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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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.

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.