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Best TV shows that you can watch along with your child

Best TV shows that you can watch along with your child

Is your child often more interested in watching TV than in learning new things, no matter how hard you try to involve them in educational activities?

Well then let’s try out learning through TV! 

Let’s try blending fun with education. In my opinion, when kids find learning enjoyable, they are likely to learn and remember things better.

In this article, I will highlight top TV shows that can blend entertainment with education suitable for two age groups:

Group A

For children aged 3 to 7 years focusing on their early development

Creativity and imagination :

Encouraging creativity and imagination in kids is essential for their emotional development. Here are some TV shows that promote creativity and imagination thinking:

1. “Shark Tank”

Kids can make great entrepreneurs. With their creativity, imagination and energy, they have the opportunity to figure out exciting things to do with their time at home. Shark Tank not only helps with learning benefits but also make entrepreneurship fun and engaging. 

2. “Doc McStuffins”

Doc McStuffins is an animated  TV show about a young girl named Dottie “Doc” who can bring her toys come to life and fix them when they are not feeling well. The series teaches us the basic medical concepts in a kid – friendly way.

3. “Creative Galaxy “

Creative Galaxy is an animated TV series available on Amazon Prime Video. It is a fun show that help kids to be creative. It encourages the young viewers to learn about art, like painting, drawing, sculpture, and more to have lots of artistic fun.

4. “Adventure Time”

Adventure Time is a cool show for kids 10 and up! It's about Finn and Jake, a boy and his magical dog, going on awesome adventures and meeting all sorts of characters in a make-believe world.

5.“How it’s made”

This series shows behind – the – scenes  objects that we depend on. It explores the fascinating world of how everyday items are manufactured and produced. Each episode is captivating as it covers a variety of things that interest kids of all ages. 

Cultural awareness :

Helping kids understand different cultures is important. These TV shows can make it easy for them to learn about and appreciate different ways of life:

1. “Little Einsteins”

Little Einsteins is loved by kids as it is a very funny show where friends go on different adventures. They explore nature, cultures, and art, all while travelling and solve the problems together. In addition to that, there’s cool music and famous art in each episode.

2. “Let’s go Luna”

Let’s Go Luna is about friends as it teaches children about friendship. These friends travel the world by having fun in learning different elements. Their adventures take them through cities around the globe where they explore the food, music, art, architecture and other features that make each place unique and wonderful in a really fun way!

3. “Nina’s World”

This is an animated series, where a little girl Nina is guided by her parents and grandmother. This show  is all about finding solutions to the problems in an exciting way, learning different cultures and making friends from all around the world.

Language fun zone :

Following TV shows help kids to boost their vocabulary of words and learn language skills  in a fun and entertaining way:

1. “Word World”

Word World is a fun show where letters come alive with animal friends. Frog and Dog are some cool characters who go on adventures and teach kids about alphabets, spelling, and new words in a really cool and playful way.

2. “Super Why”

Super Why is a show that brings smiles and smarts together. It helps kids read better! It’s like going on storybook adventures where they learn about letters, words, and how to understand stories.

3. “The Electric Company”

The Electric Company is a cool old show that helps us read and understand words better. It uses songs and fun cartoons to teach kids some new words and how to use them.

Feel and Learn :

Some programs can help the children in managing and comprehending their emotions and feelings.

1. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood”

It is an animated show on PBS kids that focuses on social-emotional learning and teaches children about feelings, empathy, friendship and emotional well-being. Each episode addresses common childhood challenges and emotions, providing practical solutions for managing feelings like frustration, sadness or excitement. 

2. “Inside Out”

Inside Out is a wonderful show inspired by a Pixar movie available on Disney+ Hotstar. It’s about feelings inside a kid’s head and helps them understand that although it might be uncomfortable, it’s normal to experience emotions like sadness, anger and hurt  and how to handle such different emotions. 

3. “Tumble Leaf”

Tumble Leaf is a fun show about a blue fox. It helps us learn about feelings and being nice to others, so we understand each other better

Educational content :

Following TV shows  give educational content, making math and science an enjoyable journey for children: 

1. “Sesame Street”

Sesame Street is a wonderful series targeting the age group of 2 to 5 years old. This show  uses a mix of puppetry, animation and live action segments to teach  basic maths and science concepts in a playful manner. 

2. “The Magic School Bus”

The Magic School Bus (for kids ranging from 6 to 10 years) is an animated educational TV series that takes students on thrilling and educational adventures led by their teacher Ms. Frizzle. The central theme of the show is science exploration. Ms. Frizzle and her class embark on science field trips in a bus, exploring various scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way.

3. “Curious George”

Curious George is an animated TV series that follows the adventures of Curious George, a playful little monkey, and his friend, The Man with the yellow Hat. The show incorporates maths concepts like counting objects, sorting items, or solving simple math problems. Young learners can learn basic scientific concepts in a playful context .

4. “Sid The Science Kid”

Sid the Science Kid is an animated educational TV series designed for pre-schoolers. The show follows the adventures of Sid as he discovers the wonders of science.

5. “Brainchild”

Brainchild is a science based educational TV series (suitable for 10+ aged kids)  produced by Netflix. The show presents various scientific concepts through experiments, interactive segments and interviews with experts. It covers scientific subjects including biology, chemistry, physics and more. 

6. “Octonauts”

Embark on an underwater adventure with the Octonauts, a group of animals dedicated to exploring, rescuing, and protecting the sea creatures. It teaches the concepts of marine biology in an enjoyable way.

Group B 

For children aged 10 to 15 years offering valuable understanding in their growth journey

Documentaries/Nature :

1. “Planet Earth II”

Planet Earth is a nature documentary series available on Netflix. Kids can learn different regions and landscapes on Earth and can learn the variety of plant and animal species that inhabit different environments around the world. The overall series celebrates informative exploration of Earth’s ecosystem and wildlife. 

2. “Wild Kratts” 

This show on Amazon prime introduces kids to different species of animals, plants and teach about their unique characteristics, their habitats and their behaviours. It also spreads awareness about environmental issues. It makes kids fall in love with nature and wildlife.

Science and Technology :

1. “Magic of Science” 

This TV show is available on Nat Geo. In this show kids can experience the fun of magic and understand the science behind these tricks. In this show, one can watch the magic tricks with a scientific twist. It develops a desire among kids to learn more about science.

2. “Bill Nye Saves the World”

This show which is also available on Netflix, is hosted by Bill Nye who teaches fun facts about science in an entertaining manner. Kids get very helpful science information from this show. The show uses language that is very easy for children to understand which helps them to learn complex topics in a simple way.

Adventure/Exploration

1. “Expedition Everest” 

This TV show takes you on a virtual journey through the Himalayas. The show can be viewed on Disney+ It introduces some facts about the geography, culture and landscapes of the region.

2. “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”

This show is all about making kids learn about environmental awareness during adventures. It also promotes some valuable lessons such as teamwork, empathy, friendship and acceptance. The show can be watched on Netflix.

History/Archaeology

1. “Lost Cities with Albert Lin”

This show on Nat Geo talks about different cultures and historical periods. It explores the lost cities around the world and gives information about geographical location and landscapes.

2. “Liberty’s Kids”

This show on Amazon prime is a mix of education with entertainment which makes history an enjoyable subject for the young learners. It helps kids learn about some of the important historical figures. Kids can learn gain knowledge about American war and events in US history.

3. “The Pyramid Code” 

It is a documentary series available on Netflix which focuses on the construction of pyramids. Kids learn about the Egyptian culture and the mysteries and achievements of Egyptian civilization.

Educational :

1. “National Geographic Kids”

This show focuses on all subjects of interest packed with animals, entertainment, science, technology, current events and cultures from around the world 

2. “Mysteries at the Museum”

This show is available on Discovery+ Kids learn some educational and interesting facts about history and learn in an enjoyable way through storytelling and visual exploration.

3. “The Big Fib” 

It is a game show specially designed for children who learn about some facts and lies. It consist of a lot of challenges which helps improve critical thinking skills of the young minds. It includes many topics such as science, history, culture, and more. 

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Ashita Gunjikar

Ashita Gunjikar is an M.Tech graduate, a dynamic educator with over 8 years of teaching experience. She is passionate about writing and content creation.She has received awards like 'Best Mentor' , 'Wow Teacher' and 'Educator of the month' for her great work in education. She has a unique way of making even the most complex topics easy to understand. Her ability to bring fun and excitement to each session is remarkable.

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