15 of the Most Educational TV Shows for Kids

by Tiffany
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Team Umi Zoomi

Team Umi Zoomi is a team of tiny heros who travel around Umi City, solving problems with patterns, shapes, and numbers.  It teaches basic addition, subtraction, counting, pattern recognition, and shapes.

Cyberchase

Cyberchase is about a trio of friends who get put into the computer world by Mother Board, who is being attacked by Hacker.  They stop him from causing trouble with more upper-level math: multiplication, division, tables, and graphs.

Word World

Word World is an animated show where the animal characters and their surroundings are made of letters that spell their words.

Magic School Bus

If you haven’t heard of Magic School Bus then you’ve been living under a rock.  Or a bus.  It’s about a crazy teacher named Ms. Frizzle who takes her school class on epic field trips to learn about science, nature, the human body, weather, and more in a – you got it – magic school bus.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

The sequel to Magic School Bus with Ms. Frizzle’s little sister and updated technology.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

You should be familiar with Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and the Land of Make Believe with King Friday, Lady Elaine, and other characters.  This show is about the children in the Land of Make Believe.  The cartoon characters are around four years old and go to preschool together.  They learn a lot about social skills and ways to deal with emotions from short songs (a line or two) that repeat throughout the show.  Even though my children are older, we still refer to these frequently as we run into problems in the real world.

Little Pim

Little Pim is a panda who teaches children foreign languages.  There are over a dozen to choose from!

Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Rock is a collection of videos that teach children about government, social studies, science, math, and more!  The premise behind the songs is that “Knowledge is Power!”

Liberty’s Kids

Liberty’s Kids is a show of an American young man and a British young woman who live in the colonies during the late 1700s.  Through their eyes, you see the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.

Living Scriptures

Don’t let the name fool you – this program offers much more than Bible stores!  There are dozens of videos on great figures from history, like Harriet Tubman, George Washington, da Vinci, Columbus, and more.

Super Why

Taking place in Fairy Tale Village, there are a group children who are Super Readers.  These are the kids of classic story tale figures, like The Princess and the Pea.  They run into problems in their lives, and the look in a book to solve the issue.  Along the way, they learn letters, spelling, reading, and more.

Dinosaur Train

A mother pterodactyl has three eggs that hatch.  A fourth egg in her nest turns out to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and she decides to raise him with her children.  They travel on the Dinosaur Train to other eras and locations to meet all of the different kinds of dinosaurs.  They learn the scientific names of dinosaurs, along with their characteristics and features.

Kratts’ Creatures

This show is about the Kratt brothers, who are real-world animal experts.  They travel around the world to learn about animals.  Children learn a lot about different kinds of animals and their habitats.

Wild Kratts

Based off of Kratt’s Creatures, this is an animated show about the Kratt Brothers.  For part of the show, they are cartoon characters who can use “creature power” to go into animals’ lairs, etc.  The other part of the show has live animals with the real Kratt brothers themselves.  Children learn a lot about different kinds of animals and their habitats.

Curiosity Stream

Curiosity Stream is a collection of BBC and other videos on science, history, social studies, and more.  Some shows are animated, while others are documentaries.

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Janey Ratto March 17, 2019 - 1:57 pm

Do you have favorite app games? We will be traveling soon and I would love to download educational games rather than just generic entertaining games? Thanks for this list.

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Tiffany March 17, 2019 - 2:46 pm

Great question! We really like the Pink Fong apps a lot, as well as the PBS Games app.

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Dawn October 22, 2019 - 4:37 pm

Love this list! We love Daniel Tiger, Dinosaur Train and Umi Zumi. My 2 yo can identify crescent shape and different dinosaurs now. Impressive what they pick up while watching. The others are new to us, but we’ll have to give them a try!

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