Lets talk about very guilty to discuss and controversial topic – Kids and TV…and also discuss the best educational cartoons and TV shows for children.
I cannot call myself neither a parent who is totally against TV for kids, nor a parent who is completely supporting TV watching for kids. I believe in common sense and some limitation. I believe that if the kids do get some time watching the magic box called TV – then this time spent in front of the TV should be useful. And what I am planning to do in this post – is to share my favorite cartoons and TV shows for kids that I found very useful, educational, informative and fun at the same time.
I do not allow my kids sit in front of the magic box the whole day. I allow them maximum 2 hours per day. All the rest time they play with each other, draw, do crafts, role play, play outside, read the book etc. I also allow them to get bored. Because it is this magic boredom time when they come up with different games and ideas for play. Just as when we are heading for our beach vacations…..I prefer them to get bored and figure out different games either by themselves or with our help, instead of choosing a place with a kids club to make it easy for them . You can read more information on my ” Beach activities for kids” post in here.
Let me start the list of my favorite cartoons and TV shows for kids:
Baby Einstein: Age 6m+
It is a line of multimedia products, including direct-to-video programs, CDs, books, flashcards, and toys that specialize in interactive activities for infants and toddlers. The videos are known for showing babies and toddlers under 4 years simple patterns, puppet shows, and familiar objects, such as everyday items, animals, and toys that are often accompanied by re orchestrated classical music written by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and many others constructed for an easy, relaxing way meant for a baby’s ear.
Little Einsteins: Age 3+
This preschool series is full of adventures that introduce kids to nature, world cultures and the arts. Each episode has a mission and journey of discovery that incorporates a celebrated piece of classical music and a renowned work of art or world culture. The Little Einsteins use their passion and talents to work together and solve challenges.
Super Why: Age 3+
Four fairy-tale friends go on magical adventures and become reading-powered superheroes. The characters live in Storybook Village, which is accessible through a panel that is represented by an invisible question mark. Preschool children follow the Super Readers as they jump into books that come to life. This series focuses on the development of critical early literacy skills including alphabet and word family knowledge, spelling, comprehension, vocabulary and story structure. In this 30 minute series, a character has a problem with another storybook character. They work together to find clues to solve the problem. Children learn about word families, letter and sound recognition, spelling and problem solving. In the end, the super readers always solve the problem!
Peg + Cat: Age 4+
Its an animated preschool series featuring Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they encounter unexpected challenges that require arithmetic and problem-solving skills. Each episode features two stories in which Peg and Cat face a math word problem that they must solve. Children will learn how to build calculation skills and think about larger concepts that will help them form the foundation for learning math at any level, from kindergarten through calculus.
Sid the Science Kid: Age 3+
Sid in one curious kid. As he goes to preschool each day, he and his friends find many things in the world around them wonderous and ask questions. Their teacher leads them to explore and investigate their question and discover the science around them. He and his friends learn about how enjoy the world around them while learning about it at the same time.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Age 2+
Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald all hang around the Clubhouse. Mickey leads viewers through stories with play-along and singalong segments. Learning early math skills and identifying shapes, patterns and numbers are all part of Mickey’s lessons. Mickey and his pals also play with handy gizmos and gear, including the Mousekedoer, Mouseketools and a transportable device called Toodles.
Dino Dan / Trek’s Adventures / Dino Dana: Age 4+
In this series that combines live action with CGI animation, preschoolers are invited to join paleontologist-in-training Dan Henderson and his friends on a journey to an adventure-filled modern-day world where dinosaurs roam freely. There, they uncover clues about the past and teach kids scientific information from new species to dinosaur vocabulary.
WordWorld: Age 4+
A goofy group of animals are ‘WordFriends’ that teach preschool kids how to solve problems by building the right word. They journey on funny adventures together discovering that letters form words and that words have meanings. Characters like brainiac Frog and fun-loving Dog learn the alphabet on “WordWorld.” Children watch as animals interact with one another to build words. The animals solve riddles and build a variety of words, the words turn into the shape that the word represents. For example, if the word is rock, then the letters form the shape of a rock. Not only do kids love talking animals, but the visual representation of the word in the form of a picture helps the child to retain the word.
Wild Kratts: Age 2+
This show is about two brothers who teach children about animals. As they explore animal life, children learn about a variety of animals, what they eat, where they, live and more. The animals are exciting and the brothers are adventurous. It’s a great combination to keep kids engaged and having fun. “Wild Kratts” follows the adventures of animated versions of brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, hosts of such educational shows as “Kratts’ Creatures” and “Zoboomafoo.” In the show, the animated Kratts encounter wild animals during stories of adventure and mystery. The live-action Kratt brothers introduce each episode.
Team Umizoomi: Age 3+
“Team Umizoomi” consists of 6-year-old Milli, her brother Geo, who’s 8, and their friendly robot named Bot. These mighty math superheroes introduce young viewers to the concepts of counting, measurement, shapes and patterns. Milli and Geo help other kids in Umi City with their problems, which are sent to them via the Umi Alarm. The show focuses on learning about and solving math concepts in a wide variety of areas such as patterns, shapes, and counting. The work on solving problems in math that are found in everyday life and have fun doing it too. This is a great show to help young people build confidence in their mathematical journey in life.
Cyberchase: Age 5+
Cyber Chase is one of the few animated shows that promote learning in math. Which is fantastic, since math is an important part of life. What makes Cyber Chase so great? It is the classic villan tries to take over the world while the cyber kids save the day. Using gadgets and following clues, the team solves math mysteries and any other problem that comes their way. The topics for each show are based on the concepts that are given by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in their recommended learning standards.
Science Max: Age 4+
The science of everyday, and some not-so-everyday, things. On a full range of subjects, including ecology, biology, chemistry and physics. Have you ever done a science experiment and wondered “What would this be like if it were HUGE?” Welcome to Science Max, the exciting new series that turbocharges all the science experiments you’ve done at home.
Justin Time: Age 3+
The show revolves around the adventures of Justin. In every episode, Justin encounters a real-world problem of everyday childhood (such as sharing, teamwork, or paying attention). Then Justin and his imaginary shape-shifting sidekick Squidgy solve the problems by tackling them in imaginary adventures through time and around the world. In every adventure, Justin and Squidgy meet their best friend Olive, who always lives in the place and time they are visiting, and who usually needs their help to accomplish a task. In actuality Olive, much like Squidgy, is merely a figment of Justin’s imagination. Together, the three of them encounter the same problem that Justin faces in the real world, and together they solve the problem before Justin’s parents call him back to the real world.
Curious George: Age 2+
Curious George is a sweet African monkey who can’t help but run into trouble. George’s friend, “The Man in the Yellow Hat,” tries very hard to care for George and is always saving the day. The show’s themes are about learning, forgiveness and playful curiosity. George is best for younger kids, since most of what the show focuses on are simple lessons like learning shapes, numbers, and colors.
The Octonauts: Age 3+
Ride with teacher Ms. Frizzle and her enthusiastic, inquisitive students as their Magic School Bus takes them on exciting, cliff-hanging field trips. Magic School Bus travels to outer space, under the sea, through an anthill — and even inside the human body!
Usually The Magic School Bus is an ordinary, rather beat-up school bus. But once it “transforms” on a field trip, it can change into anything that will serve Ms. Frizzle’s purposes. The Bus has become a spaceship, a submarine, a blimp, something small, green and surprisingly frog-like, a weather machine, and more. When you’re on the Bus with the Friz, you never know what’s going to happen next!
Odd Squad: Age 5+
Canadian/American children’s live action educational television series that premiered on TVOKids in Canada and PBS Kids in the United States on November 26, 2014.
The series follows the exploits of Odd Squad, an organization run entirely by children, that solves peculiar problems using math skills.
Agents are typically assigned cases by their boss, Ms. O, and travel via a system of interconnected tubes to get to their destinations. They deduce the solution to the problem or how to detain the perpetrator by using basic mathematical principles that are typically the focus of the episode. Often, they cannot solve the problem at the scene and must go back to their precinct’s headquarters or to the “Mathroom”, a sentient space that communicates through large paper fortune tellers and can unfold them to display information to help the agents see connections and better solve their case. Along with math, agents also use “gadgets” designed by the scientists; in the first season, Agent Oscar heads the lab, gaining an assistant, Agent Oona, in early season two who eventually takes over the lab. The characters also have to deal with a variety of recurring villains who often put a mathematical spin on their plots.
Finding Stuff Out: Age 6-12 y.o.
Finding Stuff Out is a Canadian children’s television series that educates children on science topics.
Why do we get scared? Do humans really understand dogs? Is dirt bad for you? Do bigger noses smell more things? Finding Stuff Out is the show that answers questions real kids want to know. Ten-year-old host, Zoey, is determined to find out – even if that involves diving head first into a pool, cleaning cow poop, racing against championship sprinters, or driving a bulldozer. Finding Stuff Out is a madcap STEM show featuring songs, skits, cool experts, and real kids doing fun experiments. No question is too weird to investigate – Zoey is game for anything!
With the help of science experts and real kids, Zoey always concocts the most outrageous challenges and experiments that help her find answers. She can’t imagine anything more fun than science and inventions (unless it’s singing and comedy!) Zoey is always eager to share her enthusiasm and curiosity about how the world works.
The Dr. Binocs Show: Age 5+
Learning will now be fun for little learners with Dr. Binocs as he takes them through a variety of interesting topics like Shadow, Magnetism, Solar Eclipse, Photosynthesis and many more subjects that will surely help children understand them more easily.
Hope you found this post helpful. Do not hesitate to add or own favorite educational tv shows and cartoons for children in comments.