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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Sleepover's - Girly Fun

Wowzers it's been a brilliant but hectic couple of weeks for me, with extra birthday parties to perform at due to the kids breaking up for school holidays and dozens of school end of term parties too! all mixed together with the hottest weather of the year and I have just been exhausted by the time I got home.  My apologies for the delay but I'm now back on board and to make up for my absence I am releasing three blog posts all in one week.  Make sure you take advantage of them, you can find links to them at the end of this post.

Before we crack on, I have included a form below to sign up to the Wonder Kids e-mails. I can then send you some great activities to try out during the school holidays. I also have my theatre show on Saturday 3rd September in High Wycombe, this is just before the kids go back to school and it's going to be a big crazy show.

This week we get all girly and look at some simple but really cool ideas for girls to do at a sleepover, now I think some of these ideas are perfectly unisex and can easily be done with a minor tweak at a boys sleepover too. 

Pillow Bed

The first thing this week is a really cool pillow bed, I want one of these for myself! We do have a bean bag in our front room at the moment and I have already decided that if/when that breaks I will be replacing it with a bigger version of one of these pillow beds. 

This really couldn't be simpler.  Buy four large pillows, these can either be all the same design or four different designs for a more funky bed.  All you need to do is sow all four pillow cases together and then put the pillows back in.  This is even easier if you have a sowing machine.  I have looked around online and this version is the super easy version of it.  there is another way of making one of these by purchasing loads of fabric and measuring everything and using patterns etc, just stick with the super easy method.

Balloon Timer

This simple idea is really fun for kids.  Write an activity on a small piece of paper and stuff it inside an un-inflated balloon (I have a super simple method for this here).  Blow the balloon up and write a time using a sharpie on the balloon.  Trust me when I say use a sharpie to write on the balloon, other pens will do it but sharpies are the best for writing/drawing on balloons.  The kids then take turns to pop a balloon at the corresponding time to find out what their next activity is.  If you don't mind the mess you can make this extra fun by adding confetti/glitter into the balloon so when they pop it you have an explosion of colour.

Spin the Bottle

WHAT! I hear you cry, how old are the girls I aiming these games at? fear not, this version is Wayne Wonder Awesome and doesn't involve any yucky boys.  First you'll need to print off the FREE PDF game by clicking on the image opposite.  You'll also need a split pin to attach the arrow to the centre of the board.  You line up all different shades of nail varnish on the board and each girl takes a turn spinning the arrow, whatever colour it lands on the girl has to paint either a finger or toe nail in that colour.  Lots of fun and great for getting pictures taken after the game with all different colours on the girls nails.

Make your own pillow case

Materials 

Pillow case

Fabric markers

Paper

Instructions

1. It’s a good idea to do a bit of practice on paper before beginning the design on the pillowcase.

Design Ideas

  • Name
  • Favourite things
  • An entire scene
  • A quote or words

2. Once the kids are ready to go, insert a piece of paper (baking paper could be cut to size) inside the pillowcase. This will ensure the pen ink doesn’t go right through to the other side. Tip: If using a regular piece of paper, just move it around as you draw on the case.

3. Use fabric pen to draw on the design. These are easy to work with and you can find them at craft, supermarket and some discount stores.

4. Once the design is finished, iron on cotton setting (or as per pen brand instructions) for about 5 minutes to set the colour. Wash (separately on cold) and it’s ready for use!

That's it for this post but don't worry I have dozens more ideas for sleepovers, scroll down to find more sleepover posts that I have put together.

 

Author

Wayne Wonder is one of the UK's leading family entertainers, a multi award winning magician and balloon artist, he's also a published poet and father of one.  As well as a few TV credits to his name Wayne has performed in three different countries.  Wayne Wonder's Kids Club was only launched in 2014 and since then has changed dramatically.  If you have found this blog helpful/interesting then please do let us know in the comments below.  Please do share these posts on your favourite social media too.

Inside Out - Colouring Pages and Prizes

Support the Kids Club

This week in the Kids Club I have something I have never done before.  Obviously there have been a lot of changes to this blog this year.  It's now a weekly blog (used to be monthly). With the new style and layout of my posts I have not done any colouring pages.  So this week it changes with a great selection of colouring pages mostly from Inside Out (this month's theme).  I have included one Wayne Wonder colouring page too. Now this is where this gets really cool! I am giving away a One Hour Party Extravaganza for children aged 5+.  This can be a Birthday Party that you can use anytime in the next 12 months or maybe you are a community group and want to put on a show then get your children to take part in this competition.

How do you enter?

Really easily, just click on one of the picture's below and print it out.  Ask your child to colour it in.  They can colour it in any way they like using crayons, pencils, chalk, paint, felt tips anything they like.  Maybe even a mosaic using different coloured pieces of paper? It can be accurate to the film or completely crazy and abstract it's all up to the kids and I am really looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Take a picture of the final work of art and post it on my Facebook Page with the #WayneWonderColouringComp.   I will then pick a winner at the end of this month and provide you with a voucher worth at least £150.00 for my One Hour Party Extravaganza.  There are a few T's & C's to this competition so I have included them beneath the colouring pages.

Terms and Conditions

A few quick terms and conditions, just in case

  • Competition only applies to people from the Home Counties, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire
  • The voucher will be valid for 12 months and subject to my availability
  • The competition can be finished without a winner if we have less than ten entries
  • All entrants must be over 18 years old and be the legal carer/provider for the child that draws the picture.
  • Competition ends on Saturday 30th April, all entries must be in by the end of that day.  The winner will be announced by May 5th. Check my Facebook Page for the winner.

Star Wars

Hello again, When I started this blog I went for about 6 months without knowing if anyone actually took a look at it at all.  Now every month I get more and more feedback about how people are using the different ideas I present in these packs.  Thank you for this and I want to hear from more of you.  These packs are quite time consuming so the feed back I recieve is the reason I keep going and try to make each one better than the one before it.  Remember to try the search bar (at the top and bottom) to find all sorts of interesting activities and games. 

This month can only be about one thing! The new Star Wars film is looking like it could quite possibly be the biggest film of ALL time. No I'm not exaggerating, this film is going to be huge and everywhere. I have compiled an amazing pack this month full of Star Wars fun to try at home.


Star Wars Colouring

Normally I start each month with some colouring pages but this month I have this cool colouring book and each page includes great hand writing practise.  Any little Star Wars fans will love this so just click on the image to print it out. It's FREE.


Star Wars Bingo

Before you see the new film you might want to go back and watch the previous six films or maybe just the original three (I'll understand if you skip the prequels). To make this more fun for little ones try this. I love this type of game, I made something similar months ago in my Lego Movie Pack which was one of my first activity packs.  I always like to get some sort of surprise prize for whoever wins this game.  Make sure you have more than one prize as the kids will want to swap cards and play again.  It doesn't have to be a huge prize just take a visit to a local pound shop they are bound to have something Star Wars themed. To mark off the characters you have seen you will need some sort of counter.  Whats I always use are little lego bricks, just get a cup full of lego bricks and the kids can put a brick on each character they have seen. Sorted, print out the game for FREE by clicking the image.


Star Wars Crafts

I have included a couple of awesome Star Wars Crafts here.  The first one is a little involved and there will be some planning on your part, you might even have to try things a couple of times but I thought it was so cool I couldn't leave it out.  I am going to be trying this with my daughter over the Christmas Holidays. Please do give these a try and take a picture or video of your family enjoying them. Post it to my Facebook page and I will send you a bunch of Wayne Wonder goodies as a thank you.

Yoda's Swamp Slime

So what do you need:-

Firstly a couple of recipes, this play dough recipe is super easy, you will never have to pay for play dough again.  For the brown colour required for this craft you could try to mix food colouring but I think I'm going to just add a little coco powder to make a nice brown colour plus it will smell great too, just don't eat it.  For the slime add green food colouring to make it nice and green.  Also add a couple of drops of Red food colouring to make the green a bit darker and murkier, like a swamp.

  • Plastic tub
  • Bubbling Slime We used about four batches of the bubbling slime recipe in the swamp, tinted with a lot of green food coloring plus a few drops of red to make the color “swampier.” Go easy on the red, though. A little goes a long way!
  • Use five batches of the chocolate slime play dough recipe to create the land for Yoda’s hut to sit on.
  • Star Wars figures: Any plastic figures could be used but I think the lego ones make this so much more fun, being able to build and change everything and break things into the slime etc.
  • A big bowl of water and plenty of towels: for wiping hands and cleaning toys etc, also put some towels or blankets down on the floor/table just incase of spills.

SETTING UP THE SWAMP SLIME TUB

Firstly you can build some sort of lego hut for Yoda's swamp home. Then press your chocolate slime playdough into one corner of the tub to make land for the hut to rest on. Just set the hut on top of the land, and then spread a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the tub. Finally pour in a big bowl of the bubbling slime…and watch it bubble!  Add more lego as needed and get stuck in and messy, just play for lots of fun.

Tie Fighter

I promise this craft will be much easier to do buts it's till heaps of fun.  The kids can even help to make this one.

For one ship you need:
• 4 pipe cleaners
• 1 balloon
• 2 pieces of cardstock (construction paper can be used also but cardstock will hold shape better)
• tape

See, I told you this one is easy, how you doing so far? Now you should have two wings with a fold down the middle.

Now let’s make the body, wing connectors, and put it all together: 
• Blow up a balloon and keep it on the small side.  Tie a knot in the top and set it aside.
• Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together at the ends to create one extra long pipecleaner.  Do the same thing with the other two pipe cleaners.  And now you have two long wing connectors.
• Take the first connector and wrap around the middle of the balloon.  Twist the ends together on the other side so the pipecleaners are snug around the balloon and won’t fall off.  Then twist the ends together so they look like one fused pipecleaner.

• Take the other wing connector and wrap it around the balloon as we did above, but wrap it from the other side.  You should have two pipecleaner connectors sticking out from the sides of the balloon.
• Bend the ends of the connectors down at a 90 degree angle.
• Then tape the pipecleaner ends to the wings, at the fold in the paper.  Black tape is ideal.  But I didn’t have any so I used transparent Scotch tape.

Then tie a yarn string around the top, tape it to the ceiling with Scotch tape….and your Tie Fighter is ready for battle!

Star Wars Baubles

This craft is even easier, all you need are some cheap, plain baubles, a pack of sharpie pens in a range of colours and some metallic spray paint.  You will also need some white spray paint for R2D2.  Use masking tape to half the bauble for the R2D2 version but just spray the whole ball gold for C3PO.  Once they are dry add artwork and hang.  Try making a Yoda version too!

Star Wars Games

Here we go with a couple of Star Wars based games. I may even try this first one at my shows.  I literally came up with this one morning whilst doing some housework.  

Don't Drop Yoda!

You'll need a plush star wars toy for each child playing, they don't all have to be Yoda.  The yoda need to be tucked somewhere on their body so if they are dressed as Jedi's then pop it in their hoods or up their sleeve or even tucked in a belt.  It's a little like simon says, you call out actions and they have to copy you but if they drop their star wars toy then they join you up front and demo the next move.  The last child standing with their toy is the winner and should get a nice prize.

Here are some actions you could call out:

  • Dance like an ewok
  • walk like a wampa
  • show your best jedi moves
  • jumping jacks like a wookie
  • march like a storm trooper
  • spin in circles like yoda

Home Made Light Sabers

You don't need to buy expensive plastic light sabres that hurt when you get hit by them.  These are super easy and it doesn't matter if you get hit by one.  Trim a pool noodle down to a good size and use silver duct tape to create a handle. Just wrap it all around the bottom of the pool noodle.  Duct tape comes in a range of colours and designs now which you should find at every good craft shop.  Now use black duct tape to create a unique design on the handle.  There you go a cheap and safe lightsaber to use. Now I can hear you saying but Wayne how is this a game, don't worry little Padawan, if you combine these with the tie fighter I showed you above, hang up the tie fighters and now you have an epic Star Wars battle on your hands just add some star wars music.

Star Wars Blasters

These are super cool and easy to do.  I did this for christmas a few years ago and they were a huge hit with my daughter and nephews.  I would try to get the sturdiest plastic cups possible rather than the polystyrene ones shown in the pic.  Use little marshmallows as the ammunition and let the battle commence.  We were finding marshmallows for about two months after the battle they get everywhere!

Well thats it for another month folks.  Give these ideas a try, your kids will love them, these are all great to try during the school holidays.  If there is anything you would like me to try to include in this packs then just let me know through my Facebook page.  Maybe your little ones are Smurf fans or Beauty and the Beast fans and you want to see some ideas based around that, just let me know and I will get them included.  Have a great Christmas folks and a happy new year.  May the Force be with you.

Ahoy Pirates!

Hello and welcome to my Activity Centre.  This is the first post of the second year that I have been providing these packs.  I love putting them together, most of the ideas I find or come up with I do try with my daughter, her friends and my other relatives first.  I have decided that these packs now need to get bigger and more helpful than ever before so this Pirates themed pack is the first in a new breed of posts on this blog.  I hope you enjoy it and I would love to know what you think of the ideas or if you try any of them.  So please do either comment below or reach me through social media.  

We recently took a trip to Torquay to visit some of my family and I was inspired by the lovely Pirate/Smuggler history they have down there.  You can go on a full replica of a pirate ship and see the pirate musuem too.  They had a great pirate themed shop which provided me with some great pirate supplies for my shows.

My daughter and my sister outside the pirate museum, a great local history in a beautiful place.

My daughter and my sister outside the pirate museum, a great local history in a beautiful place.

Not a great picture but both myself and my daughter on the full replica pirate ship, it was a great thing to see and I realised that a 6'5" man would not do well on a pirate ship, pirates must have been small men.

Not a great picture but both myself and my daughter on the full replica pirate ship, it was a great thing to see and I realised that a 6'5" man would not do well on a pirate ship, pirates must have been small men.


As always I like to start out with a few colouring pages, loads of kids love to colour or paint and it can keep them amused for quite some time. Just click on one of the pictures below then right click on the picture to print it.

Pirate Birthday Parties

Using Pirates as a theme for a birthday party is great idea and never seems to lack popularity unlike many Disney movie fads that come and go.  Something I am working on at the moment is making it easy for parents to add their childs own interests into my shows.  As part of this I have had this great Walk The Plank game made for me.  I like to have a fun way of getting the kids seated for party food, I already have Wayne Wonder's Limbo and a tunnel to crawl through but this idea will be great for budding pirates. A walk the plank game complete with sharks, pirate music and sound effects.

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You can also use a piece of timber for a great walk the plank at your own pirate birthday parties or just as good and much easier to get a hold of is to use a leftover piece of laminate wood flooring.  I have just done this at home for my daughter to play with.

For birthday parties I already offer my custom designed Pirate Wayne Wonder invites that are FREE to download, just click on the image opposite.  I also have two other professionally designed party invitations. Wayne Wonder Party Invites Here. 

For a great Pirate Birthday Party you'll also need a few other bits too, so here are a few more downloads for you to use for FREE! 

We have pirate birthday banners and our first pirate game, pin the eye patch on the pirate. more details below.

Just click the images above for the free downloads.  I would suggest using either blu tac or sticky back foam to attach the eye patches to the pirate.  Each child gets a different colour patch and you'll need a "bandana" to use as a blindfold.

Click the button for your FREE pirate birthday banner's too


Before we move onto some great pirate games, I think allowing kids to use their imaginations is an amazing tool to unleash.  So creating something like this backdrop will go down very well and it will make for loads of great photo's to keep those memories. Don't be intimidated by it, it's actually really easy.  You'll need a cardboard display board that you can buy from your local Hobby Craft store.  Then use some striped fabric for a backdrop and this comes together really quickly.

 

Pirate Games

Here's another great Pirate themed game, captain hooks ring toss.  We did this at my daughter's third birthday party which was a princess & pirate party.  We used a cardboard display board from Hobby Craft and my wife painted it into a pirate design but you could just use some pirate themed fabric or tablecloth to cover the board.  Then buy some cheap toy pirate hooks and glue them on the board, we used our hot glue gun which did a great job.  For the rings you could use frisbees, rope loops or what we used were polystyrene rings again from hobby craft and spray painted them gold.

Treasure Hunt

Think of pirates and you think of treasure so a treasure hunt just comes natural.  You have to try this and I have a frozen themed treasure hunt on this blog here

First things first, you'll need a prize as the "treasure" or you could use a prize at every clue if you are doing this at a party I would recommend having enough prizes for every guest at every clue so just go to your local pound shop and have a look for some bits like tattoos, stickers and toys.  The clues only need to be printed on pieces of paper but how do you make the clues up well here are some good clues - 

Here’s an example of some treasure hunt clues. We used 10 simple clues aimed at 5- to 7-year-olds:

  • Clue #1: If you’re in a hungry mood, go here first and find some food. (I put Clue #2 in the pantry.)
  • Clue #2: Now you’re on your second clue, these go on before your shoes. (I put Clue #3 in their sock draw.)
  • Clue #3: If you want your teeth to shine, pick this up and spend some time. (I put Clue #4 under their toothbrushes.)
  • Clue #4: If you want to learn and grow, turn the page, get in the know. (I put Clue #5 in a book on their bookcase.)
  • Clue #5: Add some color to your days! Pick these up; you’re on your way. (I put Clue #6 in their art drawer with crayons and paint.)
  • Clue #6: Take a walk and step outside, this is where you go to ride. (I put Clue #7 in the tire rim of our van.)
  • Clue #7: Time to chill, time to think; please go here for a cool, cool drink. (I put Clue #8 in the fridge on a shelf they could reach easily.)
  • Clue #8: Keep it clean and keep it dry. Can you guess? Come on, just try. (I put Clue #9 on top of our washer in the laundry room.)
  • Clue #9: You’re almost at the very end, but this is where your guests come in. (I taped Clue #10 to the front door.)
  • Clue #10: The final clue. The final prize. Look into this to see your eyes. (I put the treasure box in the master bathroom in front of our large mirror. They actually went to every other mirror in the house first, so it was fun watching them get so close but have to keep looking.)

You can also visit this website for some brilliant clues, clues online.

So you have your clues and you have the big prize at the end or your little prizes with every clue. Now you need to hide the clues in the correct places making sure that they are all in locations that the kids can get to easily and safely.  Also I think it's really important that you go along with them and encourage them, let hem think about each clue and only help them a little if they really need it, you can even give them the old hot or cold hints if they are close to getting the clue.

Cannonballs

This is a great idea but maybe a little time consuming.  Get a pack of black balloons, here's a link. Fill each ballon with some small sweets.  To find out the best way of doing this take a look at my Dinosaur activity pack below.  Every child gets a balloon and must pop it to get the sweets.  This could be used instead of a piñata combined with maybe mission impossible music and this game gets crazy quickly. As the first few kids manage to pop the balloons the kids that are struggling will get more and more frantic to pop their balloons, give it a try.  Something else I like with this idea is not filling the balloons with sweets but get more than one balloon per kid and fill it with a decent amount of glitter, in the summer you could fill it with water.  Every balloon popped is a point, as the balloons are popped the glitter goes everywhere.  This is a very messy game, don't do it in your front room but the kids will love it.  A prize to everyone at the end for popping all the cannonballs.

Pirate Barrel Toss

This is a little something extra I came across in my research for this pack.  Pirate tin can toss game.  Click the image for the link to buy that version but you can also make it at home with some empty tin cans.  Print a skull & cross bones and tape to each can, then use any small ball to throw at the cans.  Ideally if you use a black ball it can be a cannon ball.


Before we move into some great pirate crafts remember you can get your hands on a great Wayne Wonder prize bundle just by posting a picture of you and your family enjoying any activity  from this blog on the official Wayne Wonder Facebook Page.  Click the picture below to go through to the page now and remember to like the page and post your pics.

Pirate Crafts

Here are a couple of great pirate themed crafts that work great as activities for home or for something to do at a birthday party.

Pirate Balloon Swords - Here is one of my Ballooniversity video's on how to make a balloon pirate sword.  Take your time, you can do this and make some great pirate swords for your kids.  They will love it. Click here for your balloon supplies

Pirate Boats - these are super easy and lots of fun for kids. They can make these boats themselves with just a little help from you.    

What you'll need - 

  • 3 x small Corks (at least three needed per boat, but try using more than 3 for a more impressive boat)
  • Rubber bands
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft Paper or Fab Foam
  • White Paint (optional)
  • String (optional)

You should be able to pick the corks up at your local hobby craft store.  wrap the rubber bands around the corks making sure the corks are secure and will not fall out. Make a sail using the craft paper, fab foam actually works better and is more water proof than craft paper.  Place the toothpick into the centre cork trying to make sure its a centred as possible.  Then add the sail onto the toothpick.  You can paint a design on the sail before adding to the boat for personalised boats.

You can use this in just a bowl of water or a bath tub, even better though is to go to a local stream or lake and set them in there.  If you're going to put them in a river or lake then add some string, tying it around one of the rubber bands like a string leash so you don't lose them.

Update March 2017

These cork boats have now been featured on a brilliant You Tube Channel just for Kids, watch me make them in just a couple of minutes.

Well we are at the end of another blog post,  I hope that you have enjoyed this collection and that you take the time to try just one thing here, your kids will love it.  Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions you can always get in touch through social media.  Why not try one of my older packs below before you leave and make sure you come back next month for more great ideas.