Changing the World Despite the Pandemic With Unicorns, Puppets and Happiness News
Leaders Can Change the World just like Sesame Street influenced generations to come! Children’s author, Lisa Caprelli decided to take massive action since COVID-19 struck in March of 2020.
Changing the World Despite the Pandemic
By Naomi Tinker
At the beginning of 2020, Unicorn Jazz TM began growing in popularity and cultivated a massive following. Its success meant everything to children’s author, Lisa Caprelli.
Growing up, educational TV shows like Sesame Street inspired Caprelli. By using puppets, Sesame Street can teach, share music, the arts, and more. Imagine if you could have sent in your own video to Sesame Street! This was Caprelli’s goal with her idea for a children’s show, and it has become an amazing reality. Unicorn Jazz Presents The Thing I Do show invites kids and adults to share their “thing,” combining puppets, guests, education, music, ocean animals, and most importantly: FUN!
COVID-19 halted the plans of many around the world. With a new obstacle in her way, Lisa Caprelli viewed it simply as a hurdle she must overcome to spread her message on friendship and happiness through Unicorn Jazz.
I was booked on back to back elementary school assembly visits for my work with children. My work, like many, took a new direction since the Pandemic. Rather than do nothing, I knew I could leverage the relationships from families and kids in our communities combined with modern-day technology to create a kid and family show! We now have kids writing us daily asking, ‘How can I submit my video for your show?'”
A SILVER LINING
Having this opportunity, the Unicorn Jazz team has used the time since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis to find new and creative ways to reach her audience.
GETTING KIDS WHO WANT TO SHARE THEIR TALENT INVOLVED
Caprelli has been able to reach more kids, teachers, and families than ever before with The Thing I Do. For example 10 year old Sheylan, wanted a way to share story time for kids in English ad Spanish. She has now become a “regular” on our show.
After looking at the resources she had on-hand, Caprelli, along with her husband Dr. Chris Herzig, began a live stream web-series.
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NOMINATE SOMEONE who loves what they do! Let’s continue to share HAPPINESS to kids. Know someone that INSPIRES others? Tag them #TheThingIDo #TheThingIDoChallenge to be featured on our Instagram Spotlight, show blog and more. We want to showcase a variety of people sharing their interests, whether it is in your career, hobby, sport or extracurricular activities! How cool is that?! We are receiving many cool things from people daily, and the most creative ones will make our upcoming live streams and/or Amazon TV episodes. DM us for more information on the best kinds of content you can share for kids – or go to TheThingIDo.com
Utilizing hand puppets and incorporating child talent from viewers to keep children and adults connected.
Unicorn Jazz and team is raising awareness for Children’s Hospital of Orange County with its original song and music video created by Caprelli.
The 12 Days of Christmas – coming December 3, 2021
This enormous home-grown project turned out to be a huge success for the Unicorn Jazz world, ultimately developing into Unicorn Jazz Presents the THING I Do Show available on Amazon TV.
Caprelli noticed a shift in her spirit, a new passion that ignited the fiery drive to begin what is now an Amazon TV Prime Video show. A new season of episodes is being built for release in early 2021.
Changing the world despite the pandemic radiates throughout Caprelli’s work. She saw the need for a show that connects children who want to share their own creative content with others.
PUPPETS AND HAPPINESS
With so much negative news in the world, Caprelli created HAPPINESS NEWS, a show segment using puppets and humor to spread stories of happiness.
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𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀! Watch our new ukele jingle, too! Each of our shows we feature Happiness News – always with smiles and always with a puppet or two. From 𝑼𝒏𝒊𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒏 𝑱𝒂𝒛𝒛 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑰 𝑫𝒐 – show for kids 3-103! More at 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗝𝗮𝘇𝘇.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 We are working hard to create more episodes for 𝗔𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗩! More to come…
The kids show also includes the interactive Guess The Thing Game Show, a pre-recorded segment that allows contestants and guests to play along.
Led by host Trezekke, a zebracorn puppet, guests are asked fun and educational questions. Viewers can test their knowledge and play along at home.
Guess the Thing Game Show and Happiness News are part of each new episode.
“The best part of my work is connecting with children to create connection, harmony, and happiness. My stories and songs focus on family, friendship, kindness, and love.”
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Lisa Caprelli is an award-winning children’s book author. She has a passion for studying, expressing and writing about human behavior, communication and happiness.
Coming from humble beginnings and surrounded by the love of her family, Caprelli left Texas. She came to California at the age of 29 with only $100 in her pocket. Huge ambition, determination and not accepting no was part of her outlook.
“I made it my mission to discover and share what makes for a happy and meaningful life,” says the innovator.
Caprelli believes that her aspirations require focus and a strong community who believes in you.