TV That Inspires Kids to Get Crafty

These days, we're living in a bedazzled age of television where there's no shortage of shows to inspire creativity in kids. Thanks to YouTube and the popularity of makers and maker faires, DIY trends have exploded, and now we're seeing those trends play out on television. From design competitions to cake decorating, there are tons of family-friendly shows with a focus on arts and crafts for kids. Use this list to find great stuff to get your family in the mood for festive, crafty fun. For more arts-and-crafts content, check out these Building and Maker Apps, Games, and Websites.

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Mister Maker

age 4+

Fun arts and crafts how-to show teaches creative skills.

Network: YouTube (2007)
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Mister Maker’s Arty Party

age 4+

Creative kids' crafting series teaches art and entertains.

Network: YouTube, CBeebies (2015)
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Mister Maker Comes To Town

age 4+

Fun visits from expert inspire preschoolers to get creative.

Network: YouTube, CBeebies (2010)
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The Big Fun Crafty Show

age 5+

Craft-themed challenges encourage teamwork, creativity.

Network: Universal Kids (2018)
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Disney Family Sundays

age 5+

Movies-inspired craft projects can create at-home fun.

Network: Disney+ (2019)
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DIY

age 5+

Quirky show entices with mesmerizing animation, STEM topics.

Network: Cartoon Network (2018)
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Design Squad Nation

age 6+

Kids' building projects are smart fun for curious families.

Network: PBS Kids (2011)
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Design Squad

age 7+

Tween-aimed reality show engineers entertainment.

Network: PBS (2007)
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Crafty Kids Club

age 7+

Fun series uses arts and crafts to teach problem-solving.

Network: YouTube (2013)
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Chill with Bob Ross

age 8+

Mellow artist paints soothing landscapes in relaxing series.

Network: Netflix (1983)
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Hack Along with GoldieBlox

age 8+

Girl-powered DIY projects encourage creative tinkering.

Network: YouTube (2017)
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Savage Builds

age 8+

Fun, educational STEM series features cool design projects.

Network: Discovery Channel (2019)
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The Great Pottery Throw Down

age 8+

Pottery competition show is gentle, if formulaic, fun.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Craftopia

age 8+

Tween crafters compete in fun, family-friendly DIY series.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Ellen's Design Challenge

age 8+

Not enough Ellen in mild furniture design competition.

Network: HGTV (2015)
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Lego Masters

age 9+

Lego building competition is creative, fun, brand-heavy.

Network: Fox (2020)
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All-American Makers

age 10+

Inventors pitch to investors in STEM-based reality.

Network: SCIENCE (2015)
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Making It

age 10+

Creativity is rewarded on positive crafting competition.

Network: NBC (2018)
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The Repair Shop

age 10+

Antique restorations offer history, charm.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Project Runway: Threads

age 10+

Young designers are the star of this runway.

Network: Lifetime (2014)
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