Writers: Alayna Flighty

Alayna Flighty

Alayna lives in Pukerua Bay with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs Laynescreative.com. She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for the arts. Alayna believes when children engage with the arts they develop their language, fine motor and problem-solving skills, and improve their overall confidence.

Printmaking with Leaves

Printmaking with leaves

Well its Autumn now, which means the leaves are falling. We’re also¬†spending a considerable amount of time inside just now. So what better way to use our family time than go around the yard collecting leaves to use for some process-based creativity. Continue reading »

Cool Cat Painting for Kids

Cat Painting for Kids

This morning my Daughter and I were having a look through Pinterest for some inspiration on things to pass our time with. Find out how we decided to make this cool cat painting for kids.¬† Continue reading »

Egg Carton Flower Craft

Egg Carton Flower Craft

Egg Cartons are great for crafting. Kids can make so many fun and simple crafts with them. I love the simplicity of this egg carton flower idea. And for our Northern hemisphere friends, they’re perfect to make for a spring Easter craft with kids. Continue reading »

Easy Easter Bunny in an Egg Drawing

Easy Easter Bunny in an Egg Drawing

With Easter just around the corner I thought I would take the kids through a step by step drawing of an Easter bunny popping out of an egg. Here’s my Easter Bunny in an egg drawing. Continue reading »

How do Children Learn

Growing and Learning

The first and most important learning in a child‚Äôs life happens within the family. Children learn from the way people treat them and from what they see, hear and experience as soon as they are born. Find out more about how children learn. Continue reading »

Air Dry Clay Hand Dish

Air Dry Clay Hand Dish

This air dry clay hand dish makes a great gift for Christmas, Mother’s day¬†or even birthdays. You can make it using your child’s¬†hands, as a keepsake. And teens will love making it for themselves to keep all¬†their rings and jewellery in. Continue reading »

DIY Clay Pot Christmas Craft

DIY Clay Pot Christmas Craft decorations 3

Terracotta clay pots are my new favourite material to work with. There are soooo many craft ideas using clay pots. Here’s how to make terracotta clay pot Christmas decorations.
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Air Dry Clay Feather Decorations

Air Dry Clay Feather Decorations

Air drying clay has to be one of my favourite materials to use with kids young and old. This Christmas I’m thinking about doing a bit of a bohemian-themed tree, so we’ve made these little air dry clay feather decorations to go on it. Continue reading »

Spooky Halloween Box Scene

Spooky Box Halloween Scene

Well it’s that time of year again!¬†Halloween, it’s really creeped up on me this year. I’m running an art class for a group of kids aged 6-9, and I thought it be would be fun to set up an invitation to create a spooky Halloween box scene… Continue reading »

Curried Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Gayel Pitcorn, Sweet Louise Member

Curried Roasted Pumpkin Soup - Gayel Pitcorn, Sweet Louise Member

This Curried Roasted Pumpkin Soup is another recipe from our Sweet October collection in support of Sweet Louise. Throughout the month of October we will be sharing a few delicious recipe that you can find in the¬†The Sweet October Cookbook. Continue reading »

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