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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Knights & Knaves - Catapult (Bonus)

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I have a couple of bonus ideas for our Knights and Knaves theme.  Have you tried using the search bar at the top of the page to find hundreds of cool ideas to keep the kids amused and creative. This week it's all about this super cool and simple Catapult. Try the buttons below for all of our fun from the whole of September!

Catapult from Wonder Kids

Catapult

Pile 6 craft sticks on top of each other & secure at each end with an elastic band. Put the last 2 sticks together & tie an elastic band round one end. Place the pile of sticks between the other 2 sticks, about 2 inches in from the tied end & use 2 bands to secure in the middle. Use the last band to tie the spoon (I’ve used a measuring spoon as it has a nice deep bowl) to the other end of the top stick. Place a ball on the spoon (polystyrene ones work well for this game).

Another great idea takes us back a few years with one of my first ever You Tube videos, teaching how to make a balloon sword. They are really easy and the kids will love them.

Wonder Kids Tug of War

I think one more game will be just the job here.  How about an epic Tug of War! I love the idea below, standing on milk crates and pulling, the first one to fall off loses.  Very simple, everyone will want a go.  Make sure you look back at all of our Knights & Knaves fun but before you go how about trying out something different form the selection below?

Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Crafts

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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.

How to Train Your Dragon Activity Pack

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Hello again, its time for the first activity pack of 2015! I have chosen How to Train your Dragon as the sequel recently came out and we're not far from the Chinese new year celebrations which I feel should always feature a dragon or two .  Missed the film? here's the trailer.

Lets get started with the activities, we'll start with something easy and then move on to the more creative things.

Now you're up and running, lets start with a quick game, you'll need some toy dragons, here are some that I found (just click the picture for the link).  Put a plastic hoop on the floor (best done outside) then try and throw your dragon into the centre of the hoop.  Whoever comes closest is the winner.

A simple viking shield using only three things! Get some permenant markers (I like sharpies) some disposable plastic plates.  Most supermarkets sell these now.  And some duct tape, I prefer to use gold or silver but you can now get many different colours and funky designs of duct tape which is great stuff for craft activities.  I may do a whole pack on this in the future but for now you won't need much.  First let the kids have some free play and decorate the plates anyway they like.  Then cut two strips of duct tape, an 8 inch strip and a 5 inch strip.  Attach the two pieces of duct tape, sticky side to sticky side making sure that the 5 inch piece is as centred as possible, then stick this strap onto the plate.  This tape is the arm loop for the kids to put their arm through.

Here are some cool labels for either a How to Train Your Dragon party or just a really cool film day with themed food.  I would love to see some pics of these put to good use, share them on my Facebook page here to be in with a chance to win great Wayne Wonder goodies.

Now as what seems to be a tradition with these activity packs I do like to end on a big activity.  So how about a ride on Dragon?  Not enough? Ok I'll throw in a dragon racing game too.

What you'll need

  • A large cereal box
  • Rubbish bag (prefferably green)
  • Broom handle
  • masking ape
  • tissue paper (red, yellow, orange)
  • paint, we used green but dragons can be all sorts of different colours so mix it up
  • Scraps of card for eyes, nostrils, horns
  • Stapler

Draw the nostrils on the bottom of the cereal box and a triangular shape to form the snout.  This will fold over later into the snout.

Starting at the corner marked with an arrow and carefully cut along the lines, fold the two side flaps down and tape them down with masking tape.  Don't worry if the sides are a little long to fill the gap you can just trim them down a little.

Push down the long thin flap so that it sits on top of the side flaps you’ve just taped and also tape that into place. You now have your dragon’s head shape. How simple was that? We cut little triangles into the back flaps next too. Now turn the dragon’s head over and snip a little cross into the bottom to make a hole to put the broom handle.

Paint the dragon, allow to dry and cut and stick or paint on his features. We also added some horns to ours but you don’t have to. When it’s all dry you can attach your plastic bag. First tape the open end around the broom stick with masking tape then cut the bottom seam off the bag so you are left with a tube. Repeatedly snip all the way from the bottom up to about a cm or two of the masking tape to make lots of flowing tassels.  If you are adding some flames, cut them out of tissue paper, stack them together and cut a slit at the front of the dragon’s nose to poke them through. Then tape them into place on the inside.

Dragon Races

First you need an object to race around, I used a pop up laundry bin, placed at the end of the garden, then get two or three dragon racers with their dragons ready to race.  Note you need a pop up bin for each racer or there will be dragon crashes.  Each racer "fly's" up to the pop up bin, around it and back to the start.  Make the races as big and crazy as you like.  If you really want to get their imaginations going then you need some dragon music to play too. Click here

So thats it for this months activity pack, I hope you want to give one of these ideas a try and as always share a pic of the family doing it on my Facebook page for your chance to win Wayne Wonder goodies.