Green Screen Adventures



Unique series gives life to kids' creative works.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Some of the tales are nonfiction, and kids’ reports on nature, science, history, and other subjects teach in a kid-friendly way.

Positive messages

The show promotes strong messages of tolerance and respect by taking its direction from a wide range of kid authors and artists, not to mention the curiosity and creativity it sparks in would-be content contributors. Kids are empowered to share their own works when they see other youngsters’ stories and art in action. The cast is multicultural, and the actors sometimes incorporate American Sign Language into the storytelling process.

Positive role models

The cast members respect the integrity of kids’ submissions, staying true to the stories and treating each as a masterpiece.  

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this inventive series brings to life the artistic and literary work of real-life kids, so don’t be surprised if your young expressionists are inspired to create and submit their own projects for use on the show. There’s a heavy tie-in to the show’s website, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it offers a wealth of story starters to get kids’ creative juices flowing and allows them to send in their ideas right from the site. This unique show has underlying themes of respect, tolerance, and empowerment that are rooted in its kid-centered style.

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What's the story?

GREEN SCREEN ADVENTURES features stories, poetry, artwork, journal entries, and songs penned by grade-schoolers and brought to life by an ensemble cast through sketch comedy, story theater, puppetry, and many other styles of expression. Kids can submit their own literary and artistic works on the show’s website, and the show’s writers create short plays that are acted out in front of a green screen, which provides the backdrop for the scenes.

Is it any good?


Mini Monets and tiny Tolstoys will be inspired by the work of this talented cast, who augment kids' stories with visual effects while still maintaining the integrity of the original work. Youngsters who tune in will be treated to tales geared toward them, spoken in language that’s just their speed, and embellished by colorful puppets, crafty props, and a host of costumed characters.

This show’s positive impact stretches far beyond the obvious benefits of offering kids a venue for sharing their creative work. It’s an empowering idea that in this forum, kids are in charge, and that they literally dictate the adults’ actions. What’s more, the cast’s adherence to the tone and character of the stories shows their respect for creativity in all shapes and sizes -- a theme that should inspire other kids’ confidence in their own work.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about storytelling. Kids: Did you like the style of this show? Were the stories interesting to you? Is there a certain style of storytelling that you prefer? If so, what is it? How would you have told some of the stories differently from the actors’ methods?

  • Kids: What do you think is the purpose of this show? Does it intend to send a message to its viewers? If so, what? What does the cast’s enthusiasm tell you about how they view the kids’ work that’s sent to them?

  • Families can talk about their rules for going online and posting content. When is it OK to use the computer in your house? What kinds of things are OK to post online and what's not OK? Do you know how to protect your privacy?

  • Kids: What topics or events inspire you to express yourself through words, music, or art? What styles of expression do you like most? Do you like to share your work with others?  Families can check out the show’s website for direction on starting a story of their own.

TV details

Cast:Ariel Coleman-Turner, Brendan Buckley, Jessica Honor Carleton
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written bypjteacher May 5, 2012

I Can See the Impact!

As a mother, I enjoyed watching with my daughter and discussing it. As a teacher, I am excited about having students write on the prompts given with the possibility of seeing their work be possibly published. Wow,wWhat an esteem booster!
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Adult Written byjstory July 11, 2010

Fantastic show!

Families can enjoy it together. Moral messages and creative concepts. Gets kids excited about writing!
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