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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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Unicorns - Magical Games

Unicorn Games from Wonder Kids

Welcome to our second week of Unicorn fun, this week I am going to show you some great Unicorn games, these will work great for birthday party games or for just some fun at the weekend or during the school holidays.

Lets kick it off with this great treasure hunt, it's a free download, so just click on it and print it off.  You can laminate it and use dry wipe markers to make them re-usable.  Alternatively print them off, one for each player, put it on a clipboard and the kids need to colour the star in for each item they find.  I have included some super cool Unicorn clipboards below if you want to go full theme.

There are ten items to find, I have purposely made them as ambiguous as I could so that you can have some fun with them.  

  1. Something Magical - could be a wand, fairy wand, glitter, potion etc
  2. Soft toy - could literallybe any soft toy
  3. Rainbow - Any multicoloured item, I have included some below
  4. Something Purple - Anything purple
  5. Star - Anything star shaped, or a picture of a star, a star made from kitchen foil
  6. A horn - an Ice cream cone or a bicycle horn
  7. Pink Clothing - Uh yea
  8. A Gem - Anything shines really, raid the pound shops, I have included a pack of plastic gems below
  9. Something that Rhymes with Unicorn - I love this one, I would just go silly with Poo-nicorn and the like, a fake poo or Unicorn Poo slime like I showed you last week.
  10. A flower - depending on the time of year this could be real or fake

Something I have started to do with these new blog posts is have a little search and go back through my previous blog posts to see if anything from them can be fitted into this theme, well this time I found a couple of things that may just work, firstly its part of my Knights and Knaves fun I found these great Horses you can make out of a pool noodle.  Super easy to make with a folded over pool noodle and some felt.  You can do Unicorn races, maybe around obstacles if you turn these horses into Unicorns by adding some cute eyes and use some fab foam to make a horn on top of the head. The other Idea that can be adjusted is the great game of Junk in the Trunk from part of my Sleepover ideas.  It's an hilarious game, just add some ribbon for a tail on the box and have the kids wear a cute unicorn horn hairband and you have another quick easy and fun game.


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Oreo Unicorn 

Separate the kids into pairs, give each team a stack of Oreo biscuits.  One member from each pair kneels on the floor with their head up facing the sky.  The other team member then has to stack as many Oreos as they can on their head.  Time them for this game and only give them a Minute or so. If the stack falls over they have to start over but the time keeps counting down.  The winning team is the one with the tallest stack.


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Hula Unicorn Toss

Hula Unicorn Toss

You need some space for this games, you'll need one or more traffic cones, I have included some below to save some time.  And a selection of hula hoops.  First thing to do is prepare the cone.  Use spray paint to make it look more Unicorn horn like.  You can find loads of different types of spray paint these days, you can get spray paint that finishes with a rock looking effect which would turn this game into a Rhino horn toss? but you can get metallic paints, glitter paints or just spray a mix of complimenting colours like in the picture opposite. Now set the distance that the kids stand away and they through the big hula hoops at the cone/s and try to get as many as they can over the hoops.  Trust me this game is a tough one so maybe if you can have multiple cones and hoops you can set one closer and then others further away.  They get 2 points for the first one then, 3, 5, 10 etc.  You can keep track of the score on your smartphone.  The person with the biggest score wins.

That's it for this week, my fav games are the last two, I think the kids will love those two.  Check out the related posts below before you go and remember to come back next Tuesday for more Unicorn fun where we are going to explore how to make a Unicorn Lunch.


Make it Simple - Play Dough

DIY Playdough from Wonder kids

This is super easy to make, you'll never need to buy the store stuff again.  This is a cooked version, there are uncooked versions floating around the net which are great if you want small kids to make it themselves but I think this version is superior with a far better texture and it lasts longer too.

I have also included an amazing shopping list at the bottom of the post which may help and save you time, also I have linked some of our articles that use Play Dough at the bottom too.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
  • Food colouring for any colour you want 
  • You can also add herbs & spices for different aromas, try adding cocoa, cinnamon or ginger. Just make sure the kids don't eat it, I don't think it would harm them but just to be safe.

Method

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.  

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

If the dough is still sticky just cook it longer until it is more of a play dough consistency.

Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves, a big ziplock bag, or plastic wrap at this stage to keep your hands clean- only the concentrated dye will color your skin, so as soon as it's worked in bare hands are fine.Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen color.

When you're done, store your playdough in an air-tight container.
- If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to useability. Once it's dried past a certain point, however, you'll just have to start over; thankfully it's not terribly difficult.
- If it gets soggy, you can re-heat it to drive off the extra water the dough absorbed overnight.  This is usually the result of high humidity, but is fixable!

You can also bake it in the oven to make hard dough figures and ornaments, then paint or otherwise decorate the surface.  

Lego Fun - Lego Games

Lego Party Games from Wonder Kids

Lets crack on with our final week of Lego fun, make sure you check out all of the posts on the blog that feature lego by clicking the links below.  This week I have found some brilliant yet simple games you can play at home for any lego fans. Make sure you come back next week in the new year for a brand theme and we may well be introducing some exciting changes to the blog too.

I spy the lego guy from wonder kids

I Spy

Print off this template, cut out the mini figures and place them around the room, you can print off as many as you like. The kids need to try and  "spy" all the lego mini-figures without actually making the room a mess.  Try printing on different coloured card, this helps them stand out more and you can even play teams this way too.

Lego Handwash from Wonder kids

Lego Soap

I just love this idea, place small lego bricks in clear hand wash to make it more fun for kids, back to the games.

Lego Sucks from Wonder kids

Lego Sucks!

Im kidding, but this game does, use a straw to suck up as many small pieces of lego and place them in a cup, give the kids only a minute or two and whoever gets the most pieces in the cup is the winner.

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Lego Cards

Challenge your master builder skills with these free cards, take turns, play teams, keep count or just play for fun.

Pin the Head

Click on the picture for full details, but a great game idea for a lego party, pin the head on the lego mini figure.

Lego Fun - Lego Movie

Lego Movie fun from Wonder Kids

Hello it's the most magical time of year and just in case you are reading this in December than I have included below a link to some great Christmas Ideas from Wonder Kids.  Every week this month we are going to look at a different theme of Lego. This week is Lego Movie, I really enjoyed the movie, in fact it was one of the first things I ever wrote about on this blog.  I won't link to it because it's just embarrassing now looking back at it but if you really want to see it just search for Lego Movie in the search bar above. Anyway I am waiting nervously for the next Lego movie, the sequel, can it be as good as the first, can it be better? Im not sure. Before we get going I have also compiled this years list of the top most wanted toys and of course it has some lego sets in it for the lego fans, lego makes it on to my top rated lists every year, such an amazing toy in my opinion.

I included Lego boost on the top Christmas toys list and I think it was the most expensive addition I have ever included.  I only included it because we saw it demo'd at the Convent Garden Apple Store and it was brilliant.  So the kids can build any of 5 different model options, we made it like the Johnny 5 robot from the classic Short Circuit film as you can see on the box.  then using your iPad you can program the robot to move in all sorts of directions and to do great things like dance and spin too.  This is a great fun way of getting kids programming and understanding how programming works, it is pricey but coding, programming and web development will be crucial in our kids future.

8 Lego Movie Masks

I included some of these back in 2014 when I first covered Lego Movie but now they are back with some additional characters, just print them off and mount them on some good card like a cereal box.  Wrap some elastic around your head and boom you have some great Lego movie Masks.

Lego Movie Bingo

Stick the film on, grab your drinks and snacks, make sure everyone has one of these bingo cards and a marker pen.  Just mark off every character you spot, be careful though some of them are tricky! The first person to find all of their characters wins.

Ok so we are having fun now, but how about a Lego Movie Party? Of course you can use these items already but lets check out some inspiration, keep reading for FREE Lego Party Invites then at the end of this blog we are going to include a brilliant Lego activity that the kids will love.

I hopes that these pics give you some inspiration, I would love to see what you come up with or if you try any of the ideas here.  You can post pics on our Facebook Page. Below I have designed some free Lego Movie Party invites for personal use only.

Wonder Kids Lego Zip Line

Lego Zip Line

Lego Zip Line Wonder Kids

This is a great activity that you can just do over Christmas, maybe the kids got a new lego set from Santa? or its great for a party too.  All you need are some simple lego bricks and some cord.  I recommend Parachute cord because it's nice a smooth and obviously very strong but string will work too.  The only downside with string is that it will get worn and break. First build the stand for the man, to do this start with a based put the man on it then get the kids to build bricks around him. Note the gap above his head, we use a curved brick like in the picture but I think it should work with a square gap too. Now all you need to do is connect the cord to something solid like a door handle and then raise the cord to something higher.  The higher the cord is raised the fast the lego man is going to go.  Try maybe making quite a long one by tying one end to the front door handle and the other end up stairs? You need an nice straight line with lots of tension.  If the cord is loose and sags in the middle the lego man may get stuck.

This also teaches kids loads about gravity, tension, forces etc, try to explain whats happening to the lego man, if he falls too fast ask them why they think it happened.  I like the idea of including secret compartments in the box the lego man is travelling in that could house a secret message or some other lego bits that he could transport. Ok thats it for this week, but make sure you come back next week for loads of great fun with Lego Friends and then after that we are going to explore Lego Ninjago and then finish the month off with a Lego surprise. See you soon.

Top Secret Spies - Induction

Wonder Kids Spy Fun

Welcome to November here at Wonder Kids.  This is something I have wanted to explore for a while now. All month we are going to find some really fun things you can use for any budding secret agents out there. Lets start with the induction of our spies to be.  Take their fingerprints first and show them the little grooves and indentations.  Explain that these are pretty much unique to each individual. To do this you'll need the free print out I have created below and I have found it best to use an ink pad, make sure you have a wet cloth to wipe the kids fingers straight away so that it doesn't stain.  You can also get a fingerprint with a normal pencil.  To do this rub a very dark patch of pencil on a sheet of paper and have the kids press each finger onto that dark patch as you would the ink pad.  This does give fingerprints but not nearly as good as the ink pad. 

Click on the image to download the fingerprint sheet for free.

Next as part of the Induction the kids need to figure out this puzzle, It's a word search that I created with all spy related words.  Again this is a free printable.

Click on the image for the free printable

Lets finish this week off with a super simple craft, but don't worry we will back every week this month with more great Spy Fun.

Wonder kids Walkie Talkie

Juice Carton

Walkie Talkie

Finish with your juice drinks, Cover them in black Fablon. Use Aluminium Foil for the speaker and mic parts, just use PVA glue to attach them.  Using a black sharpie add the dots to the foil.  A nice finishing touch is a piece of either red felt or red Fablon on the side as a button.