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.

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¬†their 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 »

Acrylic Pour onto Upcycled Toy Chest

Acrylic Pour onto Upcycled Toy Chest

We have an old wooden toy chest that we acquired from my Poppy some time ago now. It’s been one of those must-get-around-to-doing projects for a long time. As I’ve been playing around with the acrylic pour technique, I thought ‘why not an acrylic pour onto an upcycled toy chest?’ Continue reading »

Paper Mãché Volcano

papier mache volcano

Paper M√£ch√© Volcanoes are such a fun activity for children of all ages to make. But they’re especially fun for young kids, who’ll love playing with the goop once the volcano has ‘exploded’. Continue reading »

How to Make Painted Rocks – Fruit characters

How to make Painted stones - Fruit characters

I don’t think painting stones and rocks will ever get boring! There’s just something fun about painting on a surface that isn’t paper and is found in nature.¬†These painted stone fruit characters are a fun little project for kids of all ages. Continue reading »

Michelle’s Gluten and Dairy Free Lasagne

Gluten free and Dairy free lasagne

Michelle Wooley made the change to go gluten and dairy free with her family. Continue reading »

Upcycled Tin Can Lanterns for Matariki

Upcycled tin can lanterns for Matariki

With Matariki readying itself to re-enter our skies, I thought it was timely to make some lanterns. These upcycled tin can lanterns with LED lights are easy for kids to create, and make really lovely night lanterns. Continue reading »

Wooden Star Acrylic Pours for Matariki

Matariki star acrylic pours

I’ve been wanting to try out acrylic pours with my¬†kids for a while now. So with¬†Matariki about to enter our skies I thought it would be fun to¬†make some wooden star acrylic pours. Continue reading »

How to make a toilet roll French knitting loom

Toilet roll french knitting Resene

Toilet rolls are a crafty way for kids to make a French knitting loom. It’s also a great way to introduce your kids to knitting and getting them interested in crafting.

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