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Best Educational TV Shows for Boys in Preschool

I’m not going to lie, sometimes I do need my 1 hour of daily me time. Ok, I actually need it in the morning just so I could wake up and get my day started. So … I do leave my son alone to watch TV! Agh! I’m a bad parent! Or not!

Instead of just plopping him in front of the TV to watch whatever he wants, I try to pick out something I know he would really enjoy and that he could actually learn something from. The following are some of our favorites:

1. Super Why!

Super-Why

He LOVES this show. What’s not to love? There’s an addictive song in the beginning of the show followed by some questions to get the kids involved.

With each question, there is usually a long enough pause so that my little preschooler could have a chance to think about the question before he answers. Sometimes he claps because he thinks they are actually interacting with him!

2. Yo Gabba Gabba

Yo-Gabba-Gabba

My son has loved this show since he was only a year old. They sing many songs that teach kids good manners and many good habits. They teach them about the importance of food and eating right, having good hygiene, sharing, and so much more! As a parent, I highly recommend this for young children.

3. Sesame Street

I grew up watching this show and I know many people around the world have too. I get really excited when I see really famous celebrities that pop up and do their little bit for the show.

There are so many characters my son has really started to like. Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Big Bird are his favorites as are mine.

What?! You haven’t seen it? Well, you have to! They will teach your toddler and preschooler numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and so much more! A whole hour of pure, lively, educational fun!

4. Dinosaur Train

Sometimes I start to feel like my head is going to pop, because my son asks so many questions. Then after actually sitting through entire episodes of the Dinosaur Train did I realize that the millions of questions were coming from the show itself!

Dinosaur Train teaches kids to use their critical thinking skills by asking questions like a scientist would. They share information about different types of animals and help the young ones learn in a language they can understand. Sometimes I hear my little guy telling me things that even I had never heard of before.

5. Little Einsteins

Little-Einstein

This show is really clever. It teaches kids to appreciate art and classical music. Sometimes I hear my son humming Mozart’s tunes. It’s amazing! It shocks my husband sometimes and he thinks his son is just a genius!

6. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger is a favorite with my son and his friends. He’s got these twin friends that come over and I’m sure you could imagine how crazy our house gets when all 3 boys are together. Believe it or not, we can put on an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and all three will stay quite for the entire show!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a spinoff of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Of course this time it’s animated, which makes it great for the preschool age. The show helps kids solve some of life’s simplest problems. Just give it a go and you’ll see what I mean!

Got a little boy who loves to watch TV? Make it count and maybe allow him to have a choice of any from the top! It will at least make you feel a little less guilty about his TV time.

Lexie Lane

Lexie Lane is the creator of voiceBoks.com, owner of Social Media Panel, and co-author of the book, The Blogger's Survival Guide Tips and Tricks for Parent Bloggers Wordsmiths and Enthusiasts.

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  • My nephew is 3.5 and he likes a lot of kids shows but my favorite to watch with him is daniel tiger. I love how it has so many social and emotional messages that we can use in real life situations. I took him to the doctor and he was nervous about going so I reminded him how it was like daniel tiger and we sang some of the songs and it really seemed to help.

  • My daughters liked all of these shows. Now that they’re a little older (5 and 7), I’d like to hear recommendations for their age group. I am a fan of Word Girl. Any other suggestions for the kindergarten through 2nd grade age group? Thanks!

  • I don’t know any of the shows you told us about, except for Sesame Street, of course. I haven’t watched it in such a long time… about 10 years, because that’s when I decided to not watch TV, but I do get some shows on DVD and agree that we are good parents when we make the best choices that are available.

  • These programs are awesome for little ones now. My lil niece and nephew would love these programs.

  • Although I have no children (and yes I remember Seseme Street from when my friend’s children were young) it seems to me that these shows would be good for girls as well as boys. It is good to know that there are some TV programs that are really kid friendly!

  • I love that Sesame Street has been around for so many generations and I love how the characters and situations have also evolved to reflect the changing times. Great list!