Educational TV Shows for Kids

Make screen time your friend with these educational TV shows for kids of all ages.

With so many streaming services available these days, there’s an overwhelming amount of content for children. With so many options, it can be tough and time consuming to discern high quality programming from mindless television. If you’re in need of a little guidance, we’ve rounded up a collection of shows that will help kids learn about everything from counting to conservation. 

Make screen time your friend and check out these eight educational shows with your children. 

Toddlers

Sesame Street

Where to watch: PBS and HBO Max 

The gold standard of educational tv is still a go-to for today’s little ones. Songs, cute skits, celebrity cameos and, of course, great muppet characters make learning fun on Sesame Street. If your tot hasn’t been introduced to Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and the rest of the crew, now is the time. 

Songs for Littles with Ms. Rachel

Where to watch: YouTube

Real-life early childhood teacher Ms. Rachel has become a recent sensation across social media, and it’s no wonder. Her music series for toddlers includes research-backed learning methods and it’s also super entertaining. Episodes are geared towards children that are developing language skills and include catchy songs, colors, numbers, animals and more. 

Bluey

Where to watch: Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video

A sweet family of Australian heeler dogs learn lessons about life through imagination, exploration and play. Energetic six-year-old Bluey and her four-year-old sister, Bingo, love creating games, which often leads to funny situations. The show teaches social-emotional lessons about caring, working together and inclusiveness. 

Preschoolers

Ask the Storybots

Where to watch: Netflix

Kids often have big questions, and this cartoon series aims to answer them in an engaging and humorous way. From “Why do we have to brush our teeth?” to “How do computers work?,” the five storybots track down explanations with the help of celebrity guests. 

Team Umizoomi

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video and Paramount Plus

This adorable animated series features six-year-old Milli, her brother, Geo and their robot pal, Bot, solving math problems. Preschool-appropriate concepts like shapes, patterns and measurements are explored. 

Word Party 

Where to watch: Netflix

Four adorable baby animals teach little ones new words through song, dance and play. The show is interactive, so kids can move their bodies right along with the characters. There are also positive themes about friendship and emotions mixed in throughout the show. 

Elementary age & up

Brainchild

Where to watch: Netflix

While some science-based shows are, let’s face it, on the boring side, this Netflix series is sure to be a hit with your older kids. The show explains the science behind their everyday world in an entertaining way through experiments and silly skits. Episodes delve into topics that are interesting to tweens, like social media and dreams. 

Izzy’s Koala World 

Where to watch: Netflix

11 year old Izzy Bee is a koala caretaker on Australia’s Magnetic Island in this charming Netflix docu-series. Izzy helps her mom, a wildlife veterinarian, rehabilitate sick and injured koala bears and release them back into their habitats. The show is full of lessons about friendship, compassion and responsibility, plus interesting wildlife facts. 

Wild Kratts 

Where to watch: PBS Kids and Amazon Prime Video 

Kids will love watching hosts Chris and Martin Kratt explore different regions of the world and discover amazing new animals. Each episode tackles age-appropriate science concepts, while also educating kids about the importance of protecting wildlife in their natural habitats. 


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