When I was younger, and even still to this point, I was obsessed with crafts. Obsessed. So it was only natural that I’d also find an obsession with Take Part, a show that ran on YTV in the late 80s and early 90s, that was half recycle awareness and half crafts.
It got to a point where, thanks to Take Part, my parents couldn’t even throw away a toilet paper tube or a cereal box because OMG I can glue some felt onto that and make it into something!
Call… every single person you know, because you’re going to need some pipe cleaners and tissue boxes!
As you can see, Take Part is heavy on the recycled crafts, but they weren’t just any crafts– this was a definite step up from the stuff I was making in my third grade classroom at school. We didn’t get to puppets until eighth grade, for Pete’s sake!
Confession time: to this day, I sing “Recycle Cycle” to myself every recycle day.
I always assumed this guy was a mime or something. He just did his thing with whatever trash he picked up along the way. He was the sole reason I ate cereal. I just wanted to finish it off so I could create whatever he was making each episode.
Bootleg Operation theme? That freezer tip just blew Sharon’s mind!
I tried to make those “Scribble Cookies” by putting a bunch of old crayon pieces in a Dixie cup and leaving it my window for quite some time. I live in Canada. It did not work.
I was always so impressed with this lady’s art. She’s doing that in permanent marker. She’s got some big ol’ balls.
Royal was like the Canadian Bob Ross with a Salt-n-Pepa haircut. She was like that weird Cosby drawing show, but without the pudding pops. I took art in high school because I wanted to be like Royal (or I needed the credits and sucked and most other subjects).
Crazy Mr. Twister was a high school English teacher. Yeah, I can see that.
Crazy Mr. Twister didn’t necessarily make anything, but he had his schtick going for him. He was kind of the comic relief of the show for all those kids who were growing bored of melting crayons and eating paste. I mean, using paste. Not eating it. Don’t eat paste. Mmm… paste…
And yes, in case you were wondering, 80% of the show was theme songs. But you know what? Those theme songs worked. I still remember the words to these songs decades later, and I’m not the only one. Approximately 90% of the comments on these videos are people pointing out that they’ve had these songs stuck in their head for years. Look at me bustin’ out the math in this article.
Or you could just buy peanut butter.
Take Part was more than crafts and weird high school English teachers—they also had a cooking segment where small children would develop PTSD due to loud 80s food processors. Did you see that girl jump? Jesus.
Unfortunately, the series is not available on DVD and all that exists of it are a few clips on YouTube. Definitely check them out, whether you’re Canadian or not. It was a fun little show that clearly had an impact on me. The weird sense of humor in the show probably contributed to my personality more than the crafts did, though.