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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Pokemon Go - Gotta Catch them all

This is the blog post I have been really looking forward to. Pokemon games, I have sooo many ideas to share with you that I am having to stretch them over two blog posts so make sure you come back next week. Im still running around like a crazy man rehearsing and adding loads of touches to my theatre show Wayne Wonder's Epic Adventure.  It's coming up in a few weeks and you can find out more under the Public Events tab at the top of the page. I like the idea of setting up the games as challenges for the kids to win "badges", these feature in Pokemon and a trainer with more badges has more experience and will be harder to beat.  You can find out more about Pokemon badges here.

Poke Balls

These are time consuming to set up but the kids will love them and you can even add a couple of them into the party bags at the end of the party. Im going to give you two games to use these Poke Balls in and an extra game below too! So for the time it takes to make these balls you can have three games and something to add to the party bags.

How to 

These poke balls are just ping pong balls, try to make at least 100, the more the merrier right? You'll also need some masking tape and a black sharpie pen and red spray paint.  For the masking tape I used the wider rolls, it's about double the width of standard tape.  You'll need to tape the bottom half of the ping pong balls and I found that by using the wider masking tape I used less tape because one small strip can easily cover half of the ping pong ball.  The paint the top half red, allow this to dry then remove the tape and draw a black line around the middle.  

Game 1

Earn your psychic badge, add all the poke balls in a see through jar, the kids need to guess how many poke balls are in the jar.  This is great idea to do with the kids as they arrive, just have a pad with lined paper next to the jar, the kids write their name and their guess with how many balls they think are in the jar.  The person with the closest guess wins their psychic badge.

Game 2

Shh it's a treasure hunt but don't call it that.  This is find the Poke Balls, I love that you can do this wherever you are, in your garden at home or in a local hall this is a great all seasons game.  Hide all the poke balls around and give the kids a bag each, let them loose to see who can find the most Pokeballs.

Game 3

This is a bonus idea and it's just a link from a previous blog I did all about running sleepover's.  As soon as I thought of using ping pong balls I knew this bonus ides would work brilliantly.

Bonus Idea - Junk in the Trunk

Squirtle Water Bomb Challenge

This simple idea uses the colouring in Pokeball that I included in part one of my Pokemon posts, click here.  You'll need three of them so the birthday child can colour them in the team colours, blue, red and yellow.  Do this a few days before the party.  You can then either buy a pack of water bombs and fill them up the day before the party or you can use my ultimate re-ueable water bombs here.  I know which one I would choose.  Tape the coloured poke balls on the floor in a vertical row.  the idea is that each child gets a chance to hit each pokeball obviously this gets harder the further away the poke balls are.  Let each child win a prize for this game because it's really hard for them.

Hatching Eggs

I love this idea, its a little out there with the theme but I think the kids will enjoy it.  It's an egg and spoon race but it uses these dinosaur eggs.  The eggs are made of plaster of paris with a creature hidden inside.  Ok its a dinosaur but it's close enough to be a pocket monster.  You need to create a course for the kids to run, this can be a straight forward race or you can add obstacles like cones to go around or maybe even a tunnel to crawl through.  They need to complete the course without dropping their eggs. At the end of the course they need to smash the eggs up to find the "monster" inside. A prize for every person that finds their pocket monster. Click the picture opposite to get the best dinosaur eggs I've found.

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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.

Sleepover's - Boys will be Boys

Hello and welcome to Part 2 for my three part bumper posts to make up for my lack of posts this month. I have now counted that in the past two weeks I have performed 28 shows.  A big thank you if you are reading this and are one of the people that booked me, I don't know how but I would love to improve upon it next year.  This week I have included a bunch of great ideas to keep the boys amused with a sleepover.  Now the first thing these days that jumps to mind when a bunch of boys get together is playing video games, I think there should be time for that too, I loved playing marathon computer battles with my friends as a kid.  Im going to focus on ideas to get the kids off of the video games.  

Fort Building

Now fort building should be a staple of any little boys junior years, and this PVC pipe fort was just too awesome to pass up. I think it's actually quite easy to put together but the instructions are quite long and you have to make sure you get everything in the right order to make sure something like this stands up so I have linked to the instructions using the button below.

I found all these forts online whilst doing research on how to build my own gunge tank for my shows because that would be all sorts of awesome, I'm still working on that but I have included a gallery of other PVC ideas I found at the same time.  Hey if you are going to take the time to build a PVC fort than maybe have a crack at some other bits too.

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Gross Out Game

 

Set out several different edible items from the Kitchen and number them from 2 through to 12.  The idea is that someone rolls two dice, they add up the two numbers shown.  This gives them their first ingredient, now they have to roll again, add up the number.  This new number will be their next ingredient, combine the ingredients and eat.


2.  Cottage Cheese
3. Ketchup
4. Mustard
5. Mayo
6. Pickle juice
7. Salsa
8. Ice cream
9. Soda
10. Sugar
11. Soy Sauce
12. Icing

Here is an example of some of the ingredients you can use, make sure you have some nice foods too, not all bad.


If on the first roll a boy gets a 4 and the second roll he gets a 10 he has to mix a small spoonful of sugar and mustard together and eat it. You can add in extra rules like if someone rolls a double they get to skip their turn and pick who goes next. 

Junk in the Trunk

This game is all sorts of Awesome and you will be seeing it in the near future at Wayne Wonder Birthday Parties. To prepare for this game, empty a tissue box, and use an Xacto knife to make two slits into the bottom of the box. Thread an adjustable belt or wide ribbon through the two slits to create a tissue-box-on-a-belt. Removing the thin plastic barrier from the tissue box opening will make game play easier (for younger children) or keep it intact for more challenging play.

To play the game, strap the tissue box onto the player’s back, and fill it with 6-8 ping pong balls (we used 6, but 8 would be appropriate for older children and adults). Shake, shimmy, jump, and dance around until all of the balls have fallen out of the tissue box. No using your hands and no laying down! This game is hysterical to watch in action!

That's it for this week's update but I have one more update to come and it's got some great ideas for sleepover's in it! You can find more sleepover posts as well as a bunch of other blog posts below, just scroll down.

 

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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.