As a parent, I like to encourage my child’s creativity in whatever ways I can. E has always enjoyed arts and crafts so I make sure to provide her with crayons, markers, embellishments and other items for her to explore and get creative with!
We were recently introduced to the Amazon Prime Instant Video series Creative Galaxy, an interactive art adventure series for preschoolers produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!) serving as Creator and Executive Producer! The main characters, Arty and Epiphany, travel around the galaxy to solve problems with art and inspiring creative thinking through crafts, music and dance. The series is designed to support a child’s natural inclination to use their imaginations, make and create.
Creative Galaxy helps kids at home feel as if they are making art along with Arty! As “helper artists”, the preschoolers will “create” alongside Arty, empowering them as “makers.” I wasn’t surprised when 3-year-old E told me me how much she was loving the show! If I would have let her, she probably would have binged watched all of the Creative Galaxy episodes available at once! The show is very interactive with viewers so from time to time, I would hear E answering questions that Arty or other characters would ask viewers. The show also inspires kids and families to get creative in daily lives in different ways.
To give kids and parents the real-life tools they need to re-create Arty’s experience, a live-action piece at the end of each animated episode takes viewers through the craft project that Arty showcased in the galaxy. This portion of the episodes provides a lot of fun activities but just to give you a heads up, quite a few of the activities featured will require adult supervision and/or participation depending on the age of your child. In episode 9, the children in the live-action piece create their own board game which I thought was such a fantastic idea! I really like that this type of project is something children can create and will get a lot of use out of through play.
Besides for the projects showcased in the live action portion of the show, There are so many art, craft, and other ideas suggested throughout the episodes! E was really inspired by episode 7 of the series where Arty made birthday party invitations using glitter glue and gems. Instead of creating birthday cards, E crafted a greeting card out of construction paper, glitter glue pens, crayons and gems for her dad! Not only does this type of activity encourage creativity, using the glitter glue pens and embellishments promote fine motor skills and is a very age appropriate activity for preschoolers!
As a mom, I appreciate how Creative Galaxy encourages preschoolers to use their imaginations and explore. I also love that the crafts introduced involve using their hands which as I mentioned above, promotes using and building fine motor skills. This has already become one of E’s favorite shows and I am thrilled that she enjoys this type of programming that inspires creativity!
How do you encourage your children to get creative? What do your kids think on Creative Galaxy?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.