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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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Batman & Justice League - Superhero Crafts

Batman Crafts from Wonder Kids

Welcome back to our second week of Justice League fun.  This week I am going to show you some super easy and quick crafts.  Try these out during school holidays or for a really cool birthday party. We have so many great ideas to share with you, did you know that if you sign up to our newsletter in the column to your right then we will send you some great ideas direct to your inbox every school holiday FREE! We never share your details and this way you will never be stuck for fun things to try with the kids.


Bat Cave from Wonder Kids

Batcave

This can be a reading nook or just a really cool hiding spot.  The key to this is to use the biggest cardboard box you can get your hands on. 

You will need:

- large cardboard box (I used an appliance box)
- paper lunch bags or newspaper
- spray adhesive
- spray paint

**My box did not have a bottom on it.  If you are using a regular cardboard box you can choose to cut the flaps off the bottom if you want or leave them on.

1.  Cut an arched opening on one side of your box. 

2.  Rip up your paper bags or newspaper into large-ish pieces.  I separated the layers of the bags to make it a bit easier to crumple them up and glue them on. 

3.  Crumple up a piece of paper bag into a ball.  Slightly uncrumple it (is this even a word?). 

4.  Spray a bit of adhesive onto the cardboard box.  This stuff works best when it is slightly tacky so you don't have to spray a lot.  Attach your uncrumpled ball so it resembles a rough rock by pressing down on the paper bag and shaping it with your hands.

5.  Cover the top and sides of the box with crumpled paper bag pieces.  I chose to leave the back uncovered so I could put it up against a wall.

6.  Spray paint (or leave it as is).  I used a mix of grey and dark brown. 

Add a pillow inside, a batman sign and voila!  You've got your very own Bat Cave!


Wonder Woman Cuffs

  • Four toilet paper rolls for one set of cuffs
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  1. First cut a slit all the way down one side of all four paper rolls.  Two will be your cuffs and the other two will provide the material for your shapes.
  2. Flatten two of the rolls and cut superhero shapes from them.  Ideas include stars, bats, lightening bolts, letters, the sky’s the limit!
  3. Paint your pieces.  Paint all around your cuffs and on both sides of your shapes.  Be sure to use two different colors so that your super hero shapes really pop!
  4. Once the paint dries, glue your shapes to the top of your cuffs and allow to dry.
  5. Punch a few holes down each side of your cuff openings and lace them up by threading them with yarn.
  6. Now you’re ready to don your super cool cuffs and try out your new super powers.

So this can be applied to loads of different super hero's, The Flash would be red with a yellow lightening bolt, Aquaman could be Orange with a green trident, your only limited by your imagination.


Simple Batman Mask

This simple mask will make any superhero's day.  First you'll need to print out the template I have included below.

Here's everything you'll need

  • Sheet of Black of Craft Foam
  • Sheet of Yellow Craft Foam
  • Black Elastic
  • Hot glue gun

Lets Make It

Cut the mask out of the black foam, cut the bat sign out of yellow foam.  Measure your Childs head with the elastic and cut the elastic to size.  Use the hot glue to attach the elastic onto the mask.  Let it dry and your done.

We're all done for this week but make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great Batman and the Justice league fun.  In the meantime try last weeks ideas and some of our older posts below.

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.


Accessories

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.

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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.