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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Unicorns - Magical Crafts

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Welcome to a brand new month and a brand new theme.  I have been super busy working on new material for my magic shows, now we are firmly in the Summer season the shows have really picked up. I have just added my first brand new character of 2018 in my shows.  Meet Gully, he is the worlds only Surfboarding Seagull.  He is going to be a whole bunch of fun and I think people are just going to love the next character I add to the shows. This month we are going to try and have some fun with Unicorns.  If you are a new reader than you should know that I write almost everyday, at least a little but I post something new every Tuesday.  There are five weeks this month so we have five opportunities to explore Unicorn fun. Lets kick things off with some Unicorn colouring pages, I haven't done colouring pages for a while so I thought it would be a good idea to try it again.


Unicorn Dreamcatchers Wonder Kids

Unicorn Dreamcatchers

Following on from the success of our BFG Dream Catchers that I published whilst covering Roald Dahl, this one take it a step further but they are stunning and I can see many kids loving having one of these in their rooms. 

Materials

  • 6″ Embroidery Hoops
  • Yarn and ribbon of various textures and colors
  • Hot glue
  • Felt (stiff white and light pink)
  • Decorative craft flowers
  • Glitter paper
  • Scissors

How to 

  • Step 1. Wrap yarn around your embroidery hoop and secure with a dab of hot glue when you’re done.

  • Step 2. Tie yarn around one end the hoop and then tie around the hoop, crisscrossing yarn tightly. Tie off the yarn when you are done.

  • Step 3. Cut out felt outer white ears and inner pink ears. Use a stiffer white felt for the outer ears so they stick up. Hot glue the inner pink ears to the white ears.

  • Step 4. Cut out a paper horn shape from your glitter paper.

  • Step 5. Cut out lengths of various colored yarns and ribbons for your hangings (cut as long as you want the yarn to hang, but keep in mind they will be folded over to make a loop)

  • Step 6. Determine how you want to arrange your flower pattern.

  • Step 7. Assemble your unicorn dreamcatcher! Hot glue your glitter horn, flowers, and ears to your hoop.

    Step 8. Loop your yarn hangings through the embroidery hoop


Now you're  starting to get in the Unicorn mood, lets find our what your Unicorn name is, mine is Windy Sparkle Gem.  You can print this off, frame it and use it to welcome guests at a birthday party.  


Unicorn Bingo from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Bingo

Another super simple idea that the kids will want to play over and over again. Just click on the pic opposite for the free Unicorn Bingo print out.

How to play!

Bingo is a classic party game that most people know how to play. But just in case, here’s a quick recap!

  1. Start by cutting up one unicorn bingo card. Fold up each square and put them all in a bowl for the bingo caller.

  2. Give a bingo card and a pen/pencil to each player.

  3. One at a time, the bingo caller picks a card out of the bowl and describes the picture.

  4. If you’ve got that picture on your bingo card, cross it off.

  5. The first player to cross out a whole row (horizontal, diagonal or vertical) shouts BINGO! and wins a prize.

Make sure you have plenty of Unicorn themed prizes so that the kids can play more than once, I have found some great prizes and included them below to save you time.


Unicorn poo Slime from Wonder Kids

Unicorn Poo Slime

I've made slime before for my last Halloween Show, that recipe is a super safe recipe which I used to get splatted in my face. 

This recipe is different! It contains two active ingredients shaving foam and Borax, once you have made it you need to play with it straight away.  You can be allergic to both of these ingredients and you should NEVER consume these ingredients so no fingers in mouths.  This may not be suitable for very small children.

 Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white glue

  • 1/2 cup foaming shaving cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon borax powder 

  • 1 cup water

  • Blue, pink and yellow neon food coloring

 

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix glue and shaving cream with a spoon.

  2. In a separate bowl or cup, mix 1/2 teaspoon of borax in 1 cup of water. Stir until the borax is dissolved. (To speed up this process, place mixture in a glass cup and microwave for 30-60 seconds.)

  3. Add about a teaspoon of the borax and water mixture into the glue/shaving cream bowl and stir.

  4. Knead with your hands and if it's too sticky, add a tiny bit more borax and water mixture.

  5. Once your fluffy slime recipe is ready. Separate into three pieces.

  6. Add a drop of blue food coloring to the first piece of slime and knead until the entire piece is blue.

  7. Repeat with the other two pieces of slime by adding one drop of pink and one drop of yellow to them.

  8. When all three pieces are colored, add them together.

  9. Gently knead the fluffy slime until you have a pretty mixture of the rainbow.

  10. The longer you knead this slime, the more the colors will become one.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer not to use Borax to activate the slime, try to substitute with saline solution or laundry detergent. If you don't use Borax, do not use water and you may need to add baking soda to thicken the slime.

Thats it for this week, make sure you come back next week for more great Unicorn fun, we are going to delving deeper into great unicorn party games.

Right Royal Recreation

Right Royal Recreation from Wonder Kids

Im back! Not for long though I'm afraid, im still working on the studio space, I can't wait to share with everyone what I have created.  With the whole country getting excited about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry (Henry) to Meghan Markle I thought I would come up with a bunch of great ideas for fun at home whilst you have the wedding on the TV or fun you can do before you pop out to one of the many public events going on around the country.  I havent really been following the TV coverage so far ( I don't watch TV) but I bet the coverage is going crazy in the U.S with an American joining the Royal Line.  I have included the current (Correct as of May 2018) Royal Line of Succession below.  I'll be honest it confuses me a little? I think Meghan will now be seventh in line to the throne? which will change if they have any children. Please do correct me in the comments if I have it wrong.

Royal Succession Line Wonder Kids

With all this Royal fun it reminded me of the time that Danny Dyer was on the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? and found out that he is a direct descendant of Kind Edward III, take a look at that clip and then we'll get cracking on with loads of fun activities, keep the kids busy with these great colouring pages during the more boring bits of the TV coverage.

If these only just wet your appetite than maybe trying one of the commercial colouring books available from Amazon? I have linked to one of the ones I like but there are many more at Amazon.com. Lets have a right Royal laugh with the next activity, Royal family masks, have a laugh and assign everyone in the family a different mask. Just click on the mask to print it out, cut it out and either add a stick (skewer) at the chin or elastic attached to the ears.

Royal Paper Chain from Wonder Kids

Now to really get into the celebration mode how about using some red white a blue balloons and pin them up around the house, combined with these great paper chains, super easy to make, all you need is some A4 paper in red white and blue.  You should be able to find coloured A4 paper in your local craft shop, I like hobby craft myself. Cut the paper into strips.  Make a loop with the first strip and either glue, sellotape or staple the loop together.  Take the next strand thread it through the first loop.  Close the second strip into a loop and secure with glue, sellotape or a staple.  Continue this for however long you want your chain to be.  You can also find loads of great decorations and party ware online too like this set from Amazon.

It's time to get crafty, make these super cool crafts with our little Kings, Queens, Princes and Princess's. Here's what you'll need

Crown from Wonder kids
  • Yellow or gold construction paper
  • Split Pin
  • Scissors
  • Glues
  • Scotch tape
  • Red crepe paper (optional)
  • Things to decorate your crown with: sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, glitter glue, puffy paint, tinsel paper, etc.
  1. Cut out a 1½ to 2-inch wide strip of yellow or gold construction paper long enough to go around your head. This piece will be the crown's base so the construction paper should be thick/heavy weight for a sturdy crown.
  2. Glue the ends of the strip together to form a circle. 
  3. Cut out a pair of 1½-inch wide by 10-inch long strips of black or brown construction paper (or a color that best blends with your hair color). 
  4. Glue the first strip across the middle section of the base, spanning the circle's diameter. This strip will define the crown's fit on your head and should follow your head's contour. Try on the crown and adjust the strip's position while the glue hasn't quite set yet.
  5. Position the second strip perpendicular to, and at roughly the same height as the first. Glue the ends in place.
  6. Reinforce each strip's connection to the base with tape. These two strips should be well-anchored since they form the supports or frame for your crown.

Cut out six identical strips of yellow or gold construction paper. Each strip should be 1½ inches wide and 8 inches long.

Curve out the strips on one end and punch a hole near the tip.

Punch a hole at the center of the supports.

Glue the strips from inside the base at the 12 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 8 o'clock, and 10 o'clock positions. Try to glue the strips at the same height along the base.

Cut out a couple of "half-petal" or "hill" shapes from red crepe paper. Glue the base of these crepe paper shapes along the upper edge of the crown's base

Glue the tips of the crepe paper onto the center of the crown supports.

Create a cross-shaped crown topper by cutting out a pair of identical crosses from yellow or gold construction paper. Include a tab or rectangular extention at the base of each cross. Crease along the bottom tab. Glue the crosses together except the bottom tabs. The crosses should be aligned at the edges. Fold out the bottom tabs.

Punch a hole at the center of one bottom tab and insert a round paper fastener.

Insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on one of the crown's six strips.

Simlarly insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on each of the remaining strips so that the tips of all six get tucked neatly under the cross.

Anchor the cross onto the crown by inserting the ends of the paper fastener through the center holes on the supports, easily puncturing the crepe paper cover. Split the ends of the fastener from the inside of the crown. For safety, cover the ends of the paper fastener with tape or with a small piece of paper.

Decorate your crown with sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, gem-style stickers, beads, glitter glue, puffy paint, bits of tinsel paper, and other notions.  Once it's all dried you have an amazing crown to wear with pride.  Not happy with a crown? then how about this cool jesters hat instead.

jester Hat from Wonder Kids

This is super simple, you will need;

  • Yellow/gold card
  • purple card
  • green card
  • scissors
  • sellotape
  • glue

Cut out the templates included below, the headband may need to be adjusted in size to fit the wearer.

Cut out the spikes in alternative colours using the template provided. Normally around 6-8 spikes are needed but this varies depending on the size of the head band. secure the triangles to the inside of the hat using glue or sellotape.

Finally add any decorations that you want, use glue to add the circles, hexagons and stars in the template.


Right Royal Cress Heads Wonder kids

Royal Cress Heads

You will need:
an egg box
2 eggs
colouring pens and paper to decorate
cress seeds
cotton wool

How to make Royal Cress Heads

Carefully crack the tops of your eggs and remove the egg from the shell, wash and dry the egg shell.Fill with a small amount of cotton wool and sprinkle in some cress seeds.Draw faces onto your egg shells and make small paper crowns.Water every day and within 5 days you should have sprouting royalty!


Howe about some super tasty British food? Don't worry the Kids Kitchen is open and has you covered.  Our modern take on the British Traditional Fish and Chips should please everyone. Just click on the picture for the full recipe, a modern shallow fried fish with sweet potato chips. Thats it for now, I will be back as soon as I can.  We are aiming for a summer launch for the Studio Space and then we will continue to tweak and improve it as we go.  Once the Studio Space is open the content should come thick and fast. I can't wait!

Space - Out of this World Crafts

Space crafts and activities from Wonder Kids

Hello and welcome back for another great blog post following our theme of space.  This week I am going to share loads of great activities and crafts, kicking off with these great colouring pages, it's been a while since I included any colouring pages so if you like these and would like more just use the search bar above.  If this is your first time visiting our site then please make sure you go to the bottom of this blog post to see our other space related articles or try out the search bar above to search for anything you are interested in we have loads of content waiting for you.

Alka Seltzer Rockets

I included the full details of how to do this on a previous post all about Big Hero 6 which was a film that never broke into the mainstream but we loved it.  Check out the video were we did it in our back garden, then just click the link to find out how to do them and have fun.

Erupting Moon Rocks

This uses our moon dough recipe that you can find here.  Make the moon dough as we have done previously adding water to make sure they are really moist.  Using a squeeze bottle is a good way of keeping control over how much water you are adding.  Be careful, if you add too much the dough will just dissolve (the baking soda will dissolve). Now to turn them into moon rocks, you need to leave them to one side to dry out.  Indoors they will take a long time so you will need to leave them overnight to make sure they have dried out.  If you are doing this on a nice hot sunny day (lucky you in the UK) than a few hours outside in the sun should do the trick.  Once they are solid, you cadd some vinegar into the squeezy bottles, when the kids squeeze some vinegar on the rocks there should be a reaction with the bicarbonate of soda.  Im not sure wether every type of vinegar will work oil the same way, we used white wine vinegar (thats all I had in the cupboard) but that worked, Im pretty sure that cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar will work too.  Not sure about malt vinegar, give it a go and let me know on Facebook.

Erupting Moon Rocks Wonder kids
Space jewellery from Wonder Kids

Space Jewellery

This is lots of fun and super easy to do, we can't wait to give this a try over the summer. Here's what you'll need, I have put all the Amazon links below too so you can save some time.

  • Sculpey Clay in assorted colors (Red, Yellow, Gold, White, Black, Purple, Blue, Green)
  • Skewer
  • Baking Pan
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cord
  • Optional: Extra Star Beads

To make these spacey clay necklaces, you need to first make your Sculpey clay pliable and soft. When you first pull it out of the package it’s slightly hard and rectangular. Just roll the clay around in your hands for it to become pliable and soft. This may be difficult for very small children so you may have to help.  Whenever you look at photos of the various planets in our solar system or of the galaxy, you’ll probably notice all the beautiful, swirling colors. To recreate this effect, roll various colors of clay together to create your beads.

Once you get the colors and effect that you want, roll the clay into balls and push a skewer through them. Cover a baking dish with aluminum foil. Then, bake the beads according to the directions on the package. When you pull your beads out, they’ll be hot. But they’ll soon cool down and you’ll end up with clay beads that are really quite solid. String your planet beads according to the order of the planets around the sun and your galaxy-inspired beads into whatever fun design you’d like. You can also mix in other beads too. Adding the star beads makes for a nice extra touch,  Tie the two ends of cord together and boom you're done.

That's it for this week but we will be back next week for our last Space adventure where I show you some really cool ideas for a space theme birthday party.  If you think about, look back at all the Space posts and related posts below and you are already well on your way to create an amazing Space party so I am looking forward to sharing with you the party ideas I have to add to what we have done so far. See you soon.

Autumnal Fun - Scavenger Hunts

Autumnal Fun from Wonder Kids

Well it's time for the magic of Autumn, it really is a beautiful season with loads of colours, the days getting shorter and the temperature dropping.  This month we will explore some great ideas for family fun as well as some great comfort food you can make with the kids. Just look at how beautiful the U.K is in the Autumn, it's a great time to visit and probably a little cheaper than coming in the summer where it tends to rain anyway.

Lets kick our first week off with not one but two great scavenger hunts. The first uses an empty egg box, just print off the free printable, cut it out and stick it on the lid of the egg box.  Now you can take a nice fun stroll in your local woods and collect some cool Autumnal finds.  There are a couple of items on this scavenger hunt that shouldn't be collected in the box! Please do not add a spider or a squirrel to the box, just find them and leave them where they are.

The second scavenger hunt I think would be nice if you are actually somewhere away from home, it doubles up as a colouring sheet and you can just find the items, tick them off and keep the paper on a clipboard or in your pocket.  Much easier to carry.

Leaf Bowl Wonder Kids

Make a Leaf Bowl

So this is a great craft to go along with the scavenger hunts above, whilst you are out in the wild collect loads of autumn leaves, the bigger the better.  Maybe some ice big maples leaves will be good.  Try to get a good range of colours. Press them as soon as you return from your walk, if you leave it to the next day the leaves will already be crisping and curling and their colour will be fading rapidly.

I pressed the leaves for this leaf bowl project between layers of kitchen roll with a sheet of card above and below and a book perched on the top of them all to weigh them down a bit and hurry the process up because I am impatient. They don’t need to be pressed for weeks, they just need to be flat so a few days will do, mine were left for about 10 days and they seemed happy!

Leaf Bowl Wonder Kids

Once your leaves have been pressed lay them out and choose the ones which have no blemishes, cracks or nibbled bits and carefully snip off the stems.

Find a bowl the right size for your leaves, I used a deep round soup bowl for this one and an egg cup for the project you can see at the end of the article.

Cover your bowl with a layer of cling film and then paste all over the cling film with a layer of slightly watered down PVA glue (also known as school glue or white glue).

Press a layer of leaves onto the gluey cling film, cover with another layer of film and wrap around tightly.

Leave overnight. This allows the leaves to soften and mould to the shape of your bowl. Leaves are contrary things and I found that if I didn’t allow them this softening and moulding time they just unfolded and fell off, such drama queens!

Remove the top layer of cling film and brush the leaves with a layer of undiluted glue.

Carefully choose your next layer of leaves, overlapping the first layer and thinking about colour and shape as you go. With this layer I removed the stalks and cut a V shape into the leaf where they had been to make them more malleable and to stop them misbehaving.

Press them onto your gluey leaves and coat them in turn with a layer of glue.

Cover again with a tight layer of cling film and leave for a few hours or overnight.

Remove the outer layer of cling film, brush with another layer of glue for good measure and leave to dry.

Once the glue is dry, take your leaf bowl off your mould and carefully remove the cling film from inside your masterpiece. This is quite tricky, I cut down the cling film and removed it slowly so I didn’t break the fragile trips off the leaves. I found it easier to pull up from the centre of the bowl rather than pull down into it.

This was the point which so often happens in crafting when you think something has gone wrong but then realise that something wonderful has happened and the craft has taken on a life of its own!

As I removed the last bits of cling film I realised that tiny bits of glue and cling film were being left behind. I reached for my scissors to trim them off but, as I held the bowl up to the light, I gasped – they looked just like ice crystals on a winter leaf! I let them stay.

Leaf Bowl How to from Wonder Kids

Thats it for this week but before you go check out some of our other recent blog posts below and make sure you come back next week for more Autumnal fun all about the U.K's Bonfire Night.