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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Top Secret Spies - Code breakers

Spies code breaking from Wonder Kids

Oh no, it's our final week of Spy fun.  Worry not we are going to make this week brilliant.  Lets kick off with some free Party Invites that you can print off or send to a print company to print out and deliver them to you. I have designed two per A4 sheet.  There is even a blank box at the bottom which you can use to write a message in invisible ink.  Don't worry up next we'll show you how to write in invisible ink. All you need is half a lemon, some water and some cotton buds. Squeeze the half a lemon into a small bowl/dish. Remove any seeds, you don't need them.  Add a few drops of water to the lemon juice and mix with a spoon. Now use the cotton buds to write a secret message on paper.  With the invites opposite you can draw an emoji, maybe a different one for each child?  Allow the message to dry, it should dry clear.  To reveal the message you just need to apply a little heat to the paper.  Now this should be done with supervision from an adult but I find a desk lamp with a standard bulb in it works great.  If you use LED lamps then you'll find they generate little to know heat.  Alternatively I have heard of people placing them in a pre heated oven just for a couple of minutes and that works fine.

Wonder Kids Invisible Ink
Code Breaker from Wonder Kids

Code Maker/Breaker

I love these special devices, You can create your own code and then use the same device to break the code too.  First lets make them.

To make the code maker cut a rectangle about 7 cm (3 inches) by 19 cm (7 1/2 inches) from recycled cereal box cardboard.

Fold the rectangle in half so the long ends meet. Snip into the fold at 3 cm (1 inch) from each end. Unfold. Cut into each snip to make a 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) opening centered and running parallel to each short end.

To make the code breaker, cut a 23 cm (9 inches) by 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) piece of construction paper to fit in the code maker's slots. Trim the sides of the code breaker so it will glide easily when you put it into the code maker.

Use pens to mark 1 cm (1/2 inch) spaces to the right and left of the code maker. Write A through M to the left and N through Z to the right in the spaces.

Write the code letters on the code breaker strip so they line up with your code maker alphabet. You can make several codes by sliding the code breaker up so each letter is aligned with a different letter. Write the top two letters that disappear in the new spaces at the bottom. Mark lines on the construction paper strip at the top to show how to line up the letters for the particular message you are sending, then be sure to tell the message's recipient at which line to arrange the code breaker.

These are super cool and the kids will love them.  Now how can you have fun with these, you could play a treasure hunt where is clue is a coded message and the kids need to use the code breakers to decipher the clue.  You have just made a traditional treasure hunt awesome!

Top Secret Spies - Induction

Wonder Kids Spy Fun

Welcome to November here at Wonder Kids.  This is something I have wanted to explore for a while now. All month we are going to find some really fun things you can use for any budding secret agents out there. Lets start with the induction of our spies to be.  Take their fingerprints first and show them the little grooves and indentations.  Explain that these are pretty much unique to each individual. To do this you'll need the free print out I have created below and I have found it best to use an ink pad, make sure you have a wet cloth to wipe the kids fingers straight away so that it doesn't stain.  You can also get a fingerprint with a normal pencil.  To do this rub a very dark patch of pencil on a sheet of paper and have the kids press each finger onto that dark patch as you would the ink pad.  This does give fingerprints but not nearly as good as the ink pad. 

Click on the image to download the fingerprint sheet for free.

Next as part of the Induction the kids need to figure out this puzzle, It's a word search that I created with all spy related words.  Again this is a free printable.

Click on the image for the free printable

Lets finish this week off with a super simple craft, but don't worry we will back every week this month with more great Spy Fun.

Wonder kids Walkie Talkie

Juice Carton

Walkie Talkie

Finish with your juice drinks, Cover them in black Fablon. Use Aluminium Foil for the speaker and mic parts, just use PVA glue to attach them.  Using a black sharpie add the dots to the foil.  A nice finishing touch is a piece of either red felt or red Fablon on the side as a button.