Produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!) serving as Creator and Executive Producer, Creative Galaxy is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for preschoolers available through Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Last month I introduced you to "Creative Galaxy", a fun-filled preschool series available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. In my post, I shared how on October 3rd, Amazon was debuting new episodes. Well, since that time, my girls and I have been busy catching up on the series' previous six episodes, as well as enjoying the new ones, which feature Arty and his friends.
Here is the trailer and show background I shared in my previous post, in case you missed it --
"A make-along, create-along art adventure series for children ages three to five, Creative Galaxy features “Arty,” an adorable alien artist, and “Epiphany,” his inspirational side-kick, on their adventures through the Creative Galaxy solving problems through art. To give kids and parents the real-life tools they need to recreate Arty’s experience, a live-action piece at the end of each animated episode takes families through the craft project Arty showcased in the galaxy.
Creative Galaxy features vocal talent from Christian Distefano (PAW Patrol) as “Arty,” Kira Gelineau (Dear Viola) as “Epiphany,” and guest stars Samantha Bee (The Daily Show), Jason Jones (The Daily Show), Cloris Leachman (Malcolm In the Middle), Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) and Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle).
Creative Galaxy, like all of Amazon’s preschool series, is designed to inspire creative thinking through play. To ensure Amazon Prime Instant Video original preschool programming both engages children while supporting educational goals, these programs are developed with the support of Dr. Alice Wilder, one of the world’s foremost experts in educational and child psychology. Dr. Wilder is most well-known for her work as the producer and director of research and development for Blue’s Clues and Blue’s Room."
Doesn't this series look cute? If you have preschoolers between the ages of 3-5 years old, it is the perfect series to watch with them, and get them excited about getting creating with arts and craft type projects. While I am in no way artistically inclined, I have always loved doing artsy projects, and seeing what fun things I can create with different supplies. From basics like crayons, colored pencils and paints to molding clay, beads and more, I love doing fun art projects with the girls, and seeing what they come up with. Right now my refrigerator and walls are covered with their masterpieces, so that everyone who comes to visit, can enjoy.
As soon as the first episode of Creative Galaxy began streaming o our television, the girls were hooked. How could you not fall in love with Arty, the lead character. And, as a parent, I loved seeing the involvement of his parents and how they support their son and his creative side. I also find inspiration in these videos as they give me fun crafty project ideas to do with the girls. The girls also love talking about what Arty did on the show, and what they would do if they were doing the same crafty project. :-)
"This series is designed to support a child’s natural inclination to use their imaginations, make and create. Art make life joyful. Everywhere one goes art is evident. And the skills utilized and learned through making art are vast and useful. 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."
Even if you haven't seen the previous six episodes in this popular preschool series, you can enjoy any of the new six episodes, which begin with episode 7 -- "Arty's Art-y Party/Arty's Birthday Treasures. While my girls enjoyed all the new episodes, their favorite was episode 7 as it was also about birthdays and parties. And, with Bella's 3rd birthday coming up, the girls got inspired, as they do with other Creative Galaxy craft projects, and made their own planet-shaped papier-mâché goody bags, which we will be handing out at Bella's birthday party.
Their favorite step in this art project was popping the balloon and seeing the goody bags keep their shapes, thanks to the paper they had glued on the outside of it.
"The series helps make children and adults aware that people literally find themselves immersed in art most of the time: Parks use sculptures to add interest and to inform people; posters on walls give information and motivation; the clothes we wear are designed; music plays on the radio to keep your energy levels up; dance has meaning and tells stories. Whether we think of our world as art or not – it is!"
While my girls never put up a fight when it comes to bath time and splashing around, they do look for fun things beyond water toys to make tubby time more enjoyable. And, the special bath crayons they learned how to make from Arty and his friend Sketch, have made bath time that much more enjoyable. Just like Arty, they don't have to stop doodling when it comes to bath time. Instead, they can hop in the tub, grab their special washable crayons and get to doodling. I love watching them create works of arts in the tub, that can be washed away easily.
Out of all the educational shows on television and available for streaming online, I have to say that Creative Galaxy is by far our family's favorite. The girls are entertained and engaged from start to finish, and love being helper artists to Arty while he takes them on fun-filled adventures, and teaches them all about art and creating their own masterpieces at home.
"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."
Amazon Prime Instant Video members can purchase the brand-new episodes (episodes 7-12) of Creative Galaxy, and then watch via the Amazon Prime Instant Video apps for Amazon Fire TV, Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as well as hundreds of other connected devices such as smart TVs—or customers can visit Amazon.com/PIV to watch online.
The series is also available in Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a service built just for kids that gives them the freedom to explore all their favorite books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows, while providing parents with the tools they need to manage their kids’ screen time.