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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 - Glitter Pencil's

Hello and welcome to November at Wonder Kids, I hope you have all enjoyed the October half term and Halloween.  If you're a regular reader of this blog than you'll know about Halloween Havoc, this was the first time I have held my very own Halloween Party where I teamed with John Johnny, another great entertainer to put on a Halloween Party like no other. Take a look at the social media below to see videos and pictures form the event.

This week I'm going to show you how to make your own Trolls Glitter Pencil's, during the Half Term I took my daughter to see trolls and we really enjoyed it.  The film is pretty good, don't worry I don't think it will explode like Frozen did but its not a bad film. This craft is great because it's super cheap to make, only takes a few minutes and once you're finished you have a really cool pencil that your little ones will be desperate to get drawing with.

This is so simple, here's what you need - 

  • Pack of Colouring pencils
  • Glitter tape (could use duct tape, wash tape or holographic tape)
  • Glue gun
  • Bag of bright craft feathers
  • Scissors

Update March 2017

These pencils were featured on a You Tube channel just for kids, watch the video and then follow the link to find more - Captain Calamity TV

Carefully wrap the glitter tape around the pencil.  This really helps if you have a thin roll of glitter tape. I know Duct tape make some great glitter tape but it tends to be really wide so you may need to cut it in half.  Trim the edges so they are super neat.  The craft feathers you should be able to find at any craft shop but I got a bag of mixed colours from my local HobbyCraft.  Use a least two of the same colour per pencil and use the glue gun to stick them to the top of the pencil.  Once that has dried use the glitter tape again to wrap a small piece around the top of the pencil to hide the glue and base of the feathers.  Now you are all done. Why not print out some Troll's colouring pictures, just click on your favourites below.

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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.

Wayne Wonder Colouring Competition

The time has come, this is our first ever colouring competition.  It's super easy to take part, just click on the picture below and print it out.  Let your little ones colour it in, now you can colour it in anyway you want.  Use pencil's, pens, crayons, paint or chalk you could even make a mosaic if you so wish.  I want to see some crazy pictures some more realistic ones, anything you want.  

Once the picture is finished, take a quick pic and post it in the Fans & Friends of Wayne Wonder Facebook group, thats it.  You can join the group today by clicking on the picture above.  You'll be in for a chance to win this great Marvin's Magic set that I will post to you for FREE.

The competition closes on Monday 19th September and I will announce the winner live in the Fans & Friends of Wayne Wonder Group on Tuesday 20th September. Competition is only open to UK residents.  If your not on Facebook than you e-mail your picture to askwaynetoday@gmail.com

Pokemon Go - Poke Party

Pokemon Go has been nothing short of a phenomenon! So I thought I would have a go at showing you some great ideas for a Pokemon Party.  Obviously the kids could just play Pokemon Go at a Pokemon Party but I wanted to go a little further than that.  Every week this month I will bring a bunch of ideas so that you can build the best Pokemon Party ever.

My Epic Adventure Theatre Show is coming up in a matter of days now.  Its going to be amazing, I'm really looking forward to it.  The show is a non stop 60mins of crazy stunts, puppets and illusions.  Something for the whole family. There are still tickets available at the time of writing this, please do come along.

Wayne Wonder;s Epic Adventure

Saturday 3rd September - 1pm

High Wycombe

Get tickets here

Arrival

This week I am going to focus on keeping the kids busy whilst they are arriving.  The kids never all arrive at the same time, you have some early birds, peoplel bang on time and of course the odd late comer too.  So set up a few simple ideas to keep everybody busy whilst you are waiting for everyone to come.  It's been a while but colouring pages are perfect for this task.  There was a time where I was giving colouring pages in every blog post but it's been a while since I last did some colouring pages so here you go, just set up a table with some pens/pencils etc and leave the kids to it. Just click on the pictures you want to print out.

How about draw your own Pokemon Cards? let their creativity fly with this cool template, it's completely free just click on the picture to print out as many as you like.  The kids can design their own pocket monster and give it it's own attributes too. 

One last idea, remember to come back next week for loads more great ideas, these are just ideas to do for the kids as they arrive, if you come up with any then please either comment below or join the Wonder Kids Facebook group by clicking the image below.

Become your own Pokemon! take a picture of each child as they arrive and then load them up to this website and print off their very own Pokemon Card, obviously one person on their own can not do all of this but if you have a helper or two then this idea will be a sure fire hit.  You can include a print out of their custom Pokemon cards in the party bags at the end of the party.

That's it for the first week but believe me I have some great ideas coming up this month and this is just the start.  I'd love to know what you thought of these ideas and if you have any ideas of your own.

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.

Christmas Time

Ok so some of you may think that I'm getting a bit ahead of myself doing my first ever Christmas Activity Pack in November but I do it because next month is really only going to be about one thing.  If you have any little boys in your house you will know about it likewise if you have any grown up boys in your house, you will still know about it.  Can you guess what it is? My next pack is going to be all about it so make sure you come back.

It's coming up to my favourite time of year and my busiest too.  I can do anywhere between 30-50 shows in December which takes a huge toll on me physically so when it comes to the end of December for Christmas and the New Year I really enjoy the break and spending time with friends and family.  I have complied this pack with friends and family in mind.  We have some great games that everyone can join in with.  Some amazing home made christmas decorations to keep the kids excited and entertained on the run up to Christmas day and some great home made gifts, ideal for teachers, friends or neighbours.

First things first, if you have any budding magicians in the house, let them know I am massively jealous of them! Magic is so much more accessible now than it was when I was kid.  You Tube alone is an incredible resource that just didn't exist back in the day.  There are also dozens of different magic sets available for kids that vary in quality but some of them have amazing magic tricks in.  I remember as a child finding the odd magic book in a book shop and studying it for months, eventually learning every trick that the book offered because that is all I had, I didn't know when I would find another collection of magic tricks to learn, there was no internet.  I even wrote a letter to the Magic Circle as a child (so wish I had kept a copy now) and I mean I hand wrote this letter, going through numerous re-writes to get it correct and making sure my handwriting was legible and then I had to post it, imagine that! Then the wait for a response which did come however it very politely told me to go away.  I was gutted and it nearly killed my passion for magic but every weekend I would go to stay at my Dad's house and he would give me a little pocket money.  He happened to live near a John Lewis store who in their toy department had started selling something new, tiny cheap little individually boxed magic tricks by a new company called Marvins Magic.  I had just enough pocket money every week to buy just one of these little boxes but I loved them.  It was really Marvins Magic that kept my passion alive and I have since gone on to meet Marvin Berglas, the creator of Marvins Magic and he is not only a brilliant second or third generation magician but also just a lovely guy too. This is why I have started reviewing magic sets on my You Tube channel, you can take a look at one of my reviews below but there are loads more videos on my Wayne Wonder Channel, Go and take a look and see which sets are the best sets to buy and maybe there will be some very lucky budding magicians this Christmas who get to explore the brilliant ingenuity and diversity that Magic offers.


Christmas Colouring Pages

Have you noticed that colouring is becoming really popular lately? I mean adults are turning to colouring in their droves, in fact the Amazon best seller list regularly has colouring books outselling novels.  I don't mean stupid obscure novels, things like 50 shades of Grey was being outsold in August by colouring books! here is a great article on colouring books. It doesn't surprise me all that much as there is something very zen and calming when you are in the zone colouring, so lets start with some great christmas colouring pages. 



Home Made Gifts

Here are a few great ideas I have found that I think would be great for gifts to teachers or friends but also they don't cost much to put together.

Hot Chocolate 

This is a great simple idea to give the gift of a warm cup of cocoa in those cold winter months.  So what will you need?

  • Bottles or Tubes– I think the tubes shown in the pictures may be hard to get hold of, so instead replay them with small mason jars.  You can find small mason jars every from John Lewis to hobby craft and even supermarkets sell them. 
  • Glue or Glue Dots – I like using glue dots when working with small items, like attaching the ribbon, because then I don’t burn my fingers with the hot glue gun, but you can certainly use that if you like.
  • Ribbon – anything you like, any size you like. I used a narrow ribbon around the bottle cap, and the wider around the bottles
  • Rubber Bands – you don’t have to have these, but it did make it easier to hold the bottles together
  • Floral Picks – anything you like, we found these at HobbyCraft
  • Ornaments or Decorations – the snowflake ornament was nice to add, then the person you are giving it Hot Cocoa Kit too will also have an ornament

Once you have all this, all you need to do is fill the tubes or mason jars, so what to fill them with? How about some of these ideas.

  • Hot Cocoa Mix – you can buy store bought packets,
  • Peppermint Sticks – you could also use candy canes and crush them
  • Mini Marshmallows  – regular or peppermint
  • Mint Chips – we used Andes Mint Chips, you could also use regular Chocolate Chips
  • Oreo Mint Cookies – or other cookies you like

Once this is done all you need to do is use the rubber band to wrap everything together and finish off with ribbon and the flower/snowflake decorations.

Balloon Sweet Cups

These are my invention, Re-Useable cups filled to the brim with celebration chocolates and decorated on the top with an incredible hand made balloon design.  Here are some Christmas  designs however there are many more available.  I came up with these because I have three nephews, two of which are getting to that age where they are no longer little kids but they are note quite teens yet either so it gets very hard to buy gifts for them and I hate giving money as a gift, to me it always says "here you go I don't care" Everyone loves chocolate and being able to add some awesome balloon designs makes these cups super fun gifts that no-one has seen before.  They are only £6.00 each with free local delivery, click the find out more button to, well find out more and purchase if you like.

Exciting Gift Cards

I actually think gift cards can be a brilliant gift, much better than money and if the gift card goes towards something very expensive than it can really be a special gift that can make someone's dreams come true.  I have a friend that wanted to train to become a pilot but obviously this costs a lot of money.  So a few of us got together to buy a gift card for his first few lessons. You see this was the start to a whole new life for him and he got a great head start just from a gift card.  But we can do better than this.  How about these ideas to present the gift card in a fun way.

These boxes are super easy to make.  Take a box from a top trumps deck of cards.  You can find top trumps decks in most toy shops.  They normally come in a brilliant plastic box with a hinge to open and shut it.  Cover the entire box with PVC Glue being careful not to cover the hinges with glue.  Sprinkle the glitter all over the box and allow to dry, its a god idea to do this over a tray or bowl.  Any spilt glitter can just be put back in the glitter tub to use next time.  Once the boxes are dry you can put another coat of PVC glue over the glitter to protect it and to stop the glitter from crumbling off and getting everywhere.  Once dry put the gift card inside and now you have something fun and different.

Here's another idea with mason jars! Fill it with M&M's and bury the gift card inside. I love this idea, mainly because I love M&M's but you can add some variety by mixing chocolate M&M's with peanut and crispy ones.  Or if you visit M&M world in London you can get personalised M&M's or just pick the recipients favourite colour/s for the M&M's.

Chocolate Sleigh

I love this idea and I would be super happy if anyone gave it to me.  I think this is a perfect gift for teachers and with some coaching your kids can help you make it.  So what do you need:-

  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 x candy canes
  • 1 x 4 finger kit kat
  • handful of smaller chocolates like celebrations

The picture pretty much says it all, use just a dab or two of hot glue to fix the candy canes to the kit kat and then again only a dab of hot glue for each of the celebration chocolates arranged in a pyramid to look like a sleigh.

I hope you've liked these gift ideas and obviously you don't have to use them just for christmas, these can be modified and used anytime of the year for birthday's or anything.  

Don't go anywhere just yet, this pack is one of the biggest packs I have ever put together and next up we have a bunch of great games for you to try at home.



Christmas Games

There is no better way to keep a whole group of friends or a family happy together than playing some great games.  Of course you could let the kids play the xbox while the adults break out into separate conversations etc but that's not christmas, bring everyone together with these great games.

Reindeer Antler Game

This can be a great crazy game and it's great for taking some funny pics to share on Facebook or Twitter.  Split your guests up into teams (as evenly as possible) and give each of them a bowl full of balloons.  Balloons of all shapes and sizes make this game a lot more fun.  Also give each team a pair of tights.  Now depending on how crazy and manic you want this game you can use your phone to set a timer for either 5 or 10 minutes.  When the time starts the teams need to inflate tie and stuff balloons into the tights, as soon as the time finishes one team member must get the tights on their head to show off their antlers, the team with the biggest craziest antlers wins.  Make sure you get pics of everyone wearing their antlers.

Christmas Bingo

This game is brilliant! it is not your ordinary bingo at all.  Great for adults but tweens and teens can join in with this and love it too.  You do need to know how many guests you have for this one.  So lets say you have six people playing this, you need to plan this one ahead of time and you will need to get 3 or 4 small gifts, always about half the amount of gifts to players.  These gifts don't have to be much maybe a movie hamper with a film, popcorn and a bottle of wine or something along those lines.  Each present must be wrapped up so you can not tell what is in any of them.  You could also do some red herring gifts too like a £1 scratch card in  a larger box to make it look like something bigger.  

We always play this around a table with all the gifts in the middle.  You then need to multiply the amount of guests by five.  So for our example we have 6 guests multiplied by 5 which is 30.  We'll need to number small squares on an A4 sheet with 1 to 30, in fact you'll need to do this twice.  Cut both batches of 30 squares up into tickets and place each batch into individual bowls.  Every player takes 5 random squares from one of the bowls.  These will be the players tickets.  The second bowl of numbered squares is for the host.  The host will be the bingo caller and pick out one of the numbers from the bowl.  Who ever has the matching number gets to take a gift from the centre of the table.  This is repeated until all the gifts have been taken.

Now we get into the fun bit, the next number is called by the host and whoever has the matching number can take a gift off of someone else.  Again this is repeated with players taking gifts from each other until all the numbers are called and anyone that still has a gift gets to keep it.  This game is always very popular and lots of fun.

Name this Christmas tune

I actually use this game in my Christmas shows so I know its brilliant and it's a great game for boys versus girls and again the kids can join in.  You need two adults or teens to head up and represent their teams.  Each representative gets a kazoo, yes a kazoo.  Just a cheap plastic one will work, click on the image for an amazon link to go and buy them. I have included a button below for my christmas name that tune cards which have all of the most popular christmas songs printed on them.  You'll need to print them out and cut them up into cards.  Each representative gets one minute (use your phone timer) to play songs from the cards using the kazoo and their team has to guess what the song is.  They get a point for each correct answer.  The winning team is the team with the most correct answers.  This is a funny game and the answers get more frantic the more you remind them of the time running down.


Get in on the Action

Now more than ever is the time that you should come through to my Facebook page and hit that like button.  You can post questions, pictures and even video's to my Facebook page  - https://www.facebook.com/WayneWonderEntertainment

Im more than happy to offer advice based on my years of experience and the thousands of events that I have attended and you know what? I want to see some great pics of your family trying the christmas games above.  I will even send you a great Wayne Wonder Prize Pack in the mail if you post a picture of your family trying out something, anything from my activity centre.  Come along and join over a thousand other parents. 


Christmas Decorations

Obviously store bought decorations look awesome (mostly) some are terrible but you can get some lovely bought decorations.  But NOTHING compares to home made ones, these are great activities to keep the kids amused and excited (like they need help to get excited) on the run up to christmas but you all get these great objects that hold memories.  My mum still has two christmas decoration that I made in primary school that still go on her tree every year and its been great to show my daughter what I made as a kid.  So here are some great choices to create memories and keep them for years.

Elf Yourself

For this great hang up deco idea you'll need to take a picture of your child's face, don't take an old picture and crop it.  Take a new close up picture of their face and print it out as large as you can.  The closer to A4 you get the better your Elf will look.  You will also need a variety of construction paper/cardboard.  Most craft stores sell a variety pack in A3 size card which will work great.  Cut the shapes out for the body, hands, legs, hats and feet.  The children can then customise their elf with different decorations like stickers, pom poms, cotton wool, felt tips etc. Just glue all the bits together and use some string to create the hanger.  This can be hung from the ceiling, a door or entrance way to the house. 

Frosty the Snowman

This is awesome, can you imagine walking into someones house and seeing this? Maybe this is not the kind of decoration that you can bring out every year however it would be cool to make with the kids and get some pictures with it. Obviously the main component of this snowman are two paper lanterns.  You should be able to find these in pound shops however I  found a bunch on Amazon.  You need a big lantern for the body of the snowman and a smaller one for his head. You'll also need some sheets of felt that you should be able to get from Hobbycraft.  Black for the eyes, orange for the nose and two red sheets for the scarf.  First cut the circles for the eyes, mouth and buttons. Use double sided sticky tape to attach them onto the lanterns.  The the nose, now for the scarf.  Stretch one of the red sheets of felt as much as you can and then cut it length wise so that its the width of a scarf, now stretch it again and do the same to the second sheet of red felt.  Use a safety pin to attach the two sheets of felt together and the make some slits in either end to finish off the scarf look.  

Love this idea

This is a great idea for storing christmas cards, I would be a little worried about making a fire hazard however maybe modern led fairy lights would not generate too much heat but it does look great.

Reindeers

This idea has been doing the rounds for quite some time but I love how easy it is and how cute it turns out.  Plus because you will be getting this out every year imagine pulling it out 5 years from now and the kids can see the size difference in their fingers. So this is so simple, just a small bit of paint in a dish and get the kids to cover a finger with paint.  You may want to supervise this bit and just rock one finger in the paint.  Get a good press on the ball, don't worry if it doesn't work the first time you should be able to wipe the paint off and try again.  Allow the print to dry and then use sharpie pens to add the finishing details.


That's another Activity Pack in the bag folks.  I really hope you find this useful and I would love to know if you actually try anything from it.  Remember you can win some great Wayne Wonder Prizes just for posting a pic on my Facebook page of your family trying something.  Before you go why not try another one of the packs below or use the search feature to search for anything you may be interested in.  If you want Elsa, Minions or Lego then just type it in.   Give it a try and let your friends know about all the resources and ideas available here.