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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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Space - Astronaut Food

Astronaut food from Wonder Kids

It's our second week of Space fun, you'll find some great Astronaut games at the bottom of this article.  This week we are going to look at some great space themed snacks and astronaut food.  Astronaut's need to be super fit and healthy to go into space so we are going to start with these super tasty Astro Croquettes, these are vegan and they can be frozen to save time, make a bunch over the weekend and you have a super easy addition for weekday dinners. Part cook the croquettes that you would like to freeze, allow to cool and freeze on a baking tree, transfer once frozen to food bags for better storage.  Just heat them up and they are ready to go.

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Astro Croquettes

Ingredients

  • 300 g mashed potato
  • 100 g cooked peas
  • large bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • 2 tsp ready-chopped garlic / garlic purée
  • 5 tbsp chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • 100 g breadcrumbs or Sweet Chilli Dried Peas blitzed into crumbs
  • plain flour for dusting
  • sunflower oil for frying

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the potato, peas, basil, pine nuts, vegan parmesan/nutritional yeast and garlic.

  2. Tip the chickpea (gram) flour into a shallow bowl and mix to a paste with 5 tbsp water - the mixture should be the consistency of beaten egg, so if it is too thick add a little more water, and if it is too thin, a little more flour.

  3. Tip the breadcrumbs or crushed dried peas into another shallow bowl.

  4. Flour a clean work surface, then take a quarter of the mashed potato mixture and roll it into a long sausage shape. Cut the 'sausage' into four equal lengths, then repeat with the remaining potato mixture.

  5. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan or saucepan - it should be about half a centimetre deep. Take each croquette, dip it first in gram flour mixture, then into breadcrumbs (it is easiest to do this with two forks), rolling it around until fully coated. Place into the oil and repeat until you have 4 or 5 frying at once (don't overload the pan), turning occasionally until they are golden brown all over.

  6. Remove from the pan and place on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil, and repeat until all the croquettes are cooked. They can be eaten straight away, or refrigerated and reheated in the oven when needed.

For that extra special touch use these dried peas for the breadcrumbs, loads of different flavours available and they're vegan too.

These are super tasty, a must try but how about something much easier, I have included before Rocket Sandwiches as part of a kids bento lunch, so how about some star sandwiches for their bento lunch too, all you need are some star cookie cutters.

Without a doubt I find that kids love most fruit, so how about these super cool Alien fruit cups.  Fill with pretty much any fruit you like, two marshmallows for eyes and just draw a face on the cup. try mixing up the fruit, use different coloured grapes, raspberries with blackberries. Share your creations on my FB page.

Galaxy Bark from Wonder kids

Galaxy Bark

This is a very naughty treat, but I think it's needed every now and again.  You won't believe just how super easy this is to make. Lets go.  I have included at the end of this recipe an Amazon shopping list of almost everything you will need to save you time.

Ingredients

  • 10oz Black, purple or dark cocoa Candy melts
  • 1 cup Purple Candy melts
  • 1 cup Blue Candy Melts
  • Wilton Glitter Stars
  • Wilton Pearl Dust

Method

Melt the candy melts in individual bowls, one at a time the microwave in 30 second increments, be careful not to over cook them, you want them just melted. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (greaseproof paper) and pour the black/purple or dark cocoa candy melt over the tray.  The pic looks more purple but when it hardens it turned more black.

Black Candy melt Wonder Kids

Drizzle blue and purple candy melt over the darker colour, then using a butter knife you need to swirl and swish these colours around to look like galaxy's.

Sprinkle over the glitter stars and stick it in the fridge for 15-20minutes to harden.  The stars and pearl dust are edible so they are not just there to look great.  Once it is solid, remove from the fridge and add the final touch of the pearl duct brushed over.  make sure the paint Bruch is really clean.

Galaxy Bark Wonder kids
Galaxy Bark Wonder Kids

Thats it for another week, but before you go anywhere you may be interest in some of our related blog posts below.  Make sure you come back next Tuesday for some great Space themed crafts that the kids are going to love.

Space - Astronaut Training

Space fun from Wonder Kids

Wow it's been quite a break from writing and to be honest I am glad to be back.  It just feels normal and right for me to be back in the office (not on the coffee table), back in front of the computer and back to creating and curating ideas to share.  I will now be back every month to deliver loads more great ideas.

This month we are going to explore Space and our first exploration will be looking at some great space themed games.

Moon Rocks from Wonder Kids

Moon Rock Hunt

It doesn't get much simpler than this, ball up some small pieces of foil and hide them around the garden/house and let the kids search for them.  Just make sure you make enough for two or three per child.

Shuttle Repairs from Wonder Kids

Shuttle Repairs

A very clever idea to keep them busy for a while, place some nuts and bolts in the bottom of a bucket filled half way with water.  The kids need to screw them together whilst wearing big gloves.  Real astronauts train underwater for that weightless affect.  Time them, the first to complete it wins.

Asteroids

This is a brilliant take on the traditional Tag/it game.  I think it really levels the playing field so if you have kids that are really athletic and agile mixed with kids that just aren't than this game is perfect.

What you need - Two sponges per kid, I have found some cheap ones on Amazon below, Music

How to play - Each child gets two sponges to put on their head and balance, they need to spread out and move around to avoid getting tagged.  You need to sign between 1-3 kids to be "it" this depends on how many kids you have playing.  I think on person "it" per ten kids playing.

The music starts and the players move around to avoid getting tagged.  The first time a player is tagged they have to lose one of their sponges and leave it on the floor.  The second time they get tagged, they drop their last sponge and then they must EXPLODE! this just means that they jump a star jump and then land into a squatting position where they must stay until the other players pass them a sponge from the floor.  This game just goes on forever and is lots of fun.

Thats it for this week, but next week I will back with some great recipes for fun Space themed food. See you soon.

Big Hero 6 Activity Pack

If you haven't seen Big Hero 6 yet than go and get from your local library. For me it was a spontaneous trip to the cinema with my daughter and the only thing playing at the time was Big Hero 6, it is a brilliant adaptation of a Marvel comic that never really caught on.  I have included some of my favourite clips below.

So with this activity pack I thought it would be a good idea to put a few activities and ideas together to have a movie day/night where you watch Big Hero 6 and have some fun with it too.  To start us off we have some colouring sheets and a how to draw one of the main characters for the older children. Just click on the pictures below for a printer friendly version.

Big Hero 6 T-Shirt (Simple)

How about this super simple Big Hero 6 T-Shirt to sit and watch the film in? these can't be any easier.  Just click the simple Baymax image for a simple Baymax print.  Then buy some cheap white T-shirts from somewhere like Primark and you'll need a Black Fabric pen.  Sharpies may work for this but I think a fabric pen would be a better bet.  Slide a towel inside the t-shirt to protect the back of the t-shirt.  It might be best to do this on an ironing board.  Now slide the picture inside the t-shirt and on top of the towel.  Now just trace round the image with the fabric pen.  Let it dry and job done.

Snack Time

You can't have a movie day without snacks so how about some Big Hero 6 snacks?  Here we go.

Baymax Mallow Pops - These are super simple, just stick a marsh mallow on a stick and decorate each mallow with the simple Baymax face using a black icing pen. Click here for the graphic. 

Fred's Flamin Hot Candy - Simple just serve some Red Hots (available on Amazon) heres the graphic.

Tomago's Mag Lev Cookies - Just serve Oreo's, available everywhere.  Heres the graphic    

Honey's Coconut Chem Balls - Ok so this is a difficult as it gets.  If you don't want to do the cooking you can try a coconut mushroom or a coconut teacake from a sweet shop. Here's the graphic.

Recipe -  These were really delicious. Just melt 4 TBSP of butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once it’s melted turn off the heat and add 1/4 carton milk and 1 tsp. of Vanilla extract. Stir it all up and add 2 cups of Confectioners Sugar in 1/2 cup increments stirring each time until smooth (this is where I added the food coloring). Then add in 3 cups of shredded sweetened coconut, mix it to combine and scoop them into ball shapes and place onto  parchment lined baking sheet and cool. I put mine in the fridge to help them set. 

Decorations

Again this is so simple, just a pack of red balloons and a pack or white balloons.  On the white balloons draw the simple Baymax face.  Only draw on them after you have inflated them and use a black sharpie.  Don't use any metal tipped pens, the balloons will pop.

After Film Crazy Science

All of the main characters (bar Bay Max) are extremely smart and creative scientists.  This will surly mean that our little ones will love to have a go at some wacky crazy science experiments.  Here's two of my favourites.

Alka Seltzer Rockets

This is really easy and the rockets can shoot off brilliantly. What you'll need:

  • 35mm Old style film canister's (I only just barely remember seeing these as a child, so any kids these days are not going to know what these are)  I bought mine from Amazon.
  • Alka Seltzer tablets - available almost everywhere but I got mine from Amazon at the same time as the canisters.
  • Little bit of water

Open the canister and put in a small amount of water, try one third of the canister.  You will need to experiment with how much water you need.  I found the less water the better.  Crumble up ONE Alka Seltzer Tablet and put it in the canister.  Immediately securely put the lid on and turn the canister upside down.  Wait 5-10 seconds and Blast Off! Best to do this outside I think.

Honey Lemon's Chemistry Explosions

You’ll Need:

  • small plastic baggies with good closure (the thinner, the better)
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • toilet paper or thin paper towels
  • liquid watercolors or washable paint (optional)

Do this activity outside wearing play clothes. The baggies will explode and make a mess everywhere. Also be sure it’s okay to have paint in the area. Skip the paint if needed. You can also do this one in your bathtub. You might skip the paint there, too.

  1. Pour around 1/3 of cup of vinegar and a few drops of liquid watercolors into a plastic baggie. (You may need to play around with the amounts of baking soda, vinegar, and paint depending on the size of your bags.)
  2. Create little packets of baking soda: add about a tablespoon of baking soda to a square of toilet paper or a small piece of thin paper towel.
  3. While the vinegar is in one corner of the baggie, place the baking soda packet in the other corner of the baggie. Try to leave a good amount of air in the bag, and seal the baggie well. Don’t worry if the baking soda and vinegar start to mix right away. Just quickly seal the bag.
  4. Shake the bag to mix together the baking soda and vinegar.
  5. Watch the bag inflate. It should eventually pop and release the paint.

Well thats it for this month, take a look at some of the older Activity Packs I have put together and if you post a picture on my Facebook Page of you and your little ones trying one of the activities then I will send you a great Wayne Wonder T-Shirt. Just click the button below to see my Facebook Page.  I list all of my public events there first and you will find out when my next pack is ready to try.