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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Lego Fun - Lego Ninjago

Lego Ninjago Fun from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome back to Wonder Kids, this week we are looking into Ninjago, with the film that has just recently came out, check out the trailer below.  We are going to look into some great Ninjago, decorations, food, crafts, fancy dress and more. So take your time and take a look through all of this Ninja fun.

Lets kick off with these super cool Ninjago Lanterns. All you need are some cheap Chinese lanterns which I have linked below to save you some time, and these super cool Ninjago eyes which you can print on standard paper or sticker paper.  if you print them on standard paper you can attach them using sellotape or double sided sticky tape. these can also be stuck on to red, green, blue and black balloons to make ninja balloons. 

Lego Ninjago Lantern from wonder kids
Lego Ninjago Lantern from wonder kids
LEGO Ninjago party from wonder kids

Ninja Eyes

Just tap the button below for the free eyes print out

I also wanted to share with you these great Ninjago costumes I found whilst researching, I think they are great and will really take a Ninjago party to the next level. As with any costume accessories help to make it so I have also found some cheap ninja swords too. Ok lets get on with some more cool fun things, first up I have made these great lego ninja go party invites for you to download for free.  We have a huge growing collection of invites all on one web page, take a look with the button below.

Ninjago Party Invite from Wonder Kids

Ninjago Party Invite

Now we are going to need some great Ninjago themed food, these can be used to enjoy with the movie or use them for a birthday party, I have also included below some birthday cake inspiration for you to show professional bakers or have a go at one yourself.  Share your pictures on our Facebook page, we love to see what you are up to.

These first two ideas are super easy, just buy some fortune cookies, dip them Ito some red candy melts and boom they are done.  Next are the Spinjitzu Sticks, these are pretzel sticks again dipped in coloured candy melts and then covered with different toppings, you ca use sprinkles, coconut, chocolate chips or anything else you can find. I love this cake sushi below, it looks really impressive and again is sooo simple, this just uses different types of cake, so use a Swiss roll and slice to make it look like sushi, the same with a chocolate log.  Rice Krispie treats with a sweet fish on top,  I think they are called Swiss fish? but not too sure, they are available in the Uk through specialist suppliers. Genius! Then I have put together a gallery of cake inspiration for you to.

Ninjago Cake Sushi from Wonder Kids
Origami Ninja Stars from Wonder Kids

Origami Ninja Stars

I think these are super cool, and depending on the age of the kids they could have ago at making these themselves.  I think kids under 8yrs will really struggle with these.  First off I found you need to start with two pieces of A4 and you need to measure 10cm tout off.  These makes the A4 more of a square shape which should make all the folds work better. Just follow the pictures, take your time and once you have made one you will be well away. 

This is the end of our fun this week but fear not we still have one more week of fun with Lego yet.  Next week I will show you some brilliant Lego themed games that you can modify and use with all three lego themes we have covered so far.  

Sleepover's - More ideas

Im back with the final part of my Sleepover blogs.  I have found a few more ideas that I couldn't fit into the other posts but I thought they were just too good to miss out on. You can find the other three blogs using the links below.

Sleepover Part 1

Sleepover Part 2

Sleepover Part 3

I also have an announcement to make, I have now launched the official Wonder Kids group on Facebook, All of these blog posts will be uploaded to the group as well as lots of videos in the future.  Plus as it is a group on Facebook it's a great platform to communicate and share ideas on.  If you find any really good ideas, then YOU too can post to a growing community.  To get started in this group just click on the image below and join the group.  It's will be a growing friendly and creative group, great to get ideas for fun things to try at home.

Giant Naughts & Crosses

I think this would work great as part of a tournament where the competition gets harder and winners get to play on.  The kids that lose a game have to pick a side to cheer on and win a prize if their team wins.  So you could start with rounds of giant naughts and crosses, then move onto Balloon Ping Pong and then on to Gross Test etc. So here's what you need - 

Tape, masking tape, washi tape or electrical tape.  In prefer masking tape

10 x paper plates

1 x big chunky marker pen, any colour will do

Pretty self explanatory, tape the grid on the floor.  Mark 5 plates with crosses and 5 plates with naughts each player picks a side and away you go.  

Design your own Eye Masks

Another super simple but totally cool idea.  Great for something to do whilst everyone is arriving or as a chill out activity later in the day.  All you need are some cheap eye masks (click here), some fabric pens and some stick on sequins.

Before we carry on, I was invited back to the Lollipop Lighthouse recently and I showed the Captain how to make a Balloon Penguin, watch the video below and make sure you subscribe to the channel, it's free and now has loads of great entertainment just for kids.

Samurai Pillow Fight

Use the second piece of fabric to tie the cardboard handle to the pillowcase. Now yell “Cowabunga!!!” because it’s ninja pillow fight time.

These awesome pillow weapons look super cool and take pillow fights to a whole new level. Her's what you need:

  • White Cotton Pillowcase
  • Red, Orange, Blue Fabric (1 yard of each is way more than enough)
  • White String
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard Tube
  • Fabric Pens
  • Soft, Fluffy Pillows

Step 1

Take the cardboard tube from a paper towel roll and cut it into 7-inch pieces. Using a strip of fabric about 12” x 18”, place the cardboard tube along the short side of the fabric and roll it up.

Step 2

Tuck the remaining fabric inside the tube to secure it. Then wrap the white string around the tube to create a diamond samurai sword pattern.

Step 3

Use the second piece of fabric to tie the cardboard handle to the pillowcase. Now yell “Cowabunga!!!” because it’s ninja pillow fight time, just add some artwork with the fabric pens and your all set.

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.

Wayne Wonder's Kids Club

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Hello and Welcome to my Kids Club,  I started it in 2014 when my daughter was 4yrs old, I came to the realisation that I needed more easy, fun, creative and educational things to do at home.  I don't mind her using tech every now and again but I'm not one for her to be constantly on her iPad or glued to the TV.  I would much rather see her playing a game, getting outside or building something.

I live in the U.K where the weather is mostly grey and miserable, so being stuck indoors you either get creative or you spend a small fortune at indoor play centres.  I know which one I would rather choose.

So how does this Kids Club work?

It's all FREE! Yes straight from the start of this idea I knew I didn't want to charge for this, it does take a lot of my time up but my daughter loves it and I now get great feedback from other parents, restaurants, teachers and even other entertainers use some of the game ideas in their parties.  So I feel like this Kids Club is doing a really good thing.

Every Month I pick a theme to explore, now if you have any ideas for themes that I haven't done yet then just post them in the comments section below or get in touch through social media, I would love to hear from you.  Every week I post a new game/craft/idea sticking to the month's theme.

Make sure you explore the Kids Club, There are a few ways to do this

  1. Use the search bar at the top of the page to search for anything you like, this is great for searching themes like Christmas, Halloween etc
  2. To the right, at the top of the page there is a drop down menu organised by the different topics that I have covered so far.  In the past this dropdown menu was organised by month so you may see that on my older posts
  3. keep scrolling down and you'll find a grid of some of my most recent posts, thats a great place to start. 

To get you started I have included below some of my favourite topics that I have covered remember there is so much more to explore and if you share a picture on my Facebook page of your family enjoying one of the activities then I'll send you a goodie bag full of Wayne Wonder Prizes. 

It took me about a year to get around to doing a Ninja Turtle blog post but I'm a huge Ninja Turtle fan, have been since I was a kid.  there is photographic evidence of this in the post, just click the picture opposite to find out how to:

  • Make your own fun, safe nun-chucks
  • Pizza box present and a ton of other activities.
  • Pizza fridge magnet
  • TMNT Colouring pages
  • Ninja mask
 

The biggest animated film of all time and I have a bunch of great fun ideas you can do with it.  My families favourite was the Frozen Treasure Hunt, I even appeared on a YouTube channel because of that game.  Just click on the picture opposite for all the Frozen fun. In this Frozen blog post we did - 

  • Frozen Tag game
  • Making Snowflakes
  • Frozen maze
  • Frozen Treasure Hunt
  • Build a snowman
 

Here's the You Tube channel I appeared on with my Frozen Treasure Hunt game.

 

I could go on all day about my favourite bits of this blog but Im going to leave it with three.  The series of Harry Potter blog posts were great, so many great games, crafts and activities plus you get to see loads of pictures from the Harry Potter studio tour and a full review of the tour itself.  In this series you'll find

  • How to make your own wand
  • Learn magic Tricks
  • Loads of Harry Potter Games
  • Harry Potter Cakes
  • Harry Potter Party Decorations

That's it, just a quick overview of how the Kids Club works and to get you started exploring this blog.  I also offer a direct to your inbox service during the school holidays.  Again it's all free so sign up below with your e-mail address, I don't sell or share e-mail address's onto any third parties.  I will then send you a great idea for every week of the summer holiday's. Remember I only pick ideas that are easy, fun, creative and inexpensive to try at home.

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.

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.