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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Hello and Welcome to my Kids Club,  I started it in 2014 when my daughter was 4yrs old, I came to the realisation that I needed more easy, fun, creative and educational things to do at home.  I don't mind her using tech every now and again but I'm not one for her to be constantly on her iPad or glued to the TV.  I would much rather see her playing a game, getting outside or building something.

I live in the U.K where the weather is mostly grey and miserable, so being stuck indoors you either get creative or you spend a small fortune at indoor play centres.  I know which one I would rather choose.

So how does this Kids Club work?

It's all FREE! Yes straight from the start of this idea I knew I didn't want to charge for this, it does take a lot of my time up but my daughter loves it and I now get great feedback from other parents, restaurants, teachers and even other entertainers use some of the game ideas in their parties.  So I feel like this Kids Club is doing a really good thing.

Every Month I pick a theme to explore, now if you have any ideas for themes that I haven't done yet then just post them in the comments section below or get in touch through social media, I would love to hear from you.  Every week I post a new game/craft/idea sticking to the month's theme.

Make sure you explore the Kids Club, There are a few ways to do this

  1. Use the search bar at the top of the page to search for anything you like, this is great for searching themes like Christmas, Halloween etc
  2. To the right, at the top of the page there is a drop down menu organised by the different topics that I have covered so far.  In the past this dropdown menu was organised by month so you may see that on my older posts
  3. keep scrolling down and you'll find a grid of some of my most recent posts, thats a great place to start. 

To get you started I have included below some of my favourite topics that I have covered remember there is so much more to explore and if you share a picture on my Facebook page of your family enjoying one of the activities then I'll send you a goodie bag full of Wayne Wonder Prizes. 

It took me about a year to get around to doing a Ninja Turtle blog post but I'm a huge Ninja Turtle fan, have been since I was a kid.  there is photographic evidence of this in the post, just click the picture opposite to find out how to:

  • Make your own fun, safe nun-chucks
  • Pizza box present and a ton of other activities.
  • Pizza fridge magnet
  • TMNT Colouring pages
  • Ninja mask
 

The biggest animated film of all time and I have a bunch of great fun ideas you can do with it.  My families favourite was the Frozen Treasure Hunt, I even appeared on a YouTube channel because of that game.  Just click on the picture opposite for all the Frozen fun. In this Frozen blog post we did - 

  • Frozen Tag game
  • Making Snowflakes
  • Frozen maze
  • Frozen Treasure Hunt
  • Build a snowman
 

Here's the You Tube channel I appeared on with my Frozen Treasure Hunt game.

 

I could go on all day about my favourite bits of this blog but Im going to leave it with three.  The series of Harry Potter blog posts were great, so many great games, crafts and activities plus you get to see loads of pictures from the Harry Potter studio tour and a full review of the tour itself.  In this series you'll find

  • How to make your own wand
  • Learn magic Tricks
  • Loads of Harry Potter Games
  • Harry Potter Cakes
  • Harry Potter Party Decorations

That's it, just a quick overview of how the Kids Club works and to get you started exploring this blog.  I also offer a direct to your inbox service during the school holidays.  Again it's all free so sign up below with your e-mail address, I don't sell or share e-mail address's onto any third parties.  I will then send you a great idea for every week of the summer holiday's. Remember I only pick ideas that are easy, fun, creative and inexpensive to try at home.

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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.

Harry Potter - Wizard Games

This is the final Harry Potter post in this series.  I have kept the best pics from our studio tour until last! In this weeks Kids Club I have got some great Wizard games.  These are great for sleepover's, birthday's or even Halloween parties.  Back at the Harry Potter Studio Tour we have moved onto what I think had the biggest improvements since our first visit.  The outdoor lot!  You enter this area through a new Café which is now all completely indoors.  This is very good in Britain as it tends to be chilly for most of the year.  On our previous visit there was what I would describe as a very good temporary marquee that you could eat under with some stalls selling butterbeer in cheap plastic cups.  This has now changed. The new Café is plenty big enough with a really good menu of food and now a dedicated station for butterbeer and butter beer ice cream, which we tried and the ice cream is amazing. The outdoor lot is soo much fun, it has the night bus, harry potters house, the hogwarts bridge, the flying car and a couple of other pieces.  Also around this area is the new Hogwarts Express Train! You get to go on the actually train from the films that takes the children to Hogwarts. They also have a platform 9 3/4 which is the same as the one at Kings Cross station.  Im going to leave the review there but trust me when I say this, there is so much more on this tour.  I have left out loads of stuff and not because it's boring but because I want there to be surprises for you and I don't want to type pages and pages of reviews.  Take a look at the pictures below and we'll get on with some Wizard games.

Transfiguration Class

Play charades using only things and animals.  (The kids should be able to act like the “thing.”)  Tell the kids they are supposed to transform themselves into the “thing” you assign them.  Before they transform, they should wave their wand and say, “Fera Verto.”  (Actually, that’s a spell to turn an animal into a water goblet, but it’s close enough!)  You can play this for as little or as long as you like. You can even choose creatures from Harry Potter for the kids to act out or anything/animal from the real world.  I prefer to use a mix and just through the odd Harry Potter reference in there as a surprise.

Harry Potter Would You Rather?

I see this game as a great game for in the car, maybe on the way to the studio tour.  First you'll need to print out the nine sheets I have included below.  After you've printed out the questions onto your paper, you may want to consider laminating the cards. If you are laminating the cards, do that before cutting them. If you don't want to laminate them, you can go ahead and cut the page into three columns. If you want to make a book out of your cards, be sure to cut right along the right hand side of the line and leave the left side with the extra border. This will give you space to make a binding or punch holes.

Would You Rather 1

Would You Rather 2

Would You Rather 3

Would You Rather 4

Would You Rather 5

Would You Rather 6

Would You Rather 7 

Would You Rather 8

Would You Rather 9

If you choose to, you can punch holes your cards or have them bound together to make a little booklet, you can do this yourself with anything... binder rings, wire, etc. Or, have it bound at your local print shop. You could also easily choose to leave the cards loose and keep them in a bag. It can be as simple as that! Whatever you decide to do, we're sure you're in for hours of whimsical fun.

Charms Class

This game is a simple as they come, but it's a classic and will be a sure fire hit.  Using their wand (Check out my DIY Wand post here) they need to keep the balloon up in the air and not let it hit the floor.  Come on we have all played this, in some form and you know how much fun it is.  Make sure you have some music playing, if I was to do this I would make the music get faster and as the music is faster they have to hit the balloon faster.  Thus making the game gradually harder.  You could also get them to say Wingardium Leviosa as they do this.

Thank you for taking the time to take a look at my blog and please do take a look at some of my older posts below or just use the search bar if you would like maybe some ninja turtles or something princess for your little ones to see what I have on here for you. Next week we have a brand new theme to kick off April and it's going to get emotional.  In the meantime please do take a second to support my blog and give any spare change you can afford.  You can also get some cool free gifts by hitting that give button below.

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Harry Potter - Magical Decorations

This week I have found five great decoration ideas for a harry potter themed party or maybe these will work just for a halloween party too. We have some more pictures from our time at the studio tour too.  This time we have just come out of the green screen area and are now learning more about the death eaters.  There is one scene recreated at the Malfoy's home with Voldemort killing a young female wizard on a large dinning table.  It's only recreated with mannequins but it's still a little creepy for very young children.  After this though we have both the burrough and Hagrid's hut which are both brilliant sets.  The burrough was a particular favourite of ours as there are elements that move on their own as if by magic, like the iron on the ironing board or a knife chopping carrots in the kitchen, we spent some time spotting all the moving bits at this set. From these great sets you move round into the ministry of magic sets which are stunning sets and very well made.  I'll finish off the last photo's in next week's post and I have left the best bits until last too. Before we crack on with some awesome decoration ideas, have you tried the new website for sorting your family into Hogwarts houses?  You answer a bunch of questions and then the sorting hat tells you which house you belong too.  We did it as a family, both my wife and daughter got Hufflepuff and I got Slytherin. You will need to set up a new account for each family member, give it a go here.

Harry Potter Decorations

Make floating candles by wrapping paper or kitchen paper towel around an led tea light which you find in most pound shops. Do not use real flame tea lights! 

Give your house the possessed by Voldemort treatment by writing on your mirrors with red lipstick.

Hang envelopes to look like letters from Hogwarts.  Ideally you want good quality envelopes that look a little aged but any envelopes will work.  this also makes a great background for photo's too.

Get some rubber snakes from a toy shop and spray paint them white. this can then be stuck or hung up to look like the chamber of secrets toilet. 

My favourite out of all the ideas here, use a balloon and some cheesecloth to make these awesome Dementors, then hang them form the ceiling.

Thank you for taking the time to take a look at my blog and please do take a look at some of my older posts below or just use the search bar if you would like maybe some ninja turtles or something princess for your little ones to see what I have on here for you. Next week I will be sharing some great Harry Potter Decorations.  In the meantime please do take a second to support my blog and give any spare change you can afford.  You can also get some cool free gifts by hitting that give button below.

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Harry Potter - Scrumptious Cakes

Coming up this week we have two great Harry Potter themed cupcake recipes, great for the school bake sale or maybe a Harry Potter themed birthday party. Maybe you just want to have a great movie marathon and need some great snacks. No matter how you enjoy these,  just let me know how you get on in the comments below. I have included below some more photo's from our trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.  After the griffindor dorm room you move along to Dumbledore's office and a cage in the middle filled with a whole array of props from the films.  Something new they had this year was the ability to tell a broom which is laid on the floor "up" and it rises to your hand.  A very simple trick but by looking straight on at the person the illusion looks great.  My daughter loved this. This then moves you onto the green screen area which now lets you take a trip on the flying car and on a broom just like the actors did in the films.  This is all lots of fun however the queues for this section took way too long and my 5yr old struggled a little with waiting.  It's lucky I am pretty good at making things fun whilst we had to wait.  There are also some golden snitches hidden in the green screen area which were not included in the passport that I mentioned last week but it took a few minutes for my daughter to find them so that helped.  After the green screen area you are directed to a paying booth so you can buy any photos and videos from this experience, of course these are overpriced what attraction is not overpriced when it comes to merchandise? Once you leave this part of the tour you are then greeted by three different sections, The Burrow set, Hagrids Hut set and the Ministry of Magic, I will go into more details on these in next weeks blog. 

Harry Potter Cupcakes

Both of these cupcake ideas start with this easy basic cupcake recipe.  This is a great activity to do with the kids on a rainy day.  Yes it may get messy in the kitchen but it can all get cleaned up so don't worry about that until the end.

Ingredients

  • 250g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Ice-cream scoop (optional)
  • 2 x 12-hole muffin tins, lined with paper cases

Method

  1. Set the oven to 190C, gas 5. 
  2. Tip the butter into a bowl and beat it until softened. Add the sugar, flour, salt, eggs and milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth. 
  3. Use a traditional-style ice-cream scoop, or spoon, to divide the mixture between all the paper cases.
  4. Place both muffin tins in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then swap over the position of the tins over and bake for a further 3-7 minutes, until both trays of cupcakes are a light golden colour. 
  5. Remove the tins from the oven. Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Freezing: The cakes are best eaten on the day that they're baked, but if necessary, once cooled, they can be wrapped in freezer bags and frozen for up to 1 month. They will defrost in about 1 hour.

Flavour variations: To give these plain cupcakes a little extra flavour, try one these ideas:

Lemon: Add finely zested rind of 2 lemons to the mixture, and use 4 tablespoons of lemon juice in place of the milk.
Chocolate: Use 2 level tablespoons less flour, and add 2 level tablespoons cocoa powder.
Rose: Use 1-2 tablespoon less milk and replace with 1-2 tablespoons rose water.
Coffee: Omit the milk and instead, use 2 tablespoons instant coffee, dissolved in 4 tablespoons hot water.

Start with the cupcake recipe above then just add this great frosting to the top.

Frosting Recipe:

2 Cups powdered sugar
1/2 Cup unsalted butter
2 TBSP whipping (heavy) cream
3 TBSP butterscotch sundae sauce

Frosting Directions:

Mix butter with powdered sugar until small pebbles appear.
Add whipping cream and beat slowly.
Check to see if frosting will make and hold a stiff peak. If not add additional 1/2 C powdered sugar and mix.
Check for stiff peaks, and if not continue to add powdered sugar until it does.
Add butterscotch sundae sauce and mix.
Frost the cupcakes with either a pastry bag and tip or by hand.

You can also get butterscotch chips to sprinkle on them too. Yummy.

 

Wizard Hat Cupcakes, use the basic recipe above for the cake, you can even use bought frosting for either vanilla or chocolate frosting.

Wizard Hats

What you need:

  • Ice cream cones
  • Chocolate or chocolate candy melts
  • Yellow frosting for the scar
  • grease proof paper

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts according to package instructions. Pour the melted chocolate into a shallow pan and roll the sugar cones in the chocolate until completely covered. Place the cones upside down on a sheet of wax paper and allow chocolate to harden and dry.
  2. Place a chocolate cone on top of each frosted cupcake, then pipe lightning bolts onto the cones with yellow frosting.

Thank you for taking the time to take a look at my blog and please do take a look at some of my older posts below or just use the search bar if you would like maybe some ninja turtles or something princess for your little ones to see what I have on here for you. Next week I will be sharing some great Harry Potter Decorations.  In the meantime please do take a second to support my blog and give any spare change you can afford.  You can also get some cool free gifts by hitting that give button below.

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