There is more to Netflix than House of Cards. If used correctly there are plenty of educational shows on Netflix
If you go to the children section on Netflix there are shows that teach maths, science, music, and art to children of all ages.
Over the years I have become addicted to documentaries. Whether they are about food, music, the internet, and even science.
I want my kid to grow up liking documentaries more than “Games of Thrones”.
However, finding educational shows on Netflix may not be so obvious.
Also, it is difficult to find documentaries that are age-appropriate. There are some educational shows on Netflix suitable for 13 years old and above but not for younger children.
Hence, in this post, I will share with you educational shows on Netflix that be watched as a family.
Educational shows on Netflix for toddlers:
1. Justin Time :
This show is about dealing with daily social issues while going on a fun adventure.
Justin, the main character in the show will teach children the importance of exploring nature and understanding about different cultures.
2. Puffin Rocks
This is an Irish show for children who do not have older siblings. They learn about empathy with other people through their adventure. It is definitely a fun show for younger children.
3. Word Party
This is a great teaching tool for preschoolers. It is about spelling and also learning new words.
The graphics are simplified and not too heavy on the eye. It is one of our favourite show for toddlers on Netflix.
4. Little Einstein
This show is about exposing toddlers to classical music. This is a great show to grow children’s interest in songs, particularly classical songs.
5. Super Why
With children growing up with tablets and devices, it can be challenging to draw their interest in books. This show invites children to read books, learn new words and also learn to spell.
Each episode is about a bookworm child who uses his power to solve various alphabet problems.
Here is a list of educational shows on Netflix for kids:
This is a National Geographic show about the human brain.
Kids love this because it is actually interactive. If you want to watch this with them you must be a science lover yourself.
2. WILD CHINA
This is an Emmy Award-Winning doc-serious, where it takes viewers to Shangri-La, Tiver and China’s exotic places.
There is 6 part to the series and is co-produced by BBC Natural History Unit. It is rated as G, which means the whole family can enjoy each episode.
3. THE SHORT GAME
If you are into golf or want your kids to love the game then this watch is a MUST. If you want to watch a 7-year-old golfer make a Hole-In-One then this is the show for your family.
This is a sports documentary produced by actress Jessica Biel. It focuses on young golfers and their hardship, journey in entering the World Championships of Junior Golf.
4. THE BLUE PLANET
This is my favorite show. It is the best way to help my kids be more interested in the planet and the world that we live in.
Before a trip to sea world, this is a must-watch show. It is all about majestic creatures in the deep blue sea.
It is a BBC documentary created by the same production team of Planet Earth. My toddler is always fascinated when we have this show on.
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If you are looking for a show for your kids to watch on their own then check out some of the series below.
Below are educational shows on Netflix that 8-13 years old would enjoy :
1.The Dragon Prince
It is an animated fantasy about two people who come together to prevent a war that is dividing their kingdom.
The story has unpredictable actions which is appealing to all ages.
❌ There are some form of violence and weapons used during the battle scenes but it is not very graphic and violent.
✅Educational point: This series addresses issues such as revenge, honesty and integrity.
It shows how good intentions can lead us to the wrong decisions and how people are not necessarily evil.
The characters come from different ethnicities and the general communicates in a sign language due to his disability.
Age suitability : 10+
It is a 6 episode documentary about the way humans and dogs are connected with each other.
Each episode is one hour long and has a different tone to it.
For instance, one episode is about a group of rescue workers trying to save medically challenged dogs while another episode is about the life of dogs in Syria and being surrounded by bombs and gunshots.
❌Some of the episodes can make your kids a little sad but it is not graphic or extreme.
Netflix reassures its viewers no dogs die in the series.
It is best to watch this show with your kids so you can explain some of the situations to them and let them know that none of the dogs die.
✅Educational point : Teaches children empathy towards animals and being kind to others.
Helps children understand the animals should be treated fairly and a fun way to introduce the different dog breeds to the kids.
Age suitability : 9+
3. The big family cooking show
This is a British cooking competition show.
Family members cook together and present it to professional judges. The show emphasis on family togetherness, creativity and diversity by cooking different meals.
The series focuses on cooking as a family activity to be a lot of fun.
Tensions can be high as the contestants progresses to the next round.
Overall this is a fun show to watch together as a family. It shows how mistakes can be made and to never let disappointments burn a person’s spirit.
✅Educational point : Introduces children to a variety of food from different cultures.
Also, teaches them how fun it can be to cook together as a family. A great way to get children to help parents in the kitchen.
Age suitability : 9+
4. Wild Kratts
The show is about two zoologists adventure on exploring the wild throughout the world to learn about different animal special.
Plenty of humor in the show which makes it fun for children to watch while they learn about animal endangerment.
✅Educational point: It helps builds excitement in science and introduces children to a variety of animal species and teaches them about science.
Each episode also addresses an environmental issue that children should know about.
Age suitability : 8+
Educational shows on Netflix to stream in the classroom :
There are many celebrities appearing on this show and also a music video at the end of each espisode. This show is educational and also fun to watch.
This show is about the biggest engineering achievements in the world. From sky scrapers, to bridges, and many more.
Scientists goes into exploration projects to learn more about fossils and new unique species.
4. I am Kalam
Teach students about other cultures. This show is about a child inspired by India’s president.
Find out the most deadly creatures on earth. More suitable for older children
Looking for other educational ways to entertain your children? Check out the following apps :
Storyball interactive smart ball where kids get to complete a number of activities such as quizzes and challenges while being outdoor
Fisher price Code a pillar teaches kids to code without a screen
Harry potter coding kit enables your child can build their own wand using a connected app on Apple or Android device. Amazing way to teach kids how to code especially if they are already a Harry Potter Fan.
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