Good picks on Netflix

Best Picks on NetflixLet’s just be honest here for a minute.

Our kids watch TV.

I’m okay to admit it; in fact, I can honestly say I went through a few days of grief when Diego was removed from the Netflix library … my heart stopped for a moment when I typed “Diego” into the search box only to see Diego Eduardo Gomez from Nacho Libre instead.

How will I ever shower again?

I’m telling you, we watched a lot of Go, Diego, Go!  When my son was a year old, it was extremely awkward to take him to the park because he thought every kid with dark skin was named Diego.

“Please, Cooper, stop calling him Diego – his name is David.”

And while we are being honest, let’s fess up to another fact – the fact that we pay $8 a month for our kids to watch their shows on demand. Like this hilarious YouTube video reports, my husband and I also pay to “browse endlessly.” We, too, scroll through Netflix’s  library of titles and posters (most of which you have never heard of) without ever deciding on a single one – and if we finally do argue our way through a decision, we second guess that decision within 10 minutes of the movie  and are back to browsing until The Tonight Show finally comes on and we sign off Netflix once again. Not to mention, we can never get a decent suggestion of a good movie to watch; can any of you relate to, “because you watched ‘Turtle Tale,’ we suggest ‘The Jungle Book'”?

And yet every time I go to cancel it, my sanity screams “no!”

So now I embrace Netflix as my helper. My friend.

I am not here to tell you the appropriate amount of time a day to allow your kids to watch TV – nor am I here to make you feel guilty or judged. As you are well aware, that is not what Kansas City Moms Blog is about! Every day is different in my house; some days, the weather is nice and we never have to turn on the TV while other days, it’s raining and I spend my morning holding a phone to my face listening to a computer’s voice repeating  “all representative are still assisting other callers” while my kids have to watch three consecutive episodes of Rescue Bots.

I am here to offer my favorite picks on Netflix. These are the shows that entertain while educating; they are the tried and true favorites in my household!

Wild Kratts

wildkrattsMy younger siblings grew up watching the  Kratt brothers in Kratt Creatures and  Zoboomafoo. Martin and Chris Kratt are brothers with a passion for animals. I love my kids learning about the creatures of the earth! In fact, Wild Kratts has taught my kids so much that sometimes, it starts to annoy me. I have to run to Google regularly to keep up with my 4-year-old’s questions: “Mom, are carpenter ants nocturnal?” (Warning: They will turn this on you. My 3-year-old tried to pull this excuse during nap time: “I’m not nocturnal, I like to sleep at night not during the day!”) Also, you may have conversations like this while driving: “Mom, I’m starting to pee!” “Hold it!” “Sperm whales can hold their breathe for up to an hour.” “Okay, well … you need to hold your pee for up to 3 minutes!” I HIGHLY recommend this show!

Leap Frog

leapfrogI have no idea how Leap Frog  does it, but they have taught thousands of kids their letters and sounds. This show is constantly making me look like a better mom than I actually am! I have never used flashcards or anything with my kids, and yet both of my older boys have known their letters and sounds from an extremely early age. They have shows on numbers, math, reading, shapes and letters! These are some of the best educational shows I know.

Magic School Bus

magicschoolbusMagic School Bus  is a classic! I loved it growing up  and smile watching my children enjoy it, also. Ms. Fizzle takes her students on adventurous field trips where they learn everything from how the body works to electricity. This is a great tool for getting your kids interested in science and how things work. This is another show that makes me feel like I need to be back in school. My 4-year-old asked me a question on the pollination of flowers recently; while trying to explain the process, I was interrupted multiple times as he corrected my flawed explanation. I finally said, “why did you ask me, then?” He felt bad and responded with “I’m sorry, you can finish it! Let me know if you need my help!” Thanks, buddy! 😉

Some other great options are:

Super Why!

– uses stories to help teach phonics skills

The Jeff Corwin Experience

– geared toward older children, but my younger boys love it!

Dinosaur Train

– very entertaining and makes every kid want to be a paleontologist 😉

Peep and the big wide world

– great for preschool-aged children

So – finish that laundry, take a little longer in the shower, or make that phone call knowing your kids are being entertained while at the same time, stretching and expanding their brains! Tell us – what are some of your favorite Netflix picks?

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6 Responses to Good picks on Netflix

  1. Emily Burneson April 3, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    I love this post. With 3 boys in my home, we are living parallel lives. WildKratts, LeapFrog, and The Frizz are no strangers to us.

    My boys, ages 5, 9, and 12 just enjoyed a Netflix documentary series called “When We Left the Earth.” You would not believed how glued to the screen they were. Truly, even my 5 year-old loved it! This series of 6 one-hour episodes chronicles the space race and provides real footage from the Mercury, Gemini, Appolo, and Shuttle missions of NASA.

    My little Netflix-induced geniuses now grill me from the backseat with questions like “Can we build a Saturn 5 rocket?” and “Where do astronauts pee?”

    • Bridget April 3, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      Emily,
      I’ll have to check that series out! Sound right up my science loving kids alley. Where do astronauts pee?

  2. Cali April 3, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Kratt Brothers are a crowd fave at our house too. Along with Paw Patrol and Team Umizoomi. While Paw Patrol isn’t as “educational” as I’d like, they love it! And, Team Umizoomi is all about numbers, patterns, and math! Netflix is, hands down, the best $8 a month we spend.
    And, a little House of Cards for momma after the boys go to bed is a nice little bonus:)

  3. Bridget April 3, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Yes Paw patrol… They watched this while my sister in law baby sat one day. It took me days to understand what my two year old was asking for. I googled “papa troll” a dozen times:)

  4. Brie April 3, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    We love Signing Time on Netflix! The songs are catchy and C loves watching it, and it’s helped him pick up sign language which is really helpful.

    Sesame Street is a classic and we love it. Is it bad that I’m almost 30 and I think it’s pretty funny?

    The Mighty Machines series is also great for toddler/preschool age boys obsessed with cars, trucks, trains and any sort of construction equipment.

    • Tonya
      Tonya April 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      Brie, I told my oldest son that I watched Sesame Street when I was a kid and he looked at me like I was crazy. It’s possible that in his mind, TV didn’t even exist “way back” when I was a kid … 😉