Creative Galaxy–this unique and colorful children’s show is jam-packed with goodness. Since 2013 Creative Galaxy has been enchanting preschoolers as they follow friendly aliens Arty and Epiphany around the galaxy, using art to solve problems! Creative Galaxy includes great lessons about caring, sharing and helping. This fourth-wall breaking show invites children into Arty’s world to help solve problems by thinking far outside the box. And to top it all off, your kiddos will get some basic art history mixed in to the plot. We give Creative Galaxy two thumbs up! You can find it now on Amazon Prime.
Super Why–first airing in 2007, PBS Kids classic Super Why continues to dazzle young viewers! Whyatt, Red, Princess P and Alpha Pig become super heroes that dive into your kid’s favorite books to solve super problems. Why do we love it? There are strong themes of friendship, teamwork, communication and compassion within the diverse gang of main characters. Super Why focuses heavily on problem solving as a team, by utilizing each character’s unique abilities and talents, proving that everyone has value. On top of that, kids get huge doses of early literacy education–things like letter identification and simple spelling are specially formatted to help children practice the skills they need to start reading! We super love Super Why!
Doc McStuffins–created by Chris Nee (writer and producer for Blue’s Clues), Doc McStuffins changes everything! Heralded as one of the most progressive and positive children’s shows on the air, Doc McStuffins is based on a six-year-old African-American girl who can communicate with–and heal–her stuffed toys. The Doc is an amazing role model for any child, with her can-do attitude and independence. Doc takes kids on a journey of compassion and caring as they problem-solve together, as well as show audiences that there’s nothing scary about going to the doctor! Also in this amazing show, Doc teaches children about cleanliness and hygiene, and promotes a healthy lifestyle (proper diet and exercise, etc…). But above it all, Doc McStuffins is a highly respected program, which has an ongoing relationship with the Artemis Medical Society, which is an amazing group of female physicians of color–they promote both racial and gender diversity among medical and STEM careers! You can check it out right now on Disney Junior.
Team Umizoomi–speaking of STEM, we can’t get enough of Team Umizoomi. Beloved children’s show host Donovan Patton voices Bot–the friendly robot sidekick to six-year-old Milli and her eight-year-old brother Geo. These “mighty math superheroes” use the basic concepts of numbers, patterns, counting and math to help the children of Umi City! Critics love this early introduction to the world of mathematics, but more importantly, parents can’t stop raving! With true, real-world knowledge and problem solving, Team Umizoomi is a sweet and clever show that your little ones will want to watch again and again! What’s more? You can head over to nickjr.com to play Team Umizoomi games, and put all that practice to the test!
Nina’s World–some would say that Nina’s World doesn’t carry much in educational value, but they couldn’t be more wrong! Nina’s World exposes children to the concept of celebrating multiculturalism and diversity. As children are introduced to Nina’s family and explore her neighborhood, kids embrace new situations and challenges, solve problems and are taught to build strong bonds with people who may be different than them. In a world which is increasingly divided, Nina’s World shows us that our differences don’t need to separate peoples, but should be celebrated and used to unify. Our Latin-American protagonist is a wonderful, strong, female role model for children that seeks out solutions and shows compassion for those around her. Last but not least, children aren’t just exposed to English, but also Spanish and American Sign Language–it’s a well-rounded experience that every kid will adore! You can watch it right now on Sprout!
The Octonauts–last but not least, we have The Octonauts! A spunky, plucky gang of eight animal problem solvers, each with a different personality and talent, are led into adventure by an intrepid polar bear named Captain Barnacles. Kwazii, Dashi, Peso, Shellington and Tweak all help pilot and undersea craft, rushing to the aid of marine animals in need! Among the crew, we see teamwork, cooperation and problem-solving and compassion for one another as they think up new and creative ways to rescue the ocean’s most diverse creatures! Kids will learn fun facts about aquatic animals–whale sharks, squids, seahorses and more–all while singing and dancing along with their favorite characters! For your animal-lover, pick The Octonauts on Disney Junior!
No matter what your child loves, there’s a show that’s perfect for them! Your artist, your tinkerer, your math whiz and your wild child won’t even realize they’re learning so much with these incredible shows–and they’re all waiting for you right now!