Please tell me it’s not just me who’s kid is permanently glued to their tablet?
We obviously have rules and time limits, but given half the chance she’d be on that tablet all day long. Some of the games are rubbish (Roblox) and some are pointless (nail painting gameS) but there are also some educational books and TV shows that I’m pleased she shows an interest in.
If your kids are going to use their tablets and you want to get them watching something a bit educational I’ve listed some of the TV programmes we’ve discovered on Netflix and BBC player for kids…
Horrible Histories is on Netflix and is currently one of my daughter’s favourite things to watch. It’s funny and gruesome as well as educational and covers everything from The Tudors to The Stone Age, The Vikings to World War 1. You can always find an episode to help with whatever topic they’re studying at school and you’ll probably learn a few things yourself!
Operation Ouch is on CBBC and you can find episodes on BBC iPlayer. The program focuses on what happens in A&E as well as teaching children about biology, medical treatments and technology. I was worried that Little H might get a bit squeamish watching it but she’s been fascinated by it and has told me about all sorts of things she’s watched.
Walking With Dinosaurs
If your child is interested in dinosaurs you need to point them in the direction of Walking With Dinosaurs on Netflix. I’m sure you’ve seen it before yourself and it’s an amazing program to watch together.
If you haven’t heard of Odd Squad, it’s a kids’ tv program on CBBC about a group of agents who use their maths skills to solve cases. A good show to get your kids involved with maths without them even realising they’re watching something educational!
Another CBBC show that you can catch up on BBC iPlayer, Deadly 60 tracks down 60 of the world’s deadliest animals. It’s an entertaining watch and teaches children about rare species and different countries.
You’re bound to remember watching this as a kid and it’s still going strong. Little H watches it at school and often surprises me by telling me things she knows about what’s currently going on in the world. It’s great as you know they’ll only be told information suitable for kids, unlike if they watch or hear the regular news.
Do your kids watch any of these TV shows? If not, I hope the list has given you some inspiration!
Are there any educational tv shows for kids your children would recommend that aren’t included above? I’d love more suggestions if you have any!