No shame in our Summer game!
If you have a kiddo ages 3-5, I think this list might be right up your alley!
The theme song literally says “we’re going to look into books for the answer to our questions” and they’ve tried to give it a modern edge by giving Wyatt a Paw Patrol style pager that lets him know when his friends need his help.
This show is really perfect for babes of all ages (even toddlers) and the plot follows a group of animate bug friends as they tackle challenges that pop up in their backyard world.
The show also tackles handling emotions, friendship dynamics and respecting one another.
Frankly, Puffin Rock feels like a break for my brain sometimes! Based on the adventures of Oona the puffin and his friends, this animated series is voiced with heavy Irish accents because Puffin Rock is set on an uninhabited island in Northern Ireland!
We’ve learned a ton about different animals that live on Puffin Rock (a shrew, for example), and Oona is always trying to teach his younger sibling Baba new lessons about being a “grown up” Puffin.
Need I say more?!
The StoryBots are animated, live inside computer parts and focus on teaching tech by answering questions that kick off the theme of each episode.
“Helping kids get super smart” – perfect for any of you with kids who always asking “WHY?”.
Blue Planet II is the BBC Earth series that focuses on the oceans and their ecosystems. From the Arctics to the Tropics, all of the ocean habitats are covered and this particular series lacks the super graphic imagery that can sometimes come along with nature docs.
The family dynamic is multi-generational in the home and family members rock their individual style (like a blue haired sister). The pig’s name is Jimmy Jones, which makes me laugh, and there is a huge emphasis on taking care of our animal/pet friends as members of the family.
Emotions are also tackled – the first episode focuses on Jimmy Jone’s jealously when his boy brings home the class pet for the weekend.
Bonus: the music is awesome and not super kid like, think Jack Johnson vibes meets Barenaked Ladies singing about a safari watering hole.
The songs are cute and catchy and the lessons are perfect for preschoolers who are working to play with new friends.
Fun Fact: Jennifer Garner is the voice of Mama Llama.
There’s just nothing like it. The newer version (Rides Again) tackles “newer” science topics like the internet, but keeps the same vibe as the original.
Gray has a massive love of rainbows as a result of the colors episode from the original version! If you have a kid who is into science, weather, the body, asking questions, etc, I would start with Rides Again and then ease into the original, as the graphics are a bit dated and might not grab them right away.
Motown Magic is new to us and one that we are absolutely going to rock! Set to the music of Motown, the first episode is ABC 123 and focuses on Ben who has a “crazy imagination”.
Fun vocab words, tackling the first day back to school with new friends and a new teacher, emotions and all kinds of multi-generational family goodness.
Add it to your viewing list for older preschoolers and kinders!