With the world trying to recover from the setback caused by the global health crisis, some schools are yet to settle into the new normal, leaving millions of children stranded at home — and most parents finding it tough to manage the situation.
These restless minds need to be kept occupied in a way that isn’t totally mindless. Even in this on-the-screen learning Era. So, if you want the kids to learn while watching TV, here are 10 awesome TV shows that are not only educational but also entertaining.
For Kids Under age 7
Ask the Story Bots:
Acquired by Netflix last year, the show features the curious little creatures who live inside computers and go on fun adventures to help satisfy the curiosity of kids’ with questions, like “Why do I have to brush my teeth?” or “where do candy bars come from?” The show runs for two seasons.
Vocabulary-building showcases four adorable baby animals as they sing, dance and play. In the show, puppeteers perform digitally animated characters in real time — enabling the animation to be more lifelike and spontaneous. It runs for two seasons
This is a British children’s TV show that takes the kids on an adventurous journey, following an underwater crew of eight animal adventurers who live in an undersea base. They explore real locations and encounter actual marine animals.
Sesame Street is a classic preschool series renowned for its superb educational content, which supports early skills in literacy, math, and science and exposes kids to a variety of cultures through music, dance, and language. Over the years, the show has dealt with strong emotional issues kids go through from missing a friend, suffering from low self-esteem, and being worried about a new sibling’s arrival — but the messages are always positive and self-affirming.
Blue’s, Clues and U:
In this TV show, the host encourages viewers to help solve a problem in each episode. There’s a heavy emphasis on literacy, including phonics, spelling, and letter recognition, as well as basic preschool skills like shape and color identification. Social-emotional themes also stand out in some stories that deal with feelings. This engaging series actively involves audience members, which helps teach critical thinking skills and promotes the value of curiosity.
For older kids.
“Bill Nye Saves the World”:
In this show, a TV famed Science Guy tackles topics from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims. This helps the kids think more logically. It runs for three seasons.
“The Last Man on the Moon”:
This is a Documentary film about Gene Cernan — the Apollo astronaut who last set foot on the Moon in December 1972. Cernan looks back on the history of NASA’s lunar landings and how being the last man to stand on the lunar surface changed his life. Kids who are science based would love this.
The show is an eight-part documentary series from the creators of “Planet Earth” which provides a never-before-filmed look at the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants, filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world. This show is a limited series, and was narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
For all ages.
Molly of Denali:
In this new show, the lead character, 10-year-old Molly, is an Alaskan native, whose activities center around her life of exploration, nature, and adventure. It also preaches acceptability of other kids who are different from those they’re used to seeing and playing with everyday.
If you have a kid who exhibit signs of becoming a performer, then this comes highly recommended. In this show popular voice and screen actors mentor the kids in specific aspects of performing. The characters’ dialogue acquaints kids with terminology such as “stage right” and “stage left,” “ghost light,” and, of course, “greenroom,” all while maintaining an organic and kid-friendly quality. In other words, it teaches without instructing, instead letting the characters’ discoveries inspire the audience’s. There’s a basic introduction to original music, technical components of stage production, and the nuts and bolts of costumes and props, appealing to a wide span of interests.
No more idle time for the kids. Let the screen become a blessing to their lives. A lot of kids get inspiration from these educational shows.
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