Creative Galaxy has become my 4 year old’s favorite show. She has now become an expert at using the Kindle to go to Amazon Prime Instant Video to choose her favorite Creative Galaxy episode. She loves Arty and Epiphany and eagerly searches around the house for the materials needed to create the craft that is connected to the episode.
Creative Galaxy, produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!) serving as Creator and Executive Producer, is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for preschoolers. Characters Arty and Epiphany travel around the galaxy to solve problems with art, inspiring creative thinking through crafts, music and dance. 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 will take viewers through the craft project that Arty showcased in the galaxy.
As a mother and educator, I think this show is fabulous because it is engaging and I actually hear my daughter using the vocabulary learned from the show. Creative Galaxy shows them that they can find art anywhere and allows them to let their own creativity blossom. She is connecting to it by using her imagination and wanting to make the craft projects that are connected to each show. After watching all the episodes, she had her own epiphany and was on a mission to recreate the soap craft. She called my sister and asked her to bring over white soap since we did not have any at home. Arty made soap and she wanted to right away! The series helps kids at home feel as if they are making art along with Arty, through its interactive story format. As “helper artists”, the kids at home will “create” alongside Arty, empowering them as “makers” in a media format.
Art is everywhere in my daughter’s life. Even my parents have an easel for her at their house, just like Arty.
Once we had gathered all supplies, we set off to create Pumpkin Soap. I really thought the the step-by -step instructions were easy for her to follow and I also showed how how we could pause the video and watch it again so that we were following the steps correctly.
What I liked most was that she followed through with her project and was proud of her accomplishments. She truly made it herself and then started thinking of other things we could make. She is on a mission now to make Mickey Mouse soap.
In every episode, our characters will use “fix it with art” to model the pervasiveness and importance of art as a resource for life for our home viewers. My daughter has always liked using a variety of materials to create art projects, but never before have we come across a developmentally appropriate show devoted to art. This is her biggest draw to the show. Creative Galaxy even had some lessons for my 11 year old. We discussed how the character names, Arty and Epiphany, have great meaning to the overall show.
I highly recommend Creative Galaxy. I’m looking forward to working on some of the other crafts with my daughter inspired by the show.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.