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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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Unicorns - Magical Games

Unicorn Games from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our second week of Unicorn fun, this week I am going to show you some great Unicorn games, these will work great for birthday party games or for just some fun at the weekend or during the school holidays.

Lets kick it off with this great treasure hunt, it's a free download, so just click on it and print it off.  You can laminate it and use dry wipe markers to make them re-usable.  Alternatively print them off, one for each player, put it on a clipboard and the kids need to colour the star in for each item they find.  I have included some super cool Unicorn clipboards below if you want to go full theme.

There are ten items to find, I have purposely made them as ambiguous as I could so that you can have some fun with them.  

  1. Something Magical - could be a wand, fairy wand, glitter, potion etc
  2. Soft toy - could literallybe any soft toy
  3. Rainbow - Any multicoloured item, I have included some below
  4. Something Purple - Anything purple
  5. Star - Anything star shaped, or a picture of a star, a star made from kitchen foil
  6. A horn - an Ice cream cone or a bicycle horn
  7. Pink Clothing - Uh yea
  8. A Gem - Anything shines really, raid the pound shops, I have included a pack of plastic gems below
  9. Something that Rhymes with Unicorn - I love this one, I would just go silly with Poo-nicorn and the like, a fake poo or Unicorn Poo slime like I showed you last week.
  10. A flower - depending on the time of year this could be real or fake

Something I have started to do with these new blog posts is have a little search and go back through my previous blog posts to see if anything from them can be fitted into this theme, well this time I found a couple of things that may just work, firstly its part of my Knights and Knaves fun I found these great Horses you can make out of a pool noodle.  Super easy to make with a folded over pool noodle and some felt.  You can do Unicorn races, maybe around obstacles if you turn these horses into Unicorns by adding some cute eyes and use some fab foam to make a horn on top of the head. The other Idea that can be adjusted is the great game of Junk in the Trunk from part of my Sleepover ideas.  It's an hilarious game, just add some ribbon for a tail on the box and have the kids wear a cute unicorn horn hairband and you have another quick easy and fun game.


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Oreo Unicorn 

Separate the kids into pairs, give each team a stack of Oreo biscuits.  One member from each pair kneels on the floor with their head up facing the sky.  The other team member then has to stack as many Oreos as they can on their head.  Time them for this game and only give them a Minute or so. If the stack falls over they have to start over but the time keeps counting down.  The winning team is the one with the tallest stack.


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Hula Unicorn Toss

Hula Unicorn Toss

You need some space for this games, you'll need one or more traffic cones, I have included some below to save some time.  And a selection of hula hoops.  First thing to do is prepare the cone.  Use spray paint to make it look more Unicorn horn like.  You can find loads of different types of spray paint these days, you can get spray paint that finishes with a rock looking effect which would turn this game into a Rhino horn toss? but you can get metallic paints, glitter paints or just spray a mix of complimenting colours like in the picture opposite. Now set the distance that the kids stand away and they through the big hula hoops at the cone/s and try to get as many as they can over the hoops.  Trust me this game is a tough one so maybe if you can have multiple cones and hoops you can set one closer and then others further away.  They get 2 points for the first one then, 3, 5, 10 etc.  You can keep track of the score on your smartphone.  The person with the biggest score wins.

That's it for this week, my fav games are the last two, I think the kids will love those two.  Check out the related posts below before you go and remember to come back next Tuesday for more Unicorn fun where we are going to explore how to make a Unicorn Lunch.


Finding Nemo/Dory - Action games

Wonder Kids Explores Finding Nemo

Week two of our Finding Nemo/Dory theme and I have two amazing games for you to try.  I know kids of all ages will love these and they are great for a rainy day in.

Find the Fish

You'll need the free template, just click on the picture opposite to print that out.  Cut the fish out and then on clean colourful sponges draw around the templates and then cut out the shape in the sponge.  Fill a container of water, this could be the bath tub, a small paddling pool or a large bucket.  I have included a link to some colourful sponges to save you some time below. Drop sponges into a tub of water. Have kids take turns using aquarium nets to fish out their favorite sponges. Aquarium nets come in a variety of sizes; have the kids try catching all of the sponges in a big net, or have them try to grab one sponge in a small net. After the party, guests can take sponges home as favours. You can also use these like my ultimate water balloons explained in the video below.

Dory Dash Game from Wonder Kids

Dory's Deep Sea Dash

I love this idea, it's quite a set up but I think the amount of fun the game is will be worth it.  Here's what you'll need - 

  • Pink balloons (around 25)

  • String

  • Sticky tape

  • Pink crepe paper

How To Play

Cut the crepe paper to different lengths to create streamers.

Attach your crepe paper streamers to the end of the balloons so they look like pink jellyfish.

Tie string from one side of the room to the other and hang the balloons from it. Position them close together but at varying heights.

There are a few ways to play this, you could challenge your kids to 'swim' between the jellyfish as quickly as they can without touching any of the streamers. If they brush into one and it moves, they’re out!

You can play this as a race (fastest wins) or encourage each child to try to beat their own time.

I like this idea for kids maybe 6+, Blindfold one of them and put a teddy at the opposite end of the room.  It would be great if you had a Nemo or Dory teddy.  The other children or a parent then has to describe and tell the blindfold person how to get through the jellyfish without touching the tentacles.  Every person gets a try at both directions and being blindfolded.  This game will then go on for ages.

Let me know how you get on with this one, I love the idea of it and can't wait to try it myself.  Come back next week for more great ideas but in the meantime please do take a look at some of our older posts below and use the search bar to see what you can find in our hundreds of ideas.

Zootopia - Action Games

Zootopia Action Games from Wonder Kids

This week I have some awesome Zootopia games you can do at home or in a hall.  All of these are super simple and great fun.  I have already covered a great Ring Toss game/craft and I have some great FREE printables for you too, you can use the buttons below to find these posts.  Lets go.

Girraffe Stilts from Wonder Kids

Giraffe Race

This just looks like so much fun and your kids will love it. here's what you'll need:- remember to get enough supplies to make at least two sets of these so that two people can race.

  • 2 coffee cans (or any 2 cans sturdy enough for your child to stand on)
  • Yellow construction paper (enough to cover the two cans)
  • Crayons
  • 2 pieces of rope (cut to a length that can go through the can and be long enough for your child to hold as he/she walks)
  • Scissors
  • Sharp utensil (to punch holes in the sides of the cans)
  • Tape
Giraffe Race from Wonder Kids

How to Make 

Color Paper

Ask your child to color “giraffe” spots on the yellow paper.

Wrap Paper Around Can

Wrap the paper around the can and tape to hold in place.

Punch Holes in Can

Punch a hole close to the bottom of the can. Then punch another hole opposite it on the other side of the can. 

Thread Rope Through Can
Turn the can upside down. Thread the rope into one hole and out the other. Loop it over the top of the can and back through the first hole, and back out the other side. Tie the two end of the rope together. (You should have a strap across the top of can that your child can slip his foot through as well as a handle that your child can hold.

Walk on Legs

  • Repeat steps 1–4 for the second can.
  • Slip your child's feet through the straps, and give him the handles. Stay close while your child gets used to balancing on the giraffe legs. Walking is easier on a solid surface. Carpet and grass may be more challenging to walk on. 

Pus the Peanut Game Wonder Kids

Push The Peanut

This is so simple, you wouldn't believe how many uses I have found for Swimming Pool Noodles over the years! I use them every week in my Magic Shows and I have even made lightsabres out of them too.  Now we have the elephant Push the Peanut Game!.  

First cut the pool noodle to a good length, you want the kids to be able to stand up and use the noodle to push the peanut so think of a miniature hoover.  I also use a hand saw to cut the noodles.  You'll need some masking tape/painters tape.  With the tape make a course with some bends in it, at the end of the course have a small basket or washing bin for the kids to get the peanut inside of. I love this idea so much that I am putting a version of it in my Game Show.


Hungry Hungry Hippos/Humans

Hungry Humans from Wonder kids

I've saved the best idea for last! Now this one does take a little more prep and its best does in a hall but it's worth it in my opinion.  It's a great team game, so for this example I am going to say we have two teams of three.  

What you'll need

  • 1 Skateboard per team
  • 1 Small-Medium laundry basket
  • Rope - to attach to skateboard. (Use the same length and type for each team, it depends on the size of the venue but you'll need maybe 40' of rope)
  • Play balls, you can find these in large bags at most toy shops, I have included some below you can buy to save you some time. Get at least 200!
  • Tape for marking off "Team Box" on the floor in the room

Set Up

Before everyone arrives you'll need to tape a square box on the floor.  One box for each team, this box is where the teams stand and it's where they bring the plastic balls back to keep. Tie the length of the rope to each skate board.  Place the laundry basket and skateboard in each home square and place the loose balls in the centre of the room, they could start rolling away but don't worry, enough will stay in the middle to play the game.

Playing

Each team chooses the first person to lay on the board, I always like to start game with music, so when there music starts each team dives into the centre and uses the laundry basket to capture as many balls as they can.  The other team members then pull them back and they need to keep the balls in their home square!  The next team member lays on the board and repeats the process.  This continues until the music stops or all the balls have been collected.  This game is mayhem but it's so much fun, trust me give it a go.

Wonder Kids Hungry Hippos Game

That's it for this week, but we still have one more week to go with the Zootopia theme so make sure you come back next Tuesday Lunchtime.  Try out some of my other ideas below before you leave, I have hundreds of ideas covering loads of topics in my Wonder Kids blog now, it's all free so go and take a look.