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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Inside Out - Fun Balls

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It's lunchtime on Tuesday and that means it's time for another fun craft from the kids Club.  Last week I announced my first ever colouring competition with your chance to win a FREE one hour Party Extravaganza! You can still enter the colouring competition here.

This week I have re-worked something I came across last year.  These balls are super easy to make and don't make too much mess but if you want to make them with the kids I would recommend doing them outside.  They are very inexpensive and I am currently using them to play some games in my shows.  I have found them to be very sturdy and I haven't had one break yet. 

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Lets get started, here is what you need:

  • Red, green, blue, yellow and purple ballons, you need 3 or more of each colour
  • Scissors
  • Flour
  • Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Black Sharpie

Slip the end of the balloon over the flour filled bottle and then let it untwist.  Turn your bottle upside down and empty the flour into the balloon.Then let the excess air out of the balloon very carefully and a little at a time (you do not want the flour to all come out too)!

Once you have all the air out of the balloon cut the neck of the balloon off.

Take a second balloon and cut the neck off it and place your first filled balloon in to it (hole first), then repeat until you have at least three balloons.  I did four layers.

You can now draw faces on the balls, yes you can just get the kids to draw the characters from Inside Out or you can get the kids to draw each others faces or draw a face to show how they are feeling at the moment?  You can now play all sorts of ball games with these.  I use them for ball and spoon races in my shows and because they are never perfectly spherical they tend to fall off a lot which makes the game harder and funnier.  Let me know how you get on with these and what games you play by telling me on Facebook. 

Minecraft - Mine Crafts

It's February! Every February there is a very special event for magicians, the Worlds Largest Magic Convention takes place in Blackpool (I know, the U.K's answer to Vegas).  I am super excited to be going this year as I try to only attend every other year.  Im hoping to learn lots of new things and get lots of creative ideas for my shows.  Follow me through the whole convention on Facebook, just like my Facebook page to get those updates. I also have a newsletter going out this month with loads of interesting news, stories and updates.  Sign up below, plus I send some great ideas to try with the kids throughout the half term. 

Lets kick this pack off in the traditional way with some great colouring pages.  I have loads of Minecraft greatness in this pack including paper crafts, a whole Minecraft Party, Minecraft games and even Minecraft furniture. Lets Go!


I can now offer a line of Party Box Kits, including this Minecraft Party Box.  This kit includes everything you need to throw an amazing Minecraft Party.  The concept is brilliant, have you ever tried to put on a small birthday party for less than 16 children? No, well the whole party changes, it's completely different to a whole class party, its much more intimate and the whole dynamic of the kids changes.  Click on the picture below to see everything included in these kits 

Minecraft Party Box

New for 2017!

Minecraft - Diamond Sword print out

Click this image for the sword print out, you'll need to print two copies.

Click this image for the sword print out, you'll need to print two copies.

This is awesome and great for a rainy day in.  make them with the kids help and take your time making them, remember patience is a virtue. These swords are just awesome and I think they would work well for any retro game theme maybe Zelda for instance?  First you need to print off two copies of the FREE sword print out.  Just click on the image opposite for the print out.

Then cut out the sides where the two will meet together (I don’t cut out the whole thing just yet.

Glue down to your support (cardboard, posterboard, cereal box…) we used foam board. Make sure to glue it down well paying attention to the edges so that all the “tips” are secure.

Cut out with scissors, a box cutter or exacto knife depending on what will work best for your material.

After your sword is completely cut out you’ll need to attach the other side. Cut out your 2nd copy completely and adhere to the back side.

That's it, you all done, make sure you let it all dry before playing with it.  We don't have time to stop lets get on with the next thing.


Mine Craft Pizza!

Oh yes, who doesn't like pizza?  So if you are getting  ready for a Mine Craft marathon you need snacks and they don't come much better or easier than this.

Ok so you need to get a fresh pizza not frozen.  I think a plain margarita would be best to use or at least the easiest to use.  You'll also need some pepperoni slices which are normally round.  First you need to make a square pizza so cut a piece of paper into the square size you like and use that as a template to trim the edges off of your circular pizza.

Don't throw those trimmed pieces away, just because we are playing with our food does not mean we need to waste it.  They can be cooked separately as Pizza dippers with a range of different sauces like tomato, bbq, garlic or salsa spaces served as a dip. Next we need to prep the pepperoni slices. We cut the slices into 4 squares.  Also we need on square cut on half and one square cut into quarters. Now all you need to do is arrange them on the pizza.  So I have included a pic of a Creeper. Cook the pizza and enjoy.



Minecraft Book Marks

Everything you can do to get kids reading will benefit them in the long run thats why I have included these easy bookmarks.  They are not the first bookmarks I have put into the Activity Centre, try using the search bar to find the other bookmarks I have done in the past.  I printed them on photo sticker paper (one of the best inventions EVER), cut them out, pre-folding them before removing the backing. It worked really well! The colors are bright, the bookmarks have a slightly glossy finish, and they’re just the right thickness. You could also use regular printer paper or cardstock and a glue stick or spray adhesive. (click the image below to download the PDF)


Minecraft Party

How about a full blown Minecraft Party! I have included a few cool elements that you can use for free at your own birthday parties. We'll start with drinks, click the image below for the Minecraft labels. 

How about getting some cheap plastic green cups from the pound shop and using black electrical tape to turn them into Creeper cups.

Minecraft Games

Creeper Dodgeball: Get a large green bouncy ball from the pound shop and put a Creeper face on it with a Sharpie. 

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Knock Over the Creeper: Get some green floral styrofoam from the pound shop and make a creeper from it. Then using a simple plastic bow and arrow with a suction cup (buy a cheap set from a toy shop or pound shop), they can take turns trying to knock over the creeper. Try to keep track of how many blocks they knock over (it was made of four blocks) and the one who knocked over the most blocks  wins, with everyone else in order behind them.

Light the TNT: I love exploding fizzy drinks, yes it's messy but the kids will love it! Put a little bottle of Diet Coke in a two-high TNT box. I split everyone into teams of two and had them “light” their “TNT” with the mentos and Diet Coke. It was fun and crazy, and the fact that I used little bottles meant nothing too crazy was going to happen. Just click on the image for the free print out.


Minecraft Piñata 

Here is a quick bit of inspiration for a Minecraft Piñata.  It's just a small box with slits in it to load it full of sweets and to make sure that the box can be broken.  These slits are then taped up and then the box is decorated to look like a Ghast.  I have a whole pack of information on Pinata's here.


To finish off this Minecraft Party section i have included a Happy Birthday banner PDF which you can print off and some signs for the different bits of the party.  So there is a sign for the party food table and a craft table where they could make the swords I have included above, there is also a welcome sign too. Just click on an image to print them off.


Minecraft Furniture

We are going to finish this months blog with these awesome Creeper Draws.  Follow the very easy steps and share on My Wayne Wonder FB to win a bunch of prizes. In fact you can try any craft or activity from this blog, share a picture or video on my Facebook page and I will send you a great bunch of Wayne Wonder Prizes.  

What you need to pull this amazing feat off, green paint, try to get as close to the creeper green as possible not too dark, black paint, thin masking tape and a little patience.  Firstly get your hands on a set of drawers.  In this example we'll be using a second hand set of draws but any draws you can get will work. Now clean them and make sure they are dry before starting to paint. Remove the handles from the drawers, you could even but nice new black handles from your local Ikea or B&Q.  I would also remover the drawers completely from then unit before painting. Paint the frame black with at least two coatings, then replace the drawers and paint them green.

Once this is dray you can use thin masking tape to make the outline of the Creeper, make sure you take time doing this step and getting the proportions correct, remember its a symmetrical shape so one you have done one half you can just mirror it for the other half.  Once you are happy with this paint the shape black and again you may need more than one coating.  Allow it to dry and you have a masterpiece that any Minecraft fan will love. Well thats all I have for this months blog, please do come an join in on Facebook and let me know if their are any topics you would like to see me cover for next months post. Don't leave just yet, why not try one of my past posts I have included below.