Using his art studio and backyard as the primary setting, Joel and his quirky cast of friends and neighbors - including Ceci LeBarge, Brandy, Grandma Zippy, Hedge and Mr. Flabbinjaw - burst into music videos, whimsical make-believe, hands-on arts-based projects and a number of faith-building activities for kids.
Magically blending the heart of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" with the silliness of "Pee Wee's Playhouse," both DANCE HOW YOU WANNA DANCE! and SPREAD A LITTLE JOY! DVDs include a series of video shorts that take the themes of the day and show how they fit into God's Creative World. Other video shorts give families fun ways in which they can creatively play together.
The following is a list of other ways each 24-minute episode inspires children and families:
- Kids get to learn through creative play. Children learn useful social skills through play, like how to cooperate, how to negotiate and how to act kindly. They also develop their minds and bodies through play as they explore, imagine and create.
- Each episode models playing with the arts, playing to learn and playing for a better life. The arts include music, dance, theater and visual art - and have characters that model these areas. Playing to learn is when play helps us discover parts of God's joyful world like bubbles or bees or reading. Playing for a better life means using play to explore things like moods or fears or family.
- It encourages families to play together. All of the great things children explore through play can be accented when interacting with grown-ups. When playing, grown-ups can model cooperation, kindness and joy. Playing allows families time to deliberately interact. Both DANCE HOW YOU WANNA DANCE! and SPREAD A LITTLE JOY! DVDs include written and video material to help families play and pray together.
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