Yes, kids can still learn in front of the TV!
Whether you’ve been homeschooling for years or you’re new to the game, let’s be honest: there is no way we can educate our children from 9AM to 3PM straight every day…and nor should you feel you MUST.
Reality dictates that we juggle household duties with parenting responsibilities and–for many–working from home on top of that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning. For some parents, they find that they’ve finished all their child’s school work before lunch, while other parents are juggling multiple children who all finish their work at different times.
Instead of feeling guilty for turning on the TV, put on one of these educational shows for school-aged children so you can take care of what needs to be done. Bonus: they won’t realize they’re learning because it’s TV!
After the kids have learned a little something from one of these Netflix shows (and you’ve regained your sanity), check out this list of everyday learning experiences that can be taught from home and help beat boredom.
15 EDUCATIONAL NETFLIX SHOWS FOR KIDS
- 72 Cutest Animals
This series examines the nature of cuteness and how being adorable actually helps animals survive in the wilderness.
- Night on Earth
Using the best night-vision technology, wildlife at night is revealed. Watch the lion hunt and the bat soar as if you were really there!
- The Magic Schoolbus Rides Again
This new series takes the beloved classic, The Magic School Bus, and updates it for this generation. Join Mrs. Frizzle as she and the kids learn about science with the help of the magic school bus!
- DisneyNature Oceans
Watch deep-sea creatures in action, from swimming to eating. Hypnotic and beautiful!
- Dino Hunt and The Day the Dinosaurs Died
Perfect for all the dinosaur fanatics out there! Travel with paleontologists as they search for dinosaur remains and scientists as they work to discover how exactly the dinosaurs became extinct.
Join the StoryBots as they learn how to make music, why people look different, where planets come from and more. Special guest appearances from actors and musicians!
Brainchild covers topics that pertain to slightly older kids, like social media, the science of selfies, superheroes, germs, dreams and more.
- Justin Time and Justin Time Go!
Both series follow the protagonist, Justin, who travels through time to witness famous historical events. A fun and imaginative cartoon that is so good that kids won’t realize they’re learning about history!
- Beat Bugs
Beat Bugs is an adorable cartoon that mixes plot with classics. The perfect way to expose kids to a variety of music forms while learning a bit about science and history.
- Dream BIG
Narrated by Jeff Bridges, this documentary explores the various giant feats of engineering around the globe.
- Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History
Kevin Hart, well-known comedian, highlights the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes using comedy to educate and entertain.
- Our Planet
Breathtakingly beautiful, Our Planet covers climate change, animals, frozen worlds, jungles, coastal seas and more.
Decidedly for younger kids, Octonauts is perfect for those who love Paw Patrol and the like. Learn about the animals of the sea while joining the Octonauts on their underwater adventures!
- The Who Was? Show
This live-action sketch-comedy series brings important historical figures, like King Tut, Marie Antoinette, and Pablo Picasso, to life in an entertaining and humorous way.
- DisneyNature Growing Up Wild
Follow five baby animals from around the world as they grow and learn with their families.