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.

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┬áor even birthdays. You can make it using your child’s┬áhands, as a keepsake. And teens will love making it for themselves to keep all┬átheir 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!┬áHalloween, 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┬áThe Sweet October Cookbook. Continue reading »

Healthy Date & Cacao Bliss Balls From Jan Martin, Sweet Louise Member

Healthy Date & Cacao Bliss Balls

These Recipes are from a special collection of 31 recipes for the 31 days of October launch to support Kiwis living with incurable breast cancer.

The 1st of October, Sweet Louise, a national organisation supporting Kiwis with incurable breast cancer, has launched its inaugural The Sweet October Cookbook, a collection of 31 recipes for 31 days. Continue reading »

Egg Carton Crafts – K─ük─üriki Masquerade Mask

Egg Carton Crafts - Kākāriki Masquerade Mask

Find out how to make your own masquerade mask from an egg carton. This egg carton craft is perfect for kids of all ages. And there’s no end to the different types of birds, animals and creatures that you can create. Continue reading »

Robot Craft – BlockBots

Robot craft-blockbots

Kids love robot crafts! This craft activity is one I run in my art class during the school holidays. Find out how your kids can make┬átheir own wooden robot craft, using old wooden building blocks at home. Continue reading »

Father’s Day Card – Abstract Boat Painting

Fathers day card abstract boat 6

This activity is inspired by a session I ran with my afterschool art class. The kids were aged 8 to 13 and they had a wonderful time exploring paint with a pallet knife. I thought these abstract boat paintings would make amazing Father’s Day cards. Continue reading »

Carrot Muffins

Carrot muffins

Carrot muffins are a really tasty treat that you and your kids can enjoy. They are so simple to make, which makes them, a great recipe to bake with your kids. Continue reading »

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