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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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Unicorns - Magical Games

Unicorn Games from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our second week of Unicorn fun, this week I am going to show you some great Unicorn games, these will work great for birthday party games or for just some fun at the weekend or during the school holidays.

Lets kick it off with this great treasure hunt, it's a free download, so just click on it and print it off.  You can laminate it and use dry wipe markers to make them re-usable.  Alternatively print them off, one for each player, put it on a clipboard and the kids need to colour the star in for each item they find.  I have included some super cool Unicorn clipboards below if you want to go full theme.

There are ten items to find, I have purposely made them as ambiguous as I could so that you can have some fun with them.  

  1. Something Magical - could be a wand, fairy wand, glitter, potion etc
  2. Soft toy - could literallybe any soft toy
  3. Rainbow - Any multicoloured item, I have included some below
  4. Something Purple - Anything purple
  5. Star - Anything star shaped, or a picture of a star, a star made from kitchen foil
  6. A horn - an Ice cream cone or a bicycle horn
  7. Pink Clothing - Uh yea
  8. A Gem - Anything shines really, raid the pound shops, I have included a pack of plastic gems below
  9. Something that Rhymes with Unicorn - I love this one, I would just go silly with Poo-nicorn and the like, a fake poo or Unicorn Poo slime like I showed you last week.
  10. A flower - depending on the time of year this could be real or fake

Something I have started to do with these new blog posts is have a little search and go back through my previous blog posts to see if anything from them can be fitted into this theme, well this time I found a couple of things that may just work, firstly its part of my Knights and Knaves fun I found these great Horses you can make out of a pool noodle.  Super easy to make with a folded over pool noodle and some felt.  You can do Unicorn races, maybe around obstacles if you turn these horses into Unicorns by adding some cute eyes and use some fab foam to make a horn on top of the head. The other Idea that can be adjusted is the great game of Junk in the Trunk from part of my Sleepover ideas.  It's an hilarious game, just add some ribbon for a tail on the box and have the kids wear a cute unicorn horn hairband and you have another quick easy and fun game.


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Oreo Unicorn 

Separate the kids into pairs, give each team a stack of Oreo biscuits.  One member from each pair kneels on the floor with their head up facing the sky.  The other team member then has to stack as many Oreos as they can on their head.  Time them for this game and only give them a Minute or so. If the stack falls over they have to start over but the time keeps counting down.  The winning team is the one with the tallest stack.


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Hula Unicorn Toss

Hula Unicorn Toss

You need some space for this games, you'll need one or more traffic cones, I have included some below to save some time.  And a selection of hula hoops.  First thing to do is prepare the cone.  Use spray paint to make it look more Unicorn horn like.  You can find loads of different types of spray paint these days, you can get spray paint that finishes with a rock looking effect which would turn this game into a Rhino horn toss? but you can get metallic paints, glitter paints or just spray a mix of complimenting colours like in the picture opposite. Now set the distance that the kids stand away and they through the big hula hoops at the cone/s and try to get as many as they can over the hoops.  Trust me this game is a tough one so maybe if you can have multiple cones and hoops you can set one closer and then others further away.  They get 2 points for the first one then, 3, 5, 10 etc.  You can keep track of the score on your smartphone.  The person with the biggest score wins.

That's it for this week, my fav games are the last two, I think the kids will love those two.  Check out the related posts below before you go and remember to come back next Tuesday for more Unicorn fun where we are going to explore how to make a Unicorn Lunch.


Top Secret Spies - Induction

Wonder Kids Spy Fun

Welcome to November here at Wonder Kids.  This is something I have wanted to explore for a while now. All month we are going to find some really fun things you can use for any budding secret agents out there. Lets start with the induction of our spies to be.  Take their fingerprints first and show them the little grooves and indentations.  Explain that these are pretty much unique to each individual. To do this you'll need the free print out I have created below and I have found it best to use an ink pad, make sure you have a wet cloth to wipe the kids fingers straight away so that it doesn't stain.  You can also get a fingerprint with a normal pencil.  To do this rub a very dark patch of pencil on a sheet of paper and have the kids press each finger onto that dark patch as you would the ink pad.  This does give fingerprints but not nearly as good as the ink pad. 

Click on the image to download the fingerprint sheet for free.

Next as part of the Induction the kids need to figure out this puzzle, It's a word search that I created with all spy related words.  Again this is a free printable.

Click on the image for the free printable

Lets finish this week off with a super simple craft, but don't worry we will back every week this month with more great Spy Fun.

Wonder kids Walkie Talkie

Juice Carton

Walkie Talkie

Finish with your juice drinks, Cover them in black Fablon. Use Aluminium Foil for the speaker and mic parts, just use PVA glue to attach them.  Using a black sharpie add the dots to the foil.  A nice finishing touch is a piece of either red felt or red Fablon on the side as a button.

Sleepover's - Girly Fun

Wowzers it's been a brilliant but hectic couple of weeks for me, with extra birthday parties to perform at due to the kids breaking up for school holidays and dozens of school end of term parties too! all mixed together with the hottest weather of the year and I have just been exhausted by the time I got home.  My apologies for the delay but I'm now back on board and to make up for my absence I am releasing three blog posts all in one week.  Make sure you take advantage of them, you can find links to them at the end of this post.

Before we crack on, I have included a form below to sign up to the Wonder Kids e-mails. I can then send you some great activities to try out during the school holidays. I also have my theatre show on Saturday 3rd September in High Wycombe, this is just before the kids go back to school and it's going to be a big crazy show.

This week we get all girly and look at some simple but really cool ideas for girls to do at a sleepover, now I think some of these ideas are perfectly unisex and can easily be done with a minor tweak at a boys sleepover too. 

Pillow Bed

The first thing this week is a really cool pillow bed, I want one of these for myself! We do have a bean bag in our front room at the moment and I have already decided that if/when that breaks I will be replacing it with a bigger version of one of these pillow beds. 

This really couldn't be simpler.  Buy four large pillows, these can either be all the same design or four different designs for a more funky bed.  All you need to do is sow all four pillow cases together and then put the pillows back in.  This is even easier if you have a sowing machine.  I have looked around online and this version is the super easy version of it.  there is another way of making one of these by purchasing loads of fabric and measuring everything and using patterns etc, just stick with the super easy method.

Balloon Timer

This simple idea is really fun for kids.  Write an activity on a small piece of paper and stuff it inside an un-inflated balloon (I have a super simple method for this here).  Blow the balloon up and write a time using a sharpie on the balloon.  Trust me when I say use a sharpie to write on the balloon, other pens will do it but sharpies are the best for writing/drawing on balloons.  The kids then take turns to pop a balloon at the corresponding time to find out what their next activity is.  If you don't mind the mess you can make this extra fun by adding confetti/glitter into the balloon so when they pop it you have an explosion of colour.

Spin the Bottle

WHAT! I hear you cry, how old are the girls I aiming these games at? fear not, this version is Wayne Wonder Awesome and doesn't involve any yucky boys.  First you'll need to print off the FREE PDF game by clicking on the image opposite.  You'll also need a split pin to attach the arrow to the centre of the board.  You line up all different shades of nail varnish on the board and each girl takes a turn spinning the arrow, whatever colour it lands on the girl has to paint either a finger or toe nail in that colour.  Lots of fun and great for getting pictures taken after the game with all different colours on the girls nails.

Make your own pillow case

Materials 

Pillow case

Fabric markers

Paper

Instructions

1. It’s a good idea to do a bit of practice on paper before beginning the design on the pillowcase.

Design Ideas

  • Name
  • Favourite things
  • An entire scene
  • A quote or words

2. Once the kids are ready to go, insert a piece of paper (baking paper could be cut to size) inside the pillowcase. This will ensure the pen ink doesn’t go right through to the other side. Tip: If using a regular piece of paper, just move it around as you draw on the case.

3. Use fabric pen to draw on the design. These are easy to work with and you can find them at craft, supermarket and some discount stores.

4. Once the design is finished, iron on cotton setting (or as per pen brand instructions) for about 5 minutes to set the colour. Wash (separately on cold) and it’s ready for use!

That's it for this post but don't worry I have dozens more ideas for sleepovers, scroll down to find more sleepover posts that I have put together.

 

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.