Although I hate to admit it, these days I need kid-friendly shows to keep my toddler occupied during those crazy hectic hours of the day when I have to prepare a meal or care for my 6 month-old. But I don’t like to let a 2.5 year-old watch too much tv, especially when he starts to imitate some of the not-so-friendly things even kid shows contain.
So when I got the chance to preview Creative Galaxy, a new children’s series focused on helping kids use their imagination to make and create art, I was naturally interested!
Creative Galaxy is produced by the same people who brought us Blue’s Clues and Super Why! The series is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for preschoolers. The main 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.
Knowing my toddler’s growing interest in arts and crafts, I was so excited to play the clips for him! The first episode immediately caught his attention — from the moment Arty entered the picture in his colorful rocket ship I could tell my little one was intrigued as he joined me on the couch.
In each episode, Arty uses inspiration from the tools in his “idea box” to create arts and craft and to help fix the problems he encounters. The tools can be anything from crayons and paper to pompoms and pipe cleaners. In the episodes we watched, Arty created so many fun things: goody bags, picture frames, action paintings, to name a few.
We had so many ideas on what to create, but settled on a rocket ship craft inspired by Arty’s very own rocket ship.
Here’s what we used from our “idea box”:
- Washable paints
- Paper towel roll
- Paint brush
- Glitter glue
- Aluminum foil
- Construction paper
How we made our rocket ship:
1. We started with the paper towel roll, painting it a dark shade of blue and purple.
My toddler had so much fun doing this he even wanted to “hand paint” here and there as we worked!
2. After letting the paint dry for a few minutes, I cut out a few circle and triangle shapes and helped my toddler glue them onto the roll.
3. We added some glitter glue for pizazz and then rolled up some aluminum foil in a cone shape to make the top.
Our rocket ship was then complete!
The Creative Galaxy series gave us so much inspiration for ways to create – I would happily replace some of the shows we currently watch with these! Get your little ones to watch the Creative Galaxy series on Amazon Prime Instant Video for more artistic inspiration and ways to immerse them in creativity.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.