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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 - Astronaut Food

Astronaut food from Wonder Kids

It's our second week of Space fun, you'll find some great Astronaut games at the bottom of this article.  This week we are going to look at some great space themed snacks and astronaut food.  Astronaut's need to be super fit and healthy to go into space so we are going to start with these super tasty Astro Croquettes, these are vegan and they can be frozen to save time, make a bunch over the weekend and you have a super easy addition for weekday dinners. Part cook the croquettes that you would like to freeze, allow to cool and freeze on a baking tree, transfer once frozen to food bags for better storage.  Just heat them up and they are ready to go.

Astro Croquettes from Wonder Kids.jpg

Astro Croquettes

Ingredients

  • 300 g mashed potato
  • 100 g cooked peas
  • large bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • 2 tsp ready-chopped garlic / garlic purée
  • 5 tbsp chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • 100 g breadcrumbs or Sweet Chilli Dried Peas blitzed into crumbs
  • plain flour for dusting
  • sunflower oil for frying

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the potato, peas, basil, pine nuts, vegan parmesan/nutritional yeast and garlic.

  2. Tip the chickpea (gram) flour into a shallow bowl and mix to a paste with 5 tbsp water - the mixture should be the consistency of beaten egg, so if it is too thick add a little more water, and if it is too thin, a little more flour.

  3. Tip the breadcrumbs or crushed dried peas into another shallow bowl.

  4. Flour a clean work surface, then take a quarter of the mashed potato mixture and roll it into a long sausage shape. Cut the 'sausage' into four equal lengths, then repeat with the remaining potato mixture.

  5. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan or saucepan - it should be about half a centimetre deep. Take each croquette, dip it first in gram flour mixture, then into breadcrumbs (it is easiest to do this with two forks), rolling it around until fully coated. Place into the oil and repeat until you have 4 or 5 frying at once (don't overload the pan), turning occasionally until they are golden brown all over.

  6. Remove from the pan and place on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil, and repeat until all the croquettes are cooked. They can be eaten straight away, or refrigerated and reheated in the oven when needed.

For that extra special touch use these dried peas for the breadcrumbs, loads of different flavours available and they're vegan too.

These are super tasty, a must try but how about something much easier, I have included before Rocket Sandwiches as part of a kids bento lunch, so how about some star sandwiches for their bento lunch too, all you need are some star cookie cutters.

Without a doubt I find that kids love most fruit, so how about these super cool Alien fruit cups.  Fill with pretty much any fruit you like, two marshmallows for eyes and just draw a face on the cup. try mixing up the fruit, use different coloured grapes, raspberries with blackberries. Share your creations on my FB page.

Galaxy Bark from Wonder kids

Galaxy Bark

This is a very naughty treat, but I think it's needed every now and again.  You won't believe just how super easy this is to make. Lets go.  I have included at the end of this recipe an Amazon shopping list of almost everything you will need to save you time.

Ingredients

  • 10oz Black, purple or dark cocoa Candy melts
  • 1 cup Purple Candy melts
  • 1 cup Blue Candy Melts
  • Wilton Glitter Stars
  • Wilton Pearl Dust

Method

Melt the candy melts in individual bowls, one at a time the microwave in 30 second increments, be careful not to over cook them, you want them just melted. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (greaseproof paper) and pour the black/purple or dark cocoa candy melt over the tray.  The pic looks more purple but when it hardens it turned more black.

Black Candy melt Wonder Kids

Drizzle blue and purple candy melt over the darker colour, then using a butter knife you need to swirl and swish these colours around to look like galaxy's.

Sprinkle over the glitter stars and stick it in the fridge for 15-20minutes to harden.  The stars and pearl dust are edible so they are not just there to look great.  Once it is solid, remove from the fridge and add the final touch of the pearl duct brushed over.  make sure the paint Bruch is really clean.

Galaxy Bark Wonder kids
Galaxy Bark Wonder Kids

Thats it for another week, but before you go anywhere you may be interest in some of our related blog posts below.  Make sure you come back next Tuesday for some great Space themed crafts that the kids are going to love.

Finding Nemo/Dory - Sea Food

Finding Nemo Food ideas from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to a brand new week at Wonder Kids,  This week I have some amazing fun food ideas that are great as movie snacks or if you have a little fussy eater I think making the food fun can really help.  Some of these would also work as party food too. We have dozens of great recipe ideas at Wonder Kids, you can find them all in our great Kids Kitchen section.

These are delicious and healthy and super easy, here we go.

Crush's Turtle Shell Peppers

Peanut Sauce

  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tbsp warm water

Ingredients

  • Half cup of brown rice cooked to pack instructions
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 2tblsp corn flour
  • 2tblsp sesame oil
  • 8 small raisins

Method

Shell Peppers from Wonder Kids

Whilst the rice is cooking, cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove all stems and seeds.

In a small bowl stir together the ingredients for the peanut sauce (this sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days just make sure you keep is covered)

Now prep the tofu.  I love tofu because it absorbs any flavour you add to it but you need to prep it correctly.  Slice the block in half length ways.  Wrap each half in a towel and place something heavy on top of it like  cast iron pan or some books.  This will squeeze the water out of the tofu.  You'll need to leave it for at least 15 minutes.  making sure you change the towels if they get too wet.  A lot of water will come out.  We do this so that the texture of the Tofu is really tasty once cooked.  If you skip this it will be like eating warm jelly. yuk.

Once the Tofu is drained cut into small cubes

Place corn flour in bowl and gently toss in the Tofu to cover all the pieces.  Heat a frying pan or wok, add sesame oil and fry the tofu pieces until lightly browned and crispy on all sides. Reduce the heat and add the cooked rice and the peanut sauce. Cover to keep warm

Steam the bell pepper halves, I prefer to use a tiered bamboo steamer for this but you could use a microwave too.  

Creating the turtle - fill four bell pepper halves with the rice mixture.  Cut the other four halves into long strips, this makes 4 heads and 16 turtle legs. On each of the four stuffed peppers insert one strip to make Crush's head and four pepper strips to make crush's legs.

Add two raisins to each head to make Crush's eyes and enjoy.


Hankfurter & Seaweed Slaw

Seaweed Slaw

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (I like to use a mix of red and white)
  • qtr cup of shredded carrot
  • qtr cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs
  • 1 tbsp English  mustard

 

 

Finding Dory food from Wonder Kids

Method

For the slaw, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. This slaw can keep in the fridge for up top 3 days, just make sure you cover it.

Cook hotdogs on packet instructions, once cooked, make seven slices lengthwise in each hotdog. These need to go two thirds of the way up the hotdog to make the tentacles. Now use the English mustard to add a face to each one. To serve, place a small amount of slaw on a plate a top with the Hankfurter. Enjoy.

 

 

 


Lets finish this with one more recipe, these have been super fun so far so how about a tropical, summer drink as the perfect accompaniment to go with them. If you love cooking and want to get the kids in the kitchen than make sure you check out the Kids Kitchen before you go anywhere.

Ocean Water Juice from Wonder Kids

Ocean Water Juice

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Coconut extract

3 drops blue food coloring

2 (12 ounce) cans Sprite

Instructions

Combine everything in a pitcher, if it's a tad too sharp then you can add a pinch of sugar but less is more.  Pour into glasses over ice.  I like the extra touch of adding a fish.  This is an American candy called Swedish fish but you can find them in the UK, so In have included a link below to save you some time.

Zootopia - Carrots and Carrots

Zootopia Carrot ideas from Wonder Kids

It's here already, February seems to have flown by for me and this is the last of our Zootopia ideas but I have a great craft and a great sweet treat for you too.  The school half term has just finished, make sure you sign up to our FREE email's just to the right of the page and join the thousands of parents that love our ideas.  I send you some really great ideas every school holiday that are easy and inexpensive to try at home.

Carrot Pen Craft Wonder Kids

Carrot Pen Craft

This came about after our foray into the glitter pencils from the Trolls film, I love these super simple ideas that the kids will love to play with for hours.  they will be writing, drawing and talking into it just like Officer Judy does.

Supplies:

  • pen
  • printer paper
  • orange duct tape
  • green duct tape
  • craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • scissors
  • tape
  1. Cut paper lengthwise, into triangular pieces. The widest end should be shorter than the length of the pen that you are covering.
  2. Tape a triangle of paper onto the pen and wrap it tightly around, working your way towards the end of the pen. Tape the end in place.
  3. Tape another triangle of paper onto the pen, a little further up. Wrap it tightly around the pen, securing the end when finished. This should be building up a carrot shape around the pen. Continue attaching paper triangles until you have the desired shape.

4. Cut narrow strips of the orange duct tape.

5. Begin wrapping it tightly onto the pen starting at the bottom (near the writing end). Don't worry if you can't cover all of the paper because of the angle the tape wraps around the pen

6. Continue wrapping the pen in strips of duct tape until all of the paper is covered and you are happy with the coverage of the pen.

7. Cut a square of duct tape and use it to cover the end of the pen.

8. Cut two pieces of green duct tape. Fold them in half lengthwise, sticky sides together. Cut into 3 strips, leaving them all attached at one end.

9. Attach the carrot leaves to the end of the pen using a piece of orange duct tape. Then wrap narrow pieces of orange duct tape tightly around the base of the leaves to give it more of a carrot appearance.


Carrot Treats Wonder Kids

Carrot Treats

Ok these are a little bit of a cheat, but the kids will love them and they are easy to make.  It's a great fun way to get the kids in the kitchen too.  If you want more great ideas for kids the you should check out our Kids Kitchen.

Here is what you'll need - 

  • 4 Rice Krispie Treats
  • 6 oz Orange Candy Melts

Method

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut each treat in half lengthwise, then cut each of them in half diagonally.
  3. Take each piece and insert a toothpick in the flat end and place on prepared sheet.
  4. Place in freezer for to minutes.
  5. Melt orange candy by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  6. Pick up each by toothpick and either dip or spoon melted candy over each “carrot” to cover completely.
  7. Return to sheet.
  8. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  9. Now I have found versions of this that add "edible easter grass" into the hole where the toothpick was but I haven't been able to find such a thing in the UK.  So if you can find some sort of chewy green candy.  Maybe Starburst flattened out with a roller pin and then cut into thin strips. Or you can just use some green card to add the green bits (make sure the kids know not to eat them). Personally I think the carrots are just fine without the greenery added at all.
  10. Take each carrot and carefully remove toothpick. Use the toothpick to enlarge the hole big enough to insert the grass.
Easter Carrots Wonder Kids

Thats it for this week and for our Zootopia ideas.  Before you leave check out the party cups opposite.  I found them in my research for this month and I love them.  They would make for some great pictures at a party, you could even make masks with them too.  Next week we will have a brand new theme to explore so make sure you come back next Tuesday.  If you want to find out what were are doing before everyone else does then make sure you sign up to the e-mail newsletter found at the top right of the page.

Mothers Day - Breakfast in Bed

Mothers Day Breakfast from Wonder Kids

One of the classic features of Mothers Day is serving them breakfast in bed.  Now I know there is a temptation to let the kids make breakfast and serve it to them which is very sweet and funny but I think they do deserve a really nice edible breakfast if you really only do it a handful of times every year.  I have come up with some great recipes below that are super tasty and with just a little supervision the kids can help you make these too.

Mothers day Breakfast from Wonder Kids

Toasted Breakfast Cups

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Ask your little helper to grease 8 holes of a muffin tin with butter. 

Push one slice of bread into each greased hole, moulding it to fit with your fingers (kids will love helping with this part!) – all four corners of the bread should be sticking up. Bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove and leave to cool a little.

Get the kids to put one slice of ham inside each cup, smoothing it out to make a lining for the toast. Crack an egg into each one and season well – best if you do this bit. Return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the whites are cooked but the yolk is still soft*. Remove from the oven and ask the kids to scatter over the chives. Serve immediately.


French Toast

I love French Toast on the odd occasion and I think it is one of those recipes that really surprises in the UK. Mum won't have this very often so give this a try.

French Toast from Wonder Kids

Ingredients

  • 12 rashers streaky bacon
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 thick slices of bread (white or brown)
  • 75g (3oz) butter
  • Pinch of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Drop of Vanilla extract (optional)

Method

  1. Grill the bacon until crisp and keep warm. Lightly whisk three eggs, season (add the optional cinnamon and vanilla extract) and put in a shallow dish.
  2. Dip bread slices in the egg and press gently to help it absorb. Heat the butter in a pan and fry the bread for 2 mins on each side until golden brown.
  3. Cut each slice of bread into two triangles and top each with two slices of bacon and a good drizzle of maple syrup.

Mothers Day Breakfast Wonder Kids

Special Croissant

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 croissants
  • 8 slices good-quality ham
  • 8 slices Emmental cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
 

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 190c. Slice the croissants in half lengthways. Place a slice of cheese on the base of the croissants, followed by two slices of ham and another slice of cheese.
  2. Place the croissants on a baking tray.
  3. Mix the honey and brown sugar together and brush on top of the croissants. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and place in the oven for 6-7 minutes to heat through.
  4. Serve immediately.

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.