8 Toddler Friendly TV Shows You Must See

8 Toddler Friendly TV Shows You Must See

One of the biggest dilemmas a Mom faces is how to screen TV time? Or what shows are child friendly. At times it's not just about choosing something that is entertaining and age appropriate but also needs to be educative as well. Finding a show that can strike a balance between these aspects is a task.

Anything with violence is obviously a complete 'No No' at our house. It did take me some quality time and patience to filter what my daughter watches. And I'm finally happy with it, but I do sit with her while she watches these shows so that I'm aware of what's being screened and provide her with any interpretation or explanation if need.

I would urge parents to not use the TV as a nanny or something to keep the child engrossed in while you finish up with work, it is tempting but must be avoided. These shows should be a part of their entertainment with education and not a form of keep them preoccupied during chores.

After few discussions with fellow Mommies and my personal experience I came up with the following child friendly programs for your kid. Hope you find this list interesting and educative like I have.

1. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Channel: Disney Channel

Age: 2 to 5 yrs

Day: Monday to Friday

Timings: 11.59 to 12.48

Duration: 50 mins

Education factor: problem solving, math, coloursetc

What's About?

Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald all hang out at the Clubhouse. Mickey leads viewers through stories with play-along and singalong segments. Learning early math skills and identifying shapes, patterns and numbers by problem-solving tasks are all part of Mickey's lessons. Mickey and his pals also play with handy gizmos and gear, including the Mousekedoer, Mouseketools and a transportable device called Toodles which helps them in their tasks.

Mommy's Verdict: We all have watched Mickey Mouse cartoons, but this isn't the version we are used to. The show makes it very child friendly and educative as possible while keeping the fun element on. Through their tasks and play along scenarios, children learn various aspects from maths to being a good sport during tasks that involve competition. Overall this show is definitely a thumbs up!

2. Dora the Explorer

Channel: Nick Jr.

Age: 2.5 to 5 yrs

Day: Monday to Friday

Timings: 8.00 am to 9.00 pm, 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Duration: 60 mins

Educative factor: exploration, problem solving, learning a new language

What's About?

'Dora the Explorer' features the adventures of young Dora, her monkey Boots, Backpack and other animated friends. In each episode, viewers join Dora on an adventure in an animated world set inside a computer. The character seeks viewers' help in solving a puzzle or mystery she faces in each episode.

Mommy's Verdict: This is a huge hit with the girls, the character Dora inspires girls to get up and get moving. She keeps the viewer/child involved with solving challenges that they come across during their exploring and adventures. Viewers/ children learn different aspects from problem- solving, colours, counting to learning basic Spanish as well. This is a good show for kids to watch.

3. Walter & Dude

Channel: Baby TV

Age: 2 to 4 yrs


Timings: 12.00 to 12.30 pm

Duration: 30 mins

Education factor: guessing game, learning functions of objects

What's About?

Walter the Mouse and Dude the Dog need help to find an item Dude has misplaced and not able to recall the name of it. Listen as the pair describe the physical and functional features of the missing object and see if you can help guess what it is! This program encourages toddlers to identify objects based on their physical and functional characteristics.

Mommy's Verdict: The show is about how Dude the dog has misplaced or wants something but doesn't remember the name of it. Walter the mouse brings items depending on the hints Walter gives him but isn't able to get the right item. Hence Dude later draws the item on a paper which later helps Walter guess what it is. The show helps viewers/ child to guess what is the item that Walter is talking about. It's a nice show that shows a cute friendship between the two characters.

4. Max & Ruby

Channel: Nick Jr.

Age: 2.5 to 5 yrs

Timings: 9.00 am to 9.30 am, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm

Duration: 60 mins

Education factor: sharing, mannerisms, problem solving, relationships

What's About?

Siblings Max & Ruby share just about everything. These two bunnies go through life together and share love, friendship and playtime. As the older sister, Ruby is always watching out for Max and getting him out of trouble. Grandma and many friends and neighbors are all bunnies living in a friendly world.

Mommy's Verdict: This is a cute show about the relationship between an older sister and younger brother. Max like any toddler is always shown to be mischievous and upto something, while Ruby like any good sister tries to guide Max towards doing something she feels is a better option. In the end they solve their problems at hand with a mix of both their wits together. The relation between these siblings is very real, like any human sibling relationship. Here kids learn about sharing, good manners, problem solving and also at times how to deal with sibling rivalry.

5. Mister Maker

Channel: Discovery Kids

Age: 3 to 6 yrs

Day: Monday to Friday

Timings: 4.00 pm to 4.58 pm

Duration: 60 mins

Education factor: art and craft, shapes, colours

What's About?

Mister Maker is a preschool series that revolves round character 'Mister Maker' who is creative at art and craft and is always making something fun and easy that kids at home can try with the help of a parent.

Mister Maker does something interesting and that gives him an idea of what to make. He collects the required things from the Doodle drawers or an art and craft shop and makes it. Then he wakes up the shapes and they do a song and dance, followed by a randomly selected shape (circle, triangle, square or rectangle) to form a picture or to find how many (particular shape) are there. He also takes up a challenge to make something within a minute and has always managed to successfully complete it till date.

Mommy's Verdict: This show is a hit with the older kids too, it focuses on imagining and creating fun art and craft that can be easily followed at home. But one will needs to note down what are the supplies needed to create that particular craftwork and write down the steps and make it later on.

Kids also learn about shapes and colours during the show. This is a definite watch on weekends and vacations.

6. Big Bugs Band

Channel: Baby TV

Age: 1.5 to 3 yrs

Timings: check Baby Tv for schedule

Duration: 20mins

Education factor: awareness to various musical instruments, learning to sing and hum to tunes

What's About?

A spectacular 3D animation in which a group of bugs performs a variety of unique musical pieces to an audience of fellow animals in the woods. Each bug plays a different instrument and the group improvises and dances as they create beautiful melodies and introduce diverse musical styles. (Ex HipHop, Samba, Bagpipes, Jazz and more).

Mommy's Verdict: Such a cute concept of little bugs forming a band and playing beautiful tunes and singing melodies. This series introduces a variety of unique musical sounds and musical styles. The more varied a child's musical experience in their first years, the broader their abilities to appreciate and comprehend music will be. In addition, the musical improvisation included in the series aims is designed to encourage young children to experiment with their vocal abilities.

7. Team Umizoomi

Channel: Nick Jr

Age: 2.5 to 7yrs

Timings: 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Duration: 30 mins

Education factor: learning shapes, colours, problem solving, learning series of patterns

What's About?

'Team Umizoomi' consists of 6-year-old Milli, her brother Geo, who's 8, and their friendly robot named Bot. These mighty math superheroes introduce young viewers to the concepts of counting, measurement, shapes and patterns. Milli and Geo help other kids in Umi City with their problems, which are sent to them via the Umi Alarm.

Mommy's Verdict: Milli, Geo and Bot refer to the child viewer as their Umifriend and encourage him or her to develop their 'Mighty Math Powers!' The action generally takes place in and around Umi City, a colorful city where the streets are paved with origami inspired patterns. A nice concept to educate kids with numbers, patterns and shapes in a creative fun way.

8. Charlie and the Numbers

Channel: Baby TV

Age: 1 to 2.5 yrs

Timings: please check your Tv schedule for more details

Duration: 20 mins

Education factor: learning numbers

What's About?

Numbers and counting turn into a fun adventure when Charlie visits the Numbers Kingdom, a magical world in which numbers reign. Join Charlie as he befriends a new number in each episode and join the counting, singing and dancing along the way. A charming series that brings to life the concept of numeracy and counting.

It is important for future Math learning that a child's first encounter with numbers and counting be friendly and fun. In this series, counting and numbers turns into a fun adventure as Charlie and his friends -The Numbers - introduce basic numeracy skills like recognizing and naming the number shapes, counting to 10, counting by number, and more.

Mommy's Verdict: A good way for younger kids to learn numbers. The numbers introduce themselves and each is a character on their own with different personalities. But since the numbers are only till 10 it can get boring once kids learn numbers beyond 10.


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