When we decided to get rid of cable in 2014 (read about it here), I had hoped it would help our family to watch less TV. It didn’t quite work out like that. Instead, Netflix and Hulu and several other Roku apps made it possible to watch our favorite shows whenever and wherever. I learned along the way that toddlers somehow don’t mind watching the same episodes of the same shows over and over and OVER. Once you’ve seen every episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George 174 times, you start fighting the urge to pull your hair out. You also sing yourself to sleep in cute jingles, but that’s another story. Needless to say, we needed some serious variety. Luckily, this is an area where looking beyond the limits of cable comes in handy. We have found a few favorite shows for preschoolers that you might not hear about at your next play date.
Tayo the Little Bus
Where to Watch: Hulu
Tayo is an adorable South Korean cartoon about a bus named Tayo and his adventures with the other city transportation vehicles. They often find themselves in situations where they disagree or have to make tough choices. The show explores how they work through these issues and learn from mistakes. Your car and truck loving kiddos will definitely enjoy this cute show and its catchy theme song.
Bo on the Go!
Where to Watch: Netflix
We all want our kids to know the importance of healthy lifestyles. Bo on the Go is a fun Canadian show that encourages kids to stay active even while watching television. Each episode showcases Bo and Dezzy the Dinosaur as they solve adventurous tasks. Throughout the show, Bo’s colorful wristbands monitor her energy level. When it gets too low, she asks the watchers to get up and mimic her exercises. “When you move with me, you give me energy!” It’s great (and super cute) to see your kiddo up dancing around with Bo instead of simply being zoned out while watching.
Where to Watch: Netflix, PBS
My daughter Etta Mae just discovered Franny’s Feet, and I’m so glad she did! This precious series is about a girl who helps her grandfather in his shoe repair shop. When customers bring in their shoes, she puts them on and goes on a magical journey. The shoes take her to many different cultures and allow her to meet and help people of all walks of life. Franny is sweet and funny and always wanting to help others.
If you’re burnt out on Dora or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, give one of these shows a chance!