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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Top Christmas Toy's 2017 for the U.K

Top Toys for Christmas 2017

Last year this was an incredibly popular idea to list the toys that I am hearing the most about, not only from the kids in my family but also from the kids I work with every week. Now I didn't want to just do another top 15 list like last year.  No! I thought how can I take this further so this year I am going to include a seperate list for family board games that I think will be great for Christmas. 

But first, I have created some free downloads for you to use at home. Below you will find two Christmas wish list templates.  Just click on them to print them, now you could just use these to make it a bit more special for the kids or you could write a nice wish list and actually send it to Father Christmas! You can send it to Royal Mail just for the cost of a stamp, send your letter or wish list to - 

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ

Alternatively I have found this company that offers a paid service to make what look like some great Christmas letters.  I have never used them so I do not know how good they are but I may try them this year.

Visit Elfi Santa Here

Top 14 Toys for Christmas 2017

Ok lets do this, you can find last years list here.  This year there are some old favourites as well as some new toys on the list.

  • The Rocket Wireless Singing Machine is an all in one music experience that enables you to sing on the go.

  • The new completely wireless singing mic can amplify your voice and play your music through the built in speaker.

  • Adjust the volume and echo to layer on top of your favourite songs. Via Bluetooth music can be connected from your computer or handheld device and play through the speaker at the bottom of the Rocket.

  • Includes Light up base, headphone jack and works as a standalone speaker.

  • Styles may vary. Requires 3 x AAA batteries. For ages 14 plus years.

  • Cat Boy figure & Cat Boy car included.
  • Full of interactive features!
  • 3 levels of play.
  • Features lights and sounds!
  • Go down the super Gekko slide and train on the Cat ball rings!
  • Includes three mini-doll figures: Olivia, Stephanie and Liam, plus Sheen and Sapphire the dolphin figures
  • Features a 3-level catamaran, personal water scooter and a banana boat
  • Catamaran features a sun deck with 2 sun loungers and a pool, bridge with steering controls and a seating area, slide into and spiral stairs up from the water, opening garage for the personal water scooter and living quarters with a kitchen, bedrooms and lounge with sofa and transparent-brick floor
  • 1:24 scale radio control Lightning McQueen, forward-straight, backward right and left movement
  • 2 channel 2.4 GHz radio control with full movement, turbo feature
  • Great quality and reliability
  • Comes with everything kids need to create and control their own DroidTM - right down to the battery - plus stickers and extra accessories
  • No grown-ups necessary: Kids can put together easily with step-by-step, in-app instructions, then challenge themselves to level-up their inventor skills by creating new custom Droids
  • This Poppy feature doll delivers the ultimate music and light Trolls experience
  • Poppy is all about Hug Time, and this Poppy doll comes with a wearable Hug Time bracelet for the girl
  • When activated, both bracelets and her hair light up to the beat of music
  • Super-soft plush Despicable Me 3 Jail Time Tom
  • Features voice or sound effects
  • Soft & cuddly plush
  • Have soft plastic goggles
  • Develops speech and language skills
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Encourages practice of alphabet and number recognition
  • Wipe-clean for repeated use
  • Award-winning imaginative play set
  • Includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO move hub, interactive motor and a colour and distance sensor.

  • Rotate Vernie's head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter

  • Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000

  • Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customisation attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities

  • Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light

  • Transformers: The Last Knight AutoRoute Squeaks RC
  • Comes with remote control and movie-inspired blaster accessory
  • Interactive features include lights, sounds, and phrases
  • Dance and blaster modes, both with lights and sounds
  • Figure does not convert
  • There are over 70 adorable Hatchimals Colleggtibles to collect in Season One, including common, ultra-rare and limited edition Hatchimals to discover.
  • Hold the egg in your hands, rub the heart and when it changes from purple to pink, you know it's ready to hatch! Gently press to crack the egg and discover the Hatchimal Colleggtible inside.
  • Live video streaming
  • Height Lock , easy take off and Aut Hoover
  • Official partner of DR1 racing
  • Beginner and advanced mode Indoor and Outdoor game
  • Air Hog FPV RACE is for ages 10+
  • Game stands over 3 feet tall
  • Step right up -- players test their strength
  • Hit the plate hard enough to "pie" your friends
  • Works like a carnival strength tester game
  • Laugh-out-loud fun
  • 8 minifigures: Nya, Lloyd, Jay, Master Wu, Pythor, General Kozu, a Stone Army Swordsman and General Cryptor
  • The Samurai X Cave features an opening skull entrance
  • Inventor launchpad with 3 modules to assemble a jet
  • Laser prison with an opening ‘door’ of translucent laser-beam elements
£49.94
  • Build your own blaster with the motorized Nerf Modulus ECS-10 blaster
  • Flexible blaster has more than 30 combinations
  • Features targeting scope, drop grip and dual-rail barrel
  • Blaster can launch the included darts at targets up to 90 ft away
  • Blaster's banana clip holds up to 10 darts
  • The Sea Patroller uses drop-down wheels to transform from ship to land vehicle, to take pups on new and exciting missions!
  • Lift Ryder out of sticky situations with the moveable crane and attachable cage. Once on board, send him down the ramp on to land with his Rescue ATV.

Well there it is, My predictions for the kids tops toys this year, let me know what you think about the list in the comments below.  New this year, I thought I would compile a list of really different and imaginative games for the family to play together, some of these are for younger kids and some for older kids, again let me know what think of this selection.  I would love to know if you decide to get one of these games, please do let me know how you got on with it.

Lets talk Toys R Us quickly, they have brought back their very popular payment scheme.  It's based on the American layaway scheme I believe.  The idea is you create a shopping list from Toys R Us and then reserve all the items you want.  You can now make regular payments on the run up to Christmas and once you have paid in full you just collect your order.  I thought this was worth sharing because it is far better than buy now pay later schemes offered by many stores.  So if you are able to take advantage of this, its much better than going through credit checks (that could affect your credit rating) and paying interest on toys so they cost more than they should!

Find out more about the Toys R Us payment scheme here

  • Hilarious drawing game that challenged your vision and leaves you googling for more.
  • Put on the zany, vision-altering google eye glasses.
  • Start to draw while your team guesses.
  • A fun game that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete
  • since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone.
  • 40 cases to solve
  • Ages: 9+
  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Lasts 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Includes 7 sequential games that build on their level of difficulty
  • Cooperative and easy to learn
  • Rich content and game play
Cranium
£24.99
  • Exciting and funny
  • Relies on the chance element as well as skill
  • Played by two or more teams of one or more players
  • Great for teens and adults
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  • A game of Speed, Observation and Reflexes
  • Race to find the one matching image between one card and another
  • Images may be different sizes and placed on any part of the card, making them difficult to spot
  • Every card is unique and has only one picture in common with every other card in the deck
  • All exciting family board game
  • Perform noises, actions and gestures for other players to guess!
  • Magic decoder reveals hidden forfeits
  • Suitable for ages 5+ and 2 or more players
  • Tell your own fantastic tales of brave heroes and daring adventure
  • New art work and revised rules
  • Playing time: 20-40 mins
  • Ages 8 +
  • 2-6 players

Frozen Fun

This months activity pack is all about Frozen Fun! I know Frozen has just been huge, I've never seen a film have such a huge reaction before.  I have a feeling that it's going to get really big again around christmas too because by then it will be showing on TV, we may have some snow and the kids will be getting their Elsa/Anna dresses or the DVD itself for pressies. So here are some games you can use on rainy days or wait for christmas and try them when you're with the extended family.

Frozen Tag

So this is like the old game stuck in the mud only way more crazy and messy, just the way I like things!  When you get tagged you have to freeze until someone can come and un-freeze you.  I play it like this - Pick someone to be Elsa, Elsa gets the can of silly string. Pick another person to be Anna/Kristoff, this person will un freeze the frozen stuck people. If the Silly String gets you, you're frozen until Anna/Kristoff tags you.  If "Elsa" manages to freeze everybody then game over (it's almost impossible to freeze everybody) Make sure you switch the roles around, so lots of people get a turn at being Elsa and/or Anna/Kristoff. Im going to try this at my shows soon. Click the pic below for an Amazon link to buy silly string.

Disclaimer - this is a messy game! although I have never had a problem with silly string indoors I take no responsibility for any stains, play it out in the garden on a snowy day for the best effect.

Making Paper Snow Flakes

These would be great as a homemade Christmas decoration or just a rainy day activity, click the button for the free download.

Do you want to build a Snowman?

Here's a free PDF to build your own Olaf, have fun with this and maybe give a little sweet to the craziest looking Olaf.

Can you escape the Frozen Maze?

Here's another free PDF bit of fun great to take with you if you're going out to dinner or something.

Frozen Treasure Hunt

I always like to finish these activity packs with something really good, so here it is a custom made Frozen treasure hunt.  What you'll need first is something to give as a prize.  We use my daughters favourite ice lollies hidden in the freezer.  So all the clues led her round the house and back to our freezer.  I tried this with my 4yr old daughter and 11yr old sister, it went down a storm.

You will need some knowledge of the song lyrics from the film but Im guessing most of you know them by now. Start them with one clue which takes them from one place and then another and then another until they find the prize. Great fun and works brilliantly indoors!

As always I would love to hear how you got on with any of these ideas.  I would love to see some crazy silly string pictures too! The best posts on my Facebook page wins Wayne Wonder Prizes! Click the Facebook button below.