Sixth grader, Alicia Leilani Randall is Chocolate Storytime’s STEAM & Creative Crafts Director. Alicia Leilani uses her imagination to design hands-on artistic experiences inspired by the theme. She keeps in mind activities that would be interesting and age-appropriate.
With a variety of sources from which to choose, Alicia Leilani flips through arts and crafts books, scours kid-friendly websites, thinks about previous classroom art projects, and reflects on ideas from television that may give her inspiration. Once she makes up her mind, she adds her own creative elements, writes down easy-to-follow directions and creates samples that kids can use to guide them.
More About Alicia Leilani
Eleven-year old Alicia Leilani is a native of Pasadena, California. In Polynesian, her middle name, Leilani, means “heavenly child,” and according to her parents, Louis and Ayesha, that is the perfect characterization of their daughter.
She loves to draw, paint, and create things. Frugal and practical, Alicia Leilani creates upcycled art. She builds elaborate homemade forts and boobie traps made with string and tape. In fact, tape–whether it be masking, transparent, double-sided–is one of her most used mediums. She uses tape for almost everything. She uses tape to hold things together, to attach buttons, to be a glitter adhesive, to hold together flannel fabric, and more. She even uses rolled tape as a decorative element in her mixed media pieces.
In addition to art, Alicia Leilani loves the outdoors—walking around the back yard bare foot, sprinting against her dad, riding her bike, playing in her tree house, yelling at the top of her lungs in excitement, observing insects and birds, hula hooping, and doing science experiments, and reading outside in her bean bag under the Eucalyptus tree with her dog, Icee, periodically licking her toes.
When she grows up, Alicia Leilani wants to be a chemist. She loves to create concoctions and leave them all around her house–not to be disturbed. Alicia Leilani speaks Spanish as a second language, plays a couple of instruments, and loves the Twintuition series by Tia and Tamera Mowry.
A favorite day for Alicia Leilani starts off with watching cartoons and eating her dad’s homemade waffles with coconut flakes and ends with cuddling with her mom. When her dad was asked if he was concerned that she was an only child, he replied, “She’ll be alright. She’s got me and Icee.” Kind, compassionate, and considerate, Alicia Leilani has been described by a friend as “loyal.”