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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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Alice In Wonderland - Wonderful Ideas

Alice in Wonderland from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to a brand new month and a brand new year for Wonder Kids.  2017 is already shaping up as a great year for Wonder Kids.  Late last year I added a bunch of new features to the Wonder Kids blog including a new Welcome section as a great place to start. A Seasonal section which is currently all about Christmas, New Years and Winter, this will be updated every season and it's a great place to cut straight to the best of the current material within Wonder Kids.  I also collated all of my Birthday Party Advice into one easy section too.  Now I am going to add another really fun section called Wonder Kids Remix!

We have been compiling this blog now for over two years and boy what a ride it has been, The very first early blog posts are still available to read but don't do it. (face palm) You'll see just how far this blog has come and the amazing learning curve we have been through.  So with Wonder Kids Remix I am going to take those older posts transform them, re-write them and add new content to them to bring them bang up to date.  This is going to be so much fun and should make even more really cool ideas more available to you. There will be even more changes to come this year too!

This month's theme is Alice In Wonderland, one of my daughters favourite stories, in fact it was the theme for her 6th Birthday party.    I have two great crafts for you today and every week we will delve deeper down the rabbit hole.

Wonderland Bow Tie Wonder Kids

Playing Card Bow Ties

These are a great, super easy craft to make.  You could use them as decorations for a party or as part of an Alice in wonderland costume. You'll need

  • Playing Cards (any will work but I prefer Bicycle Poker Sized Cards, buy them below)

  • Black Tape ( I used electrical tape but wash tape or duct tape should work too.

Just follow the steps below for this great bow tie.  Take one playing card and you need to concertina fold the card length ways to create a long spring.  Now just pinch the middle of the card and wrap the black electrical tape around the middle.  As a final touch gently spread the wings out a little to get that bow tie look.

Pocket Watch

This is a great fun activity and I love something fun that can drop a little knowledge into our kids minds whilst being creative too.  This is a great activity to do especially if your little ones are learning to tell time at the moment. As my daughter is, when putting the numbers on the clock you can take your time and copy it from a clock and go through different times and how the clock hands work.

What you'll need

  • Glass

  • card stock (cereal box)

  • Craft paper Coloured

  • Plain white paper

  • Pencil

  • Split pin

  • Glue stick

  • Wool (any colour)

  • Little strip of tape

  • Scissors

I pre-cut the pieces, pictured above, out of thin cardboard and construction paper, after cutting a quick, pocket watch template, using a drinking glass as a guide. ...and white circles onto the front, or inside of the watch, so they could draw numbers onto one, as a watch face...

Now the kids can glue the yellow construction paper onto the back of the cardboard piece and white circles onto the front, or inside of the watch, so they could draw numbers onto one, as a watch face...and sketch little portraits onto the other, for the picture they might like to keep in their watch cases.  I poked a hole in the center of the watch face...to attach the construction paper hands through, with a metal fastener. We found encasing the hands in clear tape before punching holes in them, made them less likely to rip loose, and easier to turn.

We are nearly finished, just punch a hole in the top of the pocket watch and thread the wool through it.  Attach this to a loop on their trousers and you're all done.