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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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Alice in Wonderland - Glowtini

Alice in Wonderland ideas from Wonder Kids

Welcome to the second week of our Alice in Wonderland fun.  If you're a regular reader (thanks for coming back) you will know about all of the improvements I have been adding to Wonder Kids over the past few weeks.  Well this week is no different, I have added two brand new sections.

The New Video's section is the new home for all of our video's that we have been making for two years now.  Not only is it for our videos but there are also other Youtube Channels there too that feature Wonder Kids and some videos just from our friends that we think you will like too. We have already uploaded our first video of 2017 which is a review of the new Furby Connect, check it out below.

The second new section is Kids Kitchen, over the years I have shown some great simple ideas that are a great way to introduce kids into the kitchen and to get them trying some more adventurous food too. I have highlighted some of my favourite ideas but if you scroll down the page you will find even more ideas and I will be updating this section regularly with brand new videos from the Wonder Kids You Tube Channel.

Now we are done with the biggest intro I have ever included on a blog post, it's time to get down to business.  This week I have another great way to get the kids into the kitchen and get some extra fruit into them by making it fun.  I have included three "Glowtini" recipes.  Whats a Glowtini? its a child friendly mocktail that glows in the dark and it's completely safe to drink! Read on to find out more.

Cherry Mint Glowtini from Wonder Kids

Cherry Mint Glowtini

  • 1 cup fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint

  • 1/2 tbsp Sugar

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 3 cups club soda

  • ice

In a large bowl, combine cherries, mint, and sugar. Using a potato masher or pastry blender, muddle ingredients together until cherries burst and mint has released it's flavor. Add to a large glass pitcher and add lime juice, club soda, and ice. Mix gently to combine.

Serve over additional crushed ice. Now for the cool part, turn it into a Glowtini by adding one of these super cool glowing ice cubes. Serve it in a darkened room and you'll hear the gasps and how cool it looks, it tastes great too.

Candy Floss Glowtini by Wonder Kids

Candy Floss fairy bubbly

For glowtini no.2 I have the simplest idea ever, no excuses for this one you have to try it.

You'll need 

Candy Floss

Cherries

Cherry 7up

  1. Place one piece of cotton candy in the glass and pour over the cherry 7up.

  2. Place a cherry in the glass and serve.

  3. Yes… it is that easy! I warned you that is was crazy easy.

  4. Add a glowing ice cube to turn it into a Glowtini

Raspberry Lemonade Fizz Glowtini by Wonder Kids

Raspberry Lemonade Fizz Glowtini

This recipe is the most time coming but it tastes great and it has real fruit in it.  Here's what you'll need

1 pk frozen Raspberries

Lemonade to taste

Ginger ale

First, cook down frozen raspberries into a thick, syrupy juice. Time: 10-15 minutes.

Second, press syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds.

Third, chill the raspberry syrup for at least 2 hours.

Finally, combine raspberry juice with lemonade in a large pitcher and top with ginger ale.

Pour over ice and serve! Add one of the glowing ice cubes for the wow factor.

That's it for this week but come back next week for more great Alice in Wonderland ideas.  You can also try some of our previous posts below and don't forget to let us know which Glowtini is your favourite in the comments below.

Roald Dahl Whizzpopping, Ucky-Mucky Games

Roald Dahl is an absolute national treasure and for good reason.  His books are timeless and will be children's classics for a very long time to come.  This year would be his centenary year and there are celebrations going on all around the country.  Did you catch Channel 4's show that allowed the public to vote for their favourite Roald Dahl book? I won't spoil the winner but it's not the one I would have voted for.  This month I will be entertaining at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden providing my amazing balloon art on Saturday 17th September, this is always a great celebration of Roald Dahl's birthday with loads of activities, magic, balloons, live story telling, facepainting and loads more going on.  Just click on the picture above to get your tickets. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get creative using some of my favourite Roald Dahl stories as a theme.  This week I have a few great ideas for Charlie and the Chocolate factory.  

Chocolate Slime

I came up with this slime for my upcoming Halloween Show, its going to be the best Halloween party ever.  Just add some green food colouring for spooky halloween slime but for our theme we are going to make it smell like chocolate.  I have found far better and more complex slime recipes online however they involve adding some sort of chemical to the mix which when you are playing with kids and it could get under their finger nails, in their eye's nose or mouth etc I didn't like the thought of.  So this slime is ridiculously simple and technically edible however would not taste very nice.

2 parts cornflour

1 part water

So if you use 100ml of water use the same measuring jug (after drying it) to pour in the 200ml of cornflour.  Stir them together in a bowl and you should get a thick horrible but great slime.  If you want to thin it to a little just add a little more water.  To make this chocolatey add in some cocoa powder into the mix, just add it in little scoops and mix well so that it's not lumpy.  Eventually you should get a great chocolatey slime that even smells like chocolate.  This is very much a messy play sort of thing.  So prep the area where you will be playing with it and you're good to go.

Lickable Wallpaper

This is a super simple way to make a quick likeable wallpaper, trust me kids love this.  First just click on the fruit picture to get your free printable PDF. Once this is printed you'll need some greaseproof paper and cover the printed sheet with it.  You can tape it to the back of the printed sheet.  Now the prep is done all you need are a section of different flavoured fruit winders or fruit yo yo's.  Cut these into strips and they just stick to the greaseproof paper, making sure you stick them where the appropriate fruit is printed.  Either sellotape or blue tac the finished product to a wall or window and the kids can get licking.

Custard Pie Face

This is a great game, the more people the better.  You get a paper plate and some cheap shaving cream, in the squirty cans.  Squirt a bit of sharing foam on the paper plate and everyone stands in a circle facing each other.  Play some music (ideally some from the Willy Wonka films) maybe this song would work? when the music stops the person holding the plate can sit down.  Also every time the music stops you add a fresh squirt of shaving foam to build up the custard pie.  This continues until you're left with two people and a massive custard pie.  This time when the music stops the person holding the custard pie gets to put the pie in the face of the other person.  This game builds up the mayhem and excitement until the very end. Just have a towel on hand to help clean up.

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.