Educational t.v. shows for toddlers


Does your child watch t.v. or movies on a regular basis?  Almost all parents are guilty of flipping on a television or popping a movie in for our tots to have enough time to finish the chores, cook dinner or even to clean up after a mini tornado that re-organized your house with an adorable smile.  We all do it!  As my tot gazed up at the television in awe absorbing as much as she could I often wondered if she was learning anything.  Was it educational?  Was it actually teaching her something or was it just for entertainment?

Recently I decided to only let my daughter watch shows that were educational.  As a result she finally started interacting in addition to using some of the information she has learned!  She loves the new shows and doesn’t fuss for the old ones.  Below I have listed some educational t.v. shows that are kid approved.  I hope your child enjoys them as much as mine does!

Educational t.v. shows for toddlers:

Netflix (

  • Word Party (words for objects, colors and animals) My daughter LOVES this show!
  • Leapfrog (letters, the alphabet, numbers, math, words, shapes and counting)
  • Super Why (problem solving, alphabet, spelling, math and reading)
  • Barney (the alphabet, numbers and counting, animals, colors and good manners)
  • Magic School bus (teaches science)
  • Little Einsteins (art, music, landmarks, and problem solving)
  • Octonauts (teaches about life under water and the animals that call it home)
  • Sid the science kid (teaches science)
  • The very hungry caterpillar (reads the famous book “the very hungry caterpillar” and teaches about the transition from a caterpillar to a butterfly)
  • Mother Goose Club (nursery rhymes, promotes movement and dancing)
  • Baby Genius (nursery rhymes)

PBS ( I love their very educational website!

  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (problem solving and how to handle your emotions in certain situations)
  • Peg and Cat (teaches math)
  • Sesame Street (teaches the alphabet, numbers and places)
  • Super Why (reading, words, the alphabet and spelling)
  • Dinosaur train (teaches about dinosaurs)
  • The Cat in the Hat (creativity, exploring and problem solving)
  • Wild Kratts (teaches about animals and their environments)
  • Curious George (problem solving and promotes curiosity)
  • Sid the science kid (teaches science)

Nickjr (

  • Paw Patrol (teaches problem solving)
  • Blaze & the Monster Machines (STEM curriculum *science, math, technology and engineering)
  • Bubble Guppies (science, math, reading and colors)
  • Team Umizoomi (math, counting, shapes, patterns, measuring and problem solving)
  • Rusty Rivets (teaches engineering)
  • Peppa Pig (social and emotional development)
  • Dora the Explorer & Dora and Friends (spanish and problem solving)

Disney & Disney junior (

  • Mickey Mouse (colors, shapes, counting, patterns and problem solving)
  • Doc McStuffins (teaches how to care for stuffed animals and promotes a healthy lifestyle)
  • Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates (counting and problem solving)
  • Sheriff Callie’s Wild West (problem solving and being a good friend)
  • Baby Einsteins (art, music, landmarks and problem solving)
  • Octonauts (under water adventures and animals)
  • Special Agent OSO (problem solving)
  • Handy Manny (engineering and problem solving)