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Here’s a list of my favorite educational STEM shows that I watch or have watched with my kids (in no particular order):
Brainchild on NetFlix: This NetFlix original series is incredibly educational and addicting to watch with my children because it makes science relatable. It was launched in 2018 and it is currently in it’s first season. Each episode covers various scientific topics like Space, Forces, Thinking, Oceans, Germs, etc. It stars Sahana Srinivasan, Alie Ward and Ben Seidman. I hope that it gets approved for a second season! They also have free resources on their website for teachers!
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Hey, 90s kids, do you remember this guy? This show made science cool with its crafty scientific humor and its easy and fun to understand experiments and real life examples of science in action. You can find some episodes on NetFlix, purchase episodes on Amazon or search YouTube.
The Magic School Bus: Mrs. Frizzle is still cool with kids these days. You can get these from the library, order the series on Amazon or watch some episodes on NetFlix. To order from Amazon, click here.
Sid the Science Kid on PBS: The main character, Sid, is incredibly inquisitive about the world around him and explores, with his classmates, why things work the way that they do. It introduces the very basic principles of science to a young child in a comedic and educational way. You can catch episodes on PBS or on the PBS app.
Curious George on PBS: While these episodes aren’t all extremely scientific, what I personally love about them is the lesson they teach about being curious and experimenting in a big open world just like a scientist. I feel and have seen in my own children that being exposed to that type of thinking as a young child develops and improves their creativity, critical thinking, cognitive and problem solving skills which are all essential skills in STEM fields.
Crickey! It’s the Irwins on the Animal Planet: This show was just renewed for it’s second season. If you used to watch The Crocodile Hunter with Steve Irwin, you’ll love the families new series on Animal Planet. The Irwin Family carries on his legacy for animal conservation and public education. His wife, Terri, and their children, Bindi and Robert, run the Australia Zoo which cares for over 1200 animals. These episodes have extraordinary educational video of zoologists and veterinarians in action as they care for these animals at the zoo and their conservation efforts worldwide. Check your local TV listings for viewing schedule.
Wild Kratts on PBS: Chris and Martin Kratt created this live action and animation show that educates children on biology, zoology and ecology. Each episode has some sort of plot with a villain or a problem that needs to be solved. As the episode progresses, it educates children about wild life.
What favorites would you add to this list? Let me know on my social media pages, in the comments to this blog post or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I will keep these in mind! My daughter is 3 and we actually still don’t let her have TV or screen time. Well, I did let her watch A Charlie Brown Christmas but that’s been about it. I know we will have screen time in the future though.
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