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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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Finding Nemo/Dory - Photo Booth and Hank

Finding Nemo Birthday Party from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to another month here at Wonder Kids, big, big thank you if you are coming back to us.  The growth of Wonder Kids is really amazing, I update this blog every week with other updates in the Wonder Kids platform coming along at different times of the month too, plus the Wonder Kids magazine is updated everyday.  This is just our first look into some fun with the Finding Nemo/Finding Dory theme make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great ideas.

I can't believe I have never covered just Finding Nemo before in fact I don't think I have much material on Sealife or fish in general so maybe I can explore something similar in the future? For now we'll see what the feedback is like from these ideas, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Loads of firsts for us here at Wonder Kids this month, we are going to start with some free Photo Booth printables for you to have some fun with at home. Maybe you could combine them with this app on iOS to make some cool pics or invites for an upcoming birthday?

Nemo/Dory Photo Booth

First you'll need to construct the props, take a look at the props by clicking on the pictures below.  I prefer to stick them onto BBQ skewers so for speed I have included a link to some below however lollipop sticks work too and you can find them in any craft shop.

What You'll Need

  • A printer

  • Paper

  • Card

  • Scissors

  • Clear tape

  • BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks

  • Camera

Construct the Props

  • Print the Finding Dory props out

  • Glue the paper to the card - this helps makes the props sturdy

  • Cut around the props following the dotted line

  • Tape the dull BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks to the middle of the props. Make sure you've allowed for enough stick for little hands to hold the props up

  • Point your camera and have your kids strike their best underwater pose!

  • Note: Be sure an adult removes the sharp end of the BBQ skewer before little fingers begin this craft, or that it’s supervised throughout. 

Make this Hank Craft

This is super easy and kids will love to make it. Start by tracing Hank’s head on red construction paper.  I made it easy and created a template using a Finding Dory coloring sheet. Just click on the picture above for the free template. I printed my template at 181% so his head would take up most of the page, you might need to adjust the percentage based on your own printer. You can free hand draw his head if you’re talented. I’m not but luckily with the template, it’s easy for anyone to make this craft.

What you'll need

  • Red Construction Paper

  • Blue Construction Paper

  • White Construction Paper

  • Red Streamers

  • Hank Template

  • Black Marker

  • Glue Stick

  • Scissors

Hank from Finding Dory Craft Wonder Kids

I printed a couple of the Hank templates and used them to also make his eyes. It helped make me keep the shape and size more accurate.

Hank Craft Eyes Wonder Kids

I used the template to sort of estimate the location of where to glue on Hank’s eyes. Then I used the  streamer paper to create Hank’s arms. Once I determined a good length (15″-18″), I cut 4 identical pieces and folded them neatly together several times. Cut the streamers in half lengthwise. This will help keep Hank’s 8 arms similar in size.

Hank from finding Dory Wonder Kids

I attached 4 arms to the front side of Hank and 4 arms to his back. I found gluing the streamers going up helped Hank’s arms fluff out (like a 3-D effect) vs lying flat. The final step is drawing an angled straight line for his mouth. Again I used the template as a guide to draw his mouth. 

That's it for this week, see you next week for more great ideas.

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