Here’s a list of our favorite toddler TV shows. If we’re going to let our kids watch TV, we try to make it educational (obviously, there are some exceptions). We generally try to do as little TV as possible – an hour or two a few days a week. Also, we prefer to have a number of days throughout the week when they watch no TV – otherwise Ellington seems to crave it and ask for it all the time. BUT, when the TV is on for the Ellington, this is what he watches.
Ellington is a little over 2 1/2 – I will continue to supplement with more shows as the kids get older.
Toddler TV Shows
- Blippi – Ellington’s favorite show. An entertaining Mr. Blippi goes on adventures – an updated Mr. Rogers. This show was recently nominated for a Streamy award for Audience Choice: Show of the Year. (Amazon & Youtube)
- Preschool Prep – Educational short videos covering letters, numbers, shapes, phonics, addition, subtraction, etc. Ellington almost exclusively watched this until he was almost two. very low tech and purely centered around learning. (Purchase here – Best to buy digital version then you can watch on any tv with a smart device or a tablet/phone. Catch a 50% off special, they do them around most holidays.)
- The Stinky and Dirty Show – Probably Ellington’s second favorite show. The adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader. They learn that when things don’t go as expected, asking “what if” can lead to success. (Amazon Prime)
- Sesame Street – A classic that is still great today. Our pediatrician recommends the classic episodes, but all are good. (HBO)
- Blaze and the Monster Machines – Meet Blaze, Crusher, and the Monster Machines while learning science, technology, engineering and math.(Nick Jr.)
- Dino the Dinosaur – Dino is a curious little dinosaur who is always eager to learn new things. He loves playing with toys, cars and trains. (Amazon Prime)
- Thomas the Train – A British TV show, this series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends. (Amazon Prime)
- Paw Patrol – A group of six rescue dogs has adventures. The heroic pups, who believe “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” work together to protect the community. (Amazon Prime)
- Motown Magic – a positive story about a young black boy who aspires to be an artist. Lots of intergenerational and multicultural characters. Music is fun for all ages! (Netflix)
- Super Wings – Friendly planes’ world travels teach kids multiculturalism. (Amazon Prime)
- Dinosaur Train – Preschoolers get to hop on board the `Dinosaur Train’ to learn about natural science, natural history and palaeontology; produced by the Jim Henson Company. (PBS.org & Amazon Prime)
- Curious George – Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers (Amazon Prime)
- Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Series inspired by `Mister Rogers Neighborhood’, this show features 4-year-old Daniel Tiger. Every day Daniel puts on his red sweater, ties his shoes, and invites a new generation of preschoolers into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe (pbskids.org & Amazon Prime)