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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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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.

Finding Nemo/Dory - Sea Food

Finding Nemo Food ideas from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to a brand new week at Wonder Kids,  This week I have some amazing fun food ideas that are great as movie snacks or if you have a little fussy eater I think making the food fun can really help.  Some of these would also work as party food too. We have dozens of great recipe ideas at Wonder Kids, you can find them all in our great Kids Kitchen section.

These are delicious and healthy and super easy, here we go.

Crush's Turtle Shell Peppers

Peanut Sauce

  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tbsp warm water

Ingredients

  • Half cup of brown rice cooked to pack instructions
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 2tblsp corn flour
  • 2tblsp sesame oil
  • 8 small raisins

Method

Shell Peppers from Wonder Kids

Whilst the rice is cooking, cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove all stems and seeds.

In a small bowl stir together the ingredients for the peanut sauce (this sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days just make sure you keep is covered)

Now prep the tofu.  I love tofu because it absorbs any flavour you add to it but you need to prep it correctly.  Slice the block in half length ways.  Wrap each half in a towel and place something heavy on top of it like  cast iron pan or some books.  This will squeeze the water out of the tofu.  You'll need to leave it for at least 15 minutes.  making sure you change the towels if they get too wet.  A lot of water will come out.  We do this so that the texture of the Tofu is really tasty once cooked.  If you skip this it will be like eating warm jelly. yuk.

Once the Tofu is drained cut into small cubes

Place corn flour in bowl and gently toss in the Tofu to cover all the pieces.  Heat a frying pan or wok, add sesame oil and fry the tofu pieces until lightly browned and crispy on all sides. Reduce the heat and add the cooked rice and the peanut sauce. Cover to keep warm

Steam the bell pepper halves, I prefer to use a tiered bamboo steamer for this but you could use a microwave too.  

Creating the turtle - fill four bell pepper halves with the rice mixture.  Cut the other four halves into long strips, this makes 4 heads and 16 turtle legs. On each of the four stuffed peppers insert one strip to make Crush's head and four pepper strips to make crush's legs.

Add two raisins to each head to make Crush's eyes and enjoy.


Hankfurter & Seaweed Slaw

Seaweed Slaw

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (I like to use a mix of red and white)
  • qtr cup of shredded carrot
  • qtr cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs
  • 1 tbsp English  mustard

 

 

Finding Dory food from Wonder Kids

Method

For the slaw, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. This slaw can keep in the fridge for up top 3 days, just make sure you cover it.

Cook hotdogs on packet instructions, once cooked, make seven slices lengthwise in each hotdog. These need to go two thirds of the way up the hotdog to make the tentacles. Now use the English mustard to add a face to each one. To serve, place a small amount of slaw on a plate a top with the Hankfurter. Enjoy.

 

 

 


Lets finish this with one more recipe, these have been super fun so far so how about a tropical, summer drink as the perfect accompaniment to go with them. If you love cooking and want to get the kids in the kitchen than make sure you check out the Kids Kitchen before you go anywhere.

Ocean Water Juice from Wonder Kids

Ocean Water Juice

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Coconut extract

3 drops blue food coloring

2 (12 ounce) cans Sprite

Instructions

Combine everything in a pitcher, if it's a tad too sharp then you can add a pinch of sugar but less is more.  Pour into glasses over ice.  I like the extra touch of adding a fish.  This is an American candy called Swedish fish but you can find them in the UK, so In have included a link below to save you some time.

Finding Nemo/Dory - Photo Booth and Hank

Finding Nemo Birthday Party from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome to another month here at Wonder Kids, big, big thank you if you are coming back to us.  The growth of Wonder Kids is really amazing, I update this blog every week with other updates in the Wonder Kids platform coming along at different times of the month too, plus the Wonder Kids magazine is updated everyday.  This is just our first look into some fun with the Finding Nemo/Finding Dory theme make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great ideas.

I can't believe I have never covered just Finding Nemo before in fact I don't think I have much material on Sealife or fish in general so maybe I can explore something similar in the future? For now we'll see what the feedback is like from these ideas, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Loads of firsts for us here at Wonder Kids this month, we are going to start with some free Photo Booth printables for you to have some fun with at home. Maybe you could combine them with this app on iOS to make some cool pics or invites for an upcoming birthday?

Nemo/Dory Photo Booth

First you'll need to construct the props, take a look at the props by clicking on the pictures below.  I prefer to stick them onto BBQ skewers so for speed I have included a link to some below however lollipop sticks work too and you can find them in any craft shop.

What You'll Need

  • A printer

  • Paper

  • Card

  • Scissors

  • Clear tape

  • BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks

  • Camera

Construct the Props

  • Print the Finding Dory props out

  • Glue the paper to the card - this helps makes the props sturdy

  • Cut around the props following the dotted line

  • Tape the dull BBQ skewers/lollipop sticks to the middle of the props. Make sure you've allowed for enough stick for little hands to hold the props up

  • Point your camera and have your kids strike their best underwater pose!

  • Note: Be sure an adult removes the sharp end of the BBQ skewer before little fingers begin this craft, or that it’s supervised throughout. 


Make this Hank Craft

This is super easy and kids will love to make it. Start by tracing Hank’s head on red construction paper.  I made it easy and created a template using a Finding Dory coloring sheet. Just click on the picture above for the free template. I printed my template at 181% so his head would take up most of the page, you might need to adjust the percentage based on your own printer. You can free hand draw his head if you’re talented. I’m not but luckily with the template, it’s easy for anyone to make this craft.

What you'll need

  • Red Construction Paper

  • Blue Construction Paper

  • White Construction Paper

  • Red Streamers

  • Hank Template

  • Black Marker

  • Glue Stick

  • Scissors

Hank from Finding Dory Craft Wonder Kids

I printed a couple of the Hank templates and used them to also make his eyes. It helped make me keep the shape and size more accurate.

Hank Craft Eyes Wonder Kids

I used the template to sort of estimate the location of where to glue on Hank’s eyes. Then I used the  streamer paper to create Hank’s arms. Once I determined a good length (15″-18″), I cut 4 identical pieces and folded them neatly together several times. Cut the streamers in half lengthwise. This will help keep Hank’s 8 arms similar in size.

Hank from finding Dory Wonder Kids

I attached 4 arms to the front side of Hank and 4 arms to his back. I found gluing the streamers going up helped Hank’s arms fluff out (like a 3-D effect) vs lying flat. The final step is drawing an angled straight line for his mouth. Again I used the template as a guide to draw his mouth. 

That's it for this week, see you next week for more great ideas.