A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers clear, easy to follow instructions on how to make a range of arts and crafts projects that require manual skills like cutting, gluing, painting, etc. It also teaches about shapes, colors, sizes, (etc.), and offers some historic information about historic artists and their work.
Using your imagination and your hands to create is important, but everyone does it differently and that’s okay. The importance of finding ways to recycle and reuse materials to make things is underscored.
Positive Role Models
Mister Maker is fun, energetic, friendly, magical, and interacts positively with kids as a teacher and an entertainer. The mini-makers are from diverse backgrounds and enjoy making things.
Products & Purchases
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 the upbeat preschool series Mister Maker's Arty Party, a spin-off of the BBC's popular Mister Maker series, features kids actively participating in arts and crafts activities with the help of their host. Recycling and reusing materials for projects is highlighted, while important developmental skills, ranging from cutting and pasting to knowing colors and shapes, are reinforced. There are also some entertaining history lessons mixed in as well. No doubt that kids of all ages may be inspired to engage in some creative crafting activities after tuning in.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining series offers yet another fun variation of the Mister Maker formula, which combines live-action, puppetry, music, and dance to educate preschoolers. Each episode, which organizes the craft projects around a single theme, shows how children can learn how to take an idea and use various scraps and other items to design and create it. More importantly, it shows the mini-makers actively working on and discussing their projects, while Mister Maker highlights what makes each one special and particularly creative. In addition to using a range of techniques to reinforce manual skills and educational concepts, it uses funny reenactments to teach a little art history along the way. There are lots of opportunities for learning here, which makes Mister Maker's Arty Party a fun and rewarding viewing option for kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.