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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers lessons about using your hands to carefully but effectively cut, glue, paint, draw, etc. It also teaches about shapes, using your imagination, and looking at basic items lying around as materials that can be repurposed and reused.
Using your imagination and your hands to make, create, and build is a key theme. Recycling and reusing materials is also highlighted.
Positive Role Models
Mister Maker is fun, energetic, friendly, and magical.
Products & Purchases
While not advertised on the show, the Mister Maker franchise includes lots of art making sets, as well as a webpage where one can get project ideas.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mister Maker is a fun British arts and crafts-themed series for preschoolers. In addition to reinforcing skills like painting, crafting, and drawing, it also teaches concepts important for preschool development, including colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. It also underscores the idea of repurposing items for creative purposes. There are some cultural details that may be unfamiliar to young viewers from the United States, but nothing dramatically different. It's a very positive and educational series, and parents may be inspired to watch and work on some of these projects with their kids, too.
Is It Any Good?
This lively and creative series shows how ordinary household items and random objects, with the help of some imagination and a few basic supplies, can be reused for creating and building. The projects are simple, and despite the quick pace, the explanations short and clear enough for small children to follow. While it reinforces manual skills like cutting, folding, gluing, and painting, each episode also features content that teaches children about concepts like colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. Overall, Mister Maker contributes to early STEM learning, but also nurtures the young budding artist.
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