Nothing would please me more if I could just plop my kids in front of the television for hours on end, guilt-free. Thankfully, we live in a great age where we can entertain our children while they learn a little something. My favorite place to find great educational animated series for free is Netflix. I also take full advantage of Xfinity On Demand, PBS Kids, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and DVDs.
Here are the top shows in our house:
Leap Frog Series – This frog family takes your children through their own struggles and insecurities to learn math and literacy in a series of videos. Available on Netflix in the US and Canada.
WordWorld – Animals 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. This show teaches letter recognition, word formation, and phonics. Available on Netflix US and Canada, PBS Kids, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.
Super WHY! – These children become popular storybook characters to solve a “super big problems” through the reading of popular fairy tales. This show teaches reading comprehension while relating fairy tale problems to real life issues. Available on Netflix US and Canada, YouTube, and Xfinity On Demand.
Magic School Bus – Based on the book series, these schoolchildren learn all about science from their quirky teacher, Ms. Frizzle, through wild adventures. In most episodes, the “bus” is a magical gateway to becoming microscopic to travel anywhere they would like, including inside a person’s body! Available on Netflix US and Canada, YouTube, and Xfinity On Demand.
Sid the Science Kid – Sid, an inquisitive child who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principles and why things work the way they do. He enlists the help of his classmates, teacher and family to answer questions and solve problems. Available on Netflix US and Canada, YouTube, and Xfinity on Demand.
Backyardigans – These five friends have vivid imaginations and love to share them with their young viewers. Encouraging role playing, the children go on adventures from the beach to the mountains, in caves and underwater. Available on Netflix US, YouTube, Xfinity and Amazon Prime Video.
Monster Math Squad – These little monsters are excited to incorporate math into every situation, including when they help their friends. Every episode has a Secret Monster Math Word, which is the math principle that they subsequently teach. Available on Netflix US.
Little Einsteins – These four friends teach art and music appreciation by integrating famous or culturally significant art works and classical music into the scenery, plot and soundtrack of each episode. Each friend specializes in a different aspect of musicianship: song, dance, playing and conducting music.
Animal Mechanicals – These six animals go on a weekly mission and use their abilities to solve a problem. Their abilities include: stretch, speed, flight, gizmo, and strength. Available on Netflix US and Canada and YouTube.
Warren Buffet’s Secret Millionaires Club – The adventures of four friends who follow the advice of a knowledgeable investor. This series touches on subjects like piracy, diving into an unknown business venture and giving back. Available on Xfinity on Demand.
Brain Games – A reality television series that discusses and explores the components of the human brain. This interactive show is fun for the whole family, encouraging viewers to play “Brain Games” based in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology. Available on National Geographic Channel, Xfinity on Demand, and YouTube.