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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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Autumnal Fun - Comfort Food

Wonder Kids Autumn Food

I have some bad news, this will be our final week of Autumnal Fun, but fear not we will be back next week with a brand new theme, which I can not disclose now it's TOP SECRET. This week I have found three great seasonal recipe/ideas for you to try.  These will all be added to our huge collection of fun recipe's in the Kids Kitchen.

Firework-Rocket-Sandwiches-for-Bonfire-Night-full-instructions-and-pictures-from-Eats-Amazing-UK.jpgRocket Sandwiches from Wonder Kids

These super simple fun sandwiches really brighten up the kids packed lunch for school.  For years now I have loved the Bento movement.  It's a Japanese concept for making food look really enticing whilst also being super healthy too.  Now I could write for days about Bento theory but to give you the basics I have included below the new lunchbox I got for my daughter which she loves.  It allows me to create really fun, healthy packed lunches that look great for her. Maybe if I get enough interest I will do a series about Bento? let me know in the comments below if you would be interested. All you need then is a circle cutter and the star skewer, again I had included these all below so that it's nice and easy for you. The key to these sandwiches is to not try to put too much filing in them.  These just have ham which you could switch out for any other meat or cheese but I would avoid adding tomatoes, cucumber or loads of small salad items. Likewise a wet mixture like tuna mayo wouldn't be a good option either.

Use the same circle cutter to cut the bread and the hame and then thread onto the skewer, make sure you leave some space at the top for a small triangle of yellow pepper to finish the rocket off.

Wonder kids Halloween Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tblsp tomato puree (you can always add more)
  • 1 green chilli deseeded and sliced
  • 4 bell peppers in any colour (orange is great)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice (could be brown if you wish)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 can black beans rinse and drained

I start with the chicken, in a small oven proof pot I add, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper.  Make sure the chicken is well coated and add a little oil too.  Add in the chopped tomatoes and the green chilli.  Cook in the oven on a medium heat for at least 30 mins, make sure the chicken is cooked through and then shred. This can be left to cool.

Prep the peppers by slicing off the tops and hollow out the insides, be sure to remove any seeds and the white part inside. If desired, use a small paring knife to cut out a jack-o-lantern face.  Set aside.

Add the cooked rice to a frying pan and add in 1tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tblsp of tomato puree. Combine well and add the shredded chicken and black beans.  Again fry for a couple of minutes and combine well.  Now fill each pepper well, sprinkle cheese on the top, replace the lids and cook in the oven until the pepper has soften and the cheese melted.

Pear and Forest fruit Crumble from Wonder Kids

Forest Fruit Crumble

I love cooking, but baking and making deserts really escapes me.  I do however love the look of these deserts, they look gorgeous and sound super tasty too.

Ingredients

  • 3 firm but ripe pears (we used Conference variety)
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 strips of lemon zest (pared with a vegetable peeler) and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • 100g frozen forest or red fruits, defrosted

For the crumble

  • 30g cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 60g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp pistachio kernels, chopped
  1. Peel the pears, core and dice one and leave the others whole. Put 2 tablespoons of caster sugar into each 2 x 275-300ml microwave-proof and ovenproof teacups, mugs or ramekins with a star anise and 2 cardamom pods in each. Add a pear and a strip of lemon zest. Pour 100ml boiling water into each cup. Cover loosely with clingfilm. Put both cups in the microwave and cook on full power (about 800 watts) for 4 minutes or until the pear is just slightly undercooked.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Carefully remove the clingfilm, then remove the poached pears and set aside. Measure 3 tablespoons of the poaching liquid into a bowl, discard the rest, including the spices. Add the defrosted fruit and chopped pear to the poaching liquid in the bowl and toss together. Divide the mixture between the cups, then nestle a poached pear into each one.
  3. Rub the butter and flour together with your fingers to resemble breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar and pistachios. Scatter the crumble around the pear so that the top still protrudes. Put on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Autumnal Fun - Bonfire Night

Wonder Kids Bonfire Night

Welcome back to our series of Autumnal fun.  Last week I gave you two free printable scavenger hunts that you take on a woodland walk and we showed you how to make a super cool leaf bowl too. This week it's all about Bonfire night in the U.K, famous the world over for Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot.  Never heard of it before? Fear not I have covered the history below and then I have some cool arty crafty fun for you too.

When is Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night is always on 5th November every year however when the 5th falls mid week it is often celebrated on the weekend after it.

What is Bonfire Night

remember remember the 5th November

Although Bonfire Night is not as big an event as Christmas, it’s something that most families really enjoy, is always covered in schools, and is part of our national traditions. It all happened on the 5th November 1605, when King James 1st survived the “gunpowder plot” – an attempt to assassinate him and replace him with a Catholic head of state. The plot consisted of a plan to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder, and was led by Robert Catesby, but the name most remembered is that of Guy Fawkes who was found guarding the stash of gunpowder when the plot was uncovered. Although many households do light their own fireworks at home in their back gardens, public displays are always very popular and are my preferred option. The public celebrations for Bonfire Night nearly always include a large bonfire as well as the firework display. It’s traditional to have a “guy” burning on top. This is a large human type figure often made of newspaper and cardboard and then dressed in old clothes. This symbolises an effigy of Guy Fawkes, a reminder of how he and his co-conspirators were sentenced to death after the plot was thwarted. Today the political aspects of the plot are not so significant and these symbols are just carried on as tradition. The focus has shifted more to the fireworks and enjoying family time. There are often other attractions like fairground rides and face painting at the public displays too. Not forgetting of course some great food with the classic fish and chips, burgers, hotdogs and treats like toffee apples and fresh doughnuts.

Wonder Kids Pop Up Firework

Pop Up Firework

I love this craft, tuck all the ribbons inside the cone and then with a simple wave you can make your own fireworks display.

What you need:

  • Wooden Spoon 
  • Black Paper or card
  • Different coloured ribbons
  • Optional Star Stickers
  • Cellotape
  • Scissors
  1. Cut out a circle of paper up to 45cm across. We used black sugar paper but any colour will do, you could even recycle some old wrapping paper or newspaper.

  2. Find the midpoint of the circle by gently folding the circle in half and half again but don’t press down the folds, you don’t want permanent creases!

  3. Cut from the outside of the circle in a straight line to the midpoint. Then you can roll the paper up into a cone and staple or sticky tape it into place to stop it uncurling.

  4. You need to fit the wooden spoon into the paper cone, so snip off a tiny bit of the cone’s point, just large enough for the spoon handle to fit in to.

  5. To make all the colourful “fireworks” that will pop out of the cone simple cut lengths of ribbon approx 50cm long and tie them all together onto the handle of the wooden spoon. The ribbon could easily be swapped for fabric or crepe paper if you prefer.

  6. All you need to do now is insert the spoon into the cone and tuck and hide all the ribbons inside.

  7. Star stickers, paint, glitter or anything else you fancy could be used to decorate the outside too if you fancy

Wonder kids Fireworks Craft

Big Ben Fireworks

This is super simple, just click on the silhouette of the houses of parliament below and print them out.  Cut it out and follow the details below.

  1. Cut out the skyline templates of lots of tall building shapes, I like to cut it into sections so that they can be overlapped on the coloured backing card.
  2. Cut a sheet of purple card in half to make it A5 size. Cut out a 4cm diameter circle of white sticky card and place this in the top right corner for the moon.
  3. Stick the layered skyline on the bottom half of the purple card.
  4. Use a silver glitter glue pen to edge the buildings on the sides that the moon would be shining on.
  5. Use other colours of glitter to draw exploding fireworks in the sky. Add some tiny dots of glitter nearer the buildings and smudge with a finger to look like fireworks in the distance.

That's it for this week but make sure you come back next week for more great autumnal ideas, Im going to expand on the forest walks and fun activities for kids. See you soon, why not check out some older posts below before you go?