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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.
What's the story?
MISTER MAKER (2007-2009) is a live-action British arts and crafts-themed series for preschoolers. It features Phil Gallagher as Mister Maker, an energetic, magical man full of lots of interesting ideas. Using all sorts of scraps, art supplies, and ordinary household odds and ends, he shows viewers how to repurpose them into creative, fun art projects, home made instruments, toys, and other items. In between the moments when Gallagher is coming up with ideas or creating, videos featuring dancing and singing shapes, a group of children in colorful costumes moving into artistic formations, and other activities are shown.
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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