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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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Lego Fun - Lego Games

Lego Party Games from Wonder Kids

Lets crack on with our final week of Lego fun, make sure you check out all of the posts on the blog that feature lego by clicking the links below.  This week I have found some brilliant yet simple games you can play at home for any lego fans. Make sure you come back next week in the new year for a brand theme and we may well be introducing some exciting changes to the blog too.

I spy the lego guy from wonder kids

I Spy

Print off this template, cut out the mini figures and place them around the room, you can print off as many as you like. The kids need to try and  "spy" all the lego mini-figures without actually making the room a mess.  Try printing on different coloured card, this helps them stand out more and you can even play teams this way too.

Lego Handwash from Wonder kids

Lego Soap

I just love this idea, place small lego bricks in clear hand wash to make it more fun for kids, back to the games.

Lego Sucks from Wonder kids

Lego Sucks!

Im kidding, but this game does, use a straw to suck up as many small pieces of lego and place them in a cup, give the kids only a minute or two and whoever gets the most pieces in the cup is the winner.

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Lego Cards

Challenge your master builder skills with these free cards, take turns, play teams, keep count or just play for fun.

Pin the Head

Click on the picture for full details, but a great game idea for a lego party, pin the head on the lego mini figure.

Alice in Wonderland - Party Games

Alice in Wonderland fun ideas from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome back to Wonder Kids, it's been a bit of a delay in getting this out and to make up for it I will be releasing two blog posts at the same time so check that one out below.  Before we get started with two amazingly simple and fun Alice in Wonderland games that you can try at home or for birthday parties.  I wanted to introduce you to the brand new Wonder Kids Magazine.  This is a free digital magazine that you can save into your favourites and read online or sign up to Flipboard and follow the magazine in that great app too.

This magazine is actually a collaboration effort between Wonder Kids and some of the worlds best parenting bloggers and family entertainers.  It is updated everyday! and being in digital format means that it's not just articles to read, there are videos, infographics and loads of touch graphics to play with.  Take a look today and come back to it whenever you just want to chill out and read.

Flamingo polo

Flamingo Polo

One of the most memorable parts of the story is the Queen playing polo with flamingo's.  This is super easy to try at home, you'll need some inflatable flamingo's and giant playing cards that I have included links to below to make it easier for you.  With the playing cards you will be better off getting the plastic coated cards because you will need to bend them to create the arch and I find the plastic coated cards are stronger and can retain their shape better.  

Now to play this game you can set up a course of bent cards and the kids will need to hit a ping pong ball through each card on the course to win a prize or set the cards up at different distances away and tell the kids that they get 5 points for getting the ball through the closest arch, 10 points for the next furthest away, 15 points for the next one etc.

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Pin the Grin

Here is a great freebie for you.  Just download the two pdf's below, tape the Chesshire Cat picture up on a wall.  The grin's may need a little more prep, you may want to either print them out on card stock or stick the grins onto some card stock to make them a little more sturdy.  You'll need to print as many grins as you have children playing.  I made the grin's large enough to fit a Childs name written inside the grin, this way you can see where every child has stuck the grin.  I used blutac on the grins for the kids to stick the grin on or as close as possible to the picture.  You will need a blindfold and you can decide wether to spin the kids or just let them try.  I would say that kids under 6yrs shouldn't be spun, its already hard enough for them.  But older than 6yrs they should be spun. 

Thats it for this week, but before you go anywhere check out some of our older posts below or use the search bar above to find hundreds of other fun ideas you can try at home.

Paw Patrol - Party Ideas

Every time I pick a new theme, I am always very conscious about creating ideas for birthday parties.  My main job is as a magician and entertainer.  I perform at hundreds of birthdays parties every year so you will notice that almost all of the the ideas I post would work in one way or another at a kids birthday party.  Well this week we are looking at nothing but great ideas you can try at your kids birthday party for some Paw Patrol fun.  Lets start with the basics, first you should schedule a call from Chase or one of the other characters.  This is free to do on the Nick website here. Now lets go through some cool free printables to help theme your party, just click on them to download them. Scroll down for more great ideas. 

Cake Toppers & Character Badges

Water Bottle Labels & Food Labels

Thank You Labels

Here is a great game that is super easy to play.  I like non elimination games for birthday parties because typically they are only with you for an hour or maybe two hours max.  There really isn't time to keep stopping the fun to explain about winning and losing.  Everyone wins, everyone's happy. So this game is a lot of fun. also here is another Paw patrol Game I've covered previously.

Paw Patrol Badge Chase

Print out the badges from the free template opposite, you'll need to print them on good quality card stock or on paper and stick them onto card.  You will need one set of badges per player, these badges then need to be hidden around a room or ideally outside in the garden.  Now every player gets a badges collection board and when they find a badge they need to stick it on the board.  I like to play this game as a team effort and everyone wins a prize but only when everyone has found all of there badges.  this way the kids help each other and swap badges if they find one they already have etc.  

I can now offer a line of Party Box Kits, including this Paw Patrol Party Box.  This kit includes everything you need to throw an amazing Paw Patrol Party.  The concept is brilliant, have you ever tried to put on a small birthday party for less than 16 children? No, well the whole party changes, it's completely different to a whole class party, its much more intimate and the whole dynamic of the kids changes.  Click on the button below to see everything included in these kits 

Paw Patrol Party Box

NEW for 2017!

Party Deco and Food

Ok so I love the idea of using dog food bowls to serve food in for a Paw Patrol Party.  Take a look at these great table lay out.  You can find out more about table lay outs here.

Now for food how about some Pup-Corn,  adding popcorn in a dog bowl will go down a treat.  Or long chewy sweets as dog chews. Take a look at the pic below for some more ideas.  One of my favourite ideas are the dog bone sandwiches.  I know from making my own daughters school lunches that changing the shape of a sandwich can make them massively more popular. You can just use a dog bone cookie cutter like the one I found below.

This cookie cutter is a bargain of a buy, how about trying these great marshmallow/rice crispy treats or bones on crackers and use the cutters to cut cheese and ham that the kids can then place on crackers.  Another great party food item that kids love is to build their own food so this is like a nice snack and playtime all rolled into one. The ideas are endless, plus once the party is over you have something that you can then use for a fun surprise in the school lunch box too.

I really hope all of these ideas are helpful for you.  I think Paw Patrol is a great theme for birthday parties, You have almost everything here, party supplies and decorations, Party food ideas and finally check out these cake designs. Im not a baker, I mean I love to cook but baking is like magic to me.  I love how clever the bone cake is, to me it looks like it should be quite simple but the design is very clever.  The tier cake looks amazing and to me that is one for the pro bakers.

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.  Wonder Kids 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.