Honestly, there aren’t as many awesome educational shows for kids as I would prefer. A few are pretty outdated, and many are a bit frenetic in pace and tone (over-stimulation can desensitize kids to the pleasures of reading and quiet play), or simply not as educational as advertised. For this list, then, I looked for the exceptions to these limitations: the shows that are informative and calm but engaging, too.
Note that this list doesn’t include classic films for children, which you can find elsewhere in this series.
The best of these resources are marked with asterisks.
Best Educational Documentaries and Shows for Children
The Magic Schoolbus*
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood*
Peg + Cat*
Reading Rainbow (original version)*
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Electric Company (updated version)
Earth to Luna
Design Squad Nation
Xploration Outer Space
Jaques Cousteau’s Ocean Tales
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego
Xploration Awesome Planet
Genius by Steven Hawking
Get the Math
Best Educational Websites for Children
The free online video series by the Khan Academy*
National Geographic Kids (YouTube series)
Best Educational Podcasts for Children
The Past and the Curious*
Pants on Fire
What If World
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