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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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Zootopia - Carrots and Carrots

Zootopia Carrot ideas from Wonder Kids

It's here already, February seems to have flown by for me and this is the last of our Zootopia ideas but I have a great craft and a great sweet treat for you too.  The school half term has just finished, make sure you sign up to our FREE email's just to the right of the page and join the thousands of parents that love our ideas.  I send you some really great ideas every school holiday that are easy and inexpensive to try at home.

Carrot Pen Craft Wonder Kids

Carrot Pen Craft

This came about after our foray into the glitter pencils from the Trolls film, I love these super simple ideas that the kids will love to play with for hours.  they will be writing, drawing and talking into it just like Officer Judy does.

Supplies:

  • pen
  • printer paper
  • orange duct tape
  • green duct tape
  • craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • scissors
  • tape
  1. Cut paper lengthwise, into triangular pieces. The widest end should be shorter than the length of the pen that you are covering.
  2. Tape a triangle of paper onto the pen and wrap it tightly around, working your way towards the end of the pen. Tape the end in place.
  3. Tape another triangle of paper onto the pen, a little further up. Wrap it tightly around the pen, securing the end when finished. This should be building up a carrot shape around the pen. Continue attaching paper triangles until you have the desired shape.

4. Cut narrow strips of the orange duct tape.

5. Begin wrapping it tightly onto the pen starting at the bottom (near the writing end). Don't worry if you can't cover all of the paper because of the angle the tape wraps around the pen

6. Continue wrapping the pen in strips of duct tape until all of the paper is covered and you are happy with the coverage of the pen.

7. Cut a square of duct tape and use it to cover the end of the pen.

8. Cut two pieces of green duct tape. Fold them in half lengthwise, sticky sides together. Cut into 3 strips, leaving them all attached at one end.

9. Attach the carrot leaves to the end of the pen using a piece of orange duct tape. Then wrap narrow pieces of orange duct tape tightly around the base of the leaves to give it more of a carrot appearance.


Carrot Treats Wonder Kids

Carrot Treats

Ok these are a little bit of a cheat, but the kids will love them and they are easy to make.  It's a great fun way to get the kids in the kitchen too.  If you want more great ideas for kids the you should check out our Kids Kitchen.

Here is what you'll need - 

  • 4 Rice Krispie Treats
  • 6 oz Orange Candy Melts

Method

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut each treat in half lengthwise, then cut each of them in half diagonally.
  3. Take each piece and insert a toothpick in the flat end and place on prepared sheet.
  4. Place in freezer for to minutes.
  5. Melt orange candy by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  6. Pick up each by toothpick and either dip or spoon melted candy over each “carrot” to cover completely.
  7. Return to sheet.
  8. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  9. Now I have found versions of this that add "edible easter grass" into the hole where the toothpick was but I haven't been able to find such a thing in the UK.  So if you can find some sort of chewy green candy.  Maybe Starburst flattened out with a roller pin and then cut into thin strips. Or you can just use some green card to add the green bits (make sure the kids know not to eat them). Personally I think the carrots are just fine without the greenery added at all.
  10. Take each carrot and carefully remove toothpick. Use the toothpick to enlarge the hole big enough to insert the grass.
Easter Carrots Wonder Kids

Thats it for this week and for our Zootopia ideas.  Before you leave check out the party cups opposite.  I found them in my research for this month and I love them.  They would make for some great pictures at a party, you could even make masks with them too.  Next week we will have a brand new theme to explore so make sure you come back next Tuesday.  If you want to find out what were are doing before everyone else does then make sure you sign up to the e-mail newsletter found at the top right of the page.

Zootopia - Action Games

Zootopia Action Games from Wonder Kids

This week I have some awesome Zootopia games you can do at home or in a hall.  All of these are super simple and great fun.  I have already covered a great Ring Toss game/craft and I have some great FREE printables for you too, you can use the buttons below to find these posts.  Lets go.

Girraffe Stilts from Wonder Kids

Giraffe Race

This just looks like so much fun and your kids will love it. here's what you'll need:- remember to get enough supplies to make at least two sets of these so that two people can race.

  • 2 coffee cans (or any 2 cans sturdy enough for your child to stand on)
  • Yellow construction paper (enough to cover the two cans)
  • Crayons
  • 2 pieces of rope (cut to a length that can go through the can and be long enough for your child to hold as he/she walks)
  • Scissors
  • Sharp utensil (to punch holes in the sides of the cans)
  • Tape
Giraffe Race from Wonder Kids

How to Make 

Color Paper

Ask your child to color “giraffe” spots on the yellow paper.

Wrap Paper Around Can

Wrap the paper around the can and tape to hold in place.

Punch Holes in Can

Punch a hole close to the bottom of the can. Then punch another hole opposite it on the other side of the can. 

Thread Rope Through Can
Turn the can upside down. Thread the rope into one hole and out the other. Loop it over the top of the can and back through the first hole, and back out the other side. Tie the two end of the rope together. (You should have a strap across the top of can that your child can slip his foot through as well as a handle that your child can hold.

Walk on Legs

  • Repeat steps 1–4 for the second can.
  • Slip your child's feet through the straps, and give him the handles. Stay close while your child gets used to balancing on the giraffe legs. Walking is easier on a solid surface. Carpet and grass may be more challenging to walk on. 

Pus the Peanut Game Wonder Kids

Push The Peanut

This is so simple, you wouldn't believe how many uses I have found for Swimming Pool Noodles over the years! I use them every week in my Magic Shows and I have even made lightsabres out of them too.  Now we have the elephant Push the Peanut Game!.  

First cut the pool noodle to a good length, you want the kids to be able to stand up and use the noodle to push the peanut so think of a miniature hoover.  I also use a hand saw to cut the noodles.  You'll need some masking tape/painters tape.  With the tape make a course with some bends in it, at the end of the course have a small basket or washing bin for the kids to get the peanut inside of. I love this idea so much that I am putting a version of it in my Game Show.


Hungry Hungry Hippos/Humans

Hungry Humans from Wonder kids

I've saved the best idea for last! Now this one does take a little more prep and its best does in a hall but it's worth it in my opinion.  It's a great team game, so for this example I am going to say we have two teams of three.  

What you'll need

  • 1 Skateboard per team
  • 1 Small-Medium laundry basket
  • Rope - to attach to skateboard. (Use the same length and type for each team, it depends on the size of the venue but you'll need maybe 40' of rope)
  • Play balls, you can find these in large bags at most toy shops, I have included some below you can buy to save you some time. Get at least 200!
  • Tape for marking off "Team Box" on the floor in the room

Set Up

Before everyone arrives you'll need to tape a square box on the floor.  One box for each team, this box is where the teams stand and it's where they bring the plastic balls back to keep. Tie the length of the rope to each skate board.  Place the laundry basket and skateboard in each home square and place the loose balls in the centre of the room, they could start rolling away but don't worry, enough will stay in the middle to play the game.

Playing

Each team chooses the first person to lay on the board, I always like to start game with music, so when there music starts each team dives into the centre and uses the laundry basket to capture as many balls as they can.  The other team members then pull them back and they need to keep the balls in their home square!  The next team member lays on the board and repeats the process.  This continues until the music stops or all the balls have been collected.  This game is mayhem but it's so much fun, trust me give it a go.

Wonder Kids Hungry Hippos Game

That's it for this week, but we still have one more week to go with the Zootopia theme so make sure you come back next Tuesday Lunchtime.  Try out some of my other ideas below before you leave, I have hundreds of ideas covering loads of topics in my Wonder Kids blog now, it's all free so go and take a look.

Zootopia - Officer Judy & Friends Print outs

Zootopia Free print puts from Wonder Kids

Hello and a very warm welcome to week two of our Zootopia Fun.  I also wanted to welcome all of the new readers of this blog, I know that since I made all the changes back in December last year we now how over one thousand new readers every week.  I still just want to create amazingly helpful content for all of you and I welcome any comments and ideas you have, please do leave them at the bottom of this post.

This week I have handpicked some great print outs that you can use.  I have two great games for you later on but for now check out these cool birthday party invitations.  Flash the sloth is one of my favourite characters and now he can invite your friends to your party. Just click on the pic to print them out.

I love this next idea, although it's not completely Zootopia themed, it is zoo animal themed.  You can use these in a basic way and take them with the kids when you visit the zoo next.  The first child to find all of their animals at the zoo wins.  I prefer however to find some small zoo toys like the ones I have included below. Hide them all over the house, this is great to do once the kids have gone to bed and then set them the challenge to find the animals at some point the following day.  Make sure you play some Jungle themed music or Zootopia themed music whilst playing.  This game is great fun.  Just click on the scavenger hunt to print it off.  Here is the official Zootropolis album.

Last but not least this week I have a Zootopia bingo game you can print out for free!  Now if you have been visiting Wonder Kids for any reasonable amount of time then you'll know that we are not shy of game of bingo, just use the search bar at the top of the page and type in bingo for all of our other versions of bingo. First you'll need to click on the picture opposite to print of your Bingo cards.  Now you just need the playing cards.  So click on the pic below to print off the playing cards, you'll need to print them off and cut out the cards.  To play you will also need some sort of counters, We use jellybeans, small coins or plastic counters if you have them.  The playing cards get mixed up and turn face down.  They are revealed one at a time and if one of the players has a matching card on their bingo board they then get to put a counter on their board.  The first person to fill a row on their bingo boards wins.  That's it for this week but trust me when I say we have the best still to come with more great ideas for you next week.

Zootopia - Officer Clawhauser Ring Toss

Zootopia Fun on Wonder Kids

It's February and we are going to be having loads of fun with Zootopia this month.  We loved this film and I think we can have some fun with this one.  First have a go at this quick quiz and find out which character you are most like. Just click on the picture opposite.

Now we have this great craft/game, first I'll show how to make a great doughnut for Officer Clawhauser and then we'll turn it into a game. Here's what you'll need - 

  • Large paper plate
  • Mason jar lid
  • Pencil/pen
  • Pastel craft paints
  • Cream colored craft paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors
  •  

This is great just to have fun at home or make it for a birthday party, it really is simple and to try to make things easier I have included a link to some great paper plates below.  

Zootopia Ring Toss Wonder Kids

Trace your mason jar lid onto the center of your paper plate, Cut out the inner circle, Using your foam paint brush and cream colored paint, paint your whole plate, and let dry

Paint on the frosting with your pink paint first by outlining with your Small paint brush and then filling it in, and let dry. Now you can use your small paint brush and paint on your sprinkles, by dipping your brush in paint and painting a quick dash of paint, then switch colors and let dry. Once your donut is dry, you can create a bite mark from your donut by drawing on a bumpy half circle and cutting it out

Now to turn this work of art into a great game, all you need is a small length of wooden dow to stick into the ground.  Set the kids back and see if they can get the doughnuts on the ring toss.  That's it for this week but come back next week when we will be having more great fun with Zootopia.