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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Mothers Day - Breakfast in Bed

Mothers Day Breakfast from Wonder Kids

One of the classic features of Mothers Day is serving them breakfast in bed.  Now I know there is a temptation to let the kids make breakfast and serve it to them which is very sweet and funny but I think they do deserve a really nice edible breakfast if you really only do it a handful of times every year.  I have come up with some great recipes below that are super tasty and with just a little supervision the kids can help you make these too.

Mothers day Breakfast from Wonder Kids

Toasted Breakfast Cups

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Ask your little helper to grease 8 holes of a muffin tin with butter. 

Push one slice of bread into each greased hole, moulding it to fit with your fingers (kids will love helping with this part!) – all four corners of the bread should be sticking up. Bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove and leave to cool a little.

Get the kids to put one slice of ham inside each cup, smoothing it out to make a lining for the toast. Crack an egg into each one and season well – best if you do this bit. Return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the whites are cooked but the yolk is still soft*. Remove from the oven and ask the kids to scatter over the chives. Serve immediately.


French Toast

I love French Toast on the odd occasion and I think it is one of those recipes that really surprises in the UK. Mum won't have this very often so give this a try.

French Toast from Wonder Kids

Ingredients

  • 12 rashers streaky bacon
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 thick slices of bread (white or brown)
  • 75g (3oz) butter
  • Pinch of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Drop of Vanilla extract (optional)

Method

  1. Grill the bacon until crisp and keep warm. Lightly whisk three eggs, season (add the optional cinnamon and vanilla extract) and put in a shallow dish.
  2. Dip bread slices in the egg and press gently to help it absorb. Heat the butter in a pan and fry the bread for 2 mins on each side until golden brown.
  3. Cut each slice of bread into two triangles and top each with two slices of bacon and a good drizzle of maple syrup.

Mothers Day Breakfast Wonder Kids

Special Croissant

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 croissants
  • 8 slices good-quality ham
  • 8 slices Emmental cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
 

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 190c. Slice the croissants in half lengthways. Place a slice of cheese on the base of the croissants, followed by two slices of ham and another slice of cheese.
  2. Place the croissants on a baking tray.
  3. Mix the honey and brown sugar together and brush on top of the croissants. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and place in the oven for 6-7 minutes to heat through.
  4. Serve immediately.

Mothers day - Amazing Gifts

Mothers day ideas from Wonder Kids 2017

So I have been racking my brain about Mothers day, this year it falls on Sunday 26th March 2017 (fella's get the date in your diary).  I thought I would get crafty and show how to make some super easy and inexpensive things you can do from home. Ive already covered Fathers Day.

Photo Blossom's

They are super simple to make and can be presented as a card or in a picture frame with the glass removed. Glue two, solid-colored cupcake liners to a 5×7-inch piece of blue paper. (Wonder Kids has a blue polka dot background ready for you, just click on the picture opposite.) Add a stem and leaves cut from green paper. Cut a 1.5-inch circle of the child’s smiling face from a photograph and glue into the center of the flower.


Handprint Tote Bag from Wonder Kids

Handprint Sun Tote Bag

I love this idea, now with the (Hugely Successful) 5p bag charge everyone is taking their own bags shopping so why not personalise it? They are so easy to make and look adorable, plus the kids will love getting messy.  Tip, if you are doing this in the house make sure you cover the floor with plastic sheets or paper.

I love this design the most, a large sun made with handprints.  Quick tip, put some cardboard inside the tote bag as I found sometimes the paint can run through the bag.

 

I have included a link to some decent blank tote bags opposite to help save you time but you should be able to find therein every craft store too. I painted my little ones hands and we followed all the way round in a circle, now this should leave a gap in the middle of the sun so I made my daughter close her fist and I put paint on the bottom side of her hand for her to stamp down. I would recommend using fabric paint but again a standard kids paint should work ok too. Once you have finished the giant sun design just set it aside and allow to dry.  Once it's dry you can finish it off with some fitting text.


Home Made Candle Designs Wonder Kids

Custom designed Candles

This one is a little more complex but like anything I include at Wonder Kids the extra effort is worth it.  First you will need to get some of your wifes/mothers favourite candles, make sure they are large enough to wrap an A4 sheet around.  You don't want something too big or too small.

1.  Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than the size of your candle.

2.  Put a piece of waxed paper down to protectyour work surface (the paint will leak through the tissue).  Then dip fingertip in acrylic paint and press on tissue paper to make the flower petals and bumblebee bodies.  ( I found it worked best to dip in the paint, press on a piece of scrap paper to remove some of the excess, then press on the tissue paper. )

3.  Using paint or marker, add additional details to your picture.  I also wrote the words " Happy Mother's Day" in the bee's trail, added each child's name next to their flower and added the year.

4.  Allow your paint to dry, then wrap the tissue paper around the candle.

5.  Get a piece of waxed paper and wrap it on top of your tissue paper design.  Use the excess waxed paper as a handle.

6.  Using a hair dryer, blow hot air over your design.  As the wax begins to melt, you'll see the white tissue paper start to disappear and your design will look brighter.  You may need to move your waxed paper handle so you can apply heat to the whole candle.

7.  Carefully remove the waxed paper to reveal your decorated candle.  You'll see that your artwork has now become part of the candle itself. That's it your all done.  It is easy but you need to make sure you have all the supplies ready and organised.

Mothers day Candle from Wonder Kids