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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Right Royal Recreation

Right Royal Recreation from Wonder Kids

Im back! Not for long though I'm afraid, im still working on the studio space, I can't wait to share with everyone what I have created.  With the whole country getting excited about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry (Henry) to Meghan Markle I thought I would come up with a bunch of great ideas for fun at home whilst you have the wedding on the TV or fun you can do before you pop out to one of the many public events going on around the country.  I havent really been following the TV coverage so far ( I don't watch TV) but I bet the coverage is going crazy in the U.S with an American joining the Royal Line.  I have included the current (Correct as of May 2018) Royal Line of Succession below.  I'll be honest it confuses me a little? I think Meghan will now be seventh in line to the throne? which will change if they have any children. Please do correct me in the comments if I have it wrong.

Royal Succession Line Wonder Kids

With all this Royal fun it reminded me of the time that Danny Dyer was on the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? and found out that he is a direct descendant of Kind Edward III, take a look at that clip and then we'll get cracking on with loads of fun activities, keep the kids busy with these great colouring pages during the more boring bits of the TV coverage.

If these only just wet your appetite than maybe trying one of the commercial colouring books available from Amazon? I have linked to one of the ones I like but there are many more at Amazon.com. Lets have a right Royal laugh with the next activity, Royal family masks, have a laugh and assign everyone in the family a different mask. Just click on the mask to print it out, cut it out and either add a stick (skewer) at the chin or elastic attached to the ears.

Royal Paper Chain from Wonder Kids

Now to really get into the celebration mode how about using some red white a blue balloons and pin them up around the house, combined with these great paper chains, super easy to make, all you need is some A4 paper in red white and blue.  You should be able to find coloured A4 paper in your local craft shop, I like hobby craft myself. Cut the paper into strips.  Make a loop with the first strip and either glue, sellotape or staple the loop together.  Take the next strand thread it through the first loop.  Close the second strip into a loop and secure with glue, sellotape or a staple.  Continue this for however long you want your chain to be.  You can also find loads of great decorations and party ware online too like this set from Amazon.

It's time to get crafty, make these super cool crafts with our little Kings, Queens, Princes and Princess's. Here's what you'll need

Crown from Wonder kids
  • Yellow or gold construction paper
  • Split Pin
  • Scissors
  • Glues
  • Scotch tape
  • Red crepe paper (optional)
  • Things to decorate your crown with: sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, glitter glue, puffy paint, tinsel paper, etc.
  1. Cut out a 1½ to 2-inch wide strip of yellow or gold construction paper long enough to go around your head. This piece will be the crown's base so the construction paper should be thick/heavy weight for a sturdy crown.
  2. Glue the ends of the strip together to form a circle. 
  3. Cut out a pair of 1½-inch wide by 10-inch long strips of black or brown construction paper (or a color that best blends with your hair color). 
  4. Glue the first strip across the middle section of the base, spanning the circle's diameter. This strip will define the crown's fit on your head and should follow your head's contour. Try on the crown and adjust the strip's position while the glue hasn't quite set yet.
  5. Position the second strip perpendicular to, and at roughly the same height as the first. Glue the ends in place.
  6. Reinforce each strip's connection to the base with tape. These two strips should be well-anchored since they form the supports or frame for your crown.

Cut out six identical strips of yellow or gold construction paper. Each strip should be 1½ inches wide and 8 inches long.

Curve out the strips on one end and punch a hole near the tip.

Punch a hole at the center of the supports.

Glue the strips from inside the base at the 12 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 8 o'clock, and 10 o'clock positions. Try to glue the strips at the same height along the base.

Cut out a couple of "half-petal" or "hill" shapes from red crepe paper. Glue the base of these crepe paper shapes along the upper edge of the crown's base

Glue the tips of the crepe paper onto the center of the crown supports.

Create a cross-shaped crown topper by cutting out a pair of identical crosses from yellow or gold construction paper. Include a tab or rectangular extention at the base of each cross. Crease along the bottom tab. Glue the crosses together except the bottom tabs. The crosses should be aligned at the edges. Fold out the bottom tabs.

Punch a hole at the center of one bottom tab and insert a round paper fastener.

Insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on one of the crown's six strips.

Simlarly insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on each of the remaining strips so that the tips of all six get tucked neatly under the cross.

Anchor the cross onto the crown by inserting the ends of the paper fastener through the center holes on the supports, easily puncturing the crepe paper cover. Split the ends of the fastener from the inside of the crown. For safety, cover the ends of the paper fastener with tape or with a small piece of paper.

Decorate your crown with sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, gem-style stickers, beads, glitter glue, puffy paint, bits of tinsel paper, and other notions.  Once it's all dried you have an amazing crown to wear with pride.  Not happy with a crown? then how about this cool jesters hat instead.

jester Hat from Wonder Kids

This is super simple, you will need;

  • Yellow/gold card
  • purple card
  • green card
  • scissors
  • sellotape
  • glue

Cut out the templates included below, the headband may need to be adjusted in size to fit the wearer.

Cut out the spikes in alternative colours using the template provided. Normally around 6-8 spikes are needed but this varies depending on the size of the head band. secure the triangles to the inside of the hat using glue or sellotape.

Finally add any decorations that you want, use glue to add the circles, hexagons and stars in the template.


Right Royal Cress Heads Wonder kids

Royal Cress Heads

You will need:
an egg box
2 eggs
colouring pens and paper to decorate
cress seeds
cotton wool

How to make Royal Cress Heads

Carefully crack the tops of your eggs and remove the egg from the shell, wash and dry the egg shell.Fill with a small amount of cotton wool and sprinkle in some cress seeds.Draw faces onto your egg shells and make small paper crowns.Water every day and within 5 days you should have sprouting royalty!


Howe about some super tasty British food? Don't worry the Kids Kitchen is open and has you covered.  Our modern take on the British Traditional Fish and Chips should please everyone. Just click on the picture for the full recipe, a modern shallow fried fish with sweet potato chips. Thats it for now, I will be back as soon as I can.  We are aiming for a summer launch for the Studio Space and then we will continue to tweak and improve it as we go.  Once the Studio Space is open the content should come thick and fast. I can't wait!

Knights & Knaves - Food 'n' Fun

Knights & Knaves from Wonder Kids

I hoped you all enjoyed last weeks post about Warwick Castle, if you missed it then you can still find it here.  This week I have a jam packed blog post with some great ideas.  Lets not mess around and kick off with this great Jousting craft and game.

Lances from Wonder Kids

Jousting

  • Pipe Insulator/pool noodle
  • Card
  • Coloured tape (electrical tape works)

I love the simplicity of these.  Just some foam insulator that you can find at any B&Q.  You could also use a pool noodle if you have one.  Take the card and draw a large semi circle, you can use a cooking bowl to trace around. Cut this out and wrap it around one end of the foam pipe.  Tape it together. Now you can decorate the rest of the pipe with the coloured tape.

Not good enough? How about creating a mini Jousting obstacle course using some polystyrene rings from hobby craft, and a hobby horse made out of a pool noodle.

Paper Cup Dragon

Not only is this a super simple and fun craft to make with the kids but you can also turn it into a gam of tag quite easily, read on.

Supplies needed

  • Paper Cups (ideally green or red)
  • Orange & Yellow Crepe paper, cut into small strips
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Googley Eyes
  • Elastic strap (optional)

Start with the green paper cup and carefully remove the bottom of the cup with the scissors. Decide where you would like the eyes to be and carefully cut a small semi circle into the cup.  This creates a small tab that you can poke out slightly.  See picture for more detail.

Glue strips of the crepe paper inside the cup so that they poke out of the hole at the bottom of the cup.  Affix the google eyes to the small semi circle tabs and you are done.

Now if you would like to turn this into a game, you'll need to make two small pin holes near the top of the cup.  Thread the elastic through these holes so that you can wear it like a mask.  Remember a Childs head is much smaller than yours and you want to have to stretch the elastic around their head so that it holds tight.  You won't need much elastic.

Now you have a dragon mask, have the kids grab their Jousting pipes and play tag, the firs person to tag the dragon with their pipe then becomes the dragon and the game continues until everyone has had a turn.

We are not done yet! How about some proper British food to go with all this quintessential Brittishness?

Wonder Kids Fish & Chips

Fun Fish & Chips

This is a bit of an updated version, rather than the true stodgy traditional version.  Lets start with the fish.  

Ingredients:

400 gms firm white fish fillets (haddock or lemon sole are my preferred ones)
breadcrumbs

Lemon zest
3 eggs
2 tbs plain flour
salt & pepper
oil for shallow frying

Method

Cut your fish in to thin, long strips, like goujons but thinner – around 10cm/4in long pieces and 2cm/1in wide.  This kind of size makes them really easy to pick up and eat with fingers.  A great tip for cutting fish so that it doesn’t break is don’t cut it horizontally, but cut it lengthwise.  Put your flour on a plate, beat the eggs and place in a very shallow bowl and place the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.  Season the breadcrumbs with salt, pepper and lemon zest to your taste and then start breading – coat fish strips with flour, then dip in egg making sure they’re completely coated,  next dip in breadcrumbs, again making sure the fish is well covered.  Repeat till you’ve coated all the fish strips.

Pour oil in to a large frying pan (the oil should come up to about 1.5cms) and heat.  When it’s quite hot place your breaded fish strips in the oil and shallow fry till golden brown.  Drain on some kitchen towel and your mini breaded fish is ready.  As mentioned, these can be made a few hours in advance and heated in the oven just before serving.

For the chips I prefer sweet potato fries, not only do they taste great but the splash of colour helps make this dish more fun for kids too.

Sweet potato Fries from Wonder Kids

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Paprika

Method:

  • Preheat oven
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a shallow dish, combine oil & spices.
  • If leaving the skin on, scrub your sweet potatoes really well. If not, peel your potatoes.
  • Cut sweet potatoes into ¼" fries.
  • Toss fries in olive oil to coat.
  • Spread fries out on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, turning occasionally or until fries are browned.

Thats it for this week, next week we have loads more Knights & Knaves fun for birthday parties, see you then.

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary - Arrival

Welcome to the first post of a brand new month here at Wonder Kids and we have got something really very special.  Myself and my family have just got back from an amazing holiday to Disneyland Paris.  We all had an amazing time and really didn't want to come home.  Now rather than just have me blather on about how great everything was, I thought I would share the best tips we found before leaving and the best advice we discovered whilst being there.  To make these posts easier to read I am going to break them up into weekly updates maybe with one or two bonus posts thrown in.  

Before I kick off with these posts, I have to include a link to a Facebook Group.  This group is essential for anyone planning a trip to Disneyland Paris. At your fingertips you have a wealth of experience from people that have been through the planning process before and a wealth of tips from people who are really helpful and willing to share.  Join the group Disneyland Paris for Brits, you will find it invaluable.

So where to start? If you are just thinking about going, please do it! I can not recommend it enough, it really was the happiest place on earth for us but we are all big Disney fans.  In our group it was myself, wife and our 7yr old daughter.  My mum, dad and my younger sister who has some physical and learning disabilities.  I mention my sisters disabilities because I can share some advice on how we got around the park later on in these posts.

Whenever travelling abroad I like to try to learn at least the basics of the native language.  I think it's good manners and you never know when it will come in handy.  With French I think most British people can just about get by from our basic secondary school teachings but a refresher and the chance to challenge yourself to get better should always be welcomed.  I don't think you have to speak French to go to Disney, every staff member we spoke to had brilliant English however there was one day, that was incredibly hot and we really wanted some ice cream (Créme Glacée).  We eventually found somewhere on Main Street but another guest just walked out and assumed we were French, He told me (in French) that they were closing for about 20 minutes to re-stock.  I could just about understand, thank him and explain that I was English.  It's little things like this that I think really help when you can understand the native language. To learn languages I use an app on my phone called Duolingo, it's free and great for basic learning, it's not the most perfect way to learn another language but it is free.

Disneyland Paris Tips

Disney Tip #1

Check your Eurostar tickets, you probably won't sit with the rest of your family, Call Eurostar as they may be able to relocate everybody to sit together. We managed to get two sets of 4 seats with tables but I think this may depend on the time of year and how busy the train is.

We booked as one large group through Magic Breaks who dealt with everything superbly and everything went to plan without a hitch. We travelled by Eurostar which again was all included in the package from Magic Breaks.  Throughout these posts you'll see little tips pop up in Disney characters or pictures like the one opposite. The journey by train was pretty straight forward, in light of recent tragedies in the U.K security was very tight but we expected as much and made sure we had extra time to get through the security checks.  We made sure that we had plenty of activities with us to keep the kids busy throughout the journey. Remember that France is one hour ahead of the UK, our phones adjusted automatically but mechanical watches will need to be changed.  The great thing about travelling by Eurostar was arriving at Disney.  You literally arrive just outside the park, again at the park security was tight but it's all there for a good reason.  After a little confusion we figured that the hotel we were staying in (Newport Bay Club) was just past the Disney Village and huge balloon.  This balloon is not included in the entrance price for the park, it was €12.00 per adult and I think maybe €6.00 per child.  

Arriving at the Hotel

The first thing that strikes me about all the hotel's I saw was the size, these hotels are massive.  Newport Bay Club was very impressive with over a thousand rooms.  We had heard tales of massive queues in Disney hotels to check in.  In fact I believe that there is some sort of service you pay for where you check in at a separate location but I didn't see this on my visit.  We were pleasantly surprised on arrival that the queue was very small and we're British so queuing is our thing. The check in happens in two stages, At the first counter you give the booking name, they then give you a clipboard and pen with a form to fill out.  You are supposed to fill this in whilst waiting in another line.  This is an awkward experience, everyone was struggling to hold hand luggage, move suitcases and find a good writing position.  I found the form to be very squashed together and very small, it would be much better spaced out more and over two pages but hey. The second counter at check in is where you hand in the form you filled out.  They then run through things like breakfast times, room key's and meal vouchers if you have them (more on this later).

The Newport Bay Club Hotel was beautiful, even if we did only use it a place to crash at the end of very long days.  We didn't get back until 11pm-12pm every night we stayed and we were all just exhausted.  The whole hotel and rooms where very clean, the cleaning staff where brilliant and very nice, in fact something I am going to come back to again and again is just how nice and helpful the entire staff at Disney were.  I really think they should open a school on customer service to train other companies.  Breakfast was served in the beautiful Cape Cod Restaurant which is very large and provides a buffet breakfast.  There was plenty on offer, full cooked breakfasts, continental style and even pastries.  There is something for everyone.  This hotel also offer's an inside and outside pool which was very popular during our stay with other guests.  We had incredible weather throughout our stay with the temperature staying at around 34℃.  Our group did not have the time to experience the pool but we could hear how busy it was so I am taking that as a good review.

Planning is key

Now after making the booking and getting your travel and hotel all sorted I can understand that you want it all to be done and just wait for the holiday to come round but there is more you should do to make sure you make the most of this holiday.  For me I think this is a very expensive holiday so I wanted to make sure that I made the most of it and got as much for my money as I possible could.  I think I achieved this but for my daughter she was super excited about it and again wanted to do loads to make the most of her holiday.  So in order to do this planning is key, there are two key things that I would recommend you plan once you have you holiday all booked.

Meal Plans

Eating at Disney is not cheap so this will vary depending on your budget, there is a huge McDonalds located in the Disney village that was rammed every night.  I think this may well be the cheapest eating option there is but like I said I wanted to make the most of spending this much money on a long weekend holiday.  So my wife and I sat down and started going through all the different meal plans.  This was frustrating and confusing to say the least! My wife really loves the film Rataouille and really wanted to experience eating at Remy's restaurant, my daughter really wanted to meet all the Disney characters, I mean ALL of them.  I knew this would be impossible so we looked at the meal plans to help us achieve this.  We started with Bistro Chez Remy and then slowly added other restaurants like Buffalo Bill's, Auberge De Cendrillon (ADC), Annettes Diner.  We picked Remy's and ADC because of the character meet and greets.  We picked Buffalo Bill because it sounded like such a different experience to anything else you can get at the park and we picked Annettes Diner for our final day because it's a 50's/60's American themed Diner where the waitress's roll around in skates.  I will review the restaurants in a future post in much more detail. We first tried to work out how much our meals would cost if we didn't pick a meal plan and just paid cash at each of these restaurants.  I didn't keep the figures from this calculation but it was lots, lots and lots. Now each type of meal plan only allows you to pick certain restaurants, we ended up going for the Premium meal plan which I think cost us about €500.00 euro for the three of us but the plus side of this meant that we didn't need to take much cash with us at all.  Once you book one of these meal plans you then pick up vouchers when you check in to your hotel. In order to get the restaurants we wanted we had to take this meal plan but like I said it meant we could get more character meets without eating time out of our day and have some cool experiences like the Wild West Show.  It's a lot of money, but I think it was worth it and I'll explain why in my restaurant review coming up.

Disneyland Paris Tips from Wonder Kids

Disney Tip #2

When you stay at one of the Disney Hotel's, you get Early entrance into the parks before it opens to the general public. This is called Early Magic Hours.  get to the biggest best rides or the most popular meet and greets first thing in the morning to beat the queues.  Many people skip an early breakfast and get into the park first thing, then come back to the hotel for a later breakfast before returning to the park.

Planning the park

This I think is really important but at the same time I don't think any plans you make before you go should be set in stone.  Get yourself a park map and use youtube to do some homework to find which rides and attractions you would like to see the most.  Im telling you now that unless you are going for a week or more then you won't be able to do everything.  The thing that surprised us was the walking distance between everything.  The three main parks/areas are Studio's, Village, and the Main Park, don't think you can do one ride in studio's and then scoot on over to the main park for the next ride, you will waist loads of time just walking.  The main park is split into different lands, Fantasy Land, Discovery land, Adventure Land and Frontier Land.  Again the distance between these different lands is quite big so don't plan to be zig zagging across the park for different rides, hit one area and then move on once you have been on everything you need.  Again I will review the rides in much more detail in future posts.

Thats it for the first post in this series.  I promise I will be going into much more detail and have loads more reviews, videos and pictures coming up. Come back next week.

Alice In Wonderland - English Tea Party Food

Alice in Wonderland Party Food

Well we have come to the final week in our Alice in Wonderland theme, I have had a bunch of fun sharing the ideas we used at our daughters birthday party and expanding on them.  I've actually found some ideas that I wished we had tried.  I have included all the previous posts I have written below, with all this information you are set for a complete Alice In Wonderland party.  This week I have two great, easy recipes that just fit perfectly into the English Tea Party theme that really works with Alice In Wonderland.

Scotch Eggs

Im starting with this one because, it's the one that takes the most effort to do.  I think it's easy to do but there are the most steps with this one.

What You'll Need

  • 500g Good quality sausage meat
  • pinch of thyme
  • 9 medium free range eggs at room temperature
  • plain flour
  • 250g dried breadcrumbs
  • sunflower oil

In a mixing bowl combine sausage meat with time and season if necessary.  I find that the best way to get good quality sausage meat is to buy some really good fresh sausages and just slit the skin to squeeze the meat out.  Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for 20 mins.

Put 6 medium free-range eggs (at room temperature) in a large pan of boiling water and boil for 6 minutes exactly. Drain, cool under running cold water, then shell. Divide the chilled meat into 6 equal portions, roll each into a bowl with floured hands, then flatten into a disc.

Put the disc of meat in your open palm, then put a shelled egg on top. Cup the meat around the egg, then use your other hand to mould the meat around the egg to cover it. Set aside. Repeat with the remaining eggs and meat.

Dip a scotch egg into a bowl of plain flour, then toss between your hands to remove the excess. Dip it next into a bowl of 3 lightly beaten free-range eggs.

Shake to remove the drips, then dip into a bowl of 250g dried breadcrumbs. Roll lightly in your hands to press the breadcrumbs in. Set aside; repeat with the other scotch eggs.

Fill a deep saucepan three-quarters full with sunflower oil, then heat to 170°C (we recommend that you use a digital cooking thermometer). Cook the scotch eggs in pairs for 7-8 minutes until deep golden and the meat is completely cooked.

Queen of Hearts Tarts

Wonder Kids Queen of Hearts Tarts

You will need

  • Plain flour, for dusting
  • ½ x 500g block dessert pastry 
  • 25g softened butter
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 40g ground almonds
  • ¼ tsp Taste the Difference French almond extract
  • 100g seedless raspberry jam (we used Hartley’s)
  • Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Roll out the pastry until about 3mm thick. Using a 7.5cm fluted round cutter, stamp out 12 circles of pastry and use to line a 12-hole nonstick patty tin. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • 2Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Meanwhile, scrape up the pastry trimmings and re-roll. Then stamp out 12 hearts with a 4cm heart cutter. Put onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes until golden.
  • 3To make the filling, beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Then stir in 25g beaten egg (use the rest for glazing the scones if making), ground almonds and almond extract until combined.
  • 4Divide the almond mixture equally between the pastry cases, smooth level with the back of a teaspoon, then bake in the oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and, using the back of a teaspoon, press down the tops of the almond mixture to flatten slightly. Heat the jam in a small pan until melted and spoon a little over the top of each one to cover the top completely. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Then remove and top each with a pastry heart. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy warm or cold.

 

 

Halloween Trick or Treat?

Me dressed as the Immortal and terrifying Fred Kruger when I was about 10 maybe a tad younger.  I won the grand prize of £5.00 in the fancy dress competition.  R.I.P Wes Craven

Me dressed as the Immortal and terrifying Fred Kruger when I was about 10 maybe a tad younger.  I won the grand prize of £5.00 in the fancy dress competition.  R.I.P Wes Craven

Halloween in the U.K is an odd time of year.  It's certainly a bigger event than it was when I was a kid but it's by no means mainstream and it doesn't even start to compete with Christmas or Easter. One of the major hiccups is the whole trick or treat tradition, which doesn't go down well here.  First the weather is normally freezing cold and wet and then having random strangers knocking on your door is not a very British thing to enjoy, it's really weird for us.  I had the grand total of ONE trick or treater last year at my door!  I remember as a kid you would normally get a disco which had a fancy dress element with a prize for the best costume.  This idea still exists but now its a little bigger with multiple different prizes for things like best witch and best zombie, I have even seen adults get involved and have a prize for the best dressed adult too which I think is a great idea.  

What I am yet to see or experience is a really good Halloween Party and I am looking at just creating one myself for next year? filled with great music and good family entertainment all wrapped up with halloween goodness.  I don't think halloween needs to be a super scary time of year, it can have a cartoon esq. feel to it and work brilliantly.  Please do get in touch if you know of a really good halloween party either by commenting below or get in touch through social media, I would love to come along. 


Colouring Picture's

First things first here are some great colouring pictures, print one off and colour it in.  Post the finished masterpiece on my Facebook page here and I will give one lucky winner a bag of Wayne Wonder Goodies.


Halloween Snacks

It doesn't matter if you are going to an actual halloween party or having one at home, these simple but great halloween snacks would work great along with a halloween family film.

Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins

These make a great little snack or even a lunch box item for school.  Here's what you need:-

  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Celery
  • Chocolate Chips (small & large, sometimes called chocolate drops)

This couldn't be easier, peel the clementine but don't pull apart the segments.  Now pull out the centre of the clementine.  Cut the celery into thin strips, just big enough to poke into the centre of the clementine and the trim off the excess so only a small amount pokes out of the top the clementine to make it look like a baby pumpkin.

For the banana's use the small chocolate chips for the eyes and a large chocolate chip for the mouth, just poke them inland you're done. Cool right?

Spooky Soda

Another super simple Halloween treat.  I love the ease of this but my daughter doesn't like fizzy drinks so we haven't tried this yet. What you'll need:-

  • Sprite
  • Ice Cubes
  • Marshmallows (optional)
  • Straw
  • Eyeball cake toppers
  • Green or Red Nerds

Pour the green nerds into the cup followed by lots of ice cubes so that the nerds will float.  Fill with sprite.  The straw with the marshmallow is optional.  In the states you can buy ghost shaped marshmallows but I don't think you'll find them here in the UK so instead you could do the face as below. Now the cup should be really full, now you can add the eyeball cake topper so that the eye is looking through the cup or even floating on top.  The drink will take 5 minutes or so to turn green.

Frightful Fruit Kebabs

I love the simplicity of this idea too, here's what you need:

  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Marshmallow's
  • Wooden Skewers
  • melon baller
  • Black Candy Melts
  • Piping Bag #1 or just the smallest tip you can find.
  • Decorator Icing Eyes

Use the melon baller to make small balls of melon and cut the kiwi into similar sized squares.  Make the kebab's and put them in the fridge for about an hour to chill.  This is important as it helps with the decorating later.  Now melt the candy melts in the microwave, they don't need long.  You can get candy melts from Hobby Craft or your local cake supplier store.  Here is a local supply for anyone near High Wycombe, they really know there stuff, go and take a visit to their shop -  Sugary Crumbs

Pour the melted candy into there piping bag, remove the kebabs from the fridge and just use a piece of kitchen towel to dab the fruit to remove the moisture. Decorate with faces, the kids could even do their own versions too.  once complete place them back into the fridge to cool and set.  

Dracula Teeth Biscuits

These look amazing! and they are super simple too.  Here's what you need - 

  • Pack of chocolate chip cookies, not too small, in fact the bigger the cookies the better.
  • Pack of small marshmallows (the type you would put into hot chocolate)
  • vanilla frosting (you can buy this ready made from most supermarkets)
  • Red food colouring
  • Almonds, sliced into fangs

Mix the frosting with a couple of drops of food colouring and see what colour you get, normally less is more but make sure you get a nice red colour not pink. Slice each cookie in half and spread a thin layer of frosting onto each half of cookie.  Place 6 small marshmallows in a row to make the teeth and add an additional marshmallow behind the teeth for stability (this one can not be seen but helps to hold the two half in place).  Place the other cookie half on top and now carefully add the sliced almonds as fangs onto each cookie.

Here's a couple of quick ideas to finish this section off, Jack O Lantern burgers, cut the face into the cheese before you put the cheese on the burger, and sweet filled creepy hands (surgical gloves) make sure you use long packs of sweets for each finger, just take a look at the pic.  Imagine the reaction of trick or treaters if they got one of these each.



Halloween Decorations

I have found three great and unusual deco ideas that are also really simple.  

Glowing Monster Faces

You'll need halloween colour plastic cups, a sharpie and some led battery tea lights which you can often find from the pound shop.  Draw a face on the cup and switch the light on underneath, simple but looks great in a darkened room.

Creepy balloons

This is something I have been doing for years with my balloon modelling.  When I make a Lightsaber for instance in a dark environment I add a glow stick to add an awesome effect.  For these you'll need some glow sticks, now the most popular glow sticks you will find in this country are the thin ones that can connect together to make necklaces or bracelets etc. If you get these you will want to add two glow sticks of the same colour in each balloon.  If you are lucky enough to get really bug chunky glow sticks then just one stick per balloon will do. So use white round balloons, activate the glow sticks and  pop a couple inside.  Inflate making sure the glow sticks fall into the balloon.  Tie the balloon now use a sharpie to draw the creepy face on the ballon and they should last maybe 2-3 hours before the glow fades out.

Paper Plate Ghost

This simple idea is just great to do together as a family. What you'll need:-

  • Paper Plates
  • Toilet paper
  • White Card (optional)
  • Sharpies
  • PVA Glue
  • Scissors

You don't need much instruction for these, use PVA glue to attach the toilet paper to the back of the plate, the card hands are optional and these can be made by the kids drawing around their own hands then cutting them out, again glue these to the back of the plate.  Let them dry and hang them up.


Now is the time to remind you to get involved on Facebook.  My Facebook page has over one thousand local parents already following it and joining in.  I post all of the public events that I attend every year on there and you will be the first to know about these packs too.  I also have a bunch of really useful videos that I post as well as party tips and advice.  I almost forgot I have a massive giveaway every year on my Facebook page with over £200.00 worth of prizes too!  Click the pic below and like the page today.  You can win a bundle of Wayne Wonder Goodies just for posting a pic of your family trying out one of the activities from this blog, so what are you waiting for? 


Halloween Games

The only thing we really need now are some super easy Halloween theme games. So here we go, the first one is a FREE pdf to print off.  Its a build your own monster kit which I suppose you could use it just as a craft idea but I prefer to print off the different bits and then put a number between 1 & 6 on each of the parts but not the main bodies.  Each person gets a main body section then use a dice, the first person rolls and whatever number it lands on is a part they can pick up to put on their monster.  The first person to complete their monster with two arms and legs wins.

Halloween Bowling

This is kind of a repeat of a game I featured in last months post.  But you can take some used tins paint them into different characters and play bowling.  To help with their maths, put numbers on the back of the tins, then the kids need to add up the numbers on the tins knocked down to find their score. 

Another take on this game is using toilet rolls with some black card cut out and stuck on them so they look like ghosts.  I just can't see the toilet rolls being knocked over all that well though.  Let me know how you get on with this version if you try it.

Bobbing for Donuts?

Not sure if thats the correct name for this game but I think its a cool take on bobbing for apples.  The trickiest part of this game is having somewhere to tie the donuts to.  I think the best idea is to do it outside and tie them to branches of a tree unless you have beams that you could tie them to maybe or some sort of rig set up for it.  How about one of those mobile clothes hangers? 

Glow in the Dark Ring Toss

I love this idea, get some glow sticks that come with connectors (you can find these from most pound shops).  Use two glow sticks connected together to form a ring and then all you need is a steak in the ground o some sort of mounted pole to toss them over.

Ok thats another pack of ideas in the bag, don't go anywhere just yet though.  Take a look at one of my older posts first, win some prizes on Facebook and take a look at the video below for my workshops that I run every October half term in the centre of High Wycombe teaching children some amazing Balloon Creations and incredible Magical Illusions.  Click here for more information on the workshops.