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Show incorporates some basic preschool skills like counting and color identification, as well as more general examples of characters following directions to complete a project. Diverse holiday traditions expose kids to some elements of each, including a mkeka mat for Kwanzaa celebrations and a dreidel and menorah for Hanukkah.
Kids see Arty and his friends joyfully prepare for their respective holiday celebrations while eagerly learning about each other's traditions with respect to Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. When trouble creeps up, Arty suggests using art to fix the problems. The characters' experiences celebrate artistic expression and creative problem-solving skills. Strong themes of friendship, respect, diversity.
Positive Role Models
Arty believes that any problem can be fixed with a little creativity, and if their experiences are any indicator, he is right. He and his friends don't let life's little foibles get them down. They put their heads together and devise ways to put their personal touches on solutions. Adults are secondary characters, but they help advise and guide the youngsters.
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This holiday special is part of the Creative Galaxy series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Creative Galaxy: Arty's Holiday Masterpiece teaches kids about traditions related to Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa in a sweet story about friends who use art to solve problems. Creative Galaxy is known for inspiring preschoolers' interest in art and artistic expression, and this special continues that with its story about friends creating decorations for their respective celebrations. It incorporates some preschool learning skills like basic number sense and color awareness, as well as the importance of following directions. Adult characters help spark kids' creativity without directing it, so their finished projects truly are their own work. The show concludes with a live-action segment in which three kids design and make their own art to give as gifts, and each project is simple enough for viewers to do at home.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet holiday special invites viewers of different backgrounds with its inclusive content that celebrates not just one but three major winter holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Each character shares a bit of what his or her respective traditions involve, teaching kids in the audience as they enlighten their friends on-screen, and treating all of the experiences with equal respect. By centering the stories on the characters re-creating treasured holiday objects, Arty's Holiday Masterpiece also suggests some fairly simple craft projects that families could do at home.
This story doesn't just suggest that creativity is a vital problem-solving skill, it shows it in action with characters whose galaxy is a veritable art project of its own. The animation emphasizes visual texture and colors in intriguing ways, and Arty's travels take him to planets inspired by various art media like fabric and clay. He and his friends must think outside the box to solve their problems, drawing inspiration from their imaginations and the resources they have at their disposal.
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