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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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Finding Nemo/Dory - Action games

Wonder Kids Explores Finding Nemo

Week two of our Finding Nemo/Dory theme and I have two amazing games for you to try.  I know kids of all ages will love these and they are great for a rainy day in.

Find the Fish

You'll need the free template, just click on the picture opposite to print that out.  Cut the fish out and then on clean colourful sponges draw around the templates and then cut out the shape in the sponge.  Fill a container of water, this could be the bath tub, a small paddling pool or a large bucket.  I have included a link to some colourful sponges to save you some time below. Drop sponges into a tub of water. Have kids take turns using aquarium nets to fish out their favorite sponges. Aquarium nets come in a variety of sizes; have the kids try catching all of the sponges in a big net, or have them try to grab one sponge in a small net. After the party, guests can take sponges home as favours. You can also use these like my ultimate water balloons explained in the video below.

Dory Dash Game from Wonder Kids

Dory's Deep Sea Dash

I love this idea, it's quite a set up but I think the amount of fun the game is will be worth it.  Here's what you'll need - 

  • Pink balloons (around 25)

  • String

  • Sticky tape

  • Pink crepe paper

How To Play

Cut the crepe paper to different lengths to create streamers.

Attach your crepe paper streamers to the end of the balloons so they look like pink jellyfish.

Tie string from one side of the room to the other and hang the balloons from it. Position them close together but at varying heights.

There are a few ways to play this, you could challenge your kids to 'swim' between the jellyfish as quickly as they can without touching any of the streamers. If they brush into one and it moves, they’re out!

You can play this as a race (fastest wins) or encourage each child to try to beat their own time.

I like this idea for kids maybe 6+, Blindfold one of them and put a teddy at the opposite end of the room.  It would be great if you had a Nemo or Dory teddy.  The other children or a parent then has to describe and tell the blindfold person how to get through the jellyfish without touching the tentacles.  Every person gets a try at both directions and being blindfolded.  This game will then go on for ages.

Let me know how you get on with this one, I love the idea of it and can't wait to try it myself.  Come back next week for more great ideas but in the meantime please do take a look at some of our older posts below and use the search bar to see what you can find in our hundreds of ideas.

Finding Nemo/Dory - Photo Booth and Hank

Finding Nemo Birthday Party from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to another month here at Wonder Kids, big, big thank you if you are coming back to us.  The growth of Wonder Kids is really amazing, I update this blog every week with other updates in the Wonder Kids platform coming along at different times of the month too, plus the Wonder Kids magazine is updated everyday.  This is just our first look into some fun with the Finding Nemo/Finding Dory theme make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great ideas.

I can't believe I have never covered just Finding Nemo before in fact I don't think I have much material on Sealife or fish in general so maybe I can explore something similar in the future? For now we'll see what the feedback is like from these ideas, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Loads of firsts for us here at Wonder Kids this month, we are going to start with some free Photo Booth printables for you to have some fun with at home. Maybe you could combine them with this app on iOS to make some cool pics or invites for an upcoming birthday?

Nemo/Dory Photo Booth

First you'll need to construct the props, take a look at the props by clicking on the pictures below.  I prefer to stick them onto BBQ skewers so for speed I have included a link to some below however lollipop sticks work too and you can find them in any craft shop.

What You'll Need

  • A printer

  • Paper

  • Card

  • Scissors

  • Clear tape

  • BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks

  • Camera

Construct the Props

  • Print the Finding Dory props out

  • Glue the paper to the card - this helps makes the props sturdy

  • Cut around the props following the dotted line

  • Tape the dull BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks to the middle of the props. Make sure you've allowed for enough stick for little hands to hold the props up

  • Point your camera and have your kids strike their best underwater pose!

  • Note: Be sure an adult removes the sharp end of the BBQ skewer before little fingers begin this craft, or that it’s supervised throughout. 


Make this Hank Craft

This is super easy and kids will love to make it. Start by tracing Hank’s head on red construction paper.  I made it easy and created a template using a Finding Dory coloring sheet. Just click on the picture above for the free template. I printed my template at 181% so his head would take up most of the page, you might need to adjust the percentage based on your own printer. You can free hand draw his head if you’re talented. I’m not but luckily with the template, it’s easy for anyone to make this craft.

What you'll need

  • Red Construction Paper

  • Blue Construction Paper

  • White Construction Paper

  • Red Streamers

  • Hank Template

  • Black Marker

  • Glue Stick

  • Scissors

Hank from Finding Dory Craft Wonder Kids

I printed a couple of the Hank templates and used them to also make his eyes. It helped make me keep the shape and size more accurate.

Hank Craft Eyes Wonder Kids

I used the template to sort of estimate the location of where to glue on Hank’s eyes. Then I used the  streamer paper to create Hank’s arms. Once I determined a good length (15″-18″), I cut 4 identical pieces and folded them neatly together several times. Cut the streamers in half lengthwise. This will help keep Hank’s 8 arms similar in size.

Hank from finding Dory Wonder Kids

I attached 4 arms to the front side of Hank and 4 arms to his back. I found gluing the streamers going up helped Hank’s arms fluff out (like a 3-D effect) vs lying flat. The final step is drawing an angled straight line for his mouth. Again I used the template as a guide to draw his mouth. 

That's it for this week, see you next week for more great ideas.