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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Dinosaurs! Roar!

Something tells me that Dinosaurs are about to kick off big time! Again! Jurassic World has just been out at the cinema and they have a whole toy range aimed at children already out.  The DVD will be out some time around September I think? So that tells me they want to have a big push for christmas.  

I was at a show recently and as part of my entrance music for the kids I play the Jurassic Park film music, you know the John Williams masterpiece.  A kid runs up to me and says "I know where that music is from, it's from Jurassic World! Rather than just agree I said "oh close it's from Jurassic Park"  The little boy was absolutely convinced I was making it up and it was defiantly from Jurassic World.  Boy did I feel old.

As always lets start with some great colouring sheets, just click on the image to bring up the pdf of each picture that you can print out.

Games to play with Dinosaur toys

Dinosaur Guess Who - Line up all the dinosaur toys and get someone to choose just one but not to say which one.  Then everyone else can take turns to ask questions to find out which one was chosen. i.e does it have horns, is it red etc

Feeler bag Dinosaurs - place one of the dinosaurs in a cloth bag so the the kids can not see it.  Let them have a few seconds each to feel the dinosaur and see if they can guess what dinosaur it is.


Dinosaur Ice Eggscavation

For this you will need some very small dinosaur toys, you can often find tubes or tubs of dinosaurs at toy shops.  I am going to give you the easiest way to get pretty much anything into a balloon.  First turn the balloon inside out, then place the small toy on the bulb of the balloon and turn it back around whilst holding the toy in place.  It may take a couple of attempts but it should be easier than trying to put the toy down the neck of the balloon.  Fill the balloons with water and place on a baking tray.  Put everything in the freezer, normally overnight works fine but it may take longer.

Now the fun can start, I like to do this on a nice summer day, out in the garden, the kids can use their toys to smash at the eggs, use warm water to put over or even show them how table salt dissolves ice.

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Dinosaur Footprint Flip Flops

Now on to the big one, I always like to finish theses packs with a bigger activity.  Some people may find this one challenging but just take your time and follow the steps to make something really cool that you can use at home or take on holiday with you.

what you'll need:

  • Wood from a craft shop, modelling wood very thin
  • Hot Glue
  • Saw
  • sand paper
  • Ribbon
  • Craft Foam
  • Craft knife
  • paint
  • roll of paper

You should be able to find all of this from a craft shop. Measure and mark out on the sheet of wood the size of the flip flops, you can use your childs shoe to get an idea of the size. Saw the pieces out and sand down all the edges and both sides.  You do not want splinters in kids feet.

I found the best way to do the next bit is just to custom make them for the childs feet, so get them to stand on a piece of sanded down wood whilst you make a mark with a pencil for where you need the straps (ribbon) to go. Now put a drop of hot glue at the top where it will fit between the first two toes. Put down some ribbon angling it towards the bottom, add another drop of hot glue and then put down the second ribbon.

Now all you need is a dinosaur foot to go on the bottom.  So just click the button below for a dino foot template that you can print out as a template.  Use this template to cut out the shape from the craft foam.  Ideally you want the foam to be quite thick but if it's not don't worry you can just layer it up. Use the hot glue once again to glue the dino foot to the bottom of the flip flop.

All thats left to do is roll out some paper and get some paint on the dino feet.  You could let the kids stamp in some paint but that could be messy, try a paint brush or roller to get paint on the dino feet.  You can also use water on a dry pavement to get dinosaur foot print or at the beach in some slightly wet sand.  Want more great ideas? take a look at all the past activity packs, take your pick and have some fun.