The big kids might be back in school, but what about all the little dudes and dudettes still at home? Here are a few awesome shows on Netflix that will keep the kiddos entertained while you take a break from the playground. And the best part? They’re fun, witty AND educational.
I really love that Netflix is keeping the fresh programming rolling. When we decided to cut the cord I wasn’t sure if we were really going to make it. But Netflix keeps showing up with Original Programming for everyone, so we’re never bored when we take a screen break.
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New Kid Shows on Netflix
Beat Bugs: It’s the Beatles meets…the beetles. And crickets, slugs and ladybugs. This fun little show is made for the preschoolers in your life, but uses actual decent music to illustrate the life lessons it teaches. It’s the one show you won’t mind if your three year old starts singing along too. Unless you hate the Beatles. And if you hate the Beatles…well…the door’s over there. The best part? The songs are performed by today’s top artists, not some preschool swing choir. 13 toe tapping episodes, ready for you right now.
Ask the StoryBots: This is an educational show that’s interesting enough to watch with your preschooler, and doesn’t leave you wanting to stick a fork in your eye. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s a fun mix of animation and live action that presents questions by real kids which the StoryBots must answer. The StoryBots live inside the internet and take the viewer along on an adventure as they look for answers. All the episodes feature big named stars that mom & dad are sure to recognize. In the first one the StoryBots must figure out where the sun goes at night, and they first go to a KNIGHT played by Jay Leno. He tells them to follow the sun and they observe it drop into the ocean…so they ask the fish where the sun goes. In the end, they travel to outer space and get the scoop on orbital rotation directly from the source.
StoryBots was originally launched in 2012 as a series of shorts by the guys from JibJab. That turned into a website, a fabulous educational resource and now Netflix. 6 episodes, rated Y
The Little Prince: This one is a Netflix Original movie rather than a series, and it’s rated a whopping 93% Fresh by the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Now how often do you find a new kid movie you actually WANT to sit down and watch? This is really a movie within a movie. It’s a tale of an over-scheduled girl (presented as top notch CGI animation) who meets a lonely elderly neighbor who spins tales of the Little Prince, done in stop motion style. It’s adapted from the 1943 children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Movie, rated PG.
The St. Louis Connection
Voltron: Ok, this one isn’t exactly educational, unless you want to know how St. Louis opened the door for anime. In case you missed it, Voltron came to Netflix this summer! Why is this a big deal? The original cartoon Voltron started right here in the Central West End, with Ch. 11 (KPLR) it’s flagship station in 1984. It pretty much started America’s love affair with Japanese anime. You can read more on the Riverfront Times here. But more important? Watch the new episodes with your kids on Netflix. 11 binge worthy episodes for your older kids and 80’s anime fans. Rated Y7.