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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Tinkerbell and Fairies re-Mixed - Fairy games

Wonder Kids Fairy Games

Well we have made it to the final update to the Fairies Re-Mix.  It's gone from about three ideas to over 20 so there are lots of new ideas for you to try at home now.  In this update we will be looking at three new game ideas of course they are all Fairy themed.

Wonder Kids Fairy Potion

Fairy wish potion

Make a wish with this potion, if it fizzes it means your wish will come true.

What you need:

  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Vinegar [we use white distilled]
  • Washing up liquid
  • Powder Paint
  • Glitter Flakes  [ordinary glitter will do fine too]
  • A small glass jar
  • A magic wand  [ok, a spoon will work too!]
  • A bowl or tray to catch the overflow

It helps to get dressed up as a fairy (or other fantasy creature!) and have your magic wand at the ready, all set for stirring the potions quickly.

First, fill the jar half way with vinegar, then stir in a spoonful of your chosen colour.

Next add a big squeeze of washing up liquid and a liberal helping of sparkly confetti.

Then add in a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and start to stir with the magic wand.

Think of a brilliant fairy wish or spell to make while you’re mixing and watch the magic happen!

The potion will bubble and froth, fizzing out over the jar and making a gorgeous, sparkly mixture!

There’s no need to wash it out to start again, just kwep adding more bicarb, washing up liquid and vinegar and stir it up! You can change colours during the experiment by simply adding them over the top.

Dew Drop Catch game from Wonder Kids

Catching Morning Dew Drops

This simple idea will always be a favourite with kids, You'll need some small pond nets or butterfly catching nets.  For this game I have included some links (below) to buy the bits you need just to save you time.  You'll also need some bubble fluid, the game couldn't be simpler just catch the bubbles, now if you want to try and keep a score you will need at least two people counting the bubbles caught but I warn you this is not easy to do.  What I would do is invest in a budget bubble machine, this makes your job a little easier and it means there will be loads more bubbles than any person can blow on their own. For me the magic in this game is to have the kids dressed as fairies, play loads of great fairy music and have the kids dance and catch the bubbles (Dew Drops).  Keeping score is just not necessary.

Fairy Treasure Hunt from Wonder Kids

Fairy Treasure Hunt

I love a good treasure hunt, it gets all the kids together trying to get the treasure they need.  Now this should be a team game, everybody should need to find maybe 5 or six items to complete the game, once someone has found all of their items, they then help the other kids find the bits they are missing.

Tinkerbell is a tinker fairy so she helps to make things from items she finds, with this in mind I like the idea of just hiding random stuff for the kids to find, you could hide things like

  • Thimbles
  • gold coins
  • nuts&bolts
  • balls of string/yarn
  • Florist pebbles 
  • Pocket watches
  • Keys
  • bells
  • cotton spools

Ideally to play something like this the kids need to know what they are looking for so a card set like the one pictured is ideal if you have the design chops to make it alternatively you can just take pictures of the treasures you have hidden and let the kids look for one of them at a time.  You will need enough of each item for every child playing, so if you have 10 kids you will need 10 thimbles, 10 bolts etc. 

Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Houses

Tinkerbell & Fairies from Wonder Kids

I really enjoy re-visiting my old blog posts and seeing how I can improve them.  This is the first in a series of posts exploring how we can have even more fun with Tinkerbell and all the other fairies. I loved putting together a fairy House two years ago with my daughter, she loved it too and our cat Misty also seemed to love.  Over the past two years our cat has slowly destroyed our previous Fairy house.  This summer I want to make a brand new Fairy house, bigger and better than anything we did before so lets see how much fun we can have now.

Fairy Garden from Wonder Kids

This was the fairy garden we made back in 2015 it has since been destroyed by our cat but here you go with the details of how to build this super simple fairy garden.  I will then share some more up to date designs and some accessories you can add to your garden to make them even more awesome.

What you'll need:

  • Moss
  • Flowers
  • shells/rocks
  • Saucer
  • Bird Houses
  • Large Planter
  • Compost
  • Small picket fence (optional)

Most of this should be available from your local garden centre. Firstly you'll probably need to paint the bird house's, this is a great activity for the kids. Then once they are dry, lay out how you want your fairy garden to look.  The get to planting the plants and embedding the houses in the dirt (so they don't fall over.  You could always put some rocks inside the house to make sure it stays vertical. And your all done, easy huh? you can even go out in the evening and sprinkle some glitter over it to show the kids in the morning like a real fairy had been in the house.

Next level Houses

Ok so here we go with some next level ideas, the above idea is very simple beginner type design. In my research for this new post I found this quick video from B&Q which again is quite a simple build with some really cool additions.

Adding a bonsai tree is a really nice touch that I didn't think of originally, I love bonsai tress and have one myself so this may be something I try in the future. The inspiration below reminds me of something from the shire where a Hobbit may live.

Bonsai fairy Garden

Having more space would really help to make a more elaborate fairy garden so I found the garden below online.  It looks like it may be built inside of a bird feeder which is a fantastic idea to make a feature in your garden from.

Large fairy garden Wayne Wonder

In our original garden we used bird houses and painted them in bright colours but this time I would like to go with a more natural woodland look. So you could still use birdhouse as a starting point, adding moss, twigs, cork and other materials to make something that feels more authentic.

No need to shell out loads on bird houses, check out this simple build just using some drink cartons.  make sure you use the nice big cartoons you get for milk, orange juice etc.

Eco build fairy house Wonder Kids

First cut openings for the door and windows. Then trim the sticks down to size with the pruning shears. After that, glue the sticks and leaves to the carton.

We took a break and let the houses dry overnight. They might have been ready sooner than that, but the kid only had so much focus power for gluing a bunch of sticks. I didn’t want him to lose interest, so we put it aside. Sometimes you just can’t rush a child artist!

You don't need to cover all the sides of the house with sticks you can opt for ivy leaves to cover the walls. The roof was topped with bark–the sloped roof was a tricky surface, so we pulled out the hot glue gun for immediate results. maybe using pebbles for the roof?

Once the house was dry we came back and added more glue between the sticks and anywhere the box was still exposed. Then we sprinkled sand on the glue and brushed off the excess with an old paint brush. The result looks like grout, but without the hassle. We put it aside again to dry.

After the fairy house is completed you can set up next to some potted plants or put it out in the garden. If you do display it outside, you might want to put some rocks inside to weigh it down. The fairies need some place to sit, after all.


Now to make your fairy garden awesome and not just cute you need to accessorise, keep adding more accessories until everyones jaws drop.  I like the use of a lego tyre from the B&Q video above.  I think it would be quite simple to make some great accessorise just by using some broken twigs you can find in the woods.  Check out the entire playground made from small twigs. I love the addition of small food being added to tables or creating a picnic area.  This small food is a huge craft at the moment.  I believe it started in Japan and quickly became a world wide phenomenon.  

I have a very talented friend that makes a wide range of small food accessories you can purchase on Etsy, check out her work below and just click on any of the pictures to visit her Etsy store. I love the Sushi, do fairies like sushi?

Last but not least I wanted to show something super simple that you can make with just a bit of hot glue.  Using lollipop sticks check out the bench below for your fairy.  Im picturing it with a cork table next to it, maybe with a small slice of cake sitting on the table from the Etsy store above?   For this simple build I would paint the sticks first and let them dry, then just start gluing the sticks together, allowing them to dry in stages so that it doesn't all collapse.

Thats it for this folks but you can click here for loads more Fairy fun.