It’s holiday season, so you’re likely to find your young ones planting themselves in front of the goggle box. But who says TV has to be a waste of time? Watching educational TV programmes can be a fun way for them to learn about the world.
“People can be down about TV for children, but it stimulates their imagination,” says Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s TV for BBC. “Kids’ TV shows often look at the world through a child’s perspective, and help them understand social interactions, storytelling, and educational topics like maths, science and art.”
Make the most of TV time with your little ones by watching telly as a family, so you can discuss topics with them and answer any questions they may have. When you’re on the go, viewing pre-loaded TV shows on your tablet or phone can be a good way to keep kids occupied, says Henrietta. Try apps like the BBC Player (free for StarHub subscribers), Nickelodeon Play (free, with exclusive content for Singtel Cast Kids Pack subscribers) and Toggle (available for free).
“Younger children below three will benefit from observing colours, shapes and sounds from TV programmes, while older ones will learn social skills, jokes and pop culture references,” says Henrietta.
“Keep viewing sessions short (no more than 30 minutes at a time for children from one to three, or two hours for children above the age of three), and supplement their TV time with books on related topics and their favourite TV characters.”
Here are 10 TV shows that will teach and entertain your young ones at the same time.