When Sweet Baby J was born, we decided that television was out of the question, and we held to that pretty firmly. He was allowed to listen to television but not watch. This had to do with screen time recommendations at the time from the AAP, but they have recently changed their guidelines. You can see the new ones here. The new guidelines have made us feel comfortable being a little more lax. We weren’t super strict to begin with, because we believed not all screen time was created equal. This meant that FaceTime with family was totally allowed as well as reading books via the Kindle. We were merely not allowing passive screen time. Lately, we’ve allowed about half an episode of a children’s show a day. I feel like this still limits things fairly well. Honestly, I know that Sweet Baby J is so busy playing that he’s only listening anyway. I thought I’d share with ya’ll though what some of our favorites are via Amazon Instant Video.
Dinosaur Train is produced by the Jim Henson Company and is incredible. It starts out with a Tyrannosaurus Rex who was born in a Pteranodon nest and the family adopts him. The rest of the shows is about the adventures of the family as they travel via the Dinosaur Train to different parts of the Mesozoic Era and the kids learn about how the dinosaurs lived and watch the family interact with other dinosaur friends. One of the friends they met on a recent episode we watched looks and sounds like Elvis!
This one is an old classic. I think we all grew up watching Sesame Street, and we can debate with or not Snuffleupagus is real or imaginary. If you were watching in the 80s, he was totally real. We watch this one mostly because it was proven to help kids in school, but I’ll be honest and say I’m not a fan of Bert and Ernie as claymation.
This is a show about 2 brothers who study animals. This show teaches about biology, ecology, and zoology. I love it. The brothers explain so much about an animals before turning into a cartoon and letting the kids experience it for themselves. I’ve noticed lots of kids knowing and understanding more about the world around them from this show. They recognize animals in the wild and are able to repeat the information. This is why we are totally into this show.
Okay, we watch this one because the songs are catchy. I’m still singing the Yeti Stomp from one we watched a few days ago. You can’t stop singing the theme song either. It’s just downright fun, and it teaches all about imagination and sharing. 5 friends share backyard adventures and they often have to navigate each other imagining things differently. I love this free play.
This is an Amazon original, and I love it. The story is about a kid who fixes things with art. He can build things, draw things, or just all around make things better. His mother is an architect, and we have no clue what the father does. We’ve seen the dad wearing the baby in several episodes, but it has yet to be described what he does. I love this. I love the fact that it shows a mom with a job. I love that it demonstrates that mom’s job is valuable. The kid looks up to his mom so much as well. They even built a house for a rabbit in one episode together! We also learned about Pointillism in the first episode. I think this is a total winner.
These are 5 great kids shows on Amazon. I really love all of them for different reasons. I’d watch these shows even if I didn’t have a child to be honest. We learn something new everyday via one of these episodes, and I can really dig that.