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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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Musical Madness - Hand Drum

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Another week and another chance for us to get our kids into music.  This time I have included a drum.  I find that out of all the instruments kids love, drums are at the top.  This drum is great because I think it will take kids a few attempts to really get the rhythm of it.  When things present a little challenge to kids they like it more once they have overcome it.  It comes from being proud and feeling accomplished.  My theatre show plans are coming along nicely.  Come and see me live in High Wycombe THIS Summer! This show is going to be bonkers.  

So this week I have included another video below of music being played, this band got a lot of attention in the 90's after featuring in a big film? comment below or on social media if you know what film they were in.  I love this video and the song they are playing, it shows a big range of instruments being played, they do it very well and creatively. 


Hand Drum

This oriental hand drum is probably the toughest of all the instruments I have given instructions for, you need the more things to make one of these but it's also one of the most fun.  So take your time make sure you have everything you need below:

What you need to make a hand drum:

  • A pringles canister, or similar round container.
  • Craft Knife
  • A wooden dowel
  • Decorative tape (such as washi or glitter tape.)
  • Decorative duct tape, preferably narrow.
  • Two balloons. This might be hit-and-miss depending on your container size so I highly recommend you have a few sizes to experiment with. If you want to create this in bulk or with a group, test one and then make more according to the size that worked.
  • Ribbon or string
  • Large wooden Beads (make sure the ribbon is a good size to go through the beads and then tie a secure knot)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

The big challenge in this craft was fitting the balloon over the ring. I could have used a larger balloon, but I wanted it to be pulled taut. One side worked in the end and the other didn’t. I ended up using a bit of duct tape to hold it in place and it went on easily. Let's go - 

1. Cut your can about an inch to an inch and a half from the top. It doesn't need to be perfect

2. Cover the ugly with tape. If your tape is too wide, snip it at intervals and fold into the ring.

3. Trim your dowel to size. I did this by breaking it – classy!

4. Make a hole halfway into your ring. You’ll could use a strong hole punch for this. But I used a craft knife by making an x with your craft knife in that spot, the size of the dowel head.

5. Stick your dowel in. Important: secure it in place with glue and allow it to dry! I used a hot glue gun.

6. Cut off the neck of your balloon.

7. This is the tricky part… pull your balloon over the opening on one side of your ring. It needs to be pulled completely flat – no bunching in the middle, no gaps around the edges, or it won’t hold. Tip: if you’re having trouble, secure a small spot in place with duct tape and pull the rest around. You probably won’t be able to get the tape off afterward, so do this in a spot you’ll be covering.

8. Secure it in place with a strip of pretty tape. I used decorative duck tape and cut it in half width-wise.

9. Poke a hole in each side using your knife. Poke a piece of ribbon or string through (you might need help form a “poker” such as a pin.) Secure it with a knot on the inside and the outside.

10. Add your bead(s,) knot them to secure, and trim, making sure that the ribbon reaches easily to the  middle of the drum/balloon.

11. Repeat on the other side.

12. Seal the open side of your ring with another balloon, the same way you did with the first.

That's it your all done, we have one more week of exploring music and making another instrument.  It's going to be a good one.  Right now though you can explore the rest of the Kids Club  by using the search bar at the top of the page, the drop down menu to the right of the page at the top or by clicking on one of the updates below.  I would love to meet some of you at my theatre show called Wayne Wonder's Epic Adventure.


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 in below.  Please do share these posts on your favourite social media too.