A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though viewers may pick up the occasional crafting tip, this is a reality competition and not a how-to series.
The kid contestants demonstrate good sportsmanship; their interactions with one another are supportive and friendly despite it being a competition.
Positive Role Models
A lot of racial and gender diversity is on display here, both on the judging staff and with the contestants. It's especially nice to see boys doing crafts traditionally thought of as "feminine" such as crochet and fiber arts -- while girls pick up power tools and build things.
Products & Purchases
There are no calls to purchase anything here, but the host does have her own monetized YouTube channel kids may be drawn to, as well as a line of her own craft supply kits. The kids also win expensive prizes that are mentioned by brand name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Craftopia is a crafting competition series for kids hosted by YouTube star Lauren Riihimaki (aka LaurDIY). The competition and overall vibe here is gentle and friendly, without the trash-talking or tears one sees in certain game shows for adults. Consumerism-wise, there are some brand name prizes featured prominently, but no outright calls to purchase anything. The second season focuses on Halloween and holiday crafts.
Is It Any Good?
The series has many strengths: the hyper-colorful, glitter-bedecked "craft store" set makes an eye-catching backdrop for a variety of DIY challenges faced by a new trio of competitors in each episode. The fact that Craftopia's contestants change in each episode is also kind of cool since viewers get the chance to meet a bunch of different kids, all of whom have varied interests and skills. One episode may feature a kid who crochets so fast you'd swear he was part robot, while another considers herself a "fashion crafter" who expresses her personal style through customized clothing and accessories. The kids are also demonstrably supportive of one another; there's no back-biting or pettiness here. It's not super deep, and the stakes don't feel particularly high since even the runners-up win pretty sizable cash prizes (as well as bonus gifts like airbrush supplies and karaoke machines), but it's still an enjoyable enough way for parents and tweens to spend some TV time together -- and maybe find some inspiration for their own creative projects.
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