Our Favourite Kids TV Shows

Friday 5 - Fave Kids TV

After opening that whole screen time can of worms the other week, when I shared some of our favourite toddler apps with you, I thought I’d return to the topic and address the other side of screen time: tv shows. While there are certainly a lot of rubbish or questionable tv shows produced for kids out there – Peppa Pig gives me the creeps and is banned in our house! – there are also some real gems, so I wanted to share some of our favourites with you. These are all shows aimed at pre-school aged children, but loved by both our toddler and our first grader, as well as by us parents! So, clockwise starting from the top left:


Hands down the best thing to come out of kids TV in recent years. Our elder son taught himself the entire alphabet and to read his first words by the time he was three, just by watching this show. The premise is simple yet genius: each letter of the alphabet has its own personality, and when they join hands and create a word, those words happen or appear. The words get more complex as the show progresses, and it has some great music too. We really wish they would release an album with all the songs from the show!


Coming in a close second, or possibly joined in first place, is the fabulous Octonauts. Once you look past the question of how and why a polar bear, penguin, cat, rabbit and dog are heading up an underwater exploring crew, this series is pure gold. I’ve even watched this show on my own without the kids, to catch up on episodes I’ve missed. While the setting itself is science fiction, the marine animals and habitats they encounter – usually when having to help or rescue someone – are real. When we visited the aquarium on our trip to Gothenburg last year, I was astonished when our elder son walked around pointing out what all the creatures and habitats on display were called. When I asked him how he knew all this, he replied “From watching Octonauts!”

Go Jetters

Another show with an explorer crew, this time it’s the four cadets of the Go Jetters Academy and their mentor Ubercorn. In each episode, they visit a different country and landmark, which Ubercorn shares three ‘funky facts’ about. Inevitably, their nemeses Grandmaster Glitch turns up in the same place and ends up destroying something which the Go Jetters then need to fix. It’s a bit overly formulaic, but the kids don’t seem to mind. They’ve learned a lot about different places and famous landmarks by watching this show. And hey, it has a funky-disco grooving unicorn – what more could you want?

Hey Duggee

Whereas the first three shows have a very educational focus (literacy, science, geography) this one trumps with its cute illustrations, happy musical score, and general feel good attitude. The show is based around an activity club, headed by Duggee the dog, where various pre-schoolers including an octopus, crocodile, hippo, rhino and a mouse, learn new skills to resolve a situation and earn badges, such as the Drawing Badge, the Decorating Badge or the Birdwatching Badge. Each episode ends with a ‘Duggee Hug’.

Sarah & Duck

And, finally, this show is also one of my husband’s favourites. It follows the adventures of a little girl named Sarah and her best friend Duck. Who is a duck. The central theme is their friendship and imagination, but they also often have problems to solve. As well as the quirky illustrations, the show boasts a supporting cast of interesting characters such as Rainbow, Umbrella, Flamingo, Scooter Boy and Scarf Lady.

Do you have any favourite kids TV shows that are a cut above the rest? Do feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks x

Image sources: Screenshots from BBC iPlayer

12 Comments on Our Favourite Kids TV Shows

  1. Rhian Westbury
    23 May 2017 at 9:10 am (3 years ago)

    Some of my friends have kids but despite this I’ve never heard of any of these shows x

  2. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs
    23 May 2017 at 8:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes to all of these. My youngest has so many favourites! Something special, Waybuloo, Abney and Teal, old Jacks boat to name a few. My seven year old used to love Balamory. Needless to say, I know every word to every theme tune :) x

  3. Ana De- Jesus
    23 May 2017 at 8:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Octonaughts is a great program for kids my little sister watches it on repeat. It is her of the moment obsession x

  4. Tooting Mama
    23 May 2017 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Blimey the only one I know of is Octanaughts! I’ve got older kids and it’s My Little Pony or being glued to a tablet!

  5. Anosa
    24 May 2017 at 4:35 am (3 years ago)

    No kids yet and not sure of my nephew watches any of these, I know he loves sofia the princess and anything to do with cars (the movie).

  6. Tina
    24 May 2017 at 12:06 pm (3 years ago)

    My kids love Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig. I’m not sure whether they are very educational, but they sure do no harm ;-)

    • Jenni
      24 May 2017 at 8:02 pm (3 years ago)

      My youngest is obsessed with Paw Patrol. It has grown on me, though I wish he wouldn’t watch the Christmas episode on repeat, especially not in the middle of summer. Peppa Pig, on the other hands, creeps me out and is banned in our house, lol.

  7. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    24 May 2017 at 7:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I agree Octonauts and Go Jetters are really educational about the world and makes it accessible to kids. Alphablocks is fab, we used to love Mr Tumble and do baby signing as my eldest struggled with language (not that you’d know it from the way he yabbers on now!)

  8. Ickle Pickle
    24 May 2017 at 7:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Pickle loves all these. I love the Octonauts and Go Jetters because he learns so much from them. Kaz :)

  9. Emma
    25 May 2017 at 11:45 am (3 years ago)

    My little ones don’t watch any of these TV shows. They love Paw Patrol, how to train your dragon and Thomas the tank engine though.

    • Jenni
      25 May 2017 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

      My youngest is obsessed with Paw Patrol. It has grown on me, though I wish he wouldn’t watch the Christmas episode on repeat, especially not in the middle of summer!

  10. Lindsey London Mumma
    29 May 2017 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

    We love Alphablocks and Octanuts at my home! But is it ok to admit, I actually enjoy watching them too, especially Alphablocks as it is great learning fun, for my daughter.


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