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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.

Batman & Justice League - Superhero Training

Justice League Header from Wonder Kids

Welcome to May here at Wonder Kids, Summer is nearly here and we are really ramping up, not only will we have bumper posts every week this month whilst we explore how we can have fun with Batman and the Justice League.  We will also be updating the Seasonal section of the site, ready for Summer and I have a brand new Re-Mix post to share, you can still check out the current one here. On top of all of this I will have dozens of new recipes for the Kids Kitchen, a top secret Magic Convention that I will be attending and writing about and A family trip to Disneyland Paris planned too. Of course I will be writing about that trip too. So this month is scheduled to be crazy! With lots of bookings in the diary too, I just received some prototype shoes from Nike, take a look in the video below.

This first week I am going to show you some super fun games you can play with a Batman and the Justice League theme.  I have already explored Marvel and the Avengers which you can take a look by just clicking on Hulk.

Superhero Strike from Wonder Kids

Super Villain Strike

This great game is super simple to put together, in fact I did something similar for the Minions.  Empty some 1 or 2ltr drinks bottles, clean and dry them and then use spray paint to paint each one a different colour.  The person that knocks the most pins over is the winner.  Make it harder by adding sand/water into the pins so that they are harder to knock over.


Superhero Training from Wonder Kids

Superhero Training Boards

Little Superhero's will love this game, you hold a small board facing the ground and ask each child to hit the board as hard as they can.  If they are able to break the board they win a prize.  The boards used are very thin Polystyrine.  To make it super simple I have included a link for some polystyrene boards below, just cut them into small planks and there is plenty of fun to be had.


Here are a couple of quick ideas, How about trying to Tie up the Super Villain, use paper streamers or toilet roll and give the kids a time limit, the person that ties up their villain the best is the winner, Also how about Can you Unfreeze Batman? or any other superhero you have around.  Use either a balloon or cake tin to encapsulate the superhero in ice.  I find that at the very least they will need to be in the freezer overnight normally two to make them really solid.  I have done this with my family many times with many different themes, I tried it with Dinosaurs using balloons, you can just have them squirt warm water at the ice or you can try giving them small toy hammers to bash at the ice or turn it into a little science experiment by showing them the affect salt has on ice.

Shoot the villains game from Wonder Kids

Shoot the Villains (Target Practise)

I love this idea, you'll need some silly string for the kids to shoot the villains.  You can just get some cans and let the kids spray the villains or you can get these awesome silly string guns.  I found these a while back and used them to finish my halloween shows, spraying all the kids with silly string.   It was tons of fun but I think it would work brilliantly in this game.  

I have included a link to buy them to save you some time trying to find them.  I have never found them in a store only online. In the UK you can buy them from Tesco online but again I have never seen them actually in store.  You may be able to find them on eBay but I couldn't find any on Amazon.

 

Now you need some targets.  I have made below a bunch of super villains on A4 sheets of paper that you can print out.  You can choose to mount these on a board like in the picture above or what I would like to do is hang them on a washing line with either cable ties or just pegs and the get the kids shoot them.  If you have a rotating washing line you can spin the pictures a little and create a real challenge for the kids.

Thats it for our first week of Batman and the Justice League but make sure you come back next Tuesday for even more great ideas.

Captain America Civil War - Avengers Mason jars

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It's Tuesday lunchtime and it's time for a brand new idea for my Kids Club.  I love adding loads of variety in the club, with food, games, crafts and even puzzles. There is so much on here now, please take advantage of it by using the search bar to search your favourite films or characters or you can scroll down to see some of my older posts too.  Although as I write this the weather is getting better everyday and you can tell that summer is on the way, I just loved this idea so much that I had to include it.  

Before we crack on this week, you may remember a couple of weeks back that I mentioned I had been filming at a green screen studio? Well now you can find the first of many new youtube video's.  This is a great channel for kids featuring the UK's best family entertainers, you have got to try it and hit that subscribe button.  It doesn't cost a penny! Click the picture below to see my first visit to Lollipop Lighthouse.

Avengers Mason Jars

It may look like it's going to take ages to make these but I promise you it's really easy and I think children from 7yrs upwards could do most of this themselves.  These will make brilliant halloween deco, maybe going up steps to your house or in your back garden.  I like the idea of just using them as a cool night light in the kids rooms.

You will need to make a trip to your local craft shop, I'm a huge fan of Hobbbycraft and I'm sure they would have everything you need for this. Here is the equipment list:

  • Mason Jars (five if you want to make all of them)
  • Paint (we used poster paint but acrylic should work fine as well- you’ll need green, yellow or orange, blue, and red.)
  • Brushes (I started with a sponge brush)
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun but school glue will work as well)
  • Card stock (to print the Avengers)
  • Avengers Printable (just click on the image above for the FREE download)
  • Scissors
  • Battery tea lights, you should find these at most pound shops.  They look like tea lights but are battery powered as opposed to having a naked flame.  Just to be on the safe side, I don't like using naked flames with something that kids will want to touch.


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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 in below.  Please do share these posts on your favourite social media too.