I have a two-year-old daughter who will be turning three in February. It’s important to me that she watches shows that are educational and entertaining. For this article, I’ve highlighted five educational shows that my daughter enjoys watching.
Barney and Friends
Shows and movies starring Barney the dinosaur are fast-paced, but contain educational content simple enough for toddlers to understand. The show contains a lot of singing and repetition, perfect for young toddlers who are trying to learn. Although my daughter has developed a wide variety of interests, she used to watch Barney every day. I feel like Barney and Friends helped my daughter develop focus while learning, and taught her that learning should be fun.
This classic kid show features lovable puppets like Elmo and Big Bird. Sesame Street continues to evolve in order to stay relevant to modern day issues. Because the show takes a fun approach to understanding the world, this is one of my most preferred shows for my daughter to watch. Because the show is full of colorful puppets and cartoons, it’s also one of my daughter’s favorite shows.
Dora the Explorer
I enjoy this show because it teaches exploration, and exposes my daughter to a Spanish-speaking hero. Although I don’t necessarily expect my daughter to learn Spanish from watching this show, I want her to understand that there is a world full of languages and cultures for her to explore. Because Dora the Explorer is shown in a way that engages a young audience, Dora has become one of my daughter’s favorite characters.
Although I wouldn’t give a lot of credit to the adults of this show, who would leave a curious monkey in charge of things like operating heavy equipment or running a business while the owner goes out to get more supplies, George is educational because of his curiosity. George is interested in the world around him, and, through trial and error, George learns about the things that are most interesting to him.
Thomas & Friends
Thomas is a very useful tank engine who lives on the imaginary island of Sodor. Entertaining enough to capture the attention of children of all ages, Thomas teaches the importance of following instructions and working as a team. Traditionally, trains have been for boys, but some of Thomas’ friends are girl tank engines, and the lessons learned by watching the show are great for all children.
While my daughter watches these shows, I pay attention to what she responds to, and what she seems to care about. By talking to her about the shows, my wife and I have been able to encourage my daughter’s interests, and help her learn. If you have recommendations for fun, educational kid shows, let us know. Thanks for reading!