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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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Dennis The Menace - Granny

More Aprils fools pranks from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our final instalment of Aprils fools gags.  I hope you have had a good laugh trying these out, lets crack on with the final three gags.  make sure you come back next week for a brand new theme, we are going back to games, crafts and activities you can try from home.

Frozen Milk Gag from Wonder Kids

Frozen Milk

combine this with the crazy wake gag from last week and it would be a great way to start April fools day. Make a small bowl of your kids favourite cereal at night and put it in the freezer to freeze over night.  In the morning add a splash or two of normal milk on top so the it looks like a fresh bowl of cereal and then sit back and watch the reaction as they tuck in.

Doughnut Seeds

This is a great idea for the kids packed lunch. Click here for the free printable seed pack.  Fill it with Cherios and the kids will get a great reaction at school.

Doughnut Seeds prank from Wonder Kids

Chocolate Grapes

This is a two for one and more great opportunities to mess with the kids lunch.  I recently tried this prank as well as some others on a good friend Captain Calamity, check out the video below to see how they went down.

Broccoli lollipops, steam some florets of broccolis to soften them a little you won't need to steam them for long.  get your self some lollipop sticks, I have included a link opposite to save you time.  just insert the stick into the broccoli and wrap with a coloured napkin and leave it as a treat in their lunch box.

Fake mini eggs, this could also work for the kids lunch box but I prefer to take the time to make loads of these up, carefully unwrap the chocolate and wrap a grape in the foil instead.  Place them all n a bowl and leave the bowl somewhere the kids will spot it.  On the top in the kitchen or maybe the desk in their bedroom.  I've also tried this one on my daughter and it was hilarious.

That's it for this week and for the gags at the moment, but check out some of our older posts below and make sure you come back next week for a brand new theme.

Halloween Trick or Treat?

Me dressed as the Immortal and terrifying Fred Kruger when I was about 10 maybe a tad younger.  I won the grand prize of £5.00 in the fancy dress competition.  R.I.P Wes Craven

Me dressed as the Immortal and terrifying Fred Kruger when I was about 10 maybe a tad younger.  I won the grand prize of £5.00 in the fancy dress competition.  R.I.P Wes Craven

Halloween in the U.K is an odd time of year.  It's certainly a bigger event than it was when I was a kid but it's by no means mainstream and it doesn't even start to compete with Christmas or Easter. One of the major hiccups is the whole trick or treat tradition, which doesn't go down well here.  First the weather is normally freezing cold and wet and then having random strangers knocking on your door is not a very British thing to enjoy, it's really weird for us.  I had the grand total of ONE trick or treater last year at my door!  I remember as a kid you would normally get a disco which had a fancy dress element with a prize for the best costume.  This idea still exists but now its a little bigger with multiple different prizes for things like best witch and best zombie, I have even seen adults get involved and have a prize for the best dressed adult too which I think is a great idea.  

What I am yet to see or experience is a really good Halloween Party and I am looking at just creating one myself for next year? filled with great music and good family entertainment all wrapped up with halloween goodness.  I don't think halloween needs to be a super scary time of year, it can have a cartoon esq. feel to it and work brilliantly.  Please do get in touch if you know of a really good halloween party either by commenting below or get in touch through social media, I would love to come along. 

Colouring Picture's

First things first here are some great colouring pictures, print one off and colour it in.  Post the finished masterpiece on my Facebook page here and I will give one lucky winner a bag of Wayne Wonder Goodies.

Halloween Snacks

It doesn't matter if you are going to an actual halloween party or having one at home, these simple but great halloween snacks would work great along with a halloween family film.

Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins

These make a great little snack or even a lunch box item for school.  Here's what you need:-

  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Celery
  • Chocolate Chips (small & large, sometimes called chocolate drops)

This couldn't be easier, peel the clementine but don't pull apart the segments.  Now pull out the centre of the clementine.  Cut the celery into thin strips, just big enough to poke into the centre of the clementine and the trim off the excess so only a small amount pokes out of the top the clementine to make it look like a baby pumpkin.

For the banana's use the small chocolate chips for the eyes and a large chocolate chip for the mouth, just poke them inland you're done. Cool right?

Spooky Soda

Another super simple Halloween treat.  I love the ease of this but my daughter doesn't like fizzy drinks so we haven't tried this yet. What you'll need:-

  • Sprite
  • Ice Cubes
  • Marshmallows (optional)
  • Straw
  • Eyeball cake toppers
  • Green or Red Nerds

Pour the green nerds into the cup followed by lots of ice cubes so that the nerds will float.  Fill with sprite.  The straw with the marshmallow is optional.  In the states you can buy ghost shaped marshmallows but I don't think you'll find them here in the UK so instead you could do the face as below. Now the cup should be really full, now you can add the eyeball cake topper so that the eye is looking through the cup or even floating on top.  The drink will take 5 minutes or so to turn green.

Frightful Fruit Kebabs

I love the simplicity of this idea too, here's what you need:

  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Marshmallow's
  • Wooden Skewers
  • melon baller
  • Black Candy Melts
  • Piping Bag #1 or just the smallest tip you can find.
  • Decorator Icing Eyes

Use the melon baller to make small balls of melon and cut the kiwi into similar sized squares.  Make the kebab's and put them in the fridge for about an hour to chill.  This is important as it helps with the decorating later.  Now melt the candy melts in the microwave, they don't need long.  You can get candy melts from Hobby Craft or your local cake supplier store.  Here is a local supply for anyone near High Wycombe, they really know there stuff, go and take a visit to their shop -  Sugary Crumbs

Pour the melted candy into there piping bag, remove the kebabs from the fridge and just use a piece of kitchen towel to dab the fruit to remove the moisture. Decorate with faces, the kids could even do their own versions too.  once complete place them back into the fridge to cool and set.  

Dracula Teeth Biscuits

These look amazing! and they are super simple too.  Here's what you need - 

  • Pack of chocolate chip cookies, not too small, in fact the bigger the cookies the better.
  • Pack of small marshmallows (the type you would put into hot chocolate)
  • vanilla frosting (you can buy this ready made from most supermarkets)
  • Red food colouring
  • Almonds, sliced into fangs

Mix the frosting with a couple of drops of food colouring and see what colour you get, normally less is more but make sure you get a nice red colour not pink. Slice each cookie in half and spread a thin layer of frosting onto each half of cookie.  Place 6 small marshmallows in a row to make the teeth and add an additional marshmallow behind the teeth for stability (this one can not be seen but helps to hold the two half in place).  Place the other cookie half on top and now carefully add the sliced almonds as fangs onto each cookie.

Here's a couple of quick ideas to finish this section off, Jack O Lantern burgers, cut the face into the cheese before you put the cheese on the burger, and sweet filled creepy hands (surgical gloves) make sure you use long packs of sweets for each finger, just take a look at the pic.  Imagine the reaction of trick or treaters if they got one of these each.

Halloween Decorations

I have found three great and unusual deco ideas that are also really simple.  

Glowing Monster Faces

You'll need halloween colour plastic cups, a sharpie and some led battery tea lights which you can often find from the pound shop.  Draw a face on the cup and switch the light on underneath, simple but looks great in a darkened room.

Creepy balloons

This is something I have been doing for years with my balloon modelling.  When I make a Lightsaber for instance in a dark environment I add a glow stick to add an awesome effect.  For these you'll need some glow sticks, now the most popular glow sticks you will find in this country are the thin ones that can connect together to make necklaces or bracelets etc. If you get these you will want to add two glow sticks of the same colour in each balloon.  If you are lucky enough to get really bug chunky glow sticks then just one stick per balloon will do. So use white round balloons, activate the glow sticks and  pop a couple inside.  Inflate making sure the glow sticks fall into the balloon.  Tie the balloon now use a sharpie to draw the creepy face on the ballon and they should last maybe 2-3 hours before the glow fades out.

Paper Plate Ghost

This simple idea is just great to do together as a family. What you'll need:-

  • Paper Plates
  • Toilet paper
  • White Card (optional)
  • Sharpies
  • PVA Glue
  • Scissors

You don't need much instruction for these, use PVA glue to attach the toilet paper to the back of the plate, the card hands are optional and these can be made by the kids drawing around their own hands then cutting them out, again glue these to the back of the plate.  Let them dry and hang them up.

Now is the time to remind you to get involved on Facebook.  My Facebook page has over one thousand local parents already following it and joining in.  I post all of the public events that I attend every year on there and you will be the first to know about these packs too.  I also have a bunch of really useful videos that I post as well as party tips and advice.  I almost forgot I have a massive giveaway every year on my Facebook page with over £200.00 worth of prizes too!  Click the pic below and like the page today.  You can win a bundle of Wayne Wonder Goodies just for posting a pic of your family trying out one of the activities from this blog, so what are you waiting for? 

Halloween Games

The only thing we really need now are some super easy Halloween theme games. So here we go, the first one is a FREE pdf to print off.  Its a build your own monster kit which I suppose you could use it just as a craft idea but I prefer to print off the different bits and then put a number between 1 & 6 on each of the parts but not the main bodies.  Each person gets a main body section then use a dice, the first person rolls and whatever number it lands on is a part they can pick up to put on their monster.  The first person to complete their monster with two arms and legs wins.

Halloween Bowling

This is kind of a repeat of a game I featured in last months post.  But you can take some used tins paint them into different characters and play bowling.  To help with their maths, put numbers on the back of the tins, then the kids need to add up the numbers on the tins knocked down to find their score. 

Another take on this game is using toilet rolls with some black card cut out and stuck on them so they look like ghosts.  I just can't see the toilet rolls being knocked over all that well though.  Let me know how you get on with this version if you try it.

Bobbing for Donuts?

Not sure if thats the correct name for this game but I think its a cool take on bobbing for apples.  The trickiest part of this game is having somewhere to tie the donuts to.  I think the best idea is to do it outside and tie them to branches of a tree unless you have beams that you could tie them to maybe or some sort of rig set up for it.  How about one of those mobile clothes hangers? 

Glow in the Dark Ring Toss

I love this idea, get some glow sticks that come with connectors (you can find these from most pound shops).  Use two glow sticks connected together to form a ring and then all you need is a steak in the ground o some sort of mounted pole to toss them over.

Ok thats another pack of ideas in the bag, don't go anywhere just yet though.  Take a look at one of my older posts first, win some prizes on Facebook and take a look at the video below for my workshops that I run every October half term in the centre of High Wycombe teaching children some amazing Balloon Creations and incredible Magical Illusions.  Click here for more information on the workshops.