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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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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Sleepover's - Boys will be Boys

Hello and welcome to Part 2 for my three part bumper posts to make up for my lack of posts this month. I have now counted that in the past two weeks I have performed 28 shows.  A big thank you if you are reading this and are one of the people that booked me, I don't know how but I would love to improve upon it next year.  This week I have included a bunch of great ideas to keep the boys amused with a sleepover.  Now the first thing these days that jumps to mind when a bunch of boys get together is playing video games, I think there should be time for that too, I loved playing marathon computer battles with my friends as a kid.  Im going to focus on ideas to get the kids off of the video games.  

Fort Building

Now fort building should be a staple of any little boys junior years, and this PVC pipe fort was just too awesome to pass up. I think it's actually quite easy to put together but the instructions are quite long and you have to make sure you get everything in the right order to make sure something like this stands up so I have linked to the instructions using the button below.

I found all these forts online whilst doing research on how to build my own gunge tank for my shows because that would be all sorts of awesome, I'm still working on that but I have included a gallery of other PVC ideas I found at the same time.  Hey if you are going to take the time to build a PVC fort than maybe have a crack at some other bits too.

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Gross Out Game

 

Set out several different edible items from the Kitchen and number them from 2 through to 12.  The idea is that someone rolls two dice, they add up the two numbers shown.  This gives them their first ingredient, now they have to roll again, add up the number.  This new number will be their next ingredient, combine the ingredients and eat.


2.  Cottage Cheese
3. Ketchup
4. Mustard
5. Mayo
6. Pickle juice
7. Salsa
8. Ice cream
9. Soda
10. Sugar
11. Soy Sauce
12. Icing

Here is an example of some of the ingredients you can use, make sure you have some nice foods too, not all bad.


If on the first roll a boy gets a 4 and the second roll he gets a 10 he has to mix a small spoonful of sugar and mustard together and eat it. You can add in extra rules like if someone rolls a double they get to skip their turn and pick who goes next. 

Junk in the Trunk

This game is all sorts of Awesome and you will be seeing it in the near future at Wayne Wonder Birthday Parties. To prepare for this game, empty a tissue box, and use an Xacto knife to make two slits into the bottom of the box. Thread an adjustable belt or wide ribbon through the two slits to create a tissue-box-on-a-belt. Removing the thin plastic barrier from the tissue box opening will make game play easier (for younger children) or keep it intact for more challenging play.

To play the game, strap the tissue box onto the player’s back, and fill it with 6-8 ping pong balls (we used 6, but 8 would be appropriate for older children and adults). Shake, shimmy, jump, and dance around until all of the balls have fallen out of the tissue box. No using your hands and no laying down! This game is hysterical to watch in action!

That's it for this week's update but I have one more update to come and it's got some great ideas for sleepover's in it! You can find more sleepover posts as well as a bunch of other blog posts below, just scroll down.

 

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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.

St Patricks Day Activity Pack

Oddly even though I come from an Irish family and grew up in bars and clubs, I've never really celebrated St Patrick's Day but I thought it would make for something different to add to the activity centre and for the first time ever I have some recipes to share with you.  I love cooking and I'm trying to get my daughter excited about cooking so Im hoping that these treats may just be the start.

Colouring Pages

By now you'll know I love colouring pages, really simple and they can be super creative, you don't just have to use crayons or pens, you can paint them or turn them into collages or even cut them out and use them as templates to make silhouettes or anything else you can dream up.

 

Leprechaun Juice

What you need

  • Sparkling Grape Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Lemonade
  • Lime Ice Lolly
  • Apple
  • Shamrock Cookie Cutter
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Fill the glass with one third of each of the above ingredients, cut the ice lollies up into chunks and add them like ice cubes.  This gives the drink its green colour.

That's it, if you want to add a final little flourish, then cut a thin slice of Apple and use the shamrock cookie cutter for the shape.  To stop the apple from going brown squeeze a little lime juice over it.

I think this is a great fun little drink that is super easy to make.  Give it a go and share your pics of the family enjoying the drinks on my Facebook Page for Wayne Wonder Prizes

Shamrock Painting

For this simple craft you will need a bell pepper, any colour pepper works just fine.  Cut the top off and press it well into some green paint.  Making sure you get the paint all over the pepper.

Get the kids to press the pepper firmly on craft paper, then you can add a few lines on the inside for detail and a stem.

Rainbow Pizza

I think this is a great first time getting the kids in the kitchen, there's loads of bits the kids can help with.  It's super colourful and I have never met a kid that doesn't like pizza.  This can be a great way to get kids to try new foods.

Here are some topping ideas that can be used as colors!

RED: Pepperonis, tomatoes

ORANGE: orange pepper

YELLOW: pineapple, yellow pepper

GREEN: green pepper, spinach, broccoli

BLUE: I could not find anything blue so we used olives (although I don't really like olives so I may use mushrooms instead)

PURPLE: purple onion

I like to make my own pizza base, heres the recipe I use however you can just buy pizza base's in most supermarkets.  I've tired them but they never taste quite right to me.   Then you'll need the sauce base, I cheat and use Dolmio sauce.  I know its strictly not a pizza sauce but I really like it. And top with cheese, I use a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella.

Now for the fun bit, adding the toppings. Try getting the kids to help make a rainbow like the one below, but I know most kids will just want to do there own thing.  Maybe an idea is to make a selection of small pizza's one for each kid?

Well that's all folks, I would love to see some pics of you trying these activities out, share them on my Facebook Page for prizes.