We love tv around here. I know a lot of people limit tv and we do but not as much as some. I do try to make sure Elinor is watching educational shows. She has recently been leaning towards shows with bad havior in them and copying. It's been frustrating. There is a show where the little brother whines and baby talks. Of course that's who Elinor is copying.
I was so excited when I heard about Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime Instant Video. A little alien named Arty and his sidekick Epiphany solve everyday problems with art. As soon as the show came on, Elinor was glued to the iPad. Creative Galaxy is perfect for preschoolers to inspire creative thinking. After the show there is a live action clip of kids making the craft that Arty did. Elinor was already asking to do the activity Arty did during the whole episode. When it came to the live action part, she was going to her craft bin to collect supplies.
In one of the episodes, Arty and his friend make a table cloth with paper. They make roads and bridges so they can still play with their cars at the table. We recreated this craft by using brown butcher paper, construction paper, tissue paper and more. I cut strips of black paper and let her glue them down to make the road. She had remembered Arty made a bumpy bridge over his lake. So we made a bumpy bridge too. She played all day with her ponies at the table. The next day we moved it to the floor and added some drawing with chalk. The next day she wanted to add playdough to her scenery. Her imagination has been exploding lately and this was a perfect activity to encourage that.
Creative Galaxy is such a great show. I'm really happy that there are so many educational shows that encourage children to learn and create. Elinor is asking to make paper mâché bowls. Arty made some in another episode. We need to go stock up on more crafts!
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