Creative Galaxy Heart Day
Creative Galaxy, available on Amazon, is an animated preschool series created by many of the same people responsible for Blue’s Clues and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Parents familiar with those programs will recognize dialogue patterns and story devices from those shows, along with the same kind of pro-social messages and kindergarten-readiness skills they promote. But Creative Galaxy, has a unique hook: When problems arise, it’s art to the rescue.
Young alien Arty and his sidekick Epiphany (a floaty, squishy, purple bear-like creature) navigate a galaxy of creative inspirations and joyfully express creativity through music, movement, and craft projects. Each half-hour episode features two separate animated stories plus two live-action interstitials featuring kids working on craft and movement projects related to the episode’s storylines. As in Blue’s Clues and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Arty directly addresses young viewers and prompts them with questions to help inspire their creativity.
In the episode titled “Heart Day,” everyone in the Creative Galaxy finds unique ways to say, “I love you.” It could be a song, a hug, or even a heart-shaped pancake. In the case of Epiphany, it’s an interpretive dance. Artie and Epiphany work on a costume for the performance but a mishap with some syrup at the breakfast table leaves the duo with a problem to solve: Epiphany needs a new costume but there’s not much time to create one before the performance begins. They board their spaceship for a trip through the Creative Galaxy and, as happens in each episode, they visit locales across the galaxy and see friends in their search for artistic inspiration. These simple plotlines present even more opportunities for problem-solving, and art is the answer. After dealing with a ruined cake, a ripped picture, and a friend in need of help making tie-dyed t-shirts, the crowd works together to solve Epiphany’s costume problem.
This program promotes out-of-the-box approaches to problem-solving. For example, in “Heart Day,” as in real life, a ripped picture might seem like the end of the world to the child who drew it. But the kids learn that by make more strategic cuts, they can turn a picture into a puzzle! Stock up the home craft kit because kids will want to follow Artie’s lead and explore a creative galaxy of ideas in their own universe.
Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.