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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Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Houses

Tinkerbell & Fairies from Wonder Kids

I really enjoy re-visiting my old blog posts and seeing how I can improve them.  This is the first in a series of posts exploring how we can have even more fun with Tinkerbell and all the other fairies. I loved putting together a fairy House two years ago with my daughter, she loved it too and our cat Misty also seemed to love.  Over the past two years our cat has slowly destroyed our previous Fairy house.  This summer I want to make a brand new Fairy house, bigger and better than anything we did before so lets see how much fun we can have now.

Fairy Garden from Wonder Kids

This was the fairy garden we made back in 2015 it has since been destroyed by our cat but here you go with the details of how to build this super simple fairy garden.  I will then share some more up to date designs and some accessories you can add to your garden to make them even more awesome.

What you'll need:

  • Moss
  • Flowers
  • shells/rocks
  • Saucer
  • Bird Houses
  • Large Planter
  • Compost
  • Small picket fence (optional)

Most of this should be available from your local garden centre. Firstly you'll probably need to paint the bird house's, this is a great activity for the kids. Then once they are dry, lay out how you want your fairy garden to look.  The get to planting the plants and embedding the houses in the dirt (so they don't fall over.  You could always put some rocks inside the house to make sure it stays vertical. And your all done, easy huh? you can even go out in the evening and sprinkle some glitter over it to show the kids in the morning like a real fairy had been in the house.


Next level Houses

Ok so here we go with some next level ideas, the above idea is very simple beginner type design. In my research for this new post I found this quick video from B&Q which again is quite a simple build with some really cool additions.

Adding a bonsai tree is a really nice touch that I didn't think of originally, I love bonsai tress and have one myself so this may be something I try in the future. The inspiration below reminds me of something from the shire where a Hobbit may live.

Bonsai fairy Garden

Having more space would really help to make a more elaborate fairy garden so I found the garden below online.  It looks like it may be built inside of a bird feeder which is a fantastic idea to make a feature in your garden from.

Large fairy garden Wayne Wonder

In our original garden we used bird houses and painted them in bright colours but this time I would like to go with a more natural woodland look. So you could still use birdhouse as a starting point, adding moss, twigs, cork and other materials to make something that feels more authentic.

No need to shell out loads on bird houses, check out this simple build just using some drink cartons.  make sure you use the nice big cartoons you get for milk, orange juice etc.

Eco build fairy house Wonder Kids

First cut openings for the door and windows. Then trim the sticks down to size with the pruning shears. After that, glue the sticks and leaves to the carton.

We took a break and let the houses dry overnight. They might have been ready sooner than that, but the kid only had so much focus power for gluing a bunch of sticks. I didn’t want him to lose interest, so we put it aside. Sometimes you just can’t rush a child artist!

You don't need to cover all the sides of the house with sticks you can opt for ivy leaves to cover the walls. The roof was topped with bark–the sloped roof was a tricky surface, so we pulled out the hot glue gun for immediate results. maybe using pebbles for the roof?

Once the house was dry we came back and added more glue between the sticks and anywhere the box was still exposed. Then we sprinkled sand on the glue and brushed off the excess with an old paint brush. The result looks like grout, but without the hassle. We put it aside again to dry.

After the fairy house is completed you can set up next to some potted plants or put it out in the garden. If you do display it outside, you might want to put some rocks inside to weigh it down. The fairies need some place to sit, after all.


Accessories

Now to make your fairy garden awesome and not just cute you need to accessorise, keep adding more accessories until everyones jaws drop.  I like the use of a lego tyre from the B&Q video above.  I think it would be quite simple to make some great accessorise just by using some broken twigs you can find in the woods.  Check out the entire playground made from small twigs. I love the addition of small food being added to tables or creating a picnic area.  This small food is a huge craft at the moment.  I believe it started in Japan and quickly became a world wide phenomenon.  

I have a very talented friend that makes a wide range of small food accessories you can purchase on Etsy, check out her work below and just click on any of the pictures to visit her Etsy store. I love the Sushi, do fairies like sushi?

Last but not least I wanted to show something super simple that you can make with just a bit of hot glue.  Using lollipop sticks check out the bench below for your fairy.  Im picturing it with a cork table next to it, maybe with a small slice of cake sitting on the table from the Etsy store above?   For this simple build I would paint the sticks first and let them dry, then just start gluing the sticks together, allowing them to dry in stages so that it doesn't all collapse.

Thats it for this folks but you can click here for loads more Fairy fun.

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Minions Re-Mixed - Minion Hats

Minions Re-Mixed by Wonder Kids
Minion Visors from Wonder Kids How to make them

Here is one of my favourite ideas from the original Minions post.  Now with the extra Minion films that have come out we could make either the normal yellow minions or the Purple evil minions. These hats are super easy and all the supplies to make them should be really easy to find either online or at your local hobby store.  I found everything at my local Hobbycraft shop.

Evil Minion Hats from Wonder Kids

What you need

  • Yellow Foam Visors

  • Black Craft Foam, roughly 1 sheet

    per three hats

  • Big googly eyes

  • Black pipe cleaners for hair

  • PVA glue

Cut out thin strips of black foam into goggle shapes, stick the big goggly eyes in place on the black foam making goggles. Make sure you make some with one eye and some with two eyes.

Glue the goggles onto the yellow visors, making sure the visors are up-side down. Poke the pipe cleaners through the top of the visors for hair. 

Wayne Wonder's Kids Club

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Support the Kids Club

Hello and Welcome to my Kids Club,  I started it in 2014 when my daughter was 4yrs old, I came to the realisation that I needed more easy, fun, creative and educational things to do at home.  I don't mind her using tech every now and again but I'm not one for her to be constantly on her iPad or glued to the TV.  I would much rather see her playing a game, getting outside or building something.

I live in the U.K where the weather is mostly grey and miserable, so being stuck indoors you either get creative or you spend a small fortune at indoor play centres.  I know which one I would rather choose.

So how does this Kids Club work?

It's all FREE! Yes straight from the start of this idea I knew I didn't want to charge for this, it does take a lot of my time up but my daughter loves it and I now get great feedback from other parents, restaurants, teachers and even other entertainers use some of the game ideas in their parties.  So I feel like this Kids Club is doing a really good thing.

Every Month I pick a theme to explore, now if you have any ideas for themes that I haven't done yet then just post them in the comments section below or get in touch through social media, I would love to hear from you.  Every week I post a new game/craft/idea sticking to the month's theme.

Make sure you explore the Kids Club, There are a few ways to do this

  1. Use the search bar at the top of the page to search for anything you like, this is great for searching themes like Christmas, Halloween etc
  2. To the right, at the top of the page there is a drop down menu organised by the different topics that I have covered so far.  In the past this dropdown menu was organised by month so you may see that on my older posts
  3. keep scrolling down and you'll find a grid of some of my most recent posts, thats a great place to start. 

To get you started I have included below some of my favourite topics that I have covered remember there is so much more to explore and if you share a picture on my Facebook page of your family enjoying one of the activities then I'll send you a goodie bag full of Wayne Wonder Prizes. 

It took me about a year to get around to doing a Ninja Turtle blog post but I'm a huge Ninja Turtle fan, have been since I was a kid.  there is photographic evidence of this in the post, just click the picture opposite to find out how to:

  • Make your own fun, safe nun-chucks
  • Pizza box present and a ton of other activities.
  • Pizza fridge magnet
  • TMNT Colouring pages
  • Ninja mask
 

The biggest animated film of all time and I have a bunch of great fun ideas you can do with it.  My families favourite was the Frozen Treasure Hunt, I even appeared on a YouTube channel because of that game.  Just click on the picture opposite for all the Frozen fun. In this Frozen blog post we did - 

  • Frozen Tag game
  • Making Snowflakes
  • Frozen maze
  • Frozen Treasure Hunt
  • Build a snowman
 

Here's the You Tube channel I appeared on with my Frozen Treasure Hunt game.

 

I could go on all day about my favourite bits of this blog but Im going to leave it with three.  The series of Harry Potter blog posts were great, so many great games, crafts and activities plus you get to see loads of pictures from the Harry Potter studio tour and a full review of the tour itself.  In this series you'll find

  • How to make your own wand
  • Learn magic Tricks
  • Loads of Harry Potter Games
  • Harry Potter Cakes
  • Harry Potter Party Decorations

That's it, just a quick overview of how the Kids Club works and to get you started exploring this blog.  I also offer a direct to your inbox service during the school holidays.  Again it's all free so sign up below with your e-mail address, I don't sell or share e-mail address's onto any third parties.  I will then send you a great idea for every week of the summer holiday's. Remember I only pick ideas that are easy, fun, creative and inexpensive to try at home.

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.

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.

If you have enjoyed some of these activities then you may be interested in signing up for my Activity E-mails, before the school holiday's I send out a few simple inexpensive ideas from the Activity Centre directly to you.

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Take some pics of your family trying out one of these activities and post them to my Facebook page! I'll even send you a FREE goodie bag full of prizes for sharing.

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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.