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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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Moana - Crafts and Games

Moana Wonder Kids Fun

Hello everybody, it's been a bonkers few weeks here at Wonder Kids, July was my busiest ever for my Wayne Wonder Magic Shows with over 40 bookings in a month! This included a show for my old primary school.  I hadn't stepped foot in the place for about 20 years Then with the schools breaking up I've been distracted with having both my wife (who's a teacher) and daughter at home.  Im back today though with a bumper blog post featuring four great Moana fun ideas plus we recently had a trip to Warwick Castle here in the UK so I will write a quick review on that too.

Egg Carton Turtle Wonder Kids

Lets kick this post off with these super cute and easy egg carton turtles. You'll need

  • Egg boxes cut into individual shells
  • green cardboard
  • google eyes
  • pom noms (ideally green)
  • green paint
  • PVA Glue

First paint the egg shells and allow to dry, then cut out flippers from the green cardboard. To do this we found it better to cut out large circles and then cut the flipper shape into the large circles leaving a central base to glue onto the egg shells.

Glue the pom pom heads onto the egg shells and the google eyed onto the pom pom heads, leave to dry and you have adorable little turtles to play with.


Pass the Water Wonder Kids

Love the idea of this game, super fun in the summer heat, line the kids up, now there are two ways of playing this game.  If you have lots of kids you can get two teams to line up.  Fill the first persons cup up in each team with water, they then need to pass the water to the next person, over their heads.  The team with the most water in the cup at the end of the line wins.  The way I prefer to play this is with one line of people and a bucket at either end of the line.  The bucket at the front of the line is filled about half way up. The idea is that the water needs to be transferred from one bucket to the other. The first person fills their cup up and then needs to pass the water down the line as before. The last person then dumps the water in the bucket.  This version uses a lot more water and everybody gets much wetter so its great for the Summer. I think this version is much more fun.


Maui Fish Hook Wonder Kids

Maui Fish Hook

Here is what you need:

Cardboard

Paper towel roll

Newspaper

PVA glue

Acrylic paint

Brown yarn

Brown marker

Directions:

Prepare your area. Lay down some newspaper because this will get a little messy.

Draw a picture of the fish hook onto a piece of cardboard. We made ours about 20″ long.  The handle of the hook should be as long as a paper towel roll. Cut the hook shape out. We used a razor blade to cut ours out. We found it easier than using scissors. Slide the paper towel roll over the handle.

Cover the the hook in paper mache. To prepare the paper mache, tear up newspaper into little strips. Mix white glue with water to form the paste. We did about 3/4 glue to a 1/4 water. Dip the strips of newspaper into the paste and wrap them around the hook and smooth them out. Wrap the hook to add just a little bit of depth and to smooth out the area at the top of the paper towel roll. Let the paper mache dry.

Cover the the hook in paper mache. To prepare the paper mache, tear up newspaper into little strips. Mix white glue with water to form the paste. We did about 3/4 glue to a 1/4 water. Dip the strips of newspaper into the paste and wrap them around the hook and smooth them out. Wrap the hook to add just a little bit of depth and to smooth out the area at the top of the paper towel roll. Let the paper mache dry. Paint the hook with acrylic paint. We used a light tan color and did three coats. Set the hook aside to dry. Use a marker to draw tribal like designs on your hook.

To finish this off just wrap the bottom up with brown yarn and enjoy.


Giant Ker Plunk Wonder Kids

Giant KerPlunk

This idea is just too cool not to share. It's so simple too, in the picture they made a basic table themselves but you could just use an Ikea lack table like the one I linked to below.  You don't need to have a hole in the table (although I admit it is better with a hole). Some chicken wire and sticks.  For the sticks you can use wooden dowels, sticks from the garden centre or depending on the size of your game you may be able to use chopsticks.  The chicken wire can be tied together at the rear of the game, put all the wooden dowels into the chicken wire lay this on the table and fill with the balls. Thats it for our Moana fun, check out our other ideas below and come back soon for some brand new themes.

Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Houses

Tinkerbell & Fairies from Wonder Kids

I really enjoy re-visiting my old blog posts and seeing how I can improve them.  This is the first in a series of posts exploring how we can have even more fun with Tinkerbell and all the other fairies. I loved putting together a fairy House two years ago with my daughter, she loved it too and our cat Misty also seemed to love.  Over the past two years our cat has slowly destroyed our previous Fairy house.  This summer I want to make a brand new Fairy house, bigger and better than anything we did before so lets see how much fun we can have now.

Fairy Garden from Wonder Kids

This was the fairy garden we made back in 2015 it has since been destroyed by our cat but here you go with the details of how to build this super simple fairy garden.  I will then share some more up to date designs and some accessories you can add to your garden to make them even more awesome.

What you'll need:

  • Moss
  • Flowers
  • shells/rocks
  • Saucer
  • Bird Houses
  • Large Planter
  • Compost
  • Small picket fence (optional)

Most of this should be available from your local garden centre. Firstly you'll probably need to paint the bird house's, this is a great activity for the kids. Then once they are dry, lay out how you want your fairy garden to look.  The get to planting the plants and embedding the houses in the dirt (so they don't fall over.  You could always put some rocks inside the house to make sure it stays vertical. And your all done, easy huh? you can even go out in the evening and sprinkle some glitter over it to show the kids in the morning like a real fairy had been in the house.


Next level Houses

Ok so here we go with some next level ideas, the above idea is very simple beginner type design. In my research for this new post I found this quick video from B&Q which again is quite a simple build with some really cool additions.

Adding a bonsai tree is a really nice touch that I didn't think of originally, I love bonsai tress and have one myself so this may be something I try in the future. The inspiration below reminds me of something from the shire where a Hobbit may live.

Bonsai fairy Garden

Having more space would really help to make a more elaborate fairy garden so I found the garden below online.  It looks like it may be built inside of a bird feeder which is a fantastic idea to make a feature in your garden from.

Large fairy garden Wayne Wonder

In our original garden we used bird houses and painted them in bright colours but this time I would like to go with a more natural woodland look. So you could still use birdhouse as a starting point, adding moss, twigs, cork and other materials to make something that feels more authentic.

No need to shell out loads on bird houses, check out this simple build just using some drink cartons.  make sure you use the nice big cartoons you get for milk, orange juice etc.

Eco build fairy house Wonder Kids

First cut openings for the door and windows. Then trim the sticks down to size with the pruning shears. After that, glue the sticks and leaves to the carton.

We took a break and let the houses dry overnight. They might have been ready sooner than that, but the kid only had so much focus power for gluing a bunch of sticks. I didn’t want him to lose interest, so we put it aside. Sometimes you just can’t rush a child artist!

You don't need to cover all the sides of the house with sticks you can opt for ivy leaves to cover the walls. The roof was topped with bark–the sloped roof was a tricky surface, so we pulled out the hot glue gun for immediate results. maybe using pebbles for the roof?

Once the house was dry we came back and added more glue between the sticks and anywhere the box was still exposed. Then we sprinkled sand on the glue and brushed off the excess with an old paint brush. The result looks like grout, but without the hassle. We put it aside again to dry.

After the fairy house is completed you can set up next to some potted plants or put it out in the garden. If you do display it outside, you might want to put some rocks inside to weigh it down. The fairies need some place to sit, after all.


Accessories

Now to make your fairy garden awesome and not just cute you need to accessorise, keep adding more accessories until everyones jaws drop.  I like the use of a lego tyre from the B&Q video above.  I think it would be quite simple to make some great accessorise just by using some broken twigs you can find in the woods.  Check out the entire playground made from small twigs. I love the addition of small food being added to tables or creating a picnic area.  This small food is a huge craft at the moment.  I believe it started in Japan and quickly became a world wide phenomenon.  

I have a very talented friend that makes a wide range of small food accessories you can purchase on Etsy, check out her work below and just click on any of the pictures to visit her Etsy store. I love the Sushi, do fairies like sushi?

Last but not least I wanted to show something super simple that you can make with just a bit of hot glue.  Using lollipop sticks check out the bench below for your fairy.  Im picturing it with a cork table next to it, maybe with a small slice of cake sitting on the table from the Etsy store above?   For this simple build I would paint the sticks first and let them dry, then just start gluing the sticks together, allowing them to dry in stages so that it doesn't all collapse.

Thats it for this folks but you can click here for loads more Fairy fun.

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Zootopia - Officer Clawhauser Ring Toss

Zootopia Fun on Wonder Kids

It's February and we are going to be having loads of fun with Zootopia this month.  We loved this film and I think we can have some fun with this one.  First have a go at this quick quiz and find out which character you are most like. Just click on the picture opposite.

Now we have this great craft/game, first I'll show how to make a great doughnut for Officer Clawhauser and then we'll turn it into a game. Here's what you'll need - 

  • Large paper plate
  • Mason jar lid
  • Pencil/pen
  • Pastel craft paints
  • Cream colored craft paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors
  •  

This is great just to have fun at home or make it for a birthday party, it really is simple and to try to make things easier I have included a link to some great paper plates below.  

Zootopia Ring Toss Wonder Kids

Trace your mason jar lid onto the center of your paper plate, Cut out the inner circle, Using your foam paint brush and cream colored paint, paint your whole plate, and let dry

Paint on the frosting with your pink paint first by outlining with your Small paint brush and then filling it in, and let dry. Now you can use your small paint brush and paint on your sprinkles, by dipping your brush in paint and painting a quick dash of paint, then switch colors and let dry. Once your donut is dry, you can create a bite mark from your donut by drawing on a bumpy half circle and cutting it out

Now to turn this work of art into a great game, all you need is a small length of wooden dow to stick into the ground.  Set the kids back and see if they can get the doughnuts on the ring toss.  That's it for this week but come back next week when we will be having more great fun with Zootopia.