I am always on the look-out for inspirational shows for Ravi. I want the time he spends in front of the TV to be inspirational and rewarding. While there are many educational shows that help to teach basic numbers and letters, and general knowledge, there are very few shows that focus on creativity and imagination. I think the main reason for this is that it is much easier and structured to teach content, but much harder to teach and develop creativity. Young kids are very creative. They spend tons of hours making up games, imagining themselves doing weird and wacky things, and, in general, just exploring. This creativity tends to become diminished as they grow up. Our educational system is designed to impart fundamental working skills and concepts; you learn a lot of ‘facts’ and apply them. You don’t spend a lot of time being creative. I’m hoping to help foster and encourage creativity within young Ravi. I’m fairly confident that numbers and ‘stuff’ will come with time and practice, but creativity needs to be supported throughout his life.
The Upside Down Show on NicJr is a commendable advocate for creativity and is a show I actively encourage for young Ravi to watch. The show consists of two actors- Shane Dundas and David Collins who play two brothers that engage in wild and wacky games. They spend time ‘playing’ with their action fingers and giving baths to imaginary elephants. Each episode revolves around the two brothers making stuff up and just ‘imagining’ crazy things. From sticky rooms to underwater environments, the brothers explore and play games. This type of freestyle imagination show is super awesome for Ravi. I want him to spend time just tinkering and trying cool and different things. Every time it is on NicJr, I let Ravi watch. We’ve even gotten into doing and trying some of the crazy things that Shane and David do. We’re learning to knock before opening a door, and we also wave our hands up in the air when we’re upside down just like Shane and David. In a couple of years, hopefully he’ll have enough language skills to actually start making up stuff like they do and we’ll get even more creative in our games.
If you ever get the chance, check the show out. I know that more experienced shows like Sesame Street help teach kids things, but I’m not so sure that is as important as being creative.