Activity Shares for Families
The Idea Machine Story Time Show
The Idea Machine Story Time Show was established by Gwyn McCormack, founder of Positive Eye in March 2020 to support families during COVID. It has been a resounding success and the outcomes from this fun, vibrant, family show have been immense to the extent now that the show goes live to over 70 families from the end of August on a weekly basis for families of children who are deafblind in America. The show will reach 16 States and many children and their siblings. I am beyond excited about this development
Gwyn the story teller in action on the show
Out and about meeting the super stars from the show and performing the show in their gardens
The latest ZOO adventure was so much fun to perform on the TV show!
Marvin’s Zoo Adventure
The Idea Machine Story Time Shows focus on offering an inclusive multi-sensory fun enjoyable approach to literacy that is welcoming of the whole family. In particular it is very suitable and has reached the best outcomes for children with complex needs.
Marvin’s Italian Adventure
I write stories of a boy called Marvin and the adventures he goes on. To date I have written 5 fun adventures and for each I have designed and created, painted and produced fun characters! I dress up in hats and sometimes outfits to re-create my characters. There is lots of repetition, colour, high contrast, fun, high energy and enthusiasm are just some of the ingredients to create a multi-sensory approach to literacy that reaches right out to children and importantly also their parents.
Marvin’s Market Adventure
I make an activity or a craft to go with the story chapter I am performing at each show. Then the families have fun making the craft during the week before the next show. It is always something related to chapter, to one of the fun characters usually.
Marvin’s Seaside Adventure
Example clip from the show
Here is what some of the parents have said:
From Rochelle, parent of Zachariah
Quite emotional watching the last story from Positive Eye for Summer! This story is a special one at that, as it features all of the regular children from the last 5 months! Zachariah has loved being part of the Rainbow children community and developed a great relationship with the beautiful Gwyneth McCormack. On top of this, he’s developed in so many ways, his concentration, engagement, reaction and communication skills have blossomed more than I could ever imagine,especially in such a short time.
What Gwyn has done during such a scary time, is just magical, she’s scooped up so many families and given them something to smile about, and look forward to. Gwyn has supported families, engaged with them and offered her time, knowledge and love by the bucket load!
Without Gwyn, shielding at home would have been so much harder, with the majority of Zachariah’s regular support network taken away, back in March, we would have struggled so much more, without the Rainbow (as she has been described ) that is Gwyn, being in our lives.
From Leah who has watched the show from the start with her son Oliver!
Today was one to remember! We met the wonderful lady we have been watching on the tele throughout COVID for the first time ever today!
Gwyn came to drop a special delivery off for us and came to meet Oliver 🥰 she brought all of her zoo characters with her to show us and sat at a distance. It was truly wonderful it felt like she just wrapped us in a warm hug!
Gwyn has just created a new story for the rainbow children’s zoo, each child who watches her show got to pick their own animal and choose a name. We picked a monkey & his name is Buddy the funky monkey! And he likes to rave, rave, rave!! 😂 The beautiful Gwyn and her lovely husband have created each character – they are amazing. Meeting Gwyn today was so lovely and exactly what we needed I haven’t stopped smiling all day! She is so lovely and funny.
We love the Positive Eye Idea Machine!
Oliver’s teacher and our close friend recommended us to come along and join in the fun and so glad they did 🤩
Some days have been hard during isolation, very repetitive and running out of ideas to do.
We look forward to the shows and the crafts at the end it gives us something exciting to do which is fun.
Positive Outcomes achieved from the Idea Machine Story Time Show
Children who are non-verbal are engaging, shouting out, interacting during the show
Increased engagement, concentration, communication
Structured approach to literacy inclusive of the whole family
Touches on all the literacy access skills for children, tactile, fine motor, language, book and story, concept development etc.
Adventures are linked to everyday experiences
Accessing the show
The show can be bought as a literacy package to be watched online once per week. It is ideal for schools, charities and organisations that support families of children with special needs. It is based in sound educational practice but with a huge fun element.
16 Deafblind Progams across 16 States in America are currently taking part in this show with more shows in the planning. This is a wonderful TV show for children with complex needs, its unique and incredible!!
Here I explain a little more about the show
Please contact us to discuss further if you are interested in the show for the school or organisation you work for.