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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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.

Finding Nemo/Dory - Party Decorations

Finding memo Party Decorations

Hello and welcome to our final week of Finding Nemo/Dory fun.  This week I am going to show you some really simply and cool ideas for decorations.  Now these could be used for a themed birthday party or a really cool movie marathon of both the films.  They also work for any Under the Sea or Little Mermaid party too.  Lets start with some free printables, below I have included a gallery for some really cool items you can print out and use.

Now you have these great printables how about trying to create a scene like the stunner below.  I love the use of the Chinese lanterns with some Crete paper attached to make jellyfish.  I have also included a link to a finding dory scene to save you some time. Remember to have a look at my other Finding Nemo/Dory posts from the past month, just use the buttons below.

This is a super cool way to make some great sea weed or coral using just pool noodles and a Sharp knife or Stanley knife.

Koosh sea life from Wonder Kids

This is a nice simple idea, fill a vase with those stretchy toys you can find from pound shops.  They look like some sort of sea creature.  I think these are called "Koosh"? But they are normally available everywhere.  Another use for all of these ideas is in a school classroom.  I know most classes pick different topics to cover every term or half term and creating something special in the classroom is a great way to get the kids excited and engaged with the material.

This is my favourite idea, to recreate it I would use some table cloth but you can get plastic table cloth in rolls. Get the two shades of blue and attach it to the ceiling under the lights.  This will have a great effect of making the room have a blue tinge.  Just make sure that if your lights tend to get hot that the plastic has not too close to them.  I have LED bulbs which dont get hot at all, remember safety first I don't want any fires. Now you just need to cut out a large turtle and small turtle out of cardboard, as long as you get a decent shape it doesn't matter what they actually look like.  Place these cut outs on your newly installed ocean and boom, you have a jaw dropping decoration. For ease I have included a turtle template above too.  Before you go please make sure you check out all of our other Finding Nemo/Dory ideas from the blog posts below. I'll see you next week when we start a brand new theme.