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Creative Galaxy

Kindly alien finds artistic inspiration to solve problems.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn about thinking outside the box to solve problems while being exposed to a variety of arts, including sculpting, painting, and architecture. Artistic jargon such as "pointillism" is worked into the dialogue in ways that teach kids without belaboring the instruction. Often the stories also include some kind of prereading skills such as counting, color recognition, and pattern making. 

Positive messages

Solving problems through creativity is the show's primary focus, and kids see a young boy do just that using paint, blocks, clay, and other artistic media. Other positive themes include friendship, respecting elders, and the joy of trying new things. Viewers are treated to brief lessons in art appreciation while they also learn about famous artists and their work. The show also challenges traditional gender roles by casting Arty's mom as a successful architect. 

Positive role models

Arty is enthusiastic and always willing to help someone in need, and he never balks at asking for help from someone older and wiser than he is. Each adult character -- in particular his mom -- has a specialty that inspires Arty in ways that help him tackle the day's challenge. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Creative Galaxy teaches preschoolers about different art techniques and disciplines as they relate to a young character's problem-solving process. Viewers are treated to excellent role models in both Arty and the adults who advise him, particularly his mom, whose career as an architect also challenges gender roles in a positive way. The stories incorporate valuable prereading skills such as patterns, color identification, and counting in fun ways, and its interactive format encourages kids to consider how they might handle challenges such as the ones that Arty faces. Visually appealing and packed with great messages about relationships and caring for others, this fun series is sure to inspire your preschooler's own creativity. 

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What's the story?

CREATIVE GALAXY introduces preschoolers to Arty (voiced by Christian Distefano), a friendly alien who uses his affinity for being creative to solve problems that arise around him. Whether it's finding just the right Mother's Day present for his mom (Samantha Bee) or transforming the local library into an inviting space, Arty and his magical sidekick, Epiphany (Kira Gelineau), always manage to save the day using one art form or another. With a one-of-a-kind spaceship that can take them anywhere in their colorful universe filled with planets such as Fabrictopia, Buildora, and Sculpturon, these two travelers find inspiration in adults who love the arts as much as they do.

Is it any good?

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This vibrant animated series sends kids two prominent messages: First, every problem can be solved with a willingness to think outside the box; and second, art in any form is a worthwhile endeavor. In the first case, preschoolers have no greater example than optimistic Arty, who sees challenges as opportunities rather than stumbling blocks and who eagerly turns to others for advice when he needs it. In doing so, he shows kids that there are many ways to arrive at a solution to a problem.

But that's only half the story. Creative Galaxy also takes great care in how it fosters an appreciation for art not only in the traditional sense through painting and sketching but also with respect to tasks such as building and working with fabric. In each case, kids learn about different techniques unique to each discipline and watch the process by which a project is designed and completed. Live-action segments between the stories that show kids creating artwork using those same techniques likely will inspire your kids to try the same. Positive examples of friendship and family relationships stand out in Arty's dealings with his parents and his pals, which has further merit for youngsters. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different creative media Arty and his friends use in the stories. What kinds of tools do your kids like to use when they create? How does art in any form allow you to express yourself? 

  • Kids: What problems does Arty solve in the stories? How might you do so differently? How does it make you feel when you help other people?

  • Parents can use the show's lessons in art appreciation to inspire creativity in their kids. Use simple supplies such as cotton balls, wooden sticks, and stickers to create your own masterpiece, and discuss how it can be used to help someone or solve a problem of some kind. Or check out our list of apps for mess-free creativity instead. 

TV details

Premiere date:April 19, 2013
Cast:Samantha Bee, Cloris Leachman, Christian Distefano
Network:Amazon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Arts and dance, Brothers and sisters, Great boy role models, Space and aliens
Character strengths:Curiosity
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:Streaming

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Educator and Parent of an infant and 2 year old Written byUnturnedStone January 19, 2015

Inspirational to my child

This show helps foster my 2.5 year olds love for art. Made by the makers of Daniel Tiger, the show has the same rhythm, which is a good thing. The show gives kids (and parents) ideas in easy artistic projects. Growth in art is a springboard that fosters overall cognitive development. After an episode, the next thing my daughter wants to do is something artistic.
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Parent Written byc.p.g December 19, 2015

Educational value should be 5 stars

Seriously, the fact that this show gets three stars for education and Tumble Leaf gets five, is straight up STEM bias. Art is educational too guys...not just biology. This show is awesome art education for toddlers and young kids, and develops imagination and social reasoning.
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Parent of a 2 year old Written bycortneyd February 9, 2015

Creative Galaxy is the show for your little ones to watch!

This show has taught my 2 year old so much! He is more creative. I love watching it.
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