Mister Maker Comes To Town

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun visits from expert inspire preschoolers to get creative.

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Educational Value

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. 

Positive Messages

Using your imagination and your hands to make things is a main theme. So is recycling and repurposing things in order to make things. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mister Maker is fun, energetic, friendly, and magical. His friends are nice, too. 

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The Mister Maker franchise includes lots of art making sets, as well as a webpage where one can get project ideas. These are not advertised in the show. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mister Maker Comes To Town, a spinoff of the popular series Mister Maker, is a fun arts and crafts focused series for preschoolers. The host positively interacts with a diverse group of kids, while reinforcing lots of skills and concepts that are important for preschoolers to learn. Adults may want to check it out for some crafting ideas, and may even want to do some projects with the kids in their lives.  

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What's the story?

MISTER MAKER COMES TO TOWN is a British television series starring Phil Gallagher, a.k.a. Mister Maker, traveling around Britain to help preschool kids be more creative. The Mister Maker spin-off features the host driving around his magical Makermobile responding to requests delivered by Tocky, the cuckoo clock (via Makervideophone, of course) from mini-makers to help them use found items to make art projects. He also visits other sites to demonstrate how, with a few items and a little imagination, we can create some amazing things. Throughout it all, friends like Scrappz the puppet provide him with materials, the Shapes dance, and other popular features of the original show are mixed in. 

Is it any good?

The energetic and colorful series uses The Mister Maker formula of live-action, puppetry, and magical moments to show young children how they can use seemingly ordinary things into extraordinary creations. From using random plastic pieces, glue, and string to create letters of the alphabet, to showing folks how to make drums out of rubber gloves and cans in under two minutes, it invites viewers to look at every day items as potential crafting and building materials. Like its parent series, it also offers quick (but clear) lessons about shapes, letters, colors, numbers, counting, and other things crucial to a preschooler’s development. Overall, Mister Maker Comes To Town is a great show for teaching children how to work with their hands to be artists and builders, while being imaginative and creative throughout the process. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What kinds of lessons do TV shows about making or creating things teach? What does creativity mean to you? 

  • Kids: What are some your favorite projects that have been showcased on Mister Maker Comes To Town? Do you have any materials lying around that you think you can make into something interesting?

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