Mister Maker’s Arty Party

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Creative kids' crafting series teaches art and entertains.

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Educational Value

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.  

Positive Messages

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. 

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Sexy Stuff

The Mister Maker franchise includes lots of art making sets, as well as a webpage where one can get project ideas. 

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What 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. 

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What's the story?

MISTER MAKER’S ARTY PARTY, a part of the BBC’s popular Mister Maker series, features an arts and crafts celebration for kids. Each installment features Mister Maker (Phil Gallagher) hosting a party in which his young guests, a.k.a. mini-makers, get together in a party tent and make lots of art projects. Even Mister Maker’s puppet friend Scrappz (voiced by Josh Elwell) joins in on the fun. In addition to learning about making fun things with ordinary items, the mini-makers get to dance and sing along with The Shapes, and even get to use pictures of themselves to collectively create an image or design. In addition, the host magically reenacts a story about historic artists like Michelangelo and Georges Seurat, and highlights the amazing things they’ve made. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of art in our society. What do TV shows tell us about the importance of art when thinking about making or building something that we can use in real life? 

  • Kids: Do you have a favorite project from the show? If you threw a party similar to Mister Maker’s Arty Party, what kinds of things would you make with your guests?  

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