• KETSIREE TURY

20 Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Updated: Apr 10

It takes a village, they say. Well, my village is mostly just me. As an expat living in the US with no family or an affordable helping hand, I heavily rely on educational shows for kids to entertain, educate, and "watch" my children. I have to say watching TV is extremely useful, if you control what your kids are watching. By limiting the time, as well as doing other activities like reading, drawing, board gaming, sometimes wrestling and tickling, these educational shows do way more good than harm. As much as there is TV watching inside the house, we do plenty of other activities outside. Check out my Instagram.


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

"Watching TV" nowadays is a different activity than what it used to be. It is no longer about endless commercials and mindless junk shows (although there's more of those than ever.) My eldest quotes from his TV learnings just as much as from the books. These educational or edutainment shows for kids (and toddlers alike) are what I would happily let my children watch for hours on end, then I will say "Turn the tv off, take a break, it's not good for your brain."


Let's see if I have covered some of your favorites, and hope you can discover some new ones to add onto your list of Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers.



1. Ask the StoryBots


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Learn about educational topics including space, dinosaurs, shapes, colors, emotions and more. The show also features various guest celebrities like John Legend, Ed Norton, Snoop Dogg, and Christina Applegate. Ask the StoryBots is definitely one of my personal favorite edutainment shows.


Watch Ask the Storybots on Netflix. You can also search for some episodes on YouTube.

Age Group: 2-9 years old



2. Super Why!

Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The animation helps children learn early reading skills, including alphabets, rhyming, and problem-solving .I love that the main setting is the library, and the characters go into storybooks to save the day. Nothing like instilling the love for books.


Watch Super Why! on PBS Kids, on regular TV program and on their PBS Kids YouTube channel.

Age group: 2-6 years old



3. Wild Kratts


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Wild Kratts follows the wild adventures of animated characters of the brothers Chris and Martin Kratt. The show encounter wild animals and present entertaining stories, each with its own adventure, mystery, and fun facts.


Watch Wild Kratts on PBS Kids, on regular TV program and on their PBS Kids YouTube channel.

Age group: 2-9 years old


4. Super Wings


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Jett teams up with the Super Wings to deliver packages to children around the world. Children can learn about countries, along with the different cultures and diversity. Together, they tackle new challenges, teach kids problem-solving skills, and the importance of teamwork.


Watch Super Wings on Amazon Prime, and some content is on their Super Wings TV on YouTube.

Age group: 2-7 years old


5. Brain Candy TV

Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Both my boys LOVE Brain Candy TV. The content, like monster trucks and dinosaurs, is geared towards boys, but they are nevertheless beneficial to all little brains. With the help of Lizzy the Dog, the show teaches kids pre-K and elementary school essentials, from ABCs and numbers to simple math and science.


Watch Brain Candy TV on Amazon Prime and on Brain Candy TV on Youtube

Age group: 1-4 years old



6. Word Party


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

A vocabulary-building program in English and Mandarin with animal babies Kip the Wallaby, Bailey the Elephant, Franny the Cheetah, Lulu the Panda, and Tilly the Tortoise. Learn new words and early life lessons through singing, dancing, and everyday fun and play. The show teaches kids to understand emotions, social skills, and how to be a good friend.


Watch Word Party on Netflix.

Age group: 1-4 years old


7. Math Party


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Following the success of Word Party, Math Party was launched in 2021. Learn to count numbers, compare shapes, find patterns, and solve problems with your buddies Kip, Bailey, Franny, Lulu and Tilly. Sing songs and have fun learning about Math!


Watch Math Party on Netflix, you can also search for some episodes on YouTube.

Age Group: 2-6 years old


8. Little Einsteins

Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The preschool series introduce kids to nature, world cultures and the arts. Each episode is full of adventures and discoveries, featuring classical music, a renowned work of art, or world culture. Leo, Annie, Quincy and June sing, dance, conduct and play instruments to solve challenges and achieve their goals.


Watch Little Einsteins on Disney+ and YouTube.

Age group: 2-5 years old



9. Sesame Street


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Welcome to Sesame Street! A place where everyone counts. This oldie but goodie, an all-time favorite for children and adults alike. So much so that my husband's first word was "Bert." The show teaches children numbers, colors, the alphabets, and so much more. Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie are just a few of the beloved characters on the show. Who is your favorite?


Sesame Street is currently on HBO Max and Youtube.

Age group: 1-5 years old


10. Wordworld


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

"Welcome to a place where words come alive!" A preschool program where the characters and things from the show are all made up of the alphabets that spell the word that they are. Join their colorful adventures with Duck and his fun, loving WordFriends.


Wordworld is on Amazon Prime, and YouTube.

Age group: 3-5 years old


11. Alphablocks


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

26 living letters who discover that when they hold hands, they create a magical world of words. Learn the alphabets, phonics skills, how to spell, and read from the source, the Alphablocks! A wonderful resource to prepare children for preschool through adventures, songs and silliness.


Alphablocks is available on YouTube.

Age group: 2-6 years old



12. Number Blocks


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

A group of happy blocks play, sing and work together in a place called Numberland. The Number Blocks on each number character are the actual count of the numbers they embody. The show was produced to complement the Alphablocks in partnership with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM.)


Number Blocks is on Netflix. You can also search for it on YouTube

Age Group: 2-7 years old


13. Color Crew All about Colors



The Color Crew introduces your baby to all the colors of the world through stories of friendship and adventure. The colorful characters are a group of lively crayons who love to color! My youngest love to identify colors, and it's fun for little kids to identify the objects that are being colored as well.


Watch Color Crew All about Colors on Amazon Prime and YouTube.

Age group: 1-3 years old


14. Octonauts



Explore the new underwater worlds with the Octonauts. Whenever there is trouble, the team of undersea explorers are ready to dive into action to rescue the sea creatures and protect the ocean. Learn about real marine animals in their natural habitats. The Octonauts now expanded their exploration onto land in Octonauts: Above & Beyond!


Watch Octonauts on Netflix and their channel on YouTube.

Age Group: 3-8 years old



15. Dinosaur Train



Dinosaur Train teaches kids about life science, natural history, and paleontology. The show features a young T-Rex and his adopted Pteranodon family as they take the train to different regions to learn about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.


Watch Dinosaur Train on PBS Kids' normal program, Amazon Prime and YouTube.

Age Group: 2-7 years old


16. Creative Galaxy

Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Learn about arts and crafts, and drive creativity and imagination through a setting of the outer space, the galaxy! The show has also won praises for family representation, social inclusivity and great role models. Join the adventures of Arty and his sidekick, they need your ideas and creativity to help solve problems!


Watch Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime.

Age group: 2-8 years old


17. Kids Songs and Nursery Rhymes by RV AppStudios



This is one of my personal favorite when it comes to Toddler Learning Videos, whether it's the educational quality, characters, music, and sound. Let's just say I find it more tolerable to play them over and over again. The toddler learning VDOs I would recommend are, for example, ABC Song, Counting Numbers & Learn Colors, Names of Shapes and Animal Names for Kids.


Watch their Toddler Learning Videos on YouTube.

Age group: 1-4 years old



18. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The show promotes children's literacy in science and follows the magical adventures of Nick and Sally, who travel the world with the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two. As they travel in the Cat's the Thinga-ma-jigger, children can learn about natural science, as they visit the rainforest, the bottom of the sea, and all places in between.


Watch Cat in the Hat on normal program on PBS Kids, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

Age group: 2-7 years old


19. Storyline Online



Listening to a story being read to by Chris Pine? Sign me up! I mean it's not for me, it's for the sake of my children. The award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrities reading children’s books. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Kristen Bell, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.


Watch Storyline Online on Youtube.

Age group: 2+ years old


20. Story Time from Space


Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

A story time read by astronauts from the Space Station, in actual outer space, in zero gravity. Isn't that just so out of this world? The stories told vary in age group, but the cool factor is ageless. And the inspiration kids could get from it? Priceless. Story Time from Space is a project run by the Global Space Education Foundation.


Watch the Story Time from Space on YouTube

Age group: 2+ years old



I hope you find 20 Educational Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers useful, and now have a happy list of educational programs to share with your spouse, the grandparents, and/or caretakers. If you like this article and think it maybe useful to others, please feel free to share it. You can support me by visiting my Amazon store and shop the products I recommended. Thank you : )



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