I'm going to let you in on a secret here: Parents and adults aren't the only ones who have been watching more TV during quarantine. PBS Kids has produced a lot of shows, and while they're all great, it can be tough to tell where to start!
All shows on this list can be found on the PBS Kids website and can also be watched for free at any time or place. Do yourself a favor and go binge-watch your favorite one!
This is another long-time staple we had in our home, a cartoon we cherish even to this day. Chris and Martin, the Kratt Brothers, blended real-life action with animation in order to open kids up to the wonders of nature and animals. The show is perfect for late preschool and early elementary schoolers. PBS recommends 6-8 age groups. Wild Kratts has had kids rattling off animal facts like some of the world's top zoologists.
There’s a reason Sesame Street has been on the air for over all these years; it holds the crown of educational kids’ programming. These days, you’ll still find lots of the same characters like Zoe and Abby Cadabby that we grew up with, alongside more inclusive newcomers, like Julia, the autistic character. The focus on learning letters and numbers and essential life values such as kindness and friendship are just what the doctor ordered with this show.
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That
The work of Dr. Seuss continues to serenade kids even here in 2021, over a decade since its first step on the cartoon runway. The animation feels oddly nostalgic to those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s, and the mix of music and science-based learning is always something that draws viewers in.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a great cartoon that deals with lots of toddler-friendly topics, like welcoming home a new sibling. And who can forget Daniel's quote? "When you feel so mad, that you want to roar, take a deep breath, and count to four.” I'm sure this phrase has helped us a lot in our adult years!
Curious George is another childhood classic that’s fun to introduce to your own kids. The show follows the exciting adventures of the monkey George and the Man with the Yellow Hat (funny name, right?), with a focus on the importance of learning and curiosity. Kids will have a blast reading the books after watching the show, and nothing is more heart-warming than teaching kids the joys of reading.