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28 Best Educational Shows on Netflix, Stan and Disney+ for Kids

There's no reason to feel guilty about some screen time, especially if you're housebound with kids! Subscription streaming services Netflix, Stan and Disney+ offer lots of entertaining shows with educational benefits.  I've made a list of some of the best on each service.

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At peak times very high demand can be expected for these shows, so I suggest you plan ahead and download episodes to watch offline in the future. Note you will need internet access to renew downloaded episodes after each episode's expiry date. 

All the streaming services frequently update their library, so check often for new additions.

Also, look into what streaming services are available online from your local library service. Check out Melbourne's best libraries

 

Best Kids Shows on Netflix

1. Ask the StoryBots, 3+ years

Join the crew of StoryBots on an adventure each episode to learn the answer to a “big question” such as “Where does night come from?”. 

Story Bots

The episode answers the question more than once so younger learners may grasp more of the concept and uses animation and music to engage the audience.

 

2. Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, 3+ years

An animated show about Daniel Tiger, his family and friends. 

Daniels Tiger Neighbourhood

The focus is on recognising and addressing feelings and age-appropriate techniques for handling social problems.

 

3. Mister Maker, 4+ years

The dynamic Mister Maker presents a range of art and craft-based activities in his brightly decorated studio for children to try at home. 

mister maker

Mister Maker is also available via ABC Kids and ABC iview.

 

4. The Magic School Bus & The Magic School Bus Rides Again, 5+ years

Based on the eponymous books, The Magic School Bus heads out on an adventure and explores a different concept each episode, with science knowledge along the way.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

The Magic School Bus Rides Again is a more modern reboot of the original series, and once again each episode is based on a scientific concept. An additional theme each episodes explores an individual character’s learning and development as a result of the adventure the bus embarks on.

Related: Best Books about Germs for Kids (including the Magic School Bus' The Giant Germ)

 

5. Odd Squad, 5+ years

The Odd Squad are a team of primary school-aged children who problem-solve with the use of maths.  

Odd Squad

It is an engaging show that includes social themes like team work.

 

6. The Lorax, 5+ years

A favourite of Dr Seuss’ stories, adapted for film. A cautionary tale about protecting forests, The Lorax is tasked with saving the Truffala trees from the Once-Ler before the environment is ruined forever.

The Lorax

Adaptations of other Dr Seuss books and characters, including The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That where Nick and Sally learn about a different topic each episode.

 

7. Brainchild, 7+ years

Science presented in a relatable and light hearted way.  Includes demonstration of experiments with youthful hosts.  

Brainchild

Each Brainchild episode focuses on a different topic, such as Germs, Memories, Space and Thinking.

 

8. Carmen Sandiego, 7+ years

The 1990s computer games (which were available on a floppy disk, inserted into an Apple 2E) have been updated in this modern animated show.

Carmen Sandiego

Carmen Sandiego is still an international thief, but with a more altruistic spin. Geography and culture are incorporated in each episode.

 

9. Matilda, 9+ years

Some of Roald Dahl’s classic books have been made into movies, and Matilda is on Netflix.  Great to watch after you’ve read the book!

Matilda

 

10. You Vs. Wild, 10+ years

Join Bear Grylls for an interactive experience in the wilderness. It's like a wilderness choose-your-own-adventure!

You Vs Wild

Viewers are invited to direct Grylls toward one option or another – e.g. mode of transport or choice of food.

 

11. Sugar Rush, 10+ years

A challenge-based reality baking show that is perfect for children who enjoy cooking, art and crafts and even budding scientists!  There is also a themed Sugar Rush Christmas. 

Sugar Rush

The contestants apply prior knowledge and problem-solving skills to create tasty and attractive desserts within a set time for a panel of judges.

 

12. Crazy Delicious, 11+ years

A creative cooking show where contestants are challenged to cook dishes with ingredients sourced from a garden set.  The judges on this quirkily presented show are Carla Hall, Heston Blumenthal and Niklas Ekstedt.

Crazy Delicious Show

 

Best Kids Shows on Stan

13. The Wiggles, 2+ years

Bop along and learn about tune and rhythm with Australia’s favourite colourful quartet. There are multiple Wiggles titles available on Stan.

Wiggles

 

14. The Numtums, 3+ years

Building fundamental numeracy skills for pre-schoolers. Each numbat character has a number on their tummy and they go on an adventure each episode that involves music and games.

The Numtums Main

The Num Tums is also available via ABC iview.

 

15. Super Why!, 3+ years

The characters journey through classic stories with well-known characters to encourage early literacy skills, as well as developing social skills through teamwork.

Super Why

 

16. Octonauts, 3+

The Octonauts work as a team to help marine life in this animated series. 

Octonauts

Learn about the different species under the sea and the variety of environments that they inhabit.

 

17. Julia Donaldson

Some of the wildly popular Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books have been made into delightful short films that use the words from the books, and The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Highway Rat, Stick Man and Room on the Broom are all available on Stan!

 

The Gruffalo's Child

 

18. David Walliams

See some of David Walliams’ books turned into movies with Mr. Stink, Billionaire Boy, The Boy In The Dress and Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny

The recurring character, local shopkeeper Raj, appears in each story, and each offers a life lesson.

 

Best Kids Shows on Disney+

19. Little Einsteins, 2+ years

Join the band of 4 heroes for music and art themed fun.  Each episode of Little Einsteins sees the characters embark on a goal oriented mission.

Little Einsteins

 

20. Jake and the Neverland Pirates, 3+ years

This fun show for pre-schoolers incorporates humour and music, along with invitations to get involved, to keep children engaged.

Jake Neverland Pirates

Basic mathematical skills are incorporated into the episodes, which also feature strong social messages – problem-solving, supporting peers and respecting individuals.

 

21. Doc McStuffins, 4+ years

A cheerful TV show to inspire imaginative play and promote use of problem solving techniques.

Doc Mcstuffins, Stuffy

The show includes basic age-appropriate health and hygiene messages. I also like how Doc McStuffins is female and brown-skinned!

 

22. Forky Asks A Question

Remember Forky, the handmade plastic spork toy from Toy Story 4? Forky now has his own series discussing philosophy and other curious questions  “What is a friend?”, “What is art?”, “What is time?”.

Forky Asks A Question

 

23. Be Our Chef

A cooking challenge reality show with a twist!  Families are challenged to create a Disney inspired dish.

Be Our Chef
Be Our Chef

 

24. The Big Fib 6+ years

Liar liar pants on fire! Pants on Fire is a podcast game show where a kid interviews two experts in a particular topic, one of which is a genuine expert and the other is a liar. It's one of the best podcasts for kids in my view!

Now the podcast has been turned into a TV show –  The Big Fib (and the podcast has changed its name too).

The Big Fib is full of outrageous truths that sound like lies and audacious lies that sound like the truth.

The Big Fib

 

25. Bizarre Dinosaurs, 7+ years

National Geographic documentary about the most peculiar dinosaurs and their origins.  

Bizarre Dinosaurs

 

26. Brain Games, 8+ years

This show looks at how the brain works to process the information we encounter throughout our lives.

Brain Games

There is audience participation invited with some fun experiments, optical illusions and brainteasers. However, some of the episodes and experiments undertaken by volunteers on this show can be uncomfortable for younger viewers so some prior screening may be required.

 

27. Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet, 10+ years

National Geographic documentary about Dr. Oakley, a vet servicing a wide range of both wild and domestic animals in the Yukon.

Dr Oakley

 

28. Disney Nature Collection

Disney + is home to a fascinating collection of family friendly animal documentaries. Titles include Monkey Kingdom, Expedition China and The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.  

The Crimson Wing Mystery Of The Flamingos

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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