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      23.05.2010 18:14
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      Great programme to improve creative skills

      My 3 year old just admires this man. Mister maker shows how to make craft from scrap. Reuse and recycle is probably his policy!!! I love to watch his programme too as it gives me many ideas to keep my kid occupied at home. Obviously i dont have as many crafty bits in my house drawer as his doodle drawer but there's nothing stopping me from using my imagination too! I have tried making many things with empty toilet/kitchen rolls, milk cans, aluminium foil pieces etc. I have made a beautiful photo frames after looking at this programme, obviously with my kid- and me being his helper! Now my kid has also learnt that its not good to waste some things and instead recycle them- which according to me is a big help. But one thing is- it is difficult for my 3 year old to understand that i cant afford to waste a tube of paint in one go-as mister maker shows on TV. Might be this is one thing the programme maker could consider.
      In diffrenet countries i have watched many people who attempt to copy this programme with their own creative people but none are this good. Art attack is quite similar to this programme but is aired in US, India etc. But overall i think this is a great programme- improves my kid's imagination and creative skills. Thanks Mister Maker.

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        01.05.2010 11:13

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        A good show

        Mister maker is a childrens tv programme. His show is shown on cbeebies and you can follow him on each show and watch and learn is fun imaganitive art techniques in order to make things that your kids can keep. It is good to get kids to be creative at a young age.

        Mister maker is a human being a real life character and his show is set in a classy art room and he gets all his objects from his doodle drawers and he makes things from these objects these objects are mostly from household products which allows your kid to make creative things out of household waste. A great show for kids to learn and be entertained as mister maker shows off his arts and crafts techniques and is aimed for preschoolers. Mister maker is a fun character and he dresses really weird too and really makes things seem so simple when doing things he is very clear in giving kids instructions. It is good because it just does not keep my kid busy while his show is on but it keeps them busy because they are making stuff straight after his show so is a good way to spend time with your kid.

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        20.01.2010 09:59
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        A fun progamme to keep children entertained and become interested in crafts!

        Back in the day I watched Art Attack, nowadays it's 'Mister Maker' shown on Cbeebies.

        He has some great ideas, I love watching the programme as does my 15 month old son.

        Although it isn't all craft based they do have a part where the 'shapes' are involved, a circle, square, rectangle and triangle that do a little dance and then the children can count along with Mister Maker to see how many of the selected shape are within a picture. So it is educational as well as fun.

        Mr Maker himself is a bit of a funny guy who wears a spotty waistcoat and has tall spikey hair. Tocky the bird tells when it's time for 'Minute Make Time' which is where Mr Maker manages to create something for certain materials within a minute.

        For someone who may not like messy crafts there are easy things such as drawing techniques, castle building etc to be entertaines with. The ideas are so simple that anny parent would be able to help a child to become crafty without having any knowledge of craft.

        It is shown nearly every day, why not tune in? There's nothing to loose and you might get 5minutes peace!!

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          22.10.2009 14:59

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          Good entertainment but not if your child wants to make everything they see!!

          Mister Maker is shown on Cbeebies pretty much every day of the week! Channel 614 on Sky. It is the modern day Art Attack.

          The guy himself is a bit of a nut but his ideas are good. He makes everything from wax crayon and paint pictures to toilet roll parrots. So my advice would be to save up all of your recycling just in case! Mister Maker has his own "doodle drawers" which seem to contain everything from old wool to googly eyes!

          There is one downside to Mister Maker - some of the things he uses you actually have to go out and buy so some projects can work out a bit expensive. However, my 3 year old has watched pretty much every episode that has ever been made and although he loves watching the creativity, rarely actually wants to make the things himself. Sometimes the ideas are just used as a springboard of what I can do with him.

          I would say he is fun to watch to get ideas, but not always very practical.

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          11.09.2009 12:40
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          Creates bonding time between parents and child

          In my younger years we had art attack. Well this program is basicly the same but with a different person.

          Mister maker shows the children how to do artwork from materials that you would find around the house. Parents I would advise to keep any empty containers and boxes in a safe place for your children.

          In this program they have a big wall of draws that are full of different things so that he can make things and they play catchy music and speed the movements up that never fails to make my daughter laugh.

          The art that they show the children to do is simple but some will require adult help and supervision. This art work is brilliant for any child to try and will give you ample bonding time with your child.

          There is also a 1 minuite maker. This is where you are shown how to make something in a minuite which my son picks up on and will go and show all his friends at school what he can do.

          There is also the shapes these are people who are dressed up as shapes and dance and sing a song that makes my daughter dance along, at the end of the song a shape is picked and a picture is created with that shape that the child has to try and guess what picture the shape is making.

          The best part of this program for me is when the children make a picture, my daughter will not move from infront of the tv. The children are all dressed in different colours and lie down on the floor to make a picture. The reason that I like this part is because I have noticed that my daughter is copying saying the colours after the children say it.

          This program not only teaches the children to be creative it also teaches them basic shapes and colours, because the music is catchy it keeps your child interested in watching it. The presenter of the show pulls silly faces that the children love to watch. I think he is brilliant for the children to watch and they do seem to learn alot from this program.

          I would advise any parent to watch this program to get the ideas for things to do with their children. You are also able to get all the information from the show on the cbeebies website and it will also give you things to print off and colour in and even making ideas.

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            26.03.2009 21:26
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            Disappointing

            Mister maker is produced by one of the UK's leading children's television producers, The Foundation, responsible for such shows as Finders Keepers and The Basil brush Show. It is essentially a creative arts and crafts programme which is similar to the ever popular Art Attack yet far more fast paced. Shown on CBeebies, it is aimed at children of pre-school age.

            Mister Maker, played by Phil Gallagher, is a quirky and rather hyperactive character. In his studio, which he has created from over-sized craft materials, he demonstrates his creations by using material from the 'Doodle Drawers'.

            Each show is of a similar format with sections that include 'Minute Make Time' - where Mister Maker endeavours to create something within just one minute with the aid of his cuckoo clock. We are later shown how to do this at a slower pace. The finished product is usually rather unfinished and we are then reminded that if we have more than a minute we can also add to it in such a way that will make it look like the object originally shown.

            There are 'The Shapes' whereby a selection of shape characters jump down from Mister Maker's shelf, do a little song and dance and one is selected. Depending on which shape is selected we are then shown a picture made from a repetition of that shape and asked to find what is hiding in the picture. The relevant shapes are then slowly coloured in one by one and a hidden picture emerges.

            Another section is 'Frame It' where Mister Maker will make an imaginative picture which is "good enough to frame".

            We also have another section where children dressed in brightly coloured tracksuits arrange themselves on a white backdrop in order to create a giant picture. This is mostly done by computer graphics and the children are often repeated a number of times and even shrunk down if need be - not entirely as imaginative as Neil Buchannon's giant pictures made from random or themed objects then.

            In addition to the television programme there is also a website at www.mistermaker.com where programmes can be seen again and instructions given on how to make particular items. There is also a Mister Maker store where materials can be bought.

            I currently watch this programme with my little boy who is 16 months old. Although he is still rather young we do regularly have craft days whereby we will glue, stick and paint. Most of the ideas on Mister Maker are a little too advanced for him just yet, however I do always look out for ideas for things to make with him when he reaches the appropriate age. I am not however entirely impressed with Mister Maker.

            It seems that with the rise in hobby and craft shops, gone are the days when we made imaginative things from household objects such as egg boxes, washing up liquid bottles and yoghurt cartons. Instead Mister Maker often uses rather particular craft objects which one would not necessarily find lying around the house. For example one show demonstrated how to make 'Bugs on a Stick' using three ascending sizes of googly eyes 'available from most craft shops'. Now googly eyes are not difficult to find in a craft shop but why search for three ascending sizes and not use something a little more creative such as buttons from old clothes or cut out circles?

            Another programme showed us how to make a bird in a nest using pom-poms, again from a craft shop. I distinctively remember as a child being show how to make my own pom-poms from wool. The nest itself was made from wool so why not show us how to make the entire thing from scratch?

            Let's not buy our materials brand new from a craft shop with a shiny price tag, let's look around our house and make use of products which would otherwise be thrown out!

            Some of the creations themselves also tend to lack imagination and creative thought. For instance during one show Mister Maker created a 'Bug in a Box' whereby he cut the finger form a rubber glove, stuck it through a hole in a box and then decorated the finger with felt tip pens. Common sense alone tells me that a felt tip pen will not dry on a rubber glove.

            Another disadvantage of this show in my opinion is that it tends not to make anything remotely seasonal. For example we are now approaching Easter and both Valentine's Day and Mother's Day have passed. My little boy and I made a Valentine's heart at his playgroup, we have also made handprint Mother's Day cards and very recently some Easter chicks. Mister Maker however has made nothing of any relevance to these events. Supposedly this is advantageous for a TV programme which can then be screened and repeated at any time of the year.

            Overall I am in support of any television programme which encourages children to be imaginative and creative. However for me this show is somewhat of a disappointment in terms of its lacklustre creations and over specific craft materials. Maybe if the creators had paid attention to arts and craft programmes which have gone before it and focused on the recycling of household materials, then we might have a programme worth taking part in with our children.

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              23.03.2009 20:39
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              good show for pre-schoolers

              Mister Maker - Cbeebies....


              Mister Maker is a programme that is shown on the Cbeebies channel (614 sky or 71 digibox). It is repeated twice a day and is shown pretty much 7 days a week, meaning we have seen this show a lot. The show, as with all programmes shown on the Cbeebies channel, is aimed at small children of pre-school age and just over meaning it is watched by children from 0 to 4.

              The show is, as its name would suggest, about a man who makes different things and a lot of it is very simple to make using things that one would have around the home. Mister Maker himself is a 20 something year old man who is a little bit wacky and slightly annoying.

              The set of the show is all very brightly coloured and appealing to the younger child for this reason. I have made a couple of the things shown on the programme with Jack and have found them easy to do as the instructions are easy to follow and to remember. Some things on the show however I do feel are pretty naff for example it was shown how to make a set of pan pipes out of drinking straws and corrugated cardboard. This was easy to make and Mister Maker made the pan pipes in "under a minute" which is a section of the show where he is up against the clock to make the item. The pan pipes certainly looked good as they were made with multi-coloured straws but really didn't have any sort of sound to them and in my view were useless.

              There is a section on the show called the "shapes" where four different people are dressed up in different coloured shape outfits such as a triangle, square, circle and rectangle. They dance around and sing a little song before a shape is chosen and a picture is made using that specified shape. This bit makes Jack laugh and dance along with the shapes and he really enjoys this section of the show.

              The show show is fasted paced and like Mister Maker himself, a little wacky. This is why I guess Jack likes it so much and when it is on he is quite for the full 10-15 minutes. Personally I find both the presenter and the show rather irritating and compared to Art Attack with Neil Beaucannon (a show that I grew up watching) I don't think it is in the same league.

              I do however appreciate that the items made need to be simple and easy to do but a lot of the items are utter rubbish. However because it is not a show which is aimed at me my opinion of it is really not important it is what Jack thinks of it, and he really likes it. He enjoyed it when we made the monster eyes (out of pipe cleaners and muffin cases) it was simple yet fun and this is basically what the show is all about.

              So to conclude I would say that although the show is not my cup of tea it really does get the attention of the audience it is trying to which is small children. Jack loves it and therefore i can give the show nothing less than a four star rating and a recommendation.

              I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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                15.01.2009 14:19
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                loved by all ages (ok I have a crush lol)

                Mister Maker is an arts and crafts show aimed at younger children.
                It is screened on the CBeebies channel so aimed at pre-school age but in our household its watched by all ages alike! (2 to 30somethings!)
                Currently I believe it is screened on both days of the weekend at 10.10am and repeated at 4.15pm.

                As well as the tv series you can catch Mister Maker online at mistermaker.com or on the cbeebies website, where you can go back and watch previous episodes or print off instructions of things that you have enjoyed watching him make that you would like to recreate.

                Mister Maker himself is a quirky looking character, see above, and I think that the programme is highly succesful due to the excellent role he plays. I have googled and tried to find out who he is but as yet no luck!
                He works in a magical studio that has been created using over sized craft materials.
                One wall of this room is home to the largest ever set of storage drawers..... 'The Doodle-Drawers' - These contain what a lot of us would noramlly class as rubbish, empty containers, cartons, lids, cutlery and crockery as well as all you could ever need in arts - paints, pens and the all important PVA glue. Just everything that you would ever need for sticking, cutting, painting, drawing and creating. I find that I actually recycle alot more these days just to keep the craft box at home filled!
                Every episode he turns these objects into something seasonal or useful, for example towards halloween keep thosee empty egg boxes handy as they are excellent to turn into spiders! Or all those empty Pringles containers can be re-used as pencil holders!

                Mister Maker doesnt work alone. On a dusty shelf asleep are his four 'shapes'

                "I am a shape, la la la la
                I am a circle
                I am a triangle
                I am a square
                I am a rectangle
                I am a shape ...'

                This song has one of those tunes that get in your head and you hum it all day long!
                The shapes have feet and hands and do their little dance and song then each episode a different shape comes forward and using only that shape a picture begins to form on the screen and in our household its a race to see who recognises what it will be!

                Also in the clock lices a feathery bird who likes to pop out now again to make announcements. 'Minute make time' and 'time to go' amongst his favourites.
                Minute make time is literally Mister Maker making something in 60 seconds or less - This is great if you have the required items to hand! - He then comically reverses and reminds us all again how it was done.

                I think my all time favourite thing that we recreated at home was grass seed growing through the end of a stocking which was stuffed with cotton wool and had a face glues to it. When the grass starts to grow through you can cut it as if it was actual hair!
                It perhaps doesnt sound so great written here but look it up and try it with your children!


                All in all I think that Mister Maker makes a welcome change from the usual cartoons/characters and is also educational and most importantly it is fun.

                Im not sure how many episodes were made but I do know that for quite a while now they have been showing repeats so we look forward to some new ones being aired.

                There was a dvd released on 24th November 2008 which is available on Amazon for £8.28 but I have not invested in this as if its requested in out house I can usually get an old episode through cable on 'on demand'.

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                he ultimate arts and crafts show for pre-schoolers which teaches and entertains in fun and imaginative ways