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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 - Get your Spook on

Spooky fun from Wonder Kids

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We're back again with some Halloween fun this time.  It's been two years since I last covered Halloween, So I have two great ideas below that you can use in conjunction with all the fun from our last Halloween post.

Last week I shared some great Scavenger Hunts and a nice autumnal craft too.

Lets kick off with this great treasure hunt.  Last time I made one of these it was for the launch of Frozen! way back when. Now this is a super simple game, just hide 7 of the clues around the house making sure the last one is left with a prize.  You give the kids the first one and let them loose to figure out the clues.

For prizes you have lots of options, you can use sweets, maybe even some sweets at each clue? or my preference is to use Halloween toys as a prize for each guest at the end of the treasure hunt.  Decide on how difficult you want to make this hunt. For younger children you will need to simplify, so for a clue like "Next to something orange and round" you can put the next clue in full site on top of a pumpkin or for older kids you can make sure there is an orange light bulb with a clue next to it or sat in a fruit bowl under a tangerine.  Little touches like this make this treasure hunt super practical and fun. Another idea to take this to the next level is to make sure the lights are down low.  Now you have an even more spooky hunt and it makes it harder all at once.  Don't forget with the lights down low you can always add in some surprises like getting someone to jump out at the kids near one of the clues or get an automatic decoration like the one below. Again this is for older kids.

Wonder Kids Swamp Monster Movie

Now thats awesome but how about this delicious drink, sshhhh don't tell the kids that it's super healthy for them but trust me this does taste great, it's all about marketing.  Call it a Swamp Monster Smoothie and place a spooky straw in it and the kids will love it.

SWAMP MONSTER SMOOTHIE

Ingredients: (serves 2-3)

  • 200ml orange juice
  • 50g raw spinach leaves
  • 75g cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 1 frozen banana

Method:

Measure out the orange juice and pour into your blender, then add the spinach leaves. Roughly chop the cucumber and apple and add to the blender. Break the banana into small chunks and add to the blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, serve adding in a spooky straw or try serving it in a spooky cup? 

Thats it for this week, but make sure you come back next Tuesday for more fun, get the kids excited for Bonfire Night.

Dennis the Menace - Gnasher

Dennis the Menace pranks from wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to another week at Wonder Kids filled with more great pranks and tricks.  I hope you have been enjoying a great easter break with the kids, we have been super lucky with the weather.  This week we have three super simple ideas that are just brilliant but make sure you check last weeks pranks by clicking the button below and come back next week for even more great gags. 

Check out the video below to see me playing some pranks on Captain Calamity from my most recent visit there.

Fly gag from Wonder Kids

Eating A Fly

Ok this is gross but so effective.  DO NOT EAT REAL FLY'S! Place a raisin inside a tissue and mime catching a fly near a window with the tissue.  Show your friend that your playing the prank on the tissue, open it up until they can just see the tip of the raisin and quickly pinch the raisin and eat it.  They will believe that you have just eaten a fly and will freak out.


Car sign prank from Wonder Kids

Car Prank

I love this, at night stick a sign like this on the back of your car.  The next morning during the school run should be interesting and your victim won't have a clue about whats going on.


Blue water prank from Wonder Kids

Coloured Water Prank

This one will really get someone.  You can pick and food colouring you like.  For halloween you could try a red food colouring.  I would go for either blue or green though.  There are a few ways to try this.  You need a cotton bud dipped in the food colouring you are using and swap the tap with the food colouring, allow it to dry and apply another coat.  This means you can not use the tap before your victim does.  I find that most modern taps have cap on the end that unscrews, this allows you to apply more food colouring inside the faucet which give a much better colour.


Thats it this week, come back next week for more great ideas you can use to prank your friends and family.  Let us know how you get on in the comments below.

Ghostbusters - Decoration Inspiration

This week I thought I would show you some quick simple ideas for a Ghostbuster party.  If you combines these with the slime and the crafts that I have shown previously then you are well on your way to making a brilliant Ghostbuster party.  

First off I wanted to show you the above, on Etsy you can buy a download to print at home a whole bunch of Ghostbuster party decorations, before you do that though check out the two top tips below which when combined with my ideas from last week, some Ghostbuster toys, green and black balloons as well as green and black party plates etc, then you're pretty much set already. 

Top Tip 1  

Hazard Tape, this can be find in loads of places but maybe try somewhere like B&Q.  It's not expensive and can be used to cordon off areas or displays.  You can use it to create a path to a certain area or you can even cut the tape in half, creating thin strips and use it on decorations or party favours like the picture below.

Top Tip 2

For a birthday party I recommend using rolls of plastic table cloth, they can be found on Amazon and come in every colour.  You'll need black and green, maybe a little red.  With the green cloth, cut out a slime shape or many of them and use them on the walls, over doors or on the table. 

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.

Roald Dahl - The Witches

Roald Dahl's The Wicthes is the final topic in our Roald Dahl month.  This story really is one of the scariest kids stories you can find and I think that is why it is so popular, I really believe that kids quite enjoy getting scared as long as it's in a safe environment.  I have utilised this in my shows. I have a puppet called Ferris, who looks like a realistic ferret, he comes out all cute and adorable the kids can pet him but then he leaps out into the audience, this delivers a real shock and scream moment in my otherwise very safe a funny shows.  This rollercoaster of emotion is what makes the best stories.  I have two brilliant ideas for you today, a great witch based game and the recipe for pea soup from the story.  

At the moment I am really busy working on my Halloween Havoc show. This is a full on Halloween Party and I am teaming up with fellow entertainer John Johnny.  We are combining our talents to provide a brilliant Halloween experience unlike anything you have been to before.  I am going to provide some crazy games and a superb spooky magic show, John Johnny will be providing a brilliant atmosphere with his DJ equipment, smoke machines and great lighting.  From his theatrical dance background we will have more interactive games and disco dances too.  Click on the picture below for more info and to get your tickets.  Don't miss out on this folks.

Witches Brew Memory Game

This is a great game, you don't have to have props for it but I think it makes the game a little bit more exciting and interesting for kids. Have guests gather around in a circle. You can place a cauldron in the middle of the circle as a prop, another great prop are little bits of coloured paper cut into small squares, each child gets a stack of cut up squares.  Each child should pick a colour stack i.e one child can be green another yellow and another red.  The first player starts the game by saying, “I am a witch making my brew and into the cauldron I through in  frog’s eyes.” and with that throw in one coloured square. 

The second player then continues by repeating the statement of the first player and adding her own ingredient at the end. For instance, she might say, “I am a witch making my brew and into the cauldron I just threw frog’s eyes and a pinch of sage.” followed by throwing in a coloured square.  The game ends when someone forgets the correct order of ingredients.  

The next player repeats the first and second person’s statements, and adds on a third ingredient. Play continues around the circle in this manner. Any player who forgets the preceding list of ingredients or can’t come up with a new ingredient is out of the game.

I love getting my daughter in the kitchen and making a proper meal feel like fun rather than a chore, just last night we made a brilliant prawn and spaghetti meal for the family.  I had her chopping up tomatoes, lemons and basil whilst I did the garlic, spinach and rocket (the smellier bits).  Lets say you have started reading the Witches as a bed time story, come the weekend you could make this recipe for lunch or dinner one night, not only does this help to bring the story to life but it makes cooking a whole lot more fun and this meal is super good for you too!

"Today there is green-pea soup to start with, and for the main course you have a choice of either grilled fillet of sole or roast lamb.’ 

The next moment, one of the cooks came along with a gigantic saucepan of steaming green soup and poured the whole lot into the silver basin. He put the lid on the basin and shouted, ‘Soup for the big party all ready to go out!’

Pea soup  Serves 4 (or 6 for a starter)

Ingredients
1tbsp butter
2 shallots (finely sliced)
750ml vegetable stock (or ham stock, if you have it)
400g frozen peas (petit pois are lovely here)
3 sprigs mint
Freshly ground pepper and flaky sea salt
Squeeze of lemon
4tsp crème fraîche

Equipment
Knife and chopping board
Medium saucepan
Wooden spoon
Blender

1. Melt the butter in the saucepan, and add the finely sliced shallots. Fry them over a low heat, stirring frequently to ensure they don’t brown. Once they are translucent, add the stock. Bring the stock to the boil.

2. Tip the peas into the stock, and bring it back to the boil. As soon as it is boiling, tip the contents of the pan into the blender and add all but a couple of the mint leaves. Blitz to a consistency you like – I prefer to still have the texture of the peas in the soup, but you might prefer a smoother consistency – if so, blitz for a good few minutes.

3. Taste the soup for seasoning, and add salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Pour the soup back into the pan, warm it through, and then serve up with some crème fraîche and a sprig of mint. Eat immediately.

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.