Thank you Amazon Studios for sponsoring this post. Find inspiration for new art projects and fun by checking out the new episodes of Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime!
Sometime during the summer, Regan became an artist. Sure she’s always loved to color and draw, but one day I looked at her drawing of me and it actually kind of looked like me. Okay, not me really, but it looked like a person with a face, and ears and wild hair. Her drawings started looking like the things she claimed them to be- a tree, a dog, a unicorn. Once she started school her interest in art got stronger. Most days when I pick her up she tells me “just one more minute, momma” so she can finish whatever creation she is working on- usually with scissors and patterned tape.
I was thrilled when I heard about the animated series, Creative Galaxy, available to Amazon Prime Members. I already love being an Amazon Prime member and am constantly trying to get everyone to jump on the bandwagon. I take full advantage of free two-day shipping, Instant Videos and the lending library on my kindle. So discovering programming geared towards my daughter only made me love it more. And it focuses on her newfound love of art? Score!
Creative Galaxy is produced by the same people that did Blue’s Clues and Super Why (which we LOVE). It features Arty, a cute kid who moves through the galaxy solving problems with his sidekick Epiphany. Regan was hooked from the very first episode. When Arty asks the kids a question, she answers as if she’s sitting in the same room with him. When an episode goes off, she immediately asks to watch another.
I love the names of the planets- Paintoria, Drawopolis, etc. In episode 7, Arty teaches the kids that “art helps you celebrate” by making paper mache baskets. It totally took me back into time when I was a kid. I remember thinking how cool it was to rip the paper and dip it in the paste to make our crafts. I hadn’t thought about paper mache since I was a kid, but suddenly I wanted to do it with Regan.
Regan was also inspired by watching Creative Galaxy. We were at the store and she asked me to buy her glitter paint, pipe cleaners and pom poms. I love that she can pass the time by exploring her creativity. It’s great to watch her use her imagination while I’m making dinner or doing some other chore…or reading a book on my Kindle.
Another great thing about Creative Galaxy is that at the end of each episode we get to see real kids creating the art or craft we just saw Arty do. So it goes from an animated idea to a real life project. Regan is just as entranced watching her peers do a craft as she is watching the characters in the show.
Over the weekend, she asked me to cut windows and doors into a box so she could make a house for her doll. Once I finished “construction” she went to work with the decorating!
She’s really looking forward to more episodes of Creative Galaxy, and I’m looking forward to seeing what her little mind is capable of.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.