Mon 17 Jul 2017
As a family with young children, we love the CBeebies show Mister Maker. It’s full of quick and easy craft projects, suitable for pre-school children. My kids are aged 2 and 4 and they both enjoy making things, so the Mister Maker show and website are invaluable resources in our house. When we heard Mister Maker and The Shapes was coming to the King’s Theatre with his latest live show, we just had to go along!
I had wondered how they would put together a full stage show about arts and crafts, but they did a great job. There was a good mix of singing, dancing and audience participation to keep things interesting. In the first half, Mister Maker focused more on making things with various audience members. The Shapes awoke in the second half, much to the delight of the young audience, and brought on the arty party atmosphere. I’m sure fellow parents will know all about these crazy dancing shapes already. #iamashape
My 4 year old daughter was a bit unsure at first. She sometimes finds stage shows too loud and had her hands over her ears. When Mister Maker appeared on stage she was really excited. She stopped covering her ears and started to warm to it. By the end she was dancing along in her seat. In contrast my 2 year old son loved it right from the start. He was most disappointed that The Shapes were still asleep at the interval, but they made up for it in the finale with some excellent dancing. We particularly enjoyed their versions of Uptown Funk and Party Rock. Mister Maker has some pretty awesome moves too!
We got the programme, which has instructions on how to create some of the things made on stage, so we will be trying that this afternoon.
What a great show! The kids loved it and my husband and I were surprised by how much we enjoyed ourselves too. You can still catch Mister Maker and The Shapes on tour across the UK. Take your mini-makers along for some family fun.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ