Educational Kids TV Series on Netflix

Ever since Netflix hit Australian shores I have been addicted in a major way. I have mowed through entire seasons of Nashville, Outlander and Pretty Little Liars in record time. I have been in binge-watching heaven.

Occasionally, I let our daughters scroll through the kids’ movies and TV series section, but just between you and me there’s only so much Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse that I can take. I prefer to keep Netflix as mine, all mine *evil laugh*

It wasn’t until a few months ago when my friend told me Netflix has a great selection of educational kids TV programs that I changed my tune.

Under the early learning category of the kids section of Netflix, there’s plenty of educational TV programs for preschool aged children to choose from. I don’t know how I missed it before. Oh, that’s right – Nashville …

We’ve been particularly interested in the programs that assist with literacy and numeracy. There’s a number of programs that focus on letter recognition and sounds, as well as teaching kids to read words and short sentences. There are also programs which focus on counting and basic addition and subtraction.

All too often I’ve fallen into the trap of letting the TV babysit the kids when I’m flat out or need some down time. At least I know now that Netflix has these great educational offerings, so the kids are learning while watching TV too. Winning all round!

If you’re looking for educational TV shows for kids on Netflix, my daughters aged six and three recommend these ones.

Netflix for kids
Super Why!

Super Why! is the standout favourite in our household. It centres around four fairytale characters who live in Storybrook Village. Each episode the characters transform into superhero-like super readers and jump into a book, usually a fairtayle or nursery rhyme, to solve a problem. On their search to solve the problem they look for super letters and focus on words, phrases and short sentences. This is such a fun series that appeals to both of my girls. The letter recognition is perfect for my three-year-old and the more advanced reading is ideal for Miss Six. I know they will both be entertained with Super Why!

LeapFrog

There’s a fantastic selection of LeapFrog programs available on Netflix. The girls recently watched Let’s Go To School, which we would recommend for any soon-to-be Preppie. It offered a great overview of how you might feel when you start school and what to expect. It focused on everything from letters to numbers, shapes and more. Scout and Friends Phonics Farm provides a great introduction to letters, the sounds they make and words that start with each letter. This one is perfect for Miss Three and helps to reinforce what Miss Six is learning in Prep. The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park is another great one for letter recognition, while Counting on Lemonade teaches numbers and basic addition and subtraction.

Jim Henson’s Word Party

New to Netflix, Jim Henson’s Word Party is perfect for younger kids. Miss Three enjoys Word Party, but Miss Six thinks she’s way too old and cool for it. The series revolves around four cute animated baby animals that ask the big kids (the viewers) for help learning words. While Miss Three likes this at the moment, I have a feeling it won’t be long before she outgrows it. It’s ideal for toddlers two and over.

So, it appears Netflix and my computer are no longer my own. I don’t mind as long as I know that I can mix a few educational programs into their regular viewing with their old favourites from commercial TV.

Do your kids watch Netflix? What programs can you recommend?

Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.

23 comments on Educational Kids TV Series on Netflix

  1. Lydia C. lee
    August 16, 2016 at 6:52 am (11 months ago)

    We still haven’t got Netflix, but will on our return to the house. Can’t wait!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm (11 months ago)

      Woohoo!!! I couldn’t live without it now 🙂

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  2. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    August 16, 2016 at 6:53 am (11 months ago)

    Ooh I never knew there were educational shows! I’m a little like you and have wanted to keep it all to myself, although I’ve gotten Scott hooked on House of Cards too! I’ll defiantly be checking these out for the boys xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm (11 months ago)

      I’ve never gotten into House of Cards. I’ll have to check it out x

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  3. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    August 16, 2016 at 7:07 am (11 months ago)

    My three year old loves Masha and the Bear, Caillou and my little pony…nothing too high brow! But I will encourage some more educational stuff after reading this!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm (11 months ago)

      I’ve heard good things about Masha and the Bear. I’ll have to check that out.

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  4. Dannielle
    August 16, 2016 at 7:24 am (11 months ago)

    Love your work Renee!
    I had no idea these programs existed either, thanks for the heads up, think we’ll have to have a little look this afternoon xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks Dannielle. I hope your littlest one likes them xx

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  5. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    August 16, 2016 at 10:20 am (11 months ago)

    I’ve resisted getting Netflix up to now. But the more I hear about it the more tempting it sounds. I just don’t want my twins who are in year 11 to be further distracted from their studies.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm (11 months ago)

      Yes, that would be tricky, Ingrid. I remember being very distracted by TV at that age.

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  6. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    August 16, 2016 at 10:50 am (11 months ago)

    I have and continue to often let my children watch tv, not only for it’s educational aspect but because as busy teenagers sometimes they just need a good switch off for their brains. We have only recently found netflix and LOVE it! I try not to share it with kids though, I’d never get the TV back 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm (11 months ago)

      Ha! Yeah I bet 🙂 I love watching TV for the downtime aspect of it too 🙂

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  7. Josefa Pete
    August 16, 2016 at 11:45 am (11 months ago)

    Addicted to Netflix in this house – all of us. My boys have watched Pokemon twice over…I have just started The Good Wife 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm (11 months ago)

      Ooh I used to love The Good Wife, but lost track with it. Might have to return to it.

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  8. Vicki @ Knocked Up & Abroad
    August 16, 2016 at 1:54 pm (11 months ago)

    We’re Netflix addicts here but admittedly we haven’t discovered a lot of these! I’ll be keeping an eye now, ta xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm (11 months ago)

      Great! Happy to help 🙂 x

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  9. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    August 16, 2016 at 3:11 pm (11 months ago)

    Super Why has been bub’s favourite for ages and I love it because it helped her so much when she was first learning the alphabet. She loves the interaction too and is always answering the questions. I just wish I paid for the higher subscription so I could watch Netflix on two devices at once because when she’s using it I can’t 🙁

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm (11 months ago)

      Yes, I wish that for us too 🙁

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  10. Seana Smith
    August 16, 2016 at 5:19 pm (11 months ago)

    Ah this is handy, I’ll share to my Facebook page tomorrow. My kids are older now but we have used educational shows a lot… with my older boys I used to record Playschool on VHS – wow, that’s a long time ago.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm (11 months ago)

      Wow! The good only VHS days. Thanks for sharing, Seana 🙂

      Reply
  11. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    August 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm (11 months ago)

    Great stuff. Netflix so would have come in handy when our girls were younger. I have no shame in saying the TV was a great babysitter! Nowadays, we actually don’t watch a lot of TV. The younger two watch maybe an hour total during the week and a maybe a bit more on the weekend.

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  12. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    August 16, 2016 at 8:51 pm (11 months ago)

    Oh I wish I’d seen this post a few weeks ago when I was babysitting! I love a kid’ TV programme with a bit of value educational added!

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  13. Bec Senyard
    August 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm (11 months ago)

    I had no idea about these and my kids watch heaps of shows on Netflix. I think the only one I recognize on here is Super Why. But will definitely check out the other two. We currently watch a lot of In The Night Garden (Phoebe) Barbie and the dream house and Care Bears (Maggie) Most Movies for Esther.

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