Martha & Friends is a cartoon that airs around holidays on the Hallmark Channel. It follows 10 year old Martha (yes, Martha Stewart herself!) and her pals Kevin, Lily, and Hannah, who love to craft and do projects together. While kids can view it on the TV (or DVD in this case), they'll want to have supervised internet access for step by step guides to finish the projects, as well as find other fun ones to do, and webisodes of the show. The level of difficulty varies on the projects, but the show might be best for ages 5 and up.
Martha's Magnificent Egg gets us ready for Easter, which just happens to be one of Martha's favorite holidays of the year. ;) The gang will be creating Easter projects, and they will be entering an egg-decorating contest with a fabulous prize - and there's a surprise twist. But everyone is a winner as they learn the value of sharing and friendship.
There are also four bonus webisodes: "Eggstravaganza", "Valentine's Day", "Cupcake Calendar", and "Cool Craft Armoire". It also has a ton of downloadable craft projects and recipes like "Chick Cakes", "Button Bracelet", "Egg Wreath". "Eggshell Flower Pots", "Marbleized Eggs" and several more. Parents, be warned: be ready to do some crafts once your kids view this one! Have the craft/project box stocked and ready to go, if you can. (And don't forget to buy a few dozen eggs on the trip to the store! lol)
I love this show and DVD as a parent because it totally encourages hands on projects with kids - and it's not just for girls. Boys can enjoy themselves doing these projects too!
Martha & Friends: Martha's Magnificent Egg will be available this coming Tuesday, February 12th, 2012. Widescreen format, this title is not rated and safe for all ages (see above). The total running time is 22 minutes long, not including special features. The suggested retail price is $6.95, and you can purchase it online via Amazon, where it's available on pre-order for $5.99. If you're just interested in viewing the episode, you can do so now via Amazon for $1.99.
I received a copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.