7 Great Educational TV Shows for Young Kids

The competition for good programming has pushed the quality of kids’ TV up a few notches.

We grownups know that TV isn’t good for little developing brains, so upfront let’s state the obvious: screen time (including smart devices like phones and tablets) should be very closely monitored and restricted to small chunks of time. That said, there is a cornucopia of wonderful shows out there that can enhance learning for small children.

As our kids start on their ABCs and basic math, we need to make sure they are also having fun. Edutainment shows do just that, empowering kids to feel confident in the learning process itself.  Here are some great ones to check out:


  1. Superwhy! These darling little superheroes essentially create an interactive game around phonetics and simple spelling. The graphics and characters are vibrant and enthusiastic, treating spelling like a problem-solving exercise.


  1. Spongebob Squarepants! If you don’t remember this show, you may have been living under a rock…in an underwater town called Bikini Bottom. This strange little world has a logic and a culture all its own, created by a marine biologist with the aim of teaching kids about the ocean.


  1. Pingu! This preverbal show is a Scandinavian hit that uses bizarre Claymation to create a family of penguins that never has an ordinary day. Pingu teaches kids about emotions and relationships in a playful way.


  1. Shaun the Sheep! This show isn’t educational in the concrete sense, but it has elements of problem solving and relationship building that are not only humorous, but weirdly fascinating. If your child loved Chicken Run and Wallace and Grommit, check out little Shaun and his farmyard friends.


  1. Wallykazam! These silly creatures introduce early literacy in a really fun and unique way. Magic is a great entrée into creativity, and the voices on this series are particularly charismatic.


  1. Stella and Sam. This show is lovely because it features a brother/sister team that demonstrates creative play, sharing, problem solving, and adventure. The graphics are really lyrical and endearing too.


  1. Peg + Cat is all about math, complete with a talking, dorky blue cat that regularly bursts into song. It’s one of those shows that’s witty enough for parents to watch and get a chuckle too.


If you have to do TV, make it the kind that counts: quality content that delivers humor, learning, and imagination. Limit screen time to 30 minutes a day, which is about the length of many of these shows. And another helpful tip, before you turn it on, tell your little one that when the show is done, the device goes off; that way you minimize tears and fussiness when it’s over.




About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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