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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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Batman & Justice League - Superhero Crafts

Batman Crafts from Wonder Kids

Welcome back to our second week of Justice League fun.  This week I am going to show you some super easy and quick crafts.  Try these out during school holidays or for a really cool birthday party. We have so many great ideas to share with you, did you know that if you sign up to our newsletter in the column to your right then we will send you some great ideas direct to your inbox every school holiday FREE! We never share your details and this way you will never be stuck for fun things to try with the kids.


Bat Cave from Wonder Kids

Batcave

This can be a reading nook or just a really cool hiding spot.  The key to this is to use the biggest cardboard box you can get your hands on. 

You will need:

- large cardboard box (I used an appliance box)
- paper lunch bags or newspaper
- spray adhesive
- spray paint

**My box did not have a bottom on it.  If you are using a regular cardboard box you can choose to cut the flaps off the bottom if you want or leave them on.

1.  Cut an arched opening on one side of your box. 

2.  Rip up your paper bags or newspaper into large-ish pieces.  I separated the layers of the bags to make it a bit easier to crumple them up and glue them on. 

3.  Crumple up a piece of paper bag into a ball.  Slightly uncrumple it (is this even a word?). 

4.  Spray a bit of adhesive onto the cardboard box.  This stuff works best when it is slightly tacky so you don't have to spray a lot.  Attach your uncrumpled ball so it resembles a rough rock by pressing down on the paper bag and shaping it with your hands.

5.  Cover the top and sides of the box with crumpled paper bag pieces.  I chose to leave the back uncovered so I could put it up against a wall.

6.  Spray paint (or leave it as is).  I used a mix of grey and dark brown. 

Add a pillow inside, a batman sign and voila!  You've got your very own Bat Cave!


Wonder Woman Cuffs

  • Four toilet paper rolls for one set of cuffs
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  1. First cut a slit all the way down one side of all four paper rolls.  Two will be your cuffs and the other two will provide the material for your shapes.
  2. Flatten two of the rolls and cut superhero shapes from them.  Ideas include stars, bats, lightening bolts, letters, the sky’s the limit!
  3. Paint your pieces.  Paint all around your cuffs and on both sides of your shapes.  Be sure to use two different colors so that your super hero shapes really pop!
  4. Once the paint dries, glue your shapes to the top of your cuffs and allow to dry.
  5. Punch a few holes down each side of your cuff openings and lace them up by threading them with yarn.
  6. Now you’re ready to don your super cool cuffs and try out your new super powers.

So this can be applied to loads of different super hero's, The Flash would be red with a yellow lightening bolt, Aquaman could be Orange with a green trident, your only limited by your imagination.


Simple Batman Mask

This simple mask will make any superhero's day.  First you'll need to print out the template I have included below.

Here's everything you'll need

  • Sheet of Black of Craft Foam
  • Sheet of Yellow Craft Foam
  • Black Elastic
  • Hot glue gun

Lets Make It

Cut the mask out of the black foam, cut the bat sign out of yellow foam.  Measure your Childs head with the elastic and cut the elastic to size.  Use the hot glue to attach the elastic onto the mask.  Let it dry and your done.

We're all done for this week but make sure you come back next Tuesday for more great Batman and the Justice league fun.  In the meantime try last weeks ideas and some of our older posts below.

Pokemon Go - Poke Part Deux

This week I'm going to delve into some really cool Pokemon Party Decorations, then we have two more weeks of pure Pokemon games and crafts for the kids.  When you put all of these blog posts together you'll be ready to make the most awesome Pokemon Party ever! First I have included the link to last weeks blog all about making sure the kids have some cool things to get on with upon arrival, click the button below to take a look at where we started.

I found this picture on my computer recently, it's Selina my Seal puppet, she was trained as a puppy in the circus, she's very cute, very cheeky and has some amazing talents to show off in my upcoming theatre show - Wayne Wonder's Epic Adventure, click here for more info and how to get tickets to come along.

It's taking place in High Wycombe on Saturday 3rd September 2016, at the time of writing this there are still tickets available.  There is something for every member of the family at this show, please come along.

 

 

And were off, with free Party Invitations, these look great and you can just print them off from home.  I would prefer to print them on photo quality paper but whatever you have to hand will work fine.

Now we need some decorations for the party area, lets start with these Poke Balls, they spell out Happy Birthday.

Accessorise with these free printables, great drinks bottles labels that you can stick on to most kids sized bottles and fold your own Pokemon popcorn box, the kids will love these.

Ok so we are now well on our way to having a great looking Pokemon party, I have included some more ideas below that are all pretty self explanatory but I think will work great.

I love the backdrop here, just use some coloured plates either plastic or paper, glued onto a board.  Remember there are three colours you can choose from to match the teams that feature in Pokemon.  Team Valour (Red), Team Mystic (Blue), Team Instinct (Yellow). This would also be great to take pictures in front of too.

I love the backdrop here, just use some coloured plates either plastic or paper, glued onto a board.  Remember there are three colours you can choose from to match the teams that feature in Pokemon.  Team Valour (Red), Team Mystic (Blue), Team Instinct (Yellow). This would also be great to take pictures in front of too.

Super simple idea with balloons, just draw a very simple Pikachu face and boom instant Pokemon deco.  From experience I can tell you that sharpies make great pens to draw onto balloons.  make sure you avoid any pens with metal tips.

Super simple idea with balloons, just draw a very simple Pikachu face and boom instant Pokemon deco.  From experience I can tell you that sharpies make great pens to draw onto balloons.  make sure you avoid any pens with metal tips.

I love these party tables.  They actually look quite easy to achieve, use the rolls of table cloth that you can get in all sorts of colours from places like Amazon.  You can even overlap one colour over the other and use the black duct tape to cover up the overlap.  The centre of the PokeBall tables look like a paper plate taped on using the duct tape.  Quite simple but when you combine this with all the other decorations in this blog then party will just look awesome.

I love these party tables.  They actually look quite easy to achieve, use the rolls of table cloth that you can get in all sorts of colours from places like Amazon.  You can even overlap one colour over the other and use the black duct tape to cover up the overlap.  The centre of the PokeBall tables look like a paper plate taped on using the duct tape.  Quite simple but when you combine this with all the other decorations in this blog then party will just look awesome.

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.

Inside Out - Party Time

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Well it's been a crazy week, really busy with shows and so much prep work for my first theatre show "Wayne Wonder's Epic Adventure", which I love! on the downside my car broke down and is un-reparable, frowny face.  But I have now sorted out a new car so I will be back in full swing for this weekends bookings.  I had a really interesting booking come in yesterday from a local school.  They are running a well being week and as part of this week they will talk about the importance of laughter so they have asked me to come in and talk to the kids about laughing and to get them to laugh too.  That's not a problem for me.

This week I have searched the web and brought together all of the free Inside Out Party peripherals you need to make a truly awesome Inside Out party.  So make sure you use them, they are all free you just need to click on them and print them. 

Party Invites

Start the party the right way with these Inside out invites, just click on the picture to print them off.  I also have my own Wayne Wonder invites for people booking me here.

 

 

 

Alphabet Banner

This is one of two different banners I have found for you.  You can use this to spell out the birthday child's name or just to say Happy Birthday or anything you like.  You will need to print out more than one of these to get all the letters you need.

 

 

 

Check out the gallery below for free print out party hats, 2ltr Fizzy drink bottle wrappers, small water bottle wrappers and chocolate bar wrappers. Go all out on your theming.

Decorative Banner

Here is the other banner I mentioned earlier, more of a decorative banner for this one. I would use some blue ribbon to string them all together or create a an art piece around the cake table by just sticking the individual pieces around the wall.

And finally some custom cupcake pieces that you can print out to make simple cupcakes (here's a cupcake recipe) look awesome and fit into the Inside Out theme.

Here's what the cup cakes could look like with these print outs and some coloured sprinkles to match each character. That's it for this week folks, come back next Tuesday lunch time and join us with a brand new theme for the month of May.  Your going to love it.

Star Wars

Hello again, When I started this blog I went for about 6 months without knowing if anyone actually took a look at it at all.  Now every month I get more and more feedback about how people are using the different ideas I present in these packs.  Thank you for this and I want to hear from more of you.  These packs are quite time consuming so the feed back I recieve is the reason I keep going and try to make each one better than the one before it.  Remember to try the search bar (at the top and bottom) to find all sorts of interesting activities and games. 

This month can only be about one thing! The new Star Wars film is looking like it could quite possibly be the biggest film of ALL time. No I'm not exaggerating, this film is going to be huge and everywhere. I have compiled an amazing pack this month full of Star Wars fun to try at home.


Star Wars Colouring

Normally I start each month with some colouring pages but this month I have this cool colouring book and each page includes great hand writing practise.  Any little Star Wars fans will love this so just click on the image to print it out. It's FREE.


Star Wars Bingo

Before you see the new film you might want to go back and watch the previous six films or maybe just the original three (I'll understand if you skip the prequels). To make this more fun for little ones try this. I love this type of game, I made something similar months ago in my Lego Movie Pack which was one of my first activity packs.  I always like to get some sort of surprise prize for whoever wins this game.  Make sure you have more than one prize as the kids will want to swap cards and play again.  It doesn't have to be a huge prize just take a visit to a local pound shop they are bound to have something Star Wars themed. To mark off the characters you have seen you will need some sort of counter.  Whats I always use are little lego bricks, just get a cup full of lego bricks and the kids can put a brick on each character they have seen. Sorted, print out the game for FREE by clicking the image.


Star Wars Crafts

I have included a couple of awesome Star Wars Crafts here.  The first one is a little involved and there will be some planning on your part, you might even have to try things a couple of times but I thought it was so cool I couldn't leave it out.  I am going to be trying this with my daughter over the Christmas Holidays. Please do give these a try and take a picture or video of your family enjoying them. Post it to my Facebook page and I will send you a bunch of Wayne Wonder goodies as a thank you.

Yoda's Swamp Slime

So what do you need:-

Firstly a couple of recipes, this play dough recipe is super easy, you will never have to pay for play dough again.  For the brown colour required for this craft you could try to mix food colouring but I think I'm going to just add a little coco powder to make a nice brown colour plus it will smell great too, just don't eat it.  For the slime add green food colouring to make it nice and green.  Also add a couple of drops of Red food colouring to make the green a bit darker and murkier, like a swamp.

  • Plastic tub
  • Bubbling Slime We used about four batches of the bubbling slime recipe in the swamp, tinted with a lot of green food coloring plus a few drops of red to make the color “swampier.” Go easy on the red, though. A little goes a long way!
  • Use five batches of the chocolate slime play dough recipe to create the land for Yoda’s hut to sit on.
  • Star Wars figures: Any plastic figures could be used but I think the lego ones make this so much more fun, being able to build and change everything and break things into the slime etc.
  • A big bowl of water and plenty of towels: for wiping hands and cleaning toys etc, also put some towels or blankets down on the floor/table just incase of spills.

SETTING UP THE SWAMP SLIME TUB

Firstly you can build some sort of lego hut for Yoda's swamp home. Then press your chocolate slime playdough into one corner of the tub to make land for the hut to rest on. Just set the hut on top of the land, and then spread a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the tub. Finally pour in a big bowl of the bubbling slime…and watch it bubble!  Add more lego as needed and get stuck in and messy, just play for lots of fun.

Tie Fighter

I promise this craft will be much easier to do buts it's till heaps of fun.  The kids can even help to make this one.

For one ship you need:
• 4 pipe cleaners
• 1 balloon
• 2 pieces of cardstock (construction paper can be used also but cardstock will hold shape better)
• tape

See, I told you this one is easy, how you doing so far? Now you should have two wings with a fold down the middle.

Now let’s make the body, wing connectors, and put it all together: 
• Blow up a balloon and keep it on the small side.  Tie a knot in the top and set it aside.
• Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together at the ends to create one extra long pipecleaner.  Do the same thing with the other two pipe cleaners.  And now you have two long wing connectors.
• Take the first connector and wrap around the middle of the balloon.  Twist the ends together on the other side so the pipecleaners are snug around the balloon and won’t fall off.  Then twist the ends together so they look like one fused pipecleaner.

• Take the other wing connector and wrap it around the balloon as we did above, but wrap it from the other side.  You should have two pipecleaner connectors sticking out from the sides of the balloon.
• Bend the ends of the connectors down at a 90 degree angle.
• Then tape the pipecleaner ends to the wings, at the fold in the paper.  Black tape is ideal.  But I didn’t have any so I used transparent Scotch tape.

Then tie a yarn string around the top, tape it to the ceiling with Scotch tape….and your Tie Fighter is ready for battle!

Star Wars Baubles

This craft is even easier, all you need are some cheap, plain baubles, a pack of sharpie pens in a range of colours and some metallic spray paint.  You will also need some white spray paint for R2D2.  Use masking tape to half the bauble for the R2D2 version but just spray the whole ball gold for C3PO.  Once they are dry add artwork and hang.  Try making a Yoda version too!

Star Wars Games

Here we go with a couple of Star Wars based games. I may even try this first one at my shows.  I literally came up with this one morning whilst doing some housework.  

Don't Drop Yoda!

You'll need a plush star wars toy for each child playing, they don't all have to be Yoda.  The yoda need to be tucked somewhere on their body so if they are dressed as Jedi's then pop it in their hoods or up their sleeve or even tucked in a belt.  It's a little like simon says, you call out actions and they have to copy you but if they drop their star wars toy then they join you up front and demo the next move.  The last child standing with their toy is the winner and should get a nice prize.

Here are some actions you could call out:

  • Dance like an ewok
  • walk like a wampa
  • show your best jedi moves
  • jumping jacks like a wookie
  • march like a storm trooper
  • spin in circles like yoda

Home Made Light Sabers

You don't need to buy expensive plastic light sabres that hurt when you get hit by them.  These are super easy and it doesn't matter if you get hit by one.  Trim a pool noodle down to a good size and use silver duct tape to create a handle. Just wrap it all around the bottom of the pool noodle.  Duct tape comes in a range of colours and designs now which you should find at every good craft shop.  Now use black duct tape to create a unique design on the handle.  There you go a cheap and safe lightsaber to use. Now I can hear you saying but Wayne how is this a game, don't worry little Padawan, if you combine these with the tie fighter I showed you above, hang up the tie fighters and now you have an epic Star Wars battle on your hands just add some star wars music.

Star Wars Blasters

These are super cool and easy to do.  I did this for christmas a few years ago and they were a huge hit with my daughter and nephews.  I would try to get the sturdiest plastic cups possible rather than the polystyrene ones shown in the pic.  Use little marshmallows as the ammunition and let the battle commence.  We were finding marshmallows for about two months after the battle they get everywhere!

Well thats it for another month folks.  Give these ideas a try, your kids will love them, these are all great to try during the school holidays.  If there is anything you would like me to try to include in this packs then just let me know through my Facebook page.  Maybe your little ones are Smurf fans or Beauty and the Beast fans and you want to see some ideas based around that, just let me know and I will get them included.  Have a great Christmas folks and a happy new year.  May the Force be with you.