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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Top Secret Spies - Code breakers

Spies code breaking from Wonder Kids

Oh no, it's our final week of Spy fun.  Worry not we are going to make this week brilliant.  Lets kick off with some free Party Invites that you can print off or send to a print company to print out and deliver them to you. I have designed two per A4 sheet.  There is even a blank box at the bottom which you can use to write a message in invisible ink.  Don't worry up next we'll show you how to write in invisible ink. All you need is half a lemon, some water and some cotton buds. Squeeze the half a lemon into a small bowl/dish. Remove any seeds, you don't need them.  Add a few drops of water to the lemon juice and mix with a spoon. Now use the cotton buds to write a secret message on paper.  With the invites opposite you can draw an emoji, maybe a different one for each child?  Allow the message to dry, it should dry clear.  To reveal the message you just need to apply a little heat to the paper.  Now this should be done with supervision from an adult but I find a desk lamp with a standard bulb in it works great.  If you use LED lamps then you'll find they generate little to know heat.  Alternatively I have heard of people placing them in a pre heated oven just for a couple of minutes and that works fine.

Wonder Kids Invisible Ink
Code Breaker from Wonder Kids

Code Maker/Breaker

I love these special devices, You can create your own code and then use the same device to break the code too.  First lets make them.

To make the code maker cut a rectangle about 7 cm (3 inches) by 19 cm (7 1/2 inches) from recycled cereal box cardboard.

Fold the rectangle in half so the long ends meet. Snip into the fold at 3 cm (1 inch) from each end. Unfold. Cut into each snip to make a 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) opening centered and running parallel to each short end.

To make the code breaker, cut a 23 cm (9 inches) by 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) piece of construction paper to fit in the code maker's slots. Trim the sides of the code breaker so it will glide easily when you put it into the code maker.

Use pens to mark 1 cm (1/2 inch) spaces to the right and left of the code maker. Write A through M to the left and N through Z to the right in the spaces.

Write the code letters on the code breaker strip so they line up with your code maker alphabet. You can make several codes by sliding the code breaker up so each letter is aligned with a different letter. Write the top two letters that disappear in the new spaces at the bottom. Mark lines on the construction paper strip at the top to show how to line up the letters for the particular message you are sending, then be sure to tell the message's recipient at which line to arrange the code breaker.

These are super cool and the kids will love them.  Now how can you have fun with these, you could play a treasure hunt where is clue is a coded message and the kids need to use the code breakers to decipher the clue.  You have just made a traditional treasure hunt awesome!

Top Secret Spies - Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible Spy Games for Kids

This is the week I have most been looking forward to in this months theme, it's all about Spy Games! Lets Go!

Pass the TNT Wonder Kids

Pass the TNT

Pass the dynamite in a circle, whoever is holding it when the bomb explodes is eliminated

I love this game, use three kitchen towel cardboard tubes and wrap them in red tissue paper.  Secure the three tubes together with some black electrical tape.  To finish add a cheap kitchen timer from a pound shop to the front.  Set the timer for a few seconds or a minute or two, play some music maybe some James Bond music? and let the kids pass it around. Note the timer display is covered so the kids don't know when the timer is about to go off.

Laser maze from Wonder Kids

Lazer Maze

Use the search bar at the top of the page to find more great ideas like this.

Blasters from Wonder Kids

Blasters

Another idea to search for, Marshmallow Blasters, Loads of fun, see what else you can find.

Detective Skills Wonder Kids

Detect

Show the kids a bunch of items, they turn away and one item is removed

To make this harder for them, make sure you change the position of all the items once they have turned away. Whoever gets it right first wins a prize.

Find the Bomb Spy Game Wonder Kids

Find the Bomb

Fill one balloon with loads of confetti

This works even better if you use loads of balloons, I mean like a hundred balloons, play mission impossible music and the kids have nothing but their hands, feet and bums to pop the balloons.  Whoever finds the bomb wins a prize. Thats it for this week, these games should keep the kids very busy through. Come back next week for even more Spy themed fun.