Learning should be fun, engaging, and interesting for our children.
Don’t get me wrong, worksheets and textbooks are helpful ways to gain knowledge, but with VISUAL stimulation (such as a captivating show) it can really take a child’s knowledge to new heights!
Whose to say we can’t have a blast while learning a new subject, am I right?
What’s great about educational TV shows, movies, and FREE entertainment you can find on YouTube for your child is they can watch and re watch it as many times as they’d like. Repetition is KEY to learning.
Did us parents just strike gold? I think so. 🙂
I am a firm believer educational shows are a wonderful learning tool we can expose our child to.
My intention throughout this post to provide you the 12 BEST educational TV shows for kids on the market today and hopefully at the end you will find a show that will be a hit for your kiddo.
So let’s get you the information you came here for (and thank you so much for being here)!
#1. Donald in Mathmagic Land
Learning math just hit a whole new level!
One of the most popular and entertaining educational films ever made by Walt Disney will surely have your little one engaged while learning math.
Psst, what’s the BEST part? They won’t even realize they’re learning. 🙂
Granted some kids love learning numbers while others have zero interest, this fantasy adventure with Donald Duck will surely peek their interest in some shape or form.
#2. Schoolhouse Rock!
One of the main messages this show portrays to its kid viewers (as well as adults) is that “knowledge is power”.
Your child will be exposed to learning numbers, history, and nouns (plus more) through educational songs.
If your kiddo likes music, this may be the perfect option for them.
BUT as an adult watching this show, be prepared to learn all the songs with them because the music is fun, upbeat, and catchy!
#3. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space!
If I could describe the ‘Cat in the Hat’ series in two words, I would say it’s whimsically FANTASTIC.
I loved these books when I was little and now my son loves them too. Now you can watch and learn from the ‘Cat in the Hat’ on your screen.
As the title suggests, your child will be learning about space in a fun manner with words that rhyme.
Occasionally, an educational song will break out that makes this show even more enjoyable and adds another level of fun to your child’s viewing experience.
Reviewed by Tristan, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic she states, “I recommend this film for ages 2 to 8. Young children will appreciate the rhyming lyrics and easy to follow story line. Parents can be assured their children are learning within a fun environment. The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Space does not disappoint, as it is right in-line with the other Dr. Seuss stories.”
#4. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping!
Let’s keep this ‘Cat in the Hat’ party rolling, shall we? 🙂
Not only can your child learn all about space (as we just discussed above) but they can also be exposed to a camping adventure. If your family enjoys the outdoors, this is a must watch flick for your child.
They will go on a journey of what it is like to canoe, camp, and hike in words that rhyme.
As one reviewer Aaron states, “Cat in the Hat knows a lot about camping, has been a hit with our 1 and 3 year olds. Cute songs and dialogue about nature and problem solving. Highly recommend it.”
#5. Liberty’s Kids: The Complete Series
Liberty’s Kids is a captivating cartoon your child will watch and they won’t even realize they are learning!
It’s an educational resource that travels back in time which is exactly what your child will be exposed to while watching Libery’s Kids, our history.
Alice Ceballos (a top 50 reviewer on Amazon) explains, “This is an animated DVD that includes many stories including the Boston Tea Party, The First Fourth of July, The Constitution, and many more. It tells the story in a way that draws children in. The children are learning without even knowing it. It helps them ask questions and want to learn more. We then research on the computer or laptop more about what we were just watching and do projects related to that event.”
Your kiddo will learn about history in the making and gain knowledge about these pivotal points that have happened in the past.
#6. The Magic Schoolbus: The Complete Series
Growing up, my sister and I were completely obsessed with The Magic Schoolbus AND it’s still one of the hottest shows today for kids!
The Magic Schoolbus is an Emmy-Award winning flick that will teach your child all about science in an adventurous way.
Your child will go on a journey with the teacher Ms. Fizzle and her inquisitive students as their Magic Schoolbus takes them on exciting field trips through the human body, into space, back to prehistoric times, and everywhere else in between.
This is the longest running kid’s science series EVER which speaks volume of its popularity.
One reviewer, Ed, shares, “I’m glad I get to share this with my kids now. Grew up with Ms Frizzle and the gang, and, unlike many of the ‘on trend’ children’s shows, Magic School Bus is still relevant and educational, and it brings a smile to my little guy’s face each time he watches it. It’s so lovely that it leaves such an impression that as soon as I pick up the little guy each day to bring him home, the first thing out of his mouth is ‘school bus! school bus!”
#7. Curious George 30-Story Collection
George, the curious Monkey, is an adorable animal kids are in awe with.
The story line follows George and his silly adventures where he creates havoc at the zoo, flies a rocket, goes to a doctor’s office, and more.
This adventurous cartoon will expose your child to creative lessons in problem solving, science, technology, and mathematics.
#8. Blippi – Educational Videos for Children
Blippi is a goofy and an engaging host that will teach your kiddo all about the exciting things life has to offer like garbage trucks, fruit factory, police car, tractor, lawnmower, dinosaur, shapes, colors, and the list goes on!
The show is geared towards children ages 2 to 6 years old.
My nephew, who is going on 5, LOVES this show to pieces. His favorite is when Blippi is riding in the police car.
This show is highly recommended among parents.
One parent wrote a review saying, “What would anyone with a toddler do without Blippi? We have the entertainment package in our car and having Blippi on DVD is a lifesaver for long trips with our 20 month old. Every morning he wakes up and as says “blipeee, blipeee”. Very pleased with the product. Thank you Blippi for creating wonderful content for our children.”
#9. Wild Kratts Triple Feature: Predator Power, Lost at Sea, and Rainforest Rescue
This show will teach your child about the amazing animals from around the world.
It’s a nature packed adventure where the ‘Kratts’ Chris and Martin make learning about animals and the ocean FUN.
Jovid shares in his review, “My kids would watch wild kratts every day if they were allowed to. They love all of the wild kratt movies and have learned so many cool things about animals. It’s always fun to hear my 3 yr old talking about camouflage or how strong/fast some animals are. I recommend this to anyone who wants their kids to have a good knowledge of some cool creatures.””
#10. Team Umizoomi
The tiny umizoomi super heroes need your child’s help on this imaginative journey!
Your child will follow team umizoomi on an adventure while they solve problems using shapes and patterns to build a speedy speedboat, make chocolate and strawberry milk, repair a broken subway train, and so much more.
Recommended for ages 3 years and up, this show will teach your child real-life math applications such as counting, measuring, and spatial relations. They will be building their shape and color recognition skills too.
#11. Dora The Explorer
This cute flick is super adventurous where your child will follow Dora Marquez, a young Latina girl with her backpack and a monkey named Boots.
To share a few sneak peeks, they will go on a journey to Crocodile Lake, meet Swiper the Fox, and travel to Strawberry Mountain.
Each episode will teach your child a different lesson and skill set such as math, problem-solving, music, and language.
#12. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Big Splash
Disney’s Mickey Mouse is a staple in the entertainment industry BUT ‘Clubhouse’ films take kids learning to a whole new playful and engaging level!
Your child will go on Mickey’s adventures by helping his gang (Minnie, Daisy, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy) pick the right mousketools to get this beach party started. There will be boogie boards, a Hawaiian luau, and noodle ice cream to name a few.
Mickey will talk and ask questions to gain engagement with the kid viewers.
It’s a great problem solving show where your child will feel like they are right there with the cartoon characters helping them along their exciting adventure!
Now more than ever during this time of COVID19, we can make screen time a positive experience for our kiddos so they are busy and entertained while at home.
Especially if you are trying to work from home AND teach your child virtually, popping in a show of educational value is an incredible tool at your disposal.
Us ‘parents’ can now feel OK when our child has a show on because they will be engaged having FUN watching something they can learn from.
Plus, we can work, sit with them, or do whatever it is we need to do for ourselves during that time.
Even if you aren’t a huge screen time parent that’s ok too. Educational TV shows for kids can teach them valuable life lessons in all sorts of subjects.
If there are other educational flicks you would recommend, questions you may have, a review you’d like to share, or anything you’d like to add that I did not cover in this post, please feel free to comment below.
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