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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Lego Fun - Lego Movie

Lego Movie fun from Wonder Kids

Hello it's the most magical time of year and just in case you are reading this in December than I have included below a link to some great Christmas Ideas from Wonder Kids.  Every week this month we are going to look at a different theme of Lego. This week is Lego Movie, I really enjoyed the movie, in fact it was one of the first things I ever wrote about on this blog.  I won't link to it because it's just embarrassing now looking back at it but if you really want to see it just search for Lego Movie in the search bar above. Anyway I am waiting nervously for the next Lego movie, the sequel, can it be as good as the first, can it be better? Im not sure. Before we get going I have also compiled this years list of the top most wanted toys and of course it has some lego sets in it for the lego fans, lego makes it on to my top rated lists every year, such an amazing toy in my opinion.

I included Lego boost on the top Christmas toys list and I think it was the most expensive addition I have ever included.  I only included it because we saw it demo'd at the Convent Garden Apple Store and it was brilliant.  So the kids can build any of 5 different model options, we made it like the Johnny 5 robot from the classic Short Circuit film as you can see on the box.  then using your iPad you can program the robot to move in all sorts of directions and to do great things like dance and spin too.  This is a great fun way of getting kids programming and understanding how programming works, it is pricey but coding, programming and web development will be crucial in our kids future.

8 Lego Movie Masks

I included some of these back in 2014 when I first covered Lego Movie but now they are back with some additional characters, just print them off and mount them on some good card like a cereal box.  Wrap some elastic around your head and boom you have some great Lego movie Masks.

Lego Movie Bingo

Stick the film on, grab your drinks and snacks, make sure everyone has one of these bingo cards and a marker pen.  Just mark off every character you spot, be careful though some of them are tricky! The first person to find all of their characters wins.

Ok so we are having fun now, but how about a Lego Movie Party? Of course you can use these items already but lets check out some inspiration, keep reading for FREE Lego Party Invites then at the end of this blog we are going to include a brilliant Lego activity that the kids will love.

I hopes that these pics give you some inspiration, I would love to see what you come up with or if you try any of the ideas here.  You can post pics on our Facebook Page. Below I have designed some free Lego Movie Party invites for personal use only.

Wonder Kids Lego Zip Line

Lego Zip Line

Lego Zip Line Wonder Kids

This is a great activity that you can just do over Christmas, maybe the kids got a new lego set from Santa? or its great for a party too.  All you need are some simple lego bricks and some cord.  I recommend Parachute cord because it's nice a smooth and obviously very strong but string will work too.  The only downside with string is that it will get worn and break. First build the stand for the man, to do this start with a based put the man on it then get the kids to build bricks around him. Note the gap above his head, we use a curved brick like in the picture but I think it should work with a square gap too. Now all you need to do is connect the cord to something solid like a door handle and then raise the cord to something higher.  The higher the cord is raised the fast the lego man is going to go.  Try maybe making quite a long one by tying one end to the front door handle and the other end up stairs? You need an nice straight line with lots of tension.  If the cord is loose and sags in the middle the lego man may get stuck.

This also teaches kids loads about gravity, tension, forces etc, try to explain whats happening to the lego man, if he falls too fast ask them why they think it happened.  I like the idea of including secret compartments in the box the lego man is travelling in that could house a secret message or some other lego bits that he could transport. Ok thats it for this week, but make sure you come back next week for loads of great fun with Lego Friends and then after that we are going to explore Lego Ninjago and then finish the month off with a Lego surprise. See you soon.

Wayne Wonder's Top 15 Christmas Toy's

 Being a Magician I thought I would have a crack at predicting the top toys for Christmas 2016, these decisions are based on working with kids every week and listening to them.  Talking to my own daughter and nephews too. The list is in no particular order and I have tried to include items for kids of different ages.  Let me know how well you think I have done (or not) on my Facebook Page.

BB-8 - £59.99    For ages 3+    This is the droid you’re looking for! Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise. Plus with another Star Wars film coming out in December although it probably won't have BB-8 in it.   

BB-8 - £59.99

For ages 3+

This is the droid you’re looking for! Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise. Plus with another Star Wars film coming out in December although it probably won't have BB-8 in it.   

Furry Connect £99.00    Explore the Furby Connect World app to make the most of your cute companion    With over 150 expressions, kids will never tire of Furby's expressive world. Get access fun games and videos, plus find even more ways you can play with Furby via the urby Connect World app.

Furry Connect £99.00

Explore the Furby Connect World app to make the most of your cute companion

With over 150 expressions, kids will never tire of Furby's expressive world. Get access fun games and videos, plus find even more ways you can play with Furby via the urby Connect World app.

Fisher Price Codeapillar - £49.99    What is it?   This clever caterpillar teaches kids to code without them even realising it. They'll have to rearrange each section of the toy to 'tell it' how to move. Each combination gets a different results so once they've worked out the code they'll be able to direct their caterpillar to move in any way they want.

Fisher Price Codeapillar - £49.99

What is it? This clever caterpillar teaches kids to code without them even realising it. They'll have to rearrange each section of the toy to 'tell it' how to move. Each combination gets a different results so once they've worked out the code they'll be able to direct their caterpillar to move in any way they want.

LEGO Nexo Knights General Magmar Siege Machine of Doom Construction Set - £30.00    What is it?   Phew - try saying that name in a hurry! This kit comes with   3 minifigures: General Magmar, Flama and Clay Moorington, and features red flame elements and spikes, monster teeth, cockpits for General Magmar and Flama, dual catapults and a disc shooter - hours of fun!

LEGO Nexo Knights General Magmar Siege Machine of Doom Construction Set - £30.00

What is it? Phew - try saying that name in a hurry! This kit comes with 3 minifigures: General Magmar, Flama and Clay Moorington, and features red flame elements and spikes, monster teeth, cockpits for General Magmar and Flama, dual catapults and a disc shooter - hours of fun!

Vtech Kidi Super Star - £49.99    What is it?   Know a little someone who loves singing along to their favourite tunes? They'll love this microphone, which lets them use the Music Magic feature to remove the vocals from the track and let their own lyrics shine through. Be warned in advance - four AA batteries are required. 

Vtech Kidi Super Star - £49.99

What is it? Know a little someone who loves singing along to their favourite tunes? They'll love this microphone, which lets them use the Music Magic feature to remove the vocals from the track and let their own lyrics shine through. Be warned in advance - four AA batteries are required. 

FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin' Dragon - £86.45    What is it?   This little chap is the latest in Hasbro's FurReal Friends collection. He breathes flame-coloured mist and has over 50 sound and motion combinations - just hold his colour change treat to his mouth and watch him go!

FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin' Dragon - £86.45

What is it? This little chap is the latest in Hasbro's FurReal Friends collection. He breathes flame-coloured mist and has over 50 sound and motion combinations - just hold his colour change treat to his mouth and watch him go!

Marvins i-Magic Box set - £24.99    Combining traditional magic secrets with the latest technology.  Offering the next level in astonishing illusion, interactive play and mind blowing entertainment.

Marvins i-Magic Box set - £24.99

Combining traditional magic secrets with the latest technology.  Offering the next level in astonishing illusion, interactive play and mind blowing entertainment.

Lego Friends Party Shop - £24.99    Every child loves Lego, and this 176-piece set combines the fun of construction with the bright world of the Heartlake party shop.

Lego Friends Party Shop - £24.99

Every child loves Lego, and this 176-piece set combines the fun of construction with the bright world of the Heartlake party shop.

Minions Pie face - Coming Soon    One of the most coveted games of 2015 is back. But this year the game gets a new spin with a Minions theme. We expect this one to be equally as popular as the original.

Minions Pie face - Coming Soon

One of the most coveted games of 2015 is back. But this year the game gets a new spin with a Minions theme. We expect this one to be equally as popular as the original.

Nerf Tri-Strike - £49.99    With three different ways to blast, the Nerf Tri Strike lets kids reconfigure their blaster to suit their mood.

Nerf Tri-Strike - £49.99

With three different ways to blast, the Nerf Tri Strike lets kids reconfigure their blaster to suit their mood.

Selfie Mic £19.99   Sing along to pop tracks from the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and many more using the free StarMaker singing app.  Kids can create their own music videos by recording themselves and sharing with friends.

Selfie Mic £19.99

Sing along to pop tracks from the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and many more using the free StarMaker singing app.

Kids can create their own music videos by recording themselves and sharing with friends.

Yuu Bag - £55.00   A world away from a regular backpack, the YUUbag cleverly combines a portable entertainment station with a durable, premium quality backpack with pockets galore for all your kid’s kit and caboodle. With a YUUbag you can take the fun wherever you go!

Yuu Bag - £55.00

A world away from a regular backpack, the YUUbag cleverly combines a portable entertainment station with a durable, premium quality backpack with pockets galore for all your kid’s kit and caboodle. With a YUUbag you can take the fun wherever you go!

Shopkins Smoothie Truck £19.99    Shopkins is back with a fun smoothie truck playset that includes two shopkins, two stools and a blender. The truck is compatible with all existing Shoppies dolls too, so your little ones can have fun driving them all around.

Shopkins Smoothie Truck £19.99

Shopkins is back with a fun smoothie truck playset that includes two shopkins, two stools and a blender. The truck is compatible with all existing Shoppies dolls too, so your little ones can have fun driving them all around.

Star Wars Spinning Lightsaber - £44.99    Re-enact all the moves from the latest film with this 360 degree spinning Lightsaber at the flick of a wrist.

Star Wars Spinning Lightsaber - £44.99

Re-enact all the moves from the latest film with this 360 degree spinning Lightsaber at the flick of a wrist.

Thomas Sky High Bridge Set - £99.99    If your child loves to build things they'll love this customisable bridge set. Complete with drawbridge and cargo hopper, it will bring them hours of fun.

Thomas Sky High Bridge Set - £99.99

If your child loves to build things they'll love this customisable bridge set. Complete with drawbridge and cargo hopper, it will bring them hours of fun.