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Children are always absorbing new information. One minute they’ll be perusing through their toys and the next they’ll be copying what you say. Therefore, it is very important to monitor the environment and information they are exposed to and to embed positive influences into their lives early on. Below is a guide (in no particular order), to the best shows that are available to cater learning opportunities to your little ones - while being enjoyable!

1. The Octonauts

Summary: Based on children’s books written by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy, this show follows a group of underwater adventurers, eight to be precise. Barnacles the polar bear, Kwazii the cat, Peso the Penguin, Inkling the Octopus, Shellington the sea otter, Tweak the rabbit, Dashi the dog, and Turnip the vegimal. They live in a subaquatic base called the Octopod, travelling through the waters, exploring different locations. Although the show itself is fictional, the creatures and locations the crew encounter are based on real marine animals in their natural habitats.

Duration per episode: 11 minutes

2. StoryBots Super Songs

Summary: Based on the world of StoryBots, centred around the inquisitive little bot pals, Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop, and Bo. This is a music-centric spin-off from its predecessor Ask the Storybots. The format of the show allows a broader learning experience, featuring music videos and real-life kids, as they explore different topics. Catchy and fun!

Duration per episode: 20 minutes

3. Rhyme Time Town

Summary: This series reimagines classic nursery rhymes from the perspectives of best friends, Daisy the puppy and Cole the kitten. They use their imaginations and solve problems in their nursery rhyme-inspired village. Each episode begins with the duo engaging in an imaginative adventure and is followed by the entry of their neighbours coming to them with problems to solve. A musical and joyous experience to educate children about positive friendships and teamwork.

Duration per episode: 24 minutes

4. Llama Llama

Summary: Llama Llama lives with his Mama Llama and is roving out into the world. Encountered with new and thrilling experiences, Llama is supported by his friends, his Mama Llama, his grandparents and his teacher, Zelda Zebra. Every day is an adventure for this precious Llama.

"Beloved children's book character Llama Llama springs to life in this heartwarming series about family, friendship and learning new things."

—Official Netflix Synopsis

Duration per episode: 24 minutes

5. Fireman Sam

Summary: A classic children’s television series about a fireman names Sam, his fellow firefighters, and residents of the fictional rural village, Pontypandy. This show first appeared in 1987, a favourite to many. Sharing valuable lessons in safety for preschools, Sam and his crew come to the rescue.

Duration per episode: 10 minutes

This list only represents part one of the best educational shows out there, stay tuned for the next article to get more suggestions 😊

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