potion ideas to try, and a worksheet to get the kids imaginations going, as well as some party supplies for free! take a look below. Make sure you check out the previous two weeks exploring Roald Dahl too.

Create your own Potion

This is a great worksheet I got from my wife (she's a teacher) but it's a great way to get kids creative juices flowing and whilst they are having fun they are also practising handwriting and sentences.

Get messy

Using empty bottles in the recycling, I made coloured water and played out all the other ingredients milk, vinegar, and baking soda, along with washing up liquid, lemon juice, almond essence, face cream and toothpaste, aiming for a range of different colours, scents and textures. Talk about a sensory experience. Now I'm thinking everyone knows what happens when you add vinegar to baking soda? so i wanted to let the kids discover for themselves that some of the ingredients are going to react with each other. I set out measuring scoops and a big mixing bowl, then we started concocting. By the end of our playtime, we had a gross vibrant pink, curdled, bubbly, frothy mixture. The kiddos totally had a blast, and chattered away about “making horrible medicine for grandma” as they played.

Fun Party Idea

For birthday parties you can try this, have a sweet table using these free labels to make them look like ingredients from the book 

Party Ingredients

Empty sweet jars
Our free printable George’s Marvellous Medicine labels
Candy floss
Sherbet
Colourful boiled sweets
Marshmallows
Large mixing bowl
Wooden spoon

Kids Punch - Georges Potion

Recreate your very own George’s Marvellous Medicine with our delicious non-alcoholic punch recipe. You’ll have loads of fun making it as the kids take it in turns pretending to be George, mixing his Marvellous Medicine with a large wooden spoon.

When it’s time to taste the punch, use your imaginations to act out its magical effects! We can’t promise it’ll be able to shrink any grandmas, but we can promise it’ll be very tasty!

1. Pour one litre of fresh orange juice into a large mixing bowl

2. Add two litres of lemonade

3. Scoop in half a litre of fruit sorbet (raspberry, orange or lime are the best!)

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.

Pokemon Go - Poke Snacks

Now one thing I think is missing from all of my Pokemon blog posts are some really easy but cool Poke Snacks, whether you are having a full Pokemon party, a Pokemon TV marathon or a gaming session, some great Pokemon Snacks will always take it up to the next level. Make sure you check out all of the other Pokemon blog posts I have written too, there are so many great ideas from decorations, free party printables and even some great games too. At the end of this post I have included a gallery of Pokemon birthday cakes, just for inspiration.

Before we get started with our first snack how about making a special lunch for your little Pokemon Fan, I found this great healthy Pokemon lunch and its easy to do.  Another little gem I found was this cool popcorn, I must find out how to make different flavoured popcorn one day.  As always thank you for coming to check out my blog, make sure you stay up to date with my public events too.

Babybel Cheese Pokeball

You'll need, babybel cheese, black card, scissors, hole punch, sticky tape, mcdonalds straw

First cut a strip of the card and punch it with the hole punch. Cut out the red wax on the cheese using the straw as a template for the round semi circle.  Wrap the strip of card around the cheese and use a small piece of tape on the back to keep it in place.

Candy Poke Balls

Here’s what you need to make Pokemon candy pokeballs:

  • Red candy melts
  • White candy melts
  • Black candy melts
  • Disposable icing bag
  • Spoons
  • White chocolate candies
  • Mini M&Ms

Melt the red candy melts according to package directions. Add a small amount to one of the circle cavities and use the back of the spoon to spread it around. Make sure to completely coat the inside. Fill all the cavities and chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set.

Repeat the process with the white candy melts.

Add a second layer of each color and chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set.

Remove the set chocolate from the silicone mold, then place the white bottoms loosely back inside. Try to hold the chocolate as little as possible because the heat from your hands will cause it to melt.

Fill the white bottoms with Mini M&Ms or other candies.

Spread some of the red candy melts onto the edges of the red candies and place on top of the white to create the pokeballs. Allow to harden.

Turn the pokeballs on their sides. Melt the black candy melts inside the icing bag and snip off the end with a pair of scissors.

Pipe a black line around the front of each pokeball and let it harden. Turn the balls and repeat on the back side.

Add a bit of black candy melts to the back of a white candy and attach to the front of each pokeball for a button.

Poke Pizza Anyone?

Ok so you can use my Pizza recipe from the St Patricks Day blog post I did a while back, instead of adding the rainbow toppings just follow the picture, half just covered with a mix of cheeses, the other half covers with pepperoni and then use black olives cut into slices for the middle section.

As promised below is a gallery of inspiration Pokemon birthday cakes, find some that you like and see if a local baker can reproduce something similar.

 

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.