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 - Poke Snacks

Now one thing I think is missing from all of my Pokemon blog posts are some really easy but cool Poke Snacks, whether you are having a full Pokemon party, a Pokemon TV marathon or a gaming session, some great Pokemon Snacks will always take it up to the next level. Make sure you check out all of the other Pokemon blog posts I have written too, there are so many great ideas from decorations, free party printables and even some great games too. At the end of this post I have included a gallery of Pokemon birthday cakes, just for inspiration.

Before we get started with our first snack how about making a special lunch for your little Pokemon Fan, I found this great healthy Pokemon lunch and its easy to do.  Another little gem I found was this cool popcorn, I must find out how to make different flavoured popcorn one day.  As always thank you for coming to check out my blog, make sure you stay up to date with my public events too.

Babybel Cheese Pokeball

You'll need, babybel cheese, black card, scissors, hole punch, sticky tape, mcdonalds straw

First cut a strip of the card and punch it with the hole punch. Cut out the red wax on the cheese using the straw as a template for the round semi circle.  Wrap the strip of card around the cheese and use a small piece of tape on the back to keep it in place.

Candy Poke Balls

Here’s what you need to make Pokemon candy pokeballs:

  • Red candy melts
  • White candy melts
  • Black candy melts
  • Disposable icing bag
  • Spoons
  • White chocolate candies
  • Mini M&Ms

Melt the red candy melts according to package directions. Add a small amount to one of the circle cavities and use the back of the spoon to spread it around. Make sure to completely coat the inside. Fill all the cavities and chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set.

Repeat the process with the white candy melts.

Add a second layer of each color and chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set.

Remove the set chocolate from the silicone mold, then place the white bottoms loosely back inside. Try to hold the chocolate as little as possible because the heat from your hands will cause it to melt.

Fill the white bottoms with Mini M&Ms or other candies.

Spread some of the red candy melts onto the edges of the red candies and place on top of the white to create the pokeballs. Allow to harden.

Turn the pokeballs on their sides. Melt the black candy melts inside the icing bag and snip off the end with a pair of scissors.

Pipe a black line around the front of each pokeball and let it harden. Turn the balls and repeat on the back side.

Add a bit of black candy melts to the back of a white candy and attach to the front of each pokeball for a button.

Poke Pizza Anyone?

Ok so you can use my Pizza recipe from the St Patricks Day blog post I did a while back, instead of adding the rainbow toppings just follow the picture, half just covered with a mix of cheeses, the other half covers with pepperoni and then use black olives cut into slices for the middle section.

As promised below is a gallery of inspiration Pokemon birthday cakes, find some that you like and see if a local baker can reproduce something similar.

 

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.

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.

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.

Pokemon Go - Poke Part Deux

This week I'm going to delve into some really cool Pokemon Party Decorations, then we have two more weeks of pure Pokemon games and crafts for the kids.  When you put all of these blog posts together you'll be ready to make the most awesome Pokemon Party ever! First I have included the link to last weeks blog all about making sure the kids have some cool things to get on with upon arrival, click the button below to take a look at where we started.

I found this picture on my computer recently, it's Selina my Seal puppet, she was trained as a puppy in the circus, she's very cute, very cheeky and has some amazing talents to show off in my upcoming theatre show - Wayne Wonder's Epic Adventure, click here for more info and how to get tickets to come along.

It's taking place in High Wycombe on Saturday 3rd September 2016, at the time of writing this there are still tickets available.  There is something for every member of the family at this show, please come along.

 

 

And were off, with free Party Invitations, these look great and you can just print them off from home.  I would prefer to print them on photo quality paper but whatever you have to hand will work fine.

Now we need some decorations for the party area, lets start with these Poke Balls, they spell out Happy Birthday.

Accessorise with these free printables, great drinks bottles labels that you can stick on to most kids sized bottles and fold your own Pokemon popcorn box, the kids will love these.

Ok so we are now well on our way to having a great looking Pokemon party, I have included some more ideas below that are all pretty self explanatory but I think will work great.

I love the backdrop here, just use some coloured plates either plastic or paper, glued onto a board.  Remember there are three colours you can choose from to match the teams that feature in Pokemon.  Team Valour (Red), Team Mystic (Blue), Team Instinct (Yellow). This would also be great to take pictures in front of too.

I love the backdrop here, just use some coloured plates either plastic or paper, glued onto a board.  Remember there are three colours you can choose from to match the teams that feature in Pokemon.  Team Valour (Red), Team Mystic (Blue), Team Instinct (Yellow). This would also be great to take pictures in front of too.

Super simple idea with balloons, just draw a very simple Pikachu face and boom instant Pokemon deco.  From experience I can tell you that sharpies make great pens to draw onto balloons.  make sure you avoid any pens with metal tips.

Super simple idea with balloons, just draw a very simple Pikachu face and boom instant Pokemon deco.  From experience I can tell you that sharpies make great pens to draw onto balloons.  make sure you avoid any pens with metal tips.

I love these party tables.  They actually look quite easy to achieve, use the rolls of table cloth that you can get in all sorts of colours from places like Amazon.  You can even overlap one colour over the other and use the black duct tape to cover up the overlap.  The centre of the PokeBall tables look like a paper plate taped on using the duct tape.  Quite simple but when you combine this with all the other decorations in this blog then party will just look awesome.

I love these party tables.  They actually look quite easy to achieve, use the rolls of table cloth that you can get in all sorts of colours from places like Amazon.  You can even overlap one colour over the other and use the black duct tape to cover up the overlap.  The centre of the PokeBall tables look like a paper plate taped on using the duct tape.  Quite simple but when you combine this with all the other decorations in this blog then party will just look awesome.

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.

Pokemon Go - Poke Party

Pokemon Go has been nothing short of a phenomenon! So I thought I would have a go at showing you some great ideas for a Pokemon Party.  Obviously the kids could just play Pokemon Go at a Pokemon Party but I wanted to go a little further than that.  Every week this month I will bring a bunch of ideas so that you can build the best Pokemon Party ever.

My Epic Adventure Theatre Show is coming up in a matter of days now.  Its going to be amazing, I'm really looking forward to it.  The show is a non stop 60mins of crazy stunts, puppets and illusions.  Something for the whole family. There are still tickets available at the time of writing this, please do come along.

Wayne Wonder;s Epic Adventure

Saturday 3rd September - 1pm

High Wycombe

Get tickets here

Arrival

This week I am going to focus on keeping the kids busy whilst they are arriving.  The kids never all arrive at the same time, you have some early birds, peoplel bang on time and of course the odd late comer too.  So set up a few simple ideas to keep everybody busy whilst you are waiting for everyone to come.  It's been a while but colouring pages are perfect for this task.  There was a time where I was giving colouring pages in every blog post but it's been a while since I last did some colouring pages so here you go, just set up a table with some pens/pencils etc and leave the kids to it. Just click on the pictures you want to print out.

How about draw your own Pokemon Cards? let their creativity fly with this cool template, it's completely free just click on the picture to print out as many as you like.  The kids can design their own pocket monster and give it it's own attributes too. 

One last idea, remember to come back next week for loads more great ideas, these are just ideas to do for the kids as they arrive, if you come up with any then please either comment below or join the Wonder Kids Facebook group by clicking the image below.

Become your own Pokemon! take a picture of each child as they arrive and then load them up to this website and print off their very own Pokemon Card, obviously one person on their own can not do all of this but if you have a helper or two then this idea will be a sure fire hit.  You can include a print out of their custom Pokemon cards in the party bags at the end of the party.

That's it for the first week but believe me I have some great ideas coming up this month and this is just the start.  I'd love to know what you thought of these ideas and if you have any ideas of your own.

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.