5 Great kids shows to stream
Top five children’s shows to watch on streaming
Forget about YouTube.
Make sure your kids watch some really cool TV shows.
By The Mum Source
A few months ago parents worldwide started to pay even closer attention to the videos that their children watched on YouTube after researchers suggested that some content was disguised as kid-friendly but in reality was engaging our children in disturbing scenes.
One vlogger spent hours opening presents; other fed sugar to her daughter for breakfast, and a few had hiperrealistic characters with features that became the stuff of nightmares. The researchers also demonstrated that some channels contained alternate versions of Peppa Pig or Ben and Holly. In one of these fake episodes Peppa Pig goes to the dentist and he torments her with different instruments.
In the case of Ben and Holly there were alternate versions in which the characters instead of best friends were… well… a little bit closer.
But what to do?
Even those families who are against the prolonged use of television turn it on every now and then to get a few minutes of peace and quiet. Here at The Mum Source several of us need to turn on the telly for at least 20 minutes to prepare dinner – or take a two minute shower in the mornings.
The answer is streaming services. Stan and Netflix, the two most popular in Australia, have some great choices for the little ones. Here are our top five – you’ll thank us on those Melbourne rainy days or when you have so many things to do that you just need a few minutes to catch your breath.
1. Word Party
This Jim Henson’s Netflix series follows the day-to- day of four baby animals at childcare.
Franny, Kip, Bailey and Lulu are trying to master their language skills and sometimes they get into trouble because they don’t know the right word. And so enters Word Wally, a robot that teaches them new words. Every episode has a theme, catchy tunes, and a really great no fighting message. The downside: their ‘Let’s not fight’ song will stick to your brain FOREVER and you’ll catch yourself singing it in the weirdest situations. They have three seasons, so worry not, you won’t run out of episodes any time soon.
2. Super Monsters
The Netflix series follows six children with uber special superpowers – they are the kids of the world’s most famous monsters and all of them go to the same pre-school! Meet the mini versions of Frankenstein, Dracula, the werewolf, a witch, the Mummy, and a zombie. The series is more about teaching children to control their emotions than anything else, and each episode tries to make a point about sharing, taking turns and helping each other reach their full potential. We absolutely love it and can’t wait to watch the second season.
3. Sarah and Duck
This super cool 7-year- old girl has a duck as a pet and a very British accent– do we need to say more! The episodes don’t last more than eight minutes (perfect length for a quick shower) and all of them focus on two things: friendship and imagination. This show is a must for everyone and the three seasons are available on Stan.
4. Paw Patrol
We know, we know, what is this show doing here if we can find it everywhere? Stan is the only service in Australia where you can access the first two seasons and forget about ads and weird YouTube versions – the show is so popular that it was targeted by vloggers with not- so-good intentions. You know the drill: a 10-year- old boy has six pups that are always ready to save the day. The pups have real-life characteristics, Marshall is a firefighter, Chase a policeman, Rubble a builder, and they always know what to do to get the adults of Adventure Bay out of trouble. Each episode lasts a bit more than 10 minutes and the only downfall is that there is a gender imbalance – there is only one girl pup and the major, a woman, is so clumsy she always needs a team of pups to go and rescue her!
This cute 4-year- old, whose best friends are a duck, an elephant and a bird, is the brainchild of Zinkia Entertainment. The Spanish company joined forces with the BBC to present the 7- minute episodes of this little rascal and his friends. Pocoyo will be appealing to kids of all ages because of the jokes and its rhythym. Just be weary: this one may give some ideas to your bundles of joy, and they may try to use your doors as a lift, attempt to build a flying saucer, or throw their building blocks everywhere. Oh, and the music is great, you’ll actually enjoy it.