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 Crafts

Fairy crafts

I've been loving this update to my Fairies post so far.  What I have in this update are two great crafts that are super easy and would work brilliantly at birthday parties.

Dragon Fly's

These are so easy and really cute make using mainly items you can find in the woods.  Did you know that fairy's ride dragon fly's for fun?

What you'll need

  • Twigs, different length's and sizes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Acrylic paint
  • Tree seed (maple/sycamore)

I love this idea, just so simple and beautiful.  First you'll need to go for a trek in the woods and find some twigs and tree seeds.  I believe that maple and Sycamore seeds are very similar looking seeds so you can get a mixture of these two types. Just line everything up where you want it and hot glue it in place. Once it's dried and cooled down the kids can paint them, they look brilliant as part of a fairy house or just placed around the garden.

If you put all of our Fairy ideas together you could have an amazing Fairy party, I found these in my research for these blog posts and although I couldn't fit them in anywhere, I really like them and wanted to share.  Its a butterfly garland/banner.  These would look great for a garden party.

Blossom Bracelets Wonder Kids

Blossom Bracelets

What a good make to then take home after a party? these are super simple and look amazing.  Give them a go, your little ones will love this.

What you need

  • Duct tape
  • flowers
  • scissors

First you need to take a trek into the wilderness and pick some lovely flowers, any flowers you like will work but here we have dandelions, wild violets and blossoms. Next measure the bracelet by wrapping the duct tape around an arm STICKY SIDE UP.  Cut it to size and you have a sticky bracelet ready to be decorated.  Now the kids can stick flowers on however they like, not only do they look brilliant but they smell great too, it's just a shame that they don't last forever.

That's it for this update, I think these two crafts are beyond awesome and so so simple you have to give them a go.  Check out more Fairy updates by using the search bar at the top of the page.

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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Summer Outdoor Fun

The sun is shining and the Activity Centre has fun for you.  In this pack I have included 5 great outdoor fun ideas to try in the garden or if you are going to an outdoor area.  Let me know which ones you like best.

Re-useable Water Balloons

Ok so these are not strictly water "balloons" but they are great fun and last forever. I did these last year at they were brilliant so much so I'm making them again this year.  From your local pound shop or supermarket get the cheapest sponge's you can find, ideally you should be able to get a pack with different coloured sponges in. Now with a sharp pair of scissors cut them into strips.  I used 5 strips per water bomb. gather the 5 strips and tie them around the middle, I used an inflated balloon to tie them up (because my house is full of balloons) but anything will do like string or maybe even a rubber band, wrapped around as few times.  Finally just position the sponges so they spray out in like a star shape, get a bucket of water and throw them at anything and everyone!

Packing away

Ok so this is not an activity in itself but it will make life a little easier, after doing all of some of these games have these handy baskets placed somewhere for the kids to put everything away, it means you don't have to spend time clearing away at the end of the day.

 

 

Cool Picnic Area

This makes an awesome snack area or a little reading nook in the garden.  It can even be used for costume play i.e a princess's tower or a kings castle etc.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Hula Hoop just from a pound shop
  • Safety Pins
  • Twine or Rope
  • Tulle and/or Ribbon (you can even cut up an old dress or something)
  • Sheets
  • Scissors
  • Cushions and Blankets

Instructions:

  1. Pin the top edge of the sheet to the hula hoop by folding the sheet over and pinning it to itself. (see pic opposite)
  2. Use twine to create a hanger to tie your hideout to the tree with. I used two long pieces of twine and tied each piece to opposite sides of the hula hoop. The two pieces then criss-crossed over each other. I tied the two together where they criss-crossed with another piece of twine. Later I used that piece to actually tie the hoop into the tree.
  3. Tie on tulle and ribbons or any other embellishments you have. (see pic below)
  4. Hang the hideout from a tree branch.
  5. Add blankets and cushions underneath your fort so you can be nice and comfy.
  6. Take a little nap or eat a snack inside your new hideout.

Pool Noodle Obstacles

This is soooo easy, pool noodles can now be found at most pound shops and the only thing you need are bamboo BBQ skewers.  Stick two skewers into each end of the pool noodle, then stick the skewers into the ground and position however you want.  Now you can use a ball to go round the obstacles, egg & spoon race, ball & spoon race, or even a blindfold obstacle course! This last one works for grown ups too after a few drinks, just saying.

Giant Naughts & Crosses

Ok you are better off calling this 3 in a row, you'll need to get a cheap shower curtain, some tape (I used electrical tape because I have loads and it comes in lots of different colours) and I got 12 coloured frisbees from the pound shop.  6 of each colour.  The kids take it in turns to place a frisbee on a square, the first one to get three in a row wins.

Game idea 2 - You can throw the best, aim to get your frisbee in the centre square, whoever is closest wins.

That's all folks for another great FREE activity pack, I have had a blast putting this one together, in fact I have so many ideas that I may even do a part 2 to this one.  Remember if you post a picture on my Facebook Page (click the image below) of you trying one of these activities than i will send you some Wayne Wonder Prizes!

Fairies Activity Pack

I can't believe it's taken this long for a fairies activity pack.  My daughter loves fairies, So we will be trying these ideas out once the weather gets a little bit nicer.

First we have a bunch of colouring pages, just click the button below and I found a recipe for great summer ice cones. 

This looks like a great activity that kids would love to help make and it should last quite while as a nice keep sake to go in their bedrooms.  

Fairy Garden Discovery Bottle

What you need

  • Plastic cup or large mason jar (make sure the lid secures very tightly)
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Mini Pom poms
  • Small toy fairy (kinder eggs often have them)

In this example we are going to use plastic cups which used to contain fruit as they have a really secure lid. Use a glue gun to stick it together but a strong all purpose glue would also work.

Step 1

First I stuck the pipe cleaner onto the lid of the plastic cup. I had to do this part as the glue is hot. While we left it to dry Molly stuck some ladybird and butterfly onto the outside of the cup.

Step 2

We half filled the cup with water. Then added the glitter, pom poms and embellishments.  Fill to the top with water. We also stuck the toy fairy into the centre of the pipe cleaner.

Step 3

The add glue around the lid and then stick it quickly onto the cup.  Glue on the outside around the lid to make sure it is watertight. Leave to dry.

After a few weeks you may see the dye of the different elements colour the water or the toy fairy.

The last activity in this pack is easily my favourite.  I am doing this in the summer with Megan.

Fairy Garden

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.

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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.

As always If you share any pics of you trying these activities out on my Facebook page then you could win some great Wayne Wonder Prizes.