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20 EDUCATIVE KIDS SHOWS TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN ENGAGED WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING  

With the lockdown forcing schools to shut down, you’re likely running low on options of how to keep your kids entertained. Try these fun, educational STEAM-oriented (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths) shows, which you can conveniently stream straight to your TV or Internet-linked devices. Press play, sit back and enjoy some uninterrupted me-time!

1. Blaze & The Monster Machines

The animated series has 60 episodes that are 22 minutes each, following the adventures of racing driver AJ and his car Blaze. Besides speeding around Axle City, they have fun learning about science and maths in this show that’s more for the younger crowd.

2. Super Why

With 103 episodes that run 24 minutes each, there’s enough edutainment here to keep an army of kids learning. What’s it about? Whyatt and his pals in Storybook Village have a secret clubhouse that turns them into education heroes (like Alpha Pig, who’s a master of reading). Their adventures take them around their world, learning while solving puzzles, problems and questions that need answering.

3. Ollie! The Boy Who Became What He Ate 

This cartoon teaches kids about the value of good food and trying new unknown foods.

4. Finding Stuff Out

The best way to learn is to ask questions. Like, what is dirt made of? And that’s what this 13-episode series investigates – kids asking questions and learning while they find out the answers in each of the 21-minute episodes. There are fun and funky animation elements, as well as experts who help answer the multitude of questions being asked by these eager young minds.

5. Carnage

Top Gear host and English ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff hosts this smashing engineering show with a difference. The six episodes were filmed in South Africa in 2018 and each 44-minute instalment sees competitors use their engineering skills to not just build a car worthy of a Mad Max movie but to also go to war with one another and see whose engineering skills are the best in the car-crashing arena.

6. Doc McStuffins

Doc’s kid-friendly health tips are good reminders about basic personal hygiene.

7. Where’s Waldo

It combines lots of info about different countries and cultures with lessons about problem solving and teamwork.

8. Ollie and Moon 

The feline friends’ travels inspire curiosity about the world.

9. Go Jetters

These young heroes’ travels introduce kids to world geography.

10. The Planets

Space isn’t just the final frontier, it’s the ultimate science laboratory. This 2019 doccie has five 50-minute episodes filled with the latest technology being used by space organisations around the world. It’s narrated by Brian Cox, and you’ll get incredible access to photos, videos, information and a whole lot more than we’d normally know about, as the origins of our solar system are explored in all of space’s glory!

11. Dora the Explorer 

This series offers good exposure to language, culture, and creativity.

12. Bitz and Bob 

Combining funny and whimsical stories with key principles of STEAM. Encourages pre-school viewers to get creative and involved in crafting, engineering, experiments and exploration.

13. Team Umizoomi 

Super team teaches preschoolers real-life math applications.

14. Blaze and the Monster Machines 

 Friendly characters and STEM content means a great pick for little tots.

15. The Polos 

 STEAM series aimed at kids aged between 3 – 7 years old.

16. Leapfrog 

It’s fun learning with LeapFrog! Learn the alphabet, how to count, and the basics of reading.

17. Super Why 

This  focuses on building preschoolers’ early literacy skills.

18. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 

Designed to help preschoolers acquire problem-solving and early mathematics skills.

19. Yakka Dee 

Simple but super series helps children learn words in a fun way and improve their vocabulary.

20.  Know Zone 

This educational show aimed at young Kenyans follows seven children as they go on adventures and work together to solve problems using their knowledge of Maths, English and social issues.

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