Wonder Kids Blog

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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Ghostbusters - Crafts

Week two with the awesome Ghostbusters theme, this week I have some super simple and awesome crafts you can try at home.  Remember these crafts are not just for Ghostbusters, you can also use them for Halloween too! I have included a button to my Halloween blog post I did last year for loads more ideas.  You can also find the first week of Ghostbusters fun below where I showed you how to make your own slime.

It's not long until my brand new show Halloween Havoc, Myself and fellow entertainer John Johnny are teaming up to create a brand new Halloween experience.  This party is going to be all sorts of awesome with a brand new Spooky magic Show from me, Halloween Games, prizes, fancy dress, eerie disco, petrifying photo booth and loads more.  For this week only I am running a competition on Facebook for a free family of four ticket. There are not many tickets left now so make sure you take advantage of this. Click on the picture opposite for more details on Halloween Havoc.

 

Lollipop Ghosts

These are super cute and easy to make.  I think they make a nice little gift for Halloween or as part of a snack dox for a Ghostbusters movie marathon.  Maybe you want to catch up on the classic films before watching the new one.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tissues
  • Lollypops
  • Black Sharpie
  • small elastic bands, or maybe use loom bands if you have some laying around
  • Thin orange and black ribbon

Here we go, Use one full size tissue, and another tissue that has been cut into quarters. Take the quarter piece of tissue and put it in the center of the full sized tissue. This will help to hide the colour of the lolly pop underneath the tissue. I tried it first with just one layer of Kleenex, but you could definitely see the lolly pop through it. Two layers worked much better to hide the colour.

Bunch up the tissue over the lolly pop and stretch the elastic over it to hold it all in place. The elastics that I used were small enough that I only had to go around once. Make eyes with the sharpie and tie the ribbon around a bow.

Paper Plate Ghost

This is a cool craft and it works brilliantly with the silly string guns I showed in last weeks post which you can find here. You can hang a bunch of these paper plate ghosts all around the place and have the kids try to shoot them with the silly string guns. So how do you make them?

You'll need - 

  • Paper plates
  • White Crete Paper
  • Normal white paper (could use card)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Glue Stick

First you'll need to print out these templates on paper or card stock.  Cut out the two vale and colour them in using the sharpie. Make sure you don't miss out pupils for the ghosts eye's using the sharpie pen.  Now take the two arms and mouth from the template.  Glue the facial features to the front of the paper plate. Glue the arms to the back of the paper plate.

Cut crepe paper into five strips, 24 inches long each. Glue crepe paper to the back of the paper plate so that they hang down from the bottom.

One last thing before I let you go for the week, here is a free Ghostbuster's Trap.  Just click on the picture and print it out on A4paper or even better card stock if you can.  It's a very small trap when it's built but I think the kids will have a blast building them and playing with them.

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.