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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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Last year this was an incredibly popular idea to list the toys that I am hearing the most about, not only from the kids in my family but also from the kids I work with every week. Now I didn't want to just do another top 15 list like last year. No! I thought how can I take this further so this year I am going to include a seperate list for family board games that I think will be great for Christmas.
But first, I have created some free downloads for you to use at home. Below you will find two Christmas wish list templates. Just click on them to print them, now you could just use these to make it a bit more special for the kids or you could write a nice wish list and actually send it to Father Christmas! You can send it to Royal Mail just for the cost of a stamp, send your letter or wish list to -
Alternatively I have found this company that offers a paid service to make what look like some great Christmas letters. I have never used them so I do not know how good they are but I may try them this year.
Top 14 Toys for Christmas 2017
Ok lets do this, you can find last years list here. This year there are some old favourites as well as some new toys on the list.
The Rocket Wireless Singing Machine is an all in one music experience that enables you to sing on the go.
The new completely wireless singing mic can amplify your voice and play your music through the built in speaker.
Adjust the volume and echo to layer on top of your favourite songs. Via Bluetooth music can be connected from your computer or handheld device and play through the speaker at the bottom of the Rocket.
Includes Light up base, headphone jack and works as a standalone speaker.
Styles may vary. Requires 3 x AAA batteries. For ages 14 plus years.
- Cat Boy figure & Cat Boy car included.
- Full of interactive features!
- 3 levels of play.
- Features lights and sounds!
- Go down the super Gekko slide and train on the Cat ball rings!
- Includes three mini-doll figures: Olivia, Stephanie and Liam, plus Sheen and Sapphire the dolphin figures
- Features a 3-level catamaran, personal water scooter and a banana boat
- Catamaran features a sun deck with 2 sun loungers and a pool, bridge with steering controls and a seating area, slide into and spiral stairs up from the water, opening garage for the personal water scooter and living quarters with a kitchen, bedrooms and lounge with sofa and transparent-brick floor
- 1:24 scale radio control Lightning McQueen, forward-straight, backward right and left movement
- 2 channel 2.4 GHz radio control with full movement, turbo feature
- Great quality and reliability
- Comes with everything kids need to create and control their own DroidTM - right down to the battery - plus stickers and extra accessories
- No grown-ups necessary: Kids can put together easily with step-by-step, in-app instructions, then challenge themselves to level-up their inventor skills by creating new custom Droids
- This Poppy feature doll delivers the ultimate music and light Trolls experience
- Poppy is all about Hug Time, and this Poppy doll comes with a wearable Hug Time bracelet for the girl
- When activated, both bracelets and her hair light up to the beat of music
- Super-soft plush Despicable Me 3 Jail Time Tom
- Features voice or sound effects
- Soft & cuddly plush
- Have soft plastic goggles
- Develops speech and language skills
- Encourages imaginative play
- Encourages practice of alphabet and number recognition
- Wipe-clean for repeated use
- Award-winning imaginative play set
Includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO move hub, interactive motor and a colour and distance sensor.
Rotate Vernie's head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter
Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000
Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customisation attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities
Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light
- Transformers: The Last Knight AutoRoute Squeaks RC
- Comes with remote control and movie-inspired blaster accessory
- Interactive features include lights, sounds, and phrases
- Dance and blaster modes, both with lights and sounds
- Figure does not convert
- There are over 70 adorable Hatchimals Colleggtibles to collect in Season One, including common, ultra-rare and limited edition Hatchimals to discover.
- Hold the egg in your hands, rub the heart and when it changes from purple to pink, you know it's ready to hatch! Gently press to crack the egg and discover the Hatchimal Colleggtible inside.
- Live video streaming
- Height Lock , easy take off and Aut Hoover
- Official partner of DR1 racing
- Beginner and advanced mode Indoor and Outdoor game
- Air Hog FPV RACE is for ages 10+
- Game stands over 3 feet tall
- Step right up -- players test their strength
- Hit the plate hard enough to "pie" your friends
- Works like a carnival strength tester game
- Laugh-out-loud fun
- 8 minifigures: Nya, Lloyd, Jay, Master Wu, Pythor, General Kozu, a Stone Army Swordsman and General Cryptor
- The Samurai X Cave features an opening skull entrance
- Inventor launchpad with 3 modules to assemble a jet
- Laser prison with an opening ‘door’ of translucent laser-beam elements
- Build your own blaster with the motorized Nerf Modulus ECS-10 blaster
- Flexible blaster has more than 30 combinations
- Features targeting scope, drop grip and dual-rail barrel
- Blaster can launch the included darts at targets up to 90 ft away
- Blaster's banana clip holds up to 10 darts
- The Sea Patroller uses drop-down wheels to transform from ship to land vehicle, to take pups on new and exciting missions!
- Lift Ryder out of sticky situations with the moveable crane and attachable cage. Once on board, send him down the ramp on to land with his Rescue ATV.
Well there it is, My predictions for the kids tops toys this year, let me know what you think about the list in the comments below. New this year, I thought I would compile a list of really different and imaginative games for the family to play together, some of these are for younger kids and some for older kids, again let me know what think of this selection. I would love to know if you decide to get one of these games, please do let me know how you got on with it.
Lets talk Toys R Us quickly, they have brought back their very popular payment scheme. It's based on the American layaway scheme I believe. The idea is you create a shopping list from Toys R Us and then reserve all the items you want. You can now make regular payments on the run up to Christmas and once you have paid in full you just collect your order. I thought this was worth sharing because it is far better than buy now pay later schemes offered by many stores. So if you are able to take advantage of this, its much better than going through credit checks (that could affect your credit rating) and paying interest on toys so they cost more than they should!
- Hilarious drawing game that challenged your vision and leaves you googling for more.
- Put on the zany, vision-altering google eye glasses.
- Start to draw while your team guesses.
- A fun game that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete
- since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone.
- 40 cases to solve
- Ages: 9+
- Players: 2 - 6
- Lasts 30 mins - 1 hr
- Includes 7 sequential games that build on their level of difficulty
- Cooperative and easy to learn
- Rich content and game play
- Exciting and funny
- Relies on the chance element as well as skill
- Played by two or more teams of one or more players
- Great for teens and adults
- A game of Speed, Observation and Reflexes
- Race to find the one matching image between one card and another
- Images may be different sizes and placed on any part of the card, making them difficult to spot
- Every card is unique and has only one picture in common with every other card in the deck
- All exciting family board game
- Perform noises, actions and gestures for other players to guess!
- Magic decoder reveals hidden forfeits
- Suitable for ages 5+ and 2 or more players
- Tell your own fantastic tales of brave heroes and daring adventure
- New art work and revised rules
- Playing time: 20-40 mins
- Ages 8 +
- 2-6 players
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently I launched the official Facebook Page for Wonder Kids and the response has been amazing! We post content everyday, so there are already hundreds of ideas to go through. Make sure you hit the like button so you don't miss out on great Wonder Kids ideas as we grow the platform. there are some amazing things coming.
This week is our final week of exploring Batman and the Justice League and we are going to attempt something we have never done before. This week all the ideas are aimed at the grown ups! Mum's & Dads this is your turn to have some fun with these ideas. Remember we have had the past four weeks filled with fun for the kids, you can go back and check them out using the buttons below.
Adult super hero drinks, I have included Joker Juice in this series of posts for the kids but these are strictly for grown ups only! Try each one and let me know which was your favourite on our Facebook Page.
4½ oz. black iced coffee
2 oz bourbon
¼–½ oz. maple syrup (depending how sweet you like it)
Brew a pot of coffee and let chill until cold, or dilute cold-brew coffee concentrate with an equal amount of cold water. Measure all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake thoroughly, until chilled and foamy. Strain into glass over ice.
3 oz. orange juice
2 oz. sparkling wine
1 oz. silver tequila
Splash grenadine or maraschino cherry juice
Pour tequila, juice, and sparkling wine into a champagne flute and stir. Tilt glass slightly and slowly pour grenadine down the side so that it settles at the bottom. Garnish with a lime slice.
3 oz. grape Jolly Rancher-infused vodka (see below)
¼ oz. lime juice
To make the infused vodka: Unwrap 10–12 purple Jolly Ranchers and put them in a sealable jar or bottle. Add 1½ cups of vodka, seal, shake, and let sit overnight or until candy fully dissolves when you shake the bottle. Chill until ready to use.
Add 3 oz. infused vodka and lime juice to a Collins glass with ice, stir, and fill with seltzer. Garnish with lime slice.
2 oz. gin
1 oz. St. Germain
¾ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
3 sprigs fresh basil
2 sprigs fresh mint
Muddle all ingredients well in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds (this will help break up the herbs and give the drink its color and flavor), and strain into a coupe glass.
6 oz. pineapple juice
1½ oz. white rum
1½ oz. blue Curaçao
3–4 blue raspberry Jolly Rancher candies (optional)
The night before making: Divide pineapple juice between sections of an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.
Crush Jolly Rancher candies with a mortar and pestle, or seal in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or another heavy kitchen tool. Empty “crystals” onto a small plate. Rub the rim of a margarita or hurricane glass with a lime slice and roll it in the candy crystals to coat, then chill glass in fridge or freezer while you blend the cocktail.
Combine frozen pineapple juice cubes, rum, and blue Curaçao in a blender, pulse to break up the frxjhsdjhgvcjhsvjhcvskhcsvkhbkice, and blend until smooth. Pour into glass. Serve with a straw (and maybe a spoon).
2 cups Pimm’s No. 1
3 cups brewed black tea, chilled
2 12-oz. bottles ginger beer, like Reed’s or Gosling’s
6 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for glass garnishes
Wash lemon and orange and slice them into thin rounds. Add citrus, Pimm’s and tea to a large pitcher, stir, and keep in the fridge at least one hour or until chilled. To serve, stir in ginger beer, pour into glasses filled with ice, and garnish with mint and a lemon slice.
Optional: If you’d like a boozier drink, add 1 oz. of gin to your glass before serving, and then stir in the Pimm’s mixture.
Now no Superhero fan wouldn't be complete without some cool hoodies or tops. These are great gifts for Fathers Day or Mothers Day too. I found loads in my search So I have put together a gallery of ideas and some quick links to save you time too.
Now you can accessorise yourself too, so if wearing superhero clothes is a little to full on for you how about just getting one of these accessories for the house or your man cave (bat cave).
Thats it for this week, some great gift ideas for the grown up superhero's. You should try at least one of the drinks I included, thy really are worth it. Now you think your a big Batman fan? check out these real Batches that fans have made. Maybe a new Man Cave is needed?
- 5th November
- Action Games
- Alice In Wonderland
- Alice In Wonderland Decorations
- Alice In Wonderland Party Food
- Alice In Wonderland free printables
- Alice in Wonderland
- Alice in Wonderland games
- April fools day
- BBQ food
- Badge Hunt
- Ball games
- Batman Clothes
- Batman Cocktails
- Batman Party
- Batman Party food
- Bay Max
- Big Friendly Giant
- Big Hero 6
Although Piñata’s are no way near as popular in the U.K as they are in the states they are getting more popular. These aren't as simple as you may think and I have seen some go horribly wrong ending up with broken noses and broken fingers. I mean the adults not the kids!
All pinatas have a designated opening for filling purposes. To find this area, look for the sticker on your pinata that says "press here to fill.” You can either press into that part of the pinata with your finger or carefully cut a U shaped flap using a knife or scissors. Make sure you do not tear or cut off this section because it will make a hole. Choose candy or small prizes that will fit into the hole (see pinata filler suggestions below) and place as many as you can inside the pinata. The bigger the pinata, the more prizes it can hold. After you fill the pinata, push the flap down or tape it in place. Hang your pinata with sturdy rope or string by its plastic handle. We suggest hanging the pinata about 1-2 feet above the guests' eye level. You can even use your pinata as a table decoration and then hang it when it's time to play the game. DO NOT HOLD THE PINATA UP WITH YOUR HAND
Here is a list off some of the best items to fill a Piñata with. I always prefer the pinto's that aren't full of just sweets but rather a mixture of little toys and sweets. A good rule of thumb is to fill a piñata with enough prizes so that everyone can have 3 or 4 each, depending o the amount of kids you may need more than one piñata.
- Chocolate Celebrations (not a good idea during the summer months)
- Moam's individually wrapped chewy sweets
- Little packs of Haribo's, available from every supermarket
- Animal shaped rubber bands
- Craft Stamps
- Chocolate coins (again not during the summer months)
- Kids plastic finger rings
- Fun Erasers
before we start this, if you are hitting the piñata with a stick make sure it is hung up with string over a beam or on a hook, please do not be a macho Dad and think you can just hold it, you will get hurt! I have also seen a really long wooden pole with a manat either end and the piñata hanging form the middle. This worked well as the pole was so long that the two men were not anywhere near the piñata and they were able to hold it high enough for the game to work. I have broken down how you play piñata according to the age of the guests. As with most games at parties the rules should be explained before you start to play, so here goes
3-5 yr olds
Its best to use a pull string Piñata for this age group. These tend to be smaller piñata's and with this type you don't have a stick and you don't hit the Piñata at all. They have strings hanging from the bottom of the piñata and each guests takes a turn to pull the a string like pulling the shortest straw. We tried one of these for my daughters third birthday and found that the strings will need quite a tug on them to release the door that holds the sweets inside. Also there is the chance that the very first child to try puling a string may get the correct string and its game over straight away.
5-7 yr olds
Now you'll notice that 5 year olds are in both groups so far. You can use your own judgement on how ready the children are for each way to play. This is almost how the traditional Piñata's are played sans the blindfold. At this age I wouldn't blindfold them as their co-ordination tends not to be brilliant and some younger ones may not like being blindfolded. You should still explain clearly the rules of the game BEFORE you start, not during or after. The rules are listed below.
7+ yr olds
Go all out for this one, blindfold the kids and spin them in circles just make sure you read the rules below and explain them to all the kids before playing.
- The kids need to line up from shortest to tallest, place a mat on the floor as the front of the line and make sure this is at least three feet away from the person with the piñata stick. Why the height organisation? well generally the bigger the child the harder they will hit so this way its more likely that everyone will get at least one go.
- Each Child can only have 3-4 prizes, if you grab more you will have to share them. When the Piñata breaks no pushing or shoving or you will lose all your prizes
- Make sure you have a back up stick, in my experience the stick that come with store bought piñata's are strong enough and often break, so make sure you have a broom handle or decent size stick as a back up.
- Each child gets spun three time in circles unless they are a much older sibling in which case go for it and spin them as many times as you can get away with, also make sure they are pointed in the wrong direction. This always gets a laugh.
- Each child gets to hit the piñata three times, once they have had three goes they need to go to the back of the line.
- ideally once the piñata is broken it would be great to give each child a small plastic party bag to fill with some prizes but in my experience once it breaks its every man for themselves.
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.