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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Zootopia - Carrots and Carrots

Zootopia Carrot ideas from Wonder Kids

It's here already, February seems to have flown by for me and this is the last of our Zootopia ideas but I have a great craft and a great sweet treat for you too.  The school half term has just finished, make sure you sign up to our FREE email's just to the right of the page and join the thousands of parents that love our ideas.  I send you some really great ideas every school holiday that are easy and inexpensive to try at home.

Carrot Pen Craft Wonder Kids

Carrot Pen Craft

This came about after our foray into the glitter pencils from the Trolls film, I love these super simple ideas that the kids will love to play with for hours.  they will be writing, drawing and talking into it just like Officer Judy does.

Supplies:

  • pen
  • printer paper
  • orange duct tape
  • green duct tape
  • craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • scissors
  • tape
  1. Cut paper lengthwise, into triangular pieces. The widest end should be shorter than the length of the pen that you are covering.
  2. Tape a triangle of paper onto the pen and wrap it tightly around, working your way towards the end of the pen. Tape the end in place.
  3. Tape another triangle of paper onto the pen, a little further up. Wrap it tightly around the pen, securing the end when finished. This should be building up a carrot shape around the pen. Continue attaching paper triangles until you have the desired shape.

4. Cut narrow strips of the orange duct tape.

5. Begin wrapping it tightly onto the pen starting at the bottom (near the writing end). Don't worry if you can't cover all of the paper because of the angle the tape wraps around the pen

6. Continue wrapping the pen in strips of duct tape until all of the paper is covered and you are happy with the coverage of the pen.

7. Cut a square of duct tape and use it to cover the end of the pen.

8. Cut two pieces of green duct tape. Fold them in half lengthwise, sticky sides together. Cut into 3 strips, leaving them all attached at one end.

9. Attach the carrot leaves to the end of the pen using a piece of orange duct tape. Then wrap narrow pieces of orange duct tape tightly around the base of the leaves to give it more of a carrot appearance.


Carrot Treats Wonder Kids

Carrot Treats

Ok these are a little bit of a cheat, but the kids will love them and they are easy to make.  It's a great fun way to get the kids in the kitchen too.  If you want more great ideas for kids the you should check out our Kids Kitchen.

Here is what you'll need - 

  • 4 Rice Krispie Treats
  • 6 oz Orange Candy Melts

Method

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut each treat in half lengthwise, then cut each of them in half diagonally.
  3. Take each piece and insert a toothpick in the flat end and place on prepared sheet.
  4. Place in freezer for to minutes.
  5. Melt orange candy by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  6. Pick up each by toothpick and either dip or spoon melted candy over each “carrot” to cover completely.
  7. Return to sheet.
  8. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  9. Now I have found versions of this that add "edible easter grass" into the hole where the toothpick was but I haven't been able to find such a thing in the UK.  So if you can find some sort of chewy green candy.  Maybe Starburst flattened out with a roller pin and then cut into thin strips. Or you can just use some green card to add the green bits (make sure the kids know not to eat them). Personally I think the carrots are just fine without the greenery added at all.
  10. Take each carrot and carefully remove toothpick. Use the toothpick to enlarge the hole big enough to insert the grass.
Easter Carrots Wonder Kids

Thats it for this week and for our Zootopia ideas.  Before you leave check out the party cups opposite.  I found them in my research for this month and I love them.  They would make for some great pictures at a party, you could even make masks with them too.  Next week we will have a brand new theme to explore so make sure you come back next Tuesday.  If you want to find out what were are doing before everyone else does then make sure you sign up to the e-mail newsletter found at the top right of the page.

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.