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.

Sleepover's - Fun Games

It's a new month and that means I get to pick a new theme, now before we get started, if you have any themes or ideas you would like me to try then just comment below.  This month Im going to have a look into sleepover's.  The summer is here? I think.  The kids will be breaking up from school so there may be some good opportunities for your kids to have a sleepover with a few friends.  Maybe it's your first sleepover and your a little nervous about it.  I will have dozens of ideas to make it the best sleepover ever!

This week I am going to start with a few super simple games, it's a bit ridiculous just how easy these ideas are and I think they should keep the kids busy for quite some time.  

 
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Balloon Ping Pong

You only need three things for this

  • Paper Plate
  • Large Lollipop Sticks
  • Pack of Balloons

I would use a hot glue gun to stick the lollipop sticks to the plates but you could also staple them or maybe use duct tape.  That's it your all set to play balloon ping pong which you can play just for fun or keep score.  Here are some additional ideas

  • Ping pong tournament, winner stays on
  • pairs/doubles make teams and play each other
  • multiple balloons start with two balloons and keep adding more
  • balloons can't touch the floor, everybody working together to make sure the balloons can not touch the floor.  Make sure you use loads of balloons for this.
  • Try different size/shape balloons, they will all bounce differently off of the paddles

Laser maze

This is something the kids can do themselves, you'll need:

  • Crete Paper cut into strips long enough to stretch across your hallway (you can always tape pieces together if the paper is not long enough)
  • cheap masking tape from the pound shop

Hand the strips to the kids and let them design their own laser maze to try and get through.  They should be able to rip the masking paper into small bits to stick to the walls.

 

Epic Car Run

Use some more of that cheap masking tape to design a track all over the kids room or the front room of your house.  You can even add extra toys to create different stations along the track? Build a lego petrol station or a superhero hide out.  Then the kids can drive their cars to the different stations.  Hours of fun.

 

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.