Educational Television Shows for Children

Although television should be used very sparingly for toddlers, there are times that a parent needs a little time to himself or herself. If you do have your child watch television, you should choose an educational show. There are many popular programs that can teach your child about different concepts.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street is a long-running, award-winning children’s show that has taught generations of children. Through small, short skits made to keep the attention of toddlers, it goes into many different concepts. Each episode has a letter and number of the day, and they focus on words beginning with these. Each show deals with important concepts such as sharing and friendship.

Sesame Street combines live action actors, puppets and cartoons. It uses songs to teach as well. There are many Sesame Street videos which focus on a variety of educational concepts, including potty training. There is little objectionable material in Sesame Street, and the characters are beloved by kids everywhere. Through gentle interactions and fun skits, kids learn important points in simple ways.

Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer shows kids a world beyond their own backyard. It teaches children Spanish words and shows how people are different in different parts of the world. Many of the shows show a character learning from his or her mistakes. For instance, the “villain,” Swiper the Fox, often does something not nice, but learns in the end. It also tries to be interactive, asking the children questions to get them thinking.  The show covers colors and other preschool concepts appropriate for this age group.

Barney the Dinosaur

Through songs and educational skits, Barney the Dinosaur teaches about sharing and caring. It focuses on the importance of being kind to one another. They showcase different cultures at times as well. The purple dinosaur is popular for both girls and boys.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Children have loved Mickey Mouse for many decades. The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse shows Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy going on small quests to help people and solve problems. It often involves counting and colors. The episodes feature fun subjects such as cowboys and carnivals. They also show people being aware of other’s feelings. 

Educational shows teach your toddler at the same time that they entertain. Many of these shows both appear on television and in DVDs. Other shows that provide educational value for toddlers include Blue’s Clues, Handy Manny and Bob the Builder.