Conclusion to our series of fun Space Exploration for the kids, this post has all sorts of great Birthday Party space decorations ideas, cakes plus free birthday party invites and more.Read More
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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Hello and welcome back for another great blog post following our theme of space. This week I am going to share loads of great activities and crafts, kicking off with these great colouring pages, it's been a while since I included any colouring pages so if you like these and would like more just use the search bar above. If this is your first time visiting our site then please make sure you go to the bottom of this blog post to see our other space related articles or try out the search bar above to search for anything you are interested in we have loads of content waiting for you.
Erupting Moon Rocks
This uses our moon dough recipe that you can find here. Make the moon dough as we have done previously adding water to make sure they are really moist. Using a squeeze bottle is a good way of keeping control over how much water you are adding. Be careful, if you add too much the dough will just dissolve (the baking soda will dissolve). Now to turn them into moon rocks, you need to leave them to one side to dry out. Indoors they will take a long time so you will need to leave them overnight to make sure they have dried out. If you are doing this on a nice hot sunny day (lucky you in the UK) than a few hours outside in the sun should do the trick. Once they are solid, you cadd some vinegar into the squeezy bottles, when the kids squeeze some vinegar on the rocks there should be a reaction with the bicarbonate of soda. Im not sure wether every type of vinegar will work oil the same way, we used white wine vinegar (thats all I had in the cupboard) but that worked, Im pretty sure that cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar will work too. Not sure about malt vinegar, give it a go and let me know on Facebook.
This is lots of fun and super easy to do, we can't wait to give this a try over the summer. Here's what you'll need, I have put all the Amazon links below too so you can save some time.
- Sculpey Clay in assorted colors (Red, Yellow, Gold, White, Black, Purple, Blue, Green)
- Baking Pan
- Aluminum Foil
- Optional: Extra Star Beads
To make these spacey clay necklaces, you need to first make your Sculpey clay pliable and soft. When you first pull it out of the package it’s slightly hard and rectangular. Just roll the clay around in your hands for it to become pliable and soft. This may be difficult for very small children so you may have to help. Whenever you look at photos of the various planets in our solar system or of the galaxy, you’ll probably notice all the beautiful, swirling colors. To recreate this effect, roll various colors of clay together to create your beads.
Once you get the colors and effect that you want, roll the clay into balls and push a skewer through them. Cover a baking dish with aluminum foil. Then, bake the beads according to the directions on the package. When you pull your beads out, they’ll be hot. But they’ll soon cool down and you’ll end up with clay beads that are really quite solid. String your planet beads according to the order of the planets around the sun and your galaxy-inspired beads into whatever fun design you’d like. You can also mix in other beads too. Adding the star beads makes for a nice extra touch, Tie the two ends of cord together and boom you're done.
That's it for this week but we will be back next week for our last Space adventure where I show you some really cool ideas for a space theme birthday party. If you think about, look back at all the Space posts and related posts below and you are already well on your way to create an amazing Space party so I am looking forward to sharing with you the party ideas I have to add to what we have done so far. See you soon.
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.
- 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
In a large bowl, mix together the potato, peas, basil, pine nuts, vegan parmesan/nutritional yeast and garlic.
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.
Tip the breadcrumbs or crushed dried peas into another shallow bowl.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 10oz Black, purple or dark cocoa Candy melts
- 1 cup Purple Candy melts
- 1 cup Blue Candy Melts
- Wilton Glitter Stars
- Wilton Pearl Dust
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Hello again, When I started this blog I went for about 6 months without knowing if anyone actually took a look at it at all. Now every month I get more and more feedback about how people are using the different ideas I present in these packs. Thank you for this and I want to hear from more of you. These packs are quite time consuming so the feed back I recieve is the reason I keep going and try to make each one better than the one before it. Remember to try the search bar (at the top and bottom) to find all sorts of interesting activities and games.
This month can only be about one thing! The new Star Wars film is looking like it could quite possibly be the biggest film of ALL time. No I'm not exaggerating, this film is going to be huge and everywhere. I have compiled an amazing pack this month full of Star Wars fun to try at home.
Star Wars Colouring
Normally I start each month with some colouring pages but this month I have this cool colouring book and each page includes great hand writing practise. Any little Star Wars fans will love this so just click on the image to print it out. It's FREE.
Star Wars Bingo
Before you see the new film you might want to go back and watch the previous six films or maybe just the original three (I'll understand if you skip the prequels). To make this more fun for little ones try this. I love this type of game, I made something similar months ago in my Lego Movie Pack which was one of my first activity packs. I always like to get some sort of surprise prize for whoever wins this game. Make sure you have more than one prize as the kids will want to swap cards and play again. It doesn't have to be a huge prize just take a visit to a local pound shop they are bound to have something Star Wars themed. To mark off the characters you have seen you will need some sort of counter. Whats I always use are little lego bricks, just get a cup full of lego bricks and the kids can put a brick on each character they have seen. Sorted, print out the game for FREE by clicking the image.
Star Wars Crafts
I have included a couple of awesome Star Wars Crafts here. The first one is a little involved and there will be some planning on your part, you might even have to try things a couple of times but I thought it was so cool I couldn't leave it out. I am going to be trying this with my daughter over the Christmas Holidays. Please do give these a try and take a picture or video of your family enjoying them. Post it to my Facebook page and I will send you a bunch of Wayne Wonder goodies as a thank you.
Yoda's Swamp Slime
So what do you need:-
Firstly a couple of recipes, this play dough recipe is super easy, you will never have to pay for play dough again. For the brown colour required for this craft you could try to mix food colouring but I think I'm going to just add a little coco powder to make a nice brown colour plus it will smell great too, just don't eat it. For the slime add green food colouring to make it nice and green. Also add a couple of drops of Red food colouring to make the green a bit darker and murkier, like a swamp.
- Plastic tub
- Bubbling Slime We used about four batches of the bubbling slime recipe in the swamp, tinted with a lot of green food coloring plus a few drops of red to make the color “swampier.” Go easy on the red, though. A little goes a long way!
- Use five batches of the chocolate slime play dough recipe to create the land for Yoda’s hut to sit on.
- Star Wars figures: Any plastic figures could be used but I think the lego ones make this so much more fun, being able to build and change everything and break things into the slime etc.
- A big bowl of water and plenty of towels: for wiping hands and cleaning toys etc, also put some towels or blankets down on the floor/table just incase of spills.
SETTING UP THE SWAMP SLIME TUB
Firstly you can build some sort of lego hut for Yoda's swamp home. Then press your chocolate slime playdough into one corner of the tub to make land for the hut to rest on. Just set the hut on top of the land, and then spread a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the tub. Finally pour in a big bowl of the bubbling slime…and watch it bubble! Add more lego as needed and get stuck in and messy, just play for lots of fun.
I promise this craft will be much easier to do buts it's till heaps of fun. The kids can even help to make this one.
For one ship you need:
• 4 pipe cleaners
• 1 balloon
• 2 pieces of cardstock (construction paper can be used also but cardstock will hold shape better)
See, I told you this one is easy, how you doing so far? Now you should have two wings with a fold down the middle.
Now let’s make the body, wing connectors, and put it all together:
• Blow up a balloon and keep it on the small side. Tie a knot in the top and set it aside.
• Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together at the ends to create one extra long pipecleaner. Do the same thing with the other two pipe cleaners. And now you have two long wing connectors.
• Take the first connector and wrap around the middle of the balloon. Twist the ends together on the other side so the pipecleaners are snug around the balloon and won’t fall off. Then twist the ends together so they look like one fused pipecleaner.
• Take the other wing connector and wrap it around the balloon as we did above, but wrap it from the other side. You should have two pipecleaner connectors sticking out from the sides of the balloon.
• Bend the ends of the connectors down at a 90 degree angle.
• Then tape the pipecleaner ends to the wings, at the fold in the paper. Black tape is ideal. But I didn’t have any so I used transparent Scotch tape.
Then tie a yarn string around the top, tape it to the ceiling with Scotch tape….and your Tie Fighter is ready for battle!
Star Wars Baubles
This craft is even easier, all you need are some cheap, plain baubles, a pack of sharpie pens in a range of colours and some metallic spray paint. You will also need some white spray paint for R2D2. Use masking tape to half the bauble for the R2D2 version but just spray the whole ball gold for C3PO. Once they are dry add artwork and hang. Try making a Yoda version too!
Star Wars Games
Here we go with a couple of Star Wars based games. I may even try this first one at my shows. I literally came up with this one morning whilst doing some housework.
Don't Drop Yoda!
You'll need a plush star wars toy for each child playing, they don't all have to be Yoda. The yoda need to be tucked somewhere on their body so if they are dressed as Jedi's then pop it in their hoods or up their sleeve or even tucked in a belt. It's a little like simon says, you call out actions and they have to copy you but if they drop their star wars toy then they join you up front and demo the next move. The last child standing with their toy is the winner and should get a nice prize.
Here are some actions you could call out:
- Dance like an ewok
- walk like a wampa
- show your best jedi moves
- jumping jacks like a wookie
- march like a storm trooper
- spin in circles like yoda
Home Made Light Sabers
You don't need to buy expensive plastic light sabres that hurt when you get hit by them. These are super easy and it doesn't matter if you get hit by one. Trim a pool noodle down to a good size and use silver duct tape to create a handle. Just wrap it all around the bottom of the pool noodle. Duct tape comes in a range of colours and designs now which you should find at every good craft shop. Now use black duct tape to create a unique design on the handle. There you go a cheap and safe lightsaber to use. Now I can hear you saying but Wayne how is this a game, don't worry little Padawan, if you combine these with the tie fighter I showed you above, hang up the tie fighters and now you have an epic Star Wars battle on your hands just add some star wars music.
Star Wars Blasters
These are super cool and easy to do. I did this for christmas a few years ago and they were a huge hit with my daughter and nephews. I would try to get the sturdiest plastic cups possible rather than the polystyrene ones shown in the pic. Use little marshmallows as the ammunition and let the battle commence. We were finding marshmallows for about two months after the battle they get everywhere!
Well thats it for another month folks. Give these ideas a try, your kids will love them, these are all great to try during the school holidays. If there is anything you would like me to try to include in this packs then just let me know through my Facebook page. Maybe your little ones are Smurf fans or Beauty and the Beast fans and you want to see some ideas based around that, just let me know and I will get them included. Have a great Christmas folks and a happy new year. May the Force be with you.