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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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Autumnal Fun - Get your Spook on

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We're back again with some Halloween fun this time.  It's been two years since I last covered Halloween, So I have two great ideas below that you can use in conjunction with all the fun from our last Halloween post.

Last week I shared some great Scavenger Hunts and a nice autumnal craft too.

Lets kick off with this great treasure hunt.  Last time I made one of these it was for the launch of Frozen! way back when. Now this is a super simple game, just hide 7 of the clues around the house making sure the last one is left with a prize.  You give the kids the first one and let them loose to figure out the clues.

For prizes you have lots of options, you can use sweets, maybe even some sweets at each clue? or my preference is to use Halloween toys as a prize for each guest at the end of the treasure hunt.  Decide on how difficult you want to make this hunt. For younger children you will need to simplify, so for a clue like "Next to something orange and round" you can put the next clue in full site on top of a pumpkin or for older kids you can make sure there is an orange light bulb with a clue next to it or sat in a fruit bowl under a tangerine.  Little touches like this make this treasure hunt super practical and fun. Another idea to take this to the next level is to make sure the lights are down low.  Now you have an even more spooky hunt and it makes it harder all at once.  Don't forget with the lights down low you can always add in some surprises like getting someone to jump out at the kids near one of the clues or get an automatic decoration like the one below. Again this is for older kids.

Wonder Kids Swamp Monster Movie

Now thats awesome but how about this delicious drink, sshhhh don't tell the kids that it's super healthy for them but trust me this does taste great, it's all about marketing.  Call it a Swamp Monster Smoothie and place a spooky straw in it and the kids will love it.

SWAMP MONSTER SMOOTHIE

Ingredients: (serves 2-3)

  • 200ml orange juice
  • 50g raw spinach leaves
  • 75g cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 1 frozen banana

Method:

Measure out the orange juice and pour into your blender, then add the spinach leaves. Roughly chop the cucumber and apple and add to the blender. Break the banana into small chunks and add to the blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, serve adding in a spooky straw or try serving it in a spooky cup? 

Thats it for this week, but make sure you come back next Tuesday for more fun, get the kids excited for Bonfire Night.

Harry Potter - Magical Decorations

This week I have found five great decoration ideas for a harry potter themed party or maybe these will work just for a halloween party too. We have some more pictures from our time at the studio tour too.  This time we have just come out of the green screen area and are now learning more about the death eaters.  There is one scene recreated at the Malfoy's home with Voldemort killing a young female wizard on a large dinning table.  It's only recreated with mannequins but it's still a little creepy for very young children.  After this though we have both the burrough and Hagrid's hut which are both brilliant sets.  The burrough was a particular favourite of ours as there are elements that move on their own as if by magic, like the iron on the ironing board or a knife chopping carrots in the kitchen, we spent some time spotting all the moving bits at this set. From these great sets you move round into the ministry of magic sets which are stunning sets and very well made.  I'll finish off the last photo's in next week's post and I have left the best bits until last too. Before we crack on with some awesome decoration ideas, have you tried the new website for sorting your family into Hogwarts houses?  You answer a bunch of questions and then the sorting hat tells you which house you belong too.  We did it as a family, both my wife and daughter got Hufflepuff and I got Slytherin. You will need to set up a new account for each family member, give it a go here.

Harry Potter Decorations

Make floating candles by wrapping paper or kitchen paper towel around an led tea light which you find in most pound shops. Do not use real flame tea lights! 

Give your house the possessed by Voldemort treatment by writing on your mirrors with red lipstick.

Hang envelopes to look like letters from Hogwarts.  Ideally you want good quality envelopes that look a little aged but any envelopes will work.  this also makes a great background for photo's too.

Get some rubber snakes from a toy shop and spray paint them white. this can then be stuck or hung up to look like the chamber of secrets toilet. 

My favourite out of all the ideas here, use a balloon and some cheesecloth to make these awesome Dementors, then hang them form the ceiling.

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