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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. 

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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.


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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Activity Pack

Getting my awesome TMNT tent for my birthday, I spent many fun hours in there.

Getting my awesome TMNT tent for my birthday, I spent many fun hours in there.

I have been waiting to do this one ever since I started these activity packs, but I just couldn't find the right ideas to include.  Well now I have something I think is well worth trying.  The last activity in this pack is something you can do together or could be done as a present for a TMNT fan.  I know I would have loved one as a kid.

Ok, so as always I have some colouring pages for you to print and a dot to dot sheet too!

Colour in one of these and post a picture of it on my Facebook Page to win some Wayne Wonder Prizes, just click the button below

Pizza Magnets

Make your own pizza magnets, this is a great rainy day activity and you can use them to keep your pizza take away menus on the fridge!

First you'll need a trip to your local craft shop. I love my local Hobby Craft I have a great relationship with them and Im going to be performing there this easter (2015) take a look at my events tab on my Facebook page here.

You'll need 

  • Light Brown Fab Foam
  • Yellow Felt
  • Red Felt
  • Black Felt
  • Green Felt
  • White Felt
  • Sheet Magnets (these often come with a peel off sticky back and are easy to cut)
  • PVA Glue

First, before you even start or mention the activity to your little ones, pre cut the three big circles that you will need.  We have a set of jars at home in different sizes.  I used a larger jar as the template for the brown foam, a slightly smaller one for the red "sauce" and an even smaller one for the yellow "cheese".  

Start with the brown foam and glue on a sheet magnet to one side.  You can use the sticky back combine with pva glue but I used a hot glue gun for this bit to make it even sturdier.  This will be the back of the pizza (also make sure they put their name on the back if you're making more than one).  On the other side of the foam, glue the red sauce topping and then the yellow cheese topping.

Now for the green peppers, white onion and black olive's, you can do them together.  Cut the felt into small strips and let the kids cut the strips into small chunks.  For the red pepperoni use a 5pence coin to trace around and cut out. now the kids just need to glue on what bits they want where.  Allow to dry and boom, you have an awesome custom made pizza magnet.  This is a great activity for birthday parties as the kids are arriving.  They can then take them home as part of their party bag.

Pizza Box Activity Pack

This is just an incredible idea that can be used at a birthday party for each child, as a birthday present for your child or a niece/nephew or just a fun thing to do as an activity.  So what have I got in the box.

  • Pizza Box (I will show you where to buy these)
  • Foam Nunchucks
  • TMNT tattoos
  • TMNT puzzle
  • Felt TMNT mask
  • TMNT sweets

If you are giving this a present you could include a TMNT dvd either animated or live action or a small TMNT lego set.

Pizza Boxes - This is probably the trickiest part, most of the time when you find these for sale online its for a pack of 100.  They are quite cheap but I know 100 is more than anybody needs.  Heres a link for a pack of 50 boxes from Amazon.  You could also try eBay.

Foam Nunchucks

These are super cool and easy to make, heres what you need

  • 1/2 inch foam pipe insulation (get this at B&Q) cut into 7" lengths, you'll need two 7" lengths for each set of nunchucks you want to make.
  • Coloured duct tape - you can now get a whole range of duct tape from Hobby Craft
  • Nylon Cord - any colour you want again you should be able to get this from Hobby Craft or at least something similar.

Step one, cut three 10" lengths of the nylon cord for each set of nunchucks you want to make.  Line up the cords and tie a knot about 3" along, plait the cords together until you get to 3" from the end and tie another knot.  Use the un-plaited cord to duct tape to the foam insulation.

TMNT Mask - First use this FREE pattern - cut it out of thick card and use it as a template to trace around on the felt (hint, sharpies work well on felt) Fold the felt in half to use the pattern so you get two identical sides. Wrap around a kids head and tie.

Thats it for this activity pack, again post a pic on the Wayne Wonder Facebook Page of you trying anything from the activity centre and I will send you some prizes.