I am not crafty. Like, not at all. I’m not too imaginative or creative, either. It’s sad. So the five-year-old in the house wasn’t the only one who got something out of Creative Galaxy. It provides valuable lessons for me, too.
Creative Galaxy is a fun, interactive art adventure series that is available via Amazon Prime Instant Video. This show is aimed at preschoolers, to support their imagination and creativity. The art theme is a valuable and genuine one — it demonstrates how art can be found all around us in one form or another (or multiple forms!). It lets children know that sculptures in parks, posters on walls, clothing that is designed, and music on the radio are all forms of art. Then the Creative Galaxy characters use art to solve a problem in each episode.
Angela Santomero (of Blue’s Clues and Super Why! fame) is the creator of Creative Galaxy. The central character is a little boy named Arty, who is always accompanied by his faithful sidekick Epiphany. The two travel through the galaxy (hence the name) in their quest to find solutions to their problems and challenges. They use crafts, music, and dance to resolve their dilemma.
And then, the coup de grace — each episode features live-action segments that demonstrate each craft step by step. Those segments were pretty awesome. I love the kids who are in them — they’re so sweet and polite and kind to each other, it was really nice to see. And they work together to get their crafts done. One girl said to her partner, “There we go, now we’re getting somewhere” as he held down a cutout of Epiphany while she traced it. Too cute!
I have to admit, as I was watching Arty do his crafts, I was skeptical as to whether it could be replicated at home. Namely, my home. Because, as I’ve mentioned, I am craft-challenged. The craft tutorials are easy to understand and totally do-able. Even for ME!
In Episode 7 of Creative Galaxy, Arty was having a birthday party when he realized that he didn’t have goody bags for his friends. So he made them — and it was so much fun! At first, I thought, what the heck, I can buy those…why torture myself? But then I saw the craft and I thought, ya know, that’s a great idea. It’s something I would enjoy spending an afternoon doing! So, thank you, Creative Galaxy. You’ve opened my mind to the idea of crafts!
In that episode, he had to also make a treasure box for the party treasure hunt — because his baby sister broke it. He handled it calmly and kindly, and set off to figure out how to resolve his problem. This situation, like all the ones I watched, was realistic and relatable — all situations that our kids could (and do) deal with on any typical day. I definitely appreciated how they handled reactions and attitudes in such a positive way, but not in an artificial, sugarcoated manner.
Another craft that was super cool to see was in Episode 8, “Bathtime with Arty,” when Arty had to take a bath but didn’t want to stop drawing. So what did he do? He made bath crayons! I don’t know why I was so surprised by how easy this craft was but wow. This is another great project that requires simple items you have around the house, and requires basically no craft skills. Count me in!
My favorite episode was Episode 10, “Arty Paints Annie/Arty’s Colors,” when Arty was painting a picture of his friend. He wasn’t happy with his work but then he learned a valuable lesson (one that hit home big time) from his friend Pablo: “If you like it, it’s not a mistake.” Pablo teaches Arty about surrealism (through a discussion of Picasso), and how there are no mistakes in art — just new ideas. What a great message. Heck, even I’ve felt that way when working on a craft with my kids!
Creative Galaxy isn’t complicated or convoluted. It maintains a good pace for parents and kids alike, so it will keep your attention from beginning to end.
Creative Galaxy is an Amazon original series, available on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.