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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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Tinkerbell and Fairies Re-Mixed - Fairy Food

fairy Party Food from Wonder Kids

This is our second addition to the Fairies re-mix, every few months I take one of our older blog posts and look at how we can improve and add to the content we already have.  Fairies is one of those topics that never goes out of favour much like Pirates there are peaks and valleys in their popularity but there is always love for Fairies.  I think in hindsight I really didn't explore enough with Fairies back in 2015 so here we are two years later adding some great new ideas just for you.

This edition we are going to look at having fun with Fairy food, I have tried to keep a balance between treats and healthy snacks but I will say this now some of these treats should be consumed sparingly.


Fairy Fizz from Wonder Kids

Fairy Fizz

The first couple of ideas are super simple, so there are no excuses for not giving these a go.  This simple but delicious drink.  Mix equal amounts of pink lemonade and 7up, serve over ice.  This is great summer drink.

Magic Fruit Wands

Use a cookie cutter to cut star shapes out of water melon slices.  This is where the kids can help, with a skewer thread on grapes and a strawberry for each wand, top it off with the watermelon star. Delicious and fun.

Sweet Toadstool's

Similare to the fruit wands this is super simple. Use large Marshmallow's threaded onto a cake pop stick and topped with a strawberry for a really cute fairy toadstool that tastes great.


OK are you ready to get a little more complicated? The ideas above are great simple ideas that kids and fairy fans will love, but we can take this to the next level.

Fairy Wand Cookies from Wonder Kids

Fairy Wand Cookies

You'll Need

  • Cookies made using your favourite recipe or you can our one
  • Before baking cut the cookie's into star shapes using a star cookie cutter.
  • Royal Icing, you can't go wrong with Mary Berry's recipe here.
  • Gel food coloring in two colors
  • Long lollipop sticks
  • Rainbow dust
  • Icing bags or bottles
  • Toothpicks

Start by turning your cookie recipe into star-shaped cookie pops. Bake as needed and allow to cool.  Use gel food coloring to dye your royal icing two colors of your choice. I used light purple and light pink. Water down your icing to a 10 to 12-count consistency and then load each color into a separate piping bag or bottle. Pipe a border around the edge of a star cookie. Immediately fill the entire cookie surface with icing in the same color as the border.

While the icing is still wet, add dots in a different color around the outer edge. Run a toothpick, scribe through the dots in one continual motion around the entire edge of the cookie. While the icing is still wet, sprinkle the surface with rainbow dust. To ensure that I don’t overdo it, I like to dip a food safe paint brush into the disco dust, hold it above my cookie, and tap it with my finger. This method gives my cookies a light dusting of disco dust with plenty of noticeable sparkle.


Fairy Freakshake from Wonder Kids

Fairy Freakshake

Yes you read that title correctly, I had never heard of a freakshake before doing the research for this but they are a "thing", google them and you will find some incredible creations.  This is what I meant about enjoying them sparingly.

Ingredients 

  • 2 pints of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 and half cups of candy floss plus more for garnish
  • half a cup of cold milk, more may need to be added
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • melted white chocolate
  • sprinkles

How to Make

To rim the glass with sprinkles, first dip the glass into melted white chocolate and then roll into sprinkles.  Place the glasses in the freezer for the rim to set.

In a blender combine the milk, candy floss, vanilla extract and ice cream. Blend until smooth and serve immediately topped with candy floss garnish.

Thats almost it for this update but check out more great updates by using the button below or you can use the search bar at the top of the page to find some other great ideas.  I have also included some of our other recent posts below too. Before we leave I have created a gallery of some really inspiring fairy themed cakes to get you thinking.

Harry Potter - DIY Wands

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Hello and welcome to the Kids Club.  This blog is all about having fun at home, being creative and doing things you never thought were possible for as little money as possible.  This is the first in a new breed of blog posts from me.  They will now be posted weekly and be much easier to digest. This month it will be all about Harry Potter.  My wife and I are big Harry Potter fans and we have started to watch the films with our daughter so as our half term treat we went as a family to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden.  Every week this month I will include some pictures from our time at the tour.  I highly recommend this attraction as a day out for the family, if you ever get the chance to go.  It amazed me just how busy this place still is.  We visited maybe three or four years ago too but without our daughter as she was too young. The tour kicks off with a brilliant entrance into the great hall from Hogwarts (no spoilers).  This set is just incredible to walk through and the pictures below do not do it justice.  The first part of the tour focuses on Hogwarts and the Gryffindor dorm room etc.  Lots of fascinating facts, great photo opportunities and behind the scenes secrets of how they achieved the different magical effects.  One of the things I liked about the tour this time was the Passport system they have for kids.  I have seen other attractions do something similar to this but we didn't see this on our first visit to Leavesden.  Every child gets a free passport with facts and questions in. Each page has a black and white picture from the films which can be coloured in too.  The kids are set a task to find dozens of golden snitches that are hidden throughout the entire tour and you can tick them off as you find them.  There are also special stamps that you need to find and get in your passport to complete it. Our daughter loved doing this as to be honest some of the facts and behind the scenes bit are not that interesting to kids. I will show some more of our pics and what the next part of the tour consisted of next week but for now lets get on with making our very own Harry Potter Wands.

D.I.Y Wands

What you'll need:-

  • Extra Long Chop Sticks, Amazon sells some here
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks, these are just super handy to have at home, you'll find so many other things you can do with them.
  • a range of brown  acrylic paints in different shades.
  • foam brushes
  • sealer spray

All of this is available from your local craft or Hobbycraft store. First you'll need to heat up the glue gun and put hot glue all over the thicker end of the chopstick to make a handle for the wand. I know at this point it won't look great but trust me, once it's painted these look amazing. 

It takes quite a bit of glue (I probably used 2 full sticks on the more…..glue-y ones). Be careful not to burn yourself. If you get it at just the right time, when the glue’s pretty set but not all the way set, you can roll it on some paper or between your hands to smooth it out some. But don’t burn yourself! I experimented with different patterns. Some I put lots of glue all over. I did a couple in a spiral pattern. Some I just did glue in two spots to differentiate the handle part.

Then you paint. I used solid colors on some of the wands, and for others I kind of swirled two different browns together to get a more variegated look. I went back with a cotton bud to get some of the hard to reach places where the glue was. Then lay them  all out on newspaper and spray a few coats of the sealant on.  A quick thin layer is better than a big thick layer.  Do a quick thin layer, let it dry and then coat it again to make sure they are covered.  Do this a couple of times on each side. Finished.

Once you get all the supplies together this is only a days work and they would be loved by harry potter fans. Great for Harry Potter parties, halloween, birthday gifts or just as a craft do at home with the kids. So what do you do once you have made the wands? Well first you need to know some Harry Potter spells so Wikipedia to the rescue here.

Here is a great quick game to try if you are using this at a halloween party or maybe a Harry Potter themed birthday party.  Blindfold a guest and have all the wands laid out on a tray.  Play some harry potter music and let them take their time and feel for the wand that is to be theirs.  It's a great take on the classic pint the tail on the  .....  game. It will also take some time to get through all the guests, obviously just make sure that you have enough wands for every guest.

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