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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Moana - Crafts and Games

Moana Wonder Kids Fun

Hello everybody, it's been a bonkers few weeks here at Wonder Kids, July was my busiest ever for my Wayne Wonder Magic Shows with over 40 bookings in a month! This included a show for my old primary school.  I hadn't stepped foot in the place for about 20 years Then with the schools breaking up I've been distracted with having both my wife (who's a teacher) and daughter at home.  Im back today though with a bumper blog post featuring four great Moana fun ideas plus we recently had a trip to Warwick Castle here in the UK so I will write a quick review on that too.

Egg Carton Turtle Wonder Kids

Lets kick this post off with these super cute and easy egg carton turtles. You'll need

  • Egg boxes cut into individual shells
  • green cardboard
  • google eyes
  • pom noms (ideally green)
  • green paint
  • PVA Glue

First paint the egg shells and allow to dry, then cut out flippers from the green cardboard. To do this we found it better to cut out large circles and then cut the flipper shape into the large circles leaving a central base to glue onto the egg shells.

Glue the pom pom heads onto the egg shells and the google eyed onto the pom pom heads, leave to dry and you have adorable little turtles to play with.


Pass the Water Wonder Kids

Love the idea of this game, super fun in the summer heat, line the kids up, now there are two ways of playing this game.  If you have lots of kids you can get two teams to line up.  Fill the first persons cup up in each team with water, they then need to pass the water to the next person, over their heads.  The team with the most water in the cup at the end of the line wins.  The way I prefer to play this is with one line of people and a bucket at either end of the line.  The bucket at the front of the line is filled about half way up. The idea is that the water needs to be transferred from one bucket to the other. The first person fills their cup up and then needs to pass the water down the line as before. The last person then dumps the water in the bucket.  This version uses a lot more water and everybody gets much wetter so its great for the Summer. I think this version is much more fun.


Maui Fish Hook Wonder Kids

Maui Fish Hook

Here is what you need:

Cardboard

Paper towel roll

Newspaper

PVA glue

Acrylic paint

Brown yarn

Brown marker

Directions:

Prepare your area. Lay down some newspaper because this will get a little messy.

Draw a picture of the fish hook onto a piece of cardboard. We made ours about 20″ long.  The handle of the hook should be as long as a paper towel roll. Cut the hook shape out. We used a razor blade to cut ours out. We found it easier than using scissors. Slide the paper towel roll over the handle.

Cover the the hook in paper mache. To prepare the paper mache, tear up newspaper into little strips. Mix white glue with water to form the paste. We did about 3/4 glue to a 1/4 water. Dip the strips of newspaper into the paste and wrap them around the hook and smooth them out. Wrap the hook to add just a little bit of depth and to smooth out the area at the top of the paper towel roll. Let the paper mache dry.

Cover the the hook in paper mache. To prepare the paper mache, tear up newspaper into little strips. Mix white glue with water to form the paste. We did about 3/4 glue to a 1/4 water. Dip the strips of newspaper into the paste and wrap them around the hook and smooth them out. Wrap the hook to add just a little bit of depth and to smooth out the area at the top of the paper towel roll. Let the paper mache dry. Paint the hook with acrylic paint. We used a light tan color and did three coats. Set the hook aside to dry. Use a marker to draw tribal like designs on your hook.

To finish this off just wrap the bottom up with brown yarn and enjoy.


Giant Ker Plunk Wonder Kids

Giant KerPlunk

This idea is just too cool not to share. It's so simple too, in the picture they made a basic table themselves but you could just use an Ikea lack table like the one I linked to below.  You don't need to have a hole in the table (although I admit it is better with a hole). Some chicken wire and sticks.  For the sticks you can use wooden dowels, sticks from the garden centre or depending on the size of your game you may be able to use chopsticks.  The chicken wire can be tied together at the rear of the game, put all the wooden dowels into the chicken wire lay this on the table and fill with the balls. Thats it for our Moana fun, check out our other ideas below and come back soon for some brand new themes.

Moana - Healthy Snacks

Moana fun from Wonder Kids

This time we are going to explore some very tasty treats that would fit perfectly with a Moana theme, also a great way of getting the kids into the kitchen, they can help put the kebabs together and with chopping up some of the veg too.

Moana Chicken Kebabs

Marinade

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced (4 tsp)
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

For the skewers

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 3/4 lb boneless , skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 cups (heaping) fresh cubed pineapple (about 3/4 of 3 lb pineapple)
  • 1 1/2 large green peppers , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Stir in 3/4 tsp pepper and season with salt if desired. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade in refrigerator then pour remaining marinade over chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (meanwhile soak 10 wooden skewer sticks in water for 1 hour).

  2. Preheat a grill over medium heat to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over red onion, bell pepper and pineapple and toss. Season red onion and bell pepper with salt and pepper, then thread red onion, bell pepper, pineapple and chicken onto skewers until all of the chicken has been used. Brush grill grates with olive oil then place skewers on grill. Grill 5 minutes then brush along tops with 1/4 cup of remaining marinade. Rotate to opposite side and brush remaining 1/4 cup of marinade on opposite side and allow to grill about 4 minutes longer.

Moana Pork taco's Wonder Kids

Moana Taco's (pork)

These are super tasty and cooked in a slow cooker so you can get on with other jobs.

Ingredients

2 lbs pork loin
Teriyaki Sauce (you can use bottled or make your own)

Toppings:

Corriander, chopped
Red onion, chopped
Jalapeno, sliced
Pineapple, chopped
Taco shells
Teriyaki Sauce

1.  Place pork loin in slow cooker and add teriyaki sauce (enough to cover pork loin- you can cube up the loin if you wish).

2.  Cook on low for 6 hours. 

3.  Shred pork and place into taco shells.  Drizzle a little more teriyaki sauce, top with cilantro, jalapenos, red onions and pineapple and enjoy!
 

Moana Pork taco's Wonder Kids
Show Stopping Water melon

Show Stopping Water melon Sea Turtle

Wow, this will make jaws drop, it's time consuming but not too hard to make.  Take a water melon and using a melon baller scoop out some balls and keep refrigerated.  Discard the remaining flesh.  carve the pattern on the back of the water melon and attache the flippers and head with cocktail sticks.  Now you will need to add the other melon's so again with the melon baller, get some Cantaloupe and Honey Dew melons.  Add those balls with the water melon's balls inside the sea turtle and finish off with some chopped strawberries.  Again the kids can get involved and help make the balls, attache the flippers etc and this will get them excited about trying different fruit's too. Before we go I have one more quick idea, that is fun and healthy and again the kids will love playing with the food.  This makes fruit so much more appealing to kids.  Banana palm trees! Come back next Tuesday for some great Moana Crafts you can get busy with.

Wonder Kids Fun with fruit

Moana - Birthday Party Ideas

Moana fun from Wonder Kids

The time has come folks for us to start a brand new theme, My Disney review is finished and boy it was a mammoth job reviewing Disneyland Paris, you can read it here.  I am really trying to take my time going through Disney Princess's, well technically lets get it straight Moana is NOT a princess she is the daughter of a chief! I try to only cover one per year because they're an easy option to pick and I think they will be somewhat timeless so no need to burn through them too quickly.

I really enjoyed Moana though, the story is archetypal Disney, the music is brilliant and I think they did a great job representing Polynesian cultures, not perfect, Ive heard some people are not happy about the portrayal, but I think Disney did a brilliant job, much better than say in Pocahontas and Aladdin.

This week is going to be all about a Moana birthday party, giving you some ideas on what you can do and some free print outs to use too.  I have planned four Moana posts and all of the ideas could be used at a Moana birthday party, but today we will be looking specifically at birthday parties. Lets start with some cup cake toppers, a Moana birthday banner and of course party invites.  All are free to download and print as needed.

So thats a great start to a Moana party but how about some colouring pages, these are great to have printed out and ready for the kids to colour in as they arrive at the party.  Just click on the pictures to print them out.

Lets look at some decoration inspiration next.  I love the grass skirt for tables, one or two of these will really transform an area.  I also like these floral numbers and letters, You can buy paper mache letters and numbers from hobby craft, you can slo find fake flowers from their or online may be cheaper.  Then just glue the flowers all over the letter make sure you pick bright colourful flowers for a tropical feel.

Were are going to finish off this week with some cake inspiration, Some simple, some are super complex. Let us know which one is your favourite on our Facebook page. Thats it for this week but make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great Moana fun.