Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh See clev­ or phone 1300 836 522

TO bring out cre­ativ­ity in chil­dren, Ainslie Turner came up with Clev­erPatch, an online craft store.

It’s all about a place where ideas grow, Turner says.

Her two craft-lov­ing chil­dren, Amelia Daisy and Fer­gus, were the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the brand.

“Clev­erPatch is all about the do­ing. We care about the ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing great,’’ Turner says. “Our craft prod­ucts are de­signed to be en­joyed ... it’s not about pipe clean­ers and beads but about growth that comes from ex­plo­ration and free­dom of cre­ative ex­pres­sion.’’

Turner says craft is a bril­liant way to take chil­dren away from com­put­ers and tele­vi­sions.

“Chil­dren love craft but the best part is they want their par­ents, friends and sib­lings to sit with them when they are craft­ing,” she says. “Above all, un­like screens or de­vices, there is no right or wrong way with craft and cre­ativ­ity.’’

Clev­erPatch has about 4000 prod­ucts and al­most 1,200 free ideas online. Chil­dren can make any­thing from pa­pier mache bags to 3D wooden rock­ets and dec­o­ra­tions.

Sea­sonal kits are also avail­able, such as the Frozen Ice Castle and Snow Won­der­land. The Clev­erPatch kits start from $4.95. Each kit in­cludes in­struc­tions and ev­ery­thing needed for a mas­ter­piece.

“Our large craft kits, which we call ac­tiv­ity packs, are the per­fect so­lu­tion for group craft ses­sions like birth­day par­ties, craft af­ter­noons or hol­i­day craft­ing,” Turner says.

Clev­erPatch is all about do­ing, says cre­ator Ainslie Turner, pic­tured with her chil­dren Amelia Daisy and Fer­gus. Win­ter projects in­clude the Snow Won­der­land pack, which in­cludes ev­ery­thing to make 20 snow globes, and Pa­pier Mache Craft House.

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