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Which television programs are most educational for a five-year-old?
Bluey is a definite family favorite right now! For Father's Day, my brother even got a Bluey shirt with his daughter's name on it.
It features two girl dogs, a mom, and a dad. They focus a lot on imaginative play, which encourages their viewers to do the same. It also portrays common issues kids face, such as sibling rivalry and feeling left out when friends are playing without them, and shows how to handle these issues when they arise. It's also great to see children and parents playing together often in a show; it demonstrates a very loving, kind family. Overall, they appear to be good role models for kids and parents.
Here is an article written by a dad about why he believes families should watch Bluey.
CoComelon is one of the most popular shows for babies and young children, currently. It features a lot of songs about various topics, such as nursery rhymes, counting, sports, and taking a bath. The songs are super repetitive, so they are likely to get stuck in parents' heads, but it works great with kids! They like how the show features a boy and a girl, too, so many children can relate personally to them.
When I was making lesson plans during my college classes, I included CoComelon songs for the kindergartens a few times. The songs and brightly colored videos were great ways to get students thinking about the topic of the day.
Here is an example of a CoComelon song about sharing. It is repetitive, colorful, and demonstrates sharing in multiple ways for young children.
There are many educational TV shows designed specifically for toddlers that aim to engage and teach them important skills. Here are some popular ones:
Sesame Street - A classic show that has been educating and entertaining children for decades. It covers a wide range of topics, including letters, numbers, and social skills.
Blue's Clues - This show follows a host named Steve or Joe as they solve problems with the help of their animated puppy, Blue. It encourages viewer participation and critical thinking.
Dora the Explorer - Dora, along with her monkey friend Boots, goes on adventures and solves puzzles. The show incorporates basic Spanish language skills and problem-solving.
Peppa Pig - Peppa Pig and her friends explore the world around them, teaching simple concepts like numbers, colors, and basic social skills.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Based on the characters from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," this show focuses on social and emotional skills, helping children understand and manage their emotions.
Paw Patrol - A group of animated puppies led by a boy named Ryder work together to protect their community. The show introduces teamwork, problem-solving, and community service.
Super Why! - This animated series features characters with reading-based superpowers who explore classic stories to solve problems. It emphasizes early literacy skills.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Mickey Mouse and his friends use "Mouseketools" to solve problems and go on adventures. It teaches basic problem-solving and early math concepts.
Word Party - This show features adorable baby animals who teach vocabulary and language skills through songs and interactive play.
Octonauts - A team of animals explores the ocean, encountering different sea creatures. The show introduces marine biology concepts and teamwork.