Don’t watch too much TV or you’ll fry your brain!

We’ve all heard this—or something like it—at some point in our lives. Most often it came from concerned family members who want the best for us as we’re growing up.

But despite this bad reputation, television is good for children as long as it’s monitored in a healthy way. In order to get the most out of TV time, find a good mix of fun and education so that your children learn while watching.

Down below are some of the most popular kids shows that never forget to teach kids something new.

1. The Fairly OddParents

Go on crazy adventures with Timmy and his Fairy Godparents in this popular kid cartoon. With an amusing premise filled with funny scenes, this show keeps your child entertained.

It does more than that. This slice-of-magical-life show helps solidify the importance of asking for help when we’ve made a mistake. Throughout his wish-making, Timmy makes a lot of mistakes and then goes through the episode trying to fix them.

Kids learn from this that it’s okay to make mistakes and that friends and family are always there to help.

2. Sesame Street

This is one of the most popular kids’ television shows ever made. On the air since 1969, Sesame Street is well known for its baby rhymes, catchy songs, and educational appeal.

So many beloved characters stem from this show and your child gets to spend a whole episode alongside them. Sesame Street teaches a whole variety of different things, including how to count, ABCs, animal recognition, and manners.

3. The Backyardigans

This show takes musical inspiration from all over the world and shares it in an engaging way. Singing and dancing both feature in this show to the fullest. This gets kids moving and singing along their favorite characters.

It also lets them expand their imaginations as each episode shows a whole new world to find in the characters’ backyard.

4. Peppa Pig

Cute animated animals are the stars of this popular kid cartoon. The art style is adorable, looking much like a coloring book come to life.

Kids follow along with Peppa Pig as she goes through her day-to-day routine, learning lessons along the way. Each experience is full of cute animals friends to brighten up the day.

The episodes are great for short bursts of educational fun, each being only about 5 minutes long. This makes Peppa Pig the perfect companion for educational repetition.

5. Peg + Cat

If you want to give your child a taste of how math is a fun subject, then Peg + Cat is a must-watch.

These friends find a math problem in each of their episodes. They then spend the time working through the problem with engaging songs and diagrams that get the brain working.

The episodes are not too long, coming in around 12 minutes. This allows kids to take a break from the numbers and charts for a while before diving in once more.

This show is great to start developing a love for learning math as soon as possible. And hey, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two along the way!

6. Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer is a lovable young character who takes kids with her on an adventure. Each adventure is full of interactive puzzles and guessing games that keeps the brain working throughout the episode.

It guides children through a whole bunch of different problems and lets them be a part of the exploration too.

7. Blue’s Clues

Blue’s Clues is one of the more popular kids’ television shows around. With its adorable bright blue puppy mascot and catchy sing-along songs, it’s a favorite for good reason.

The best part is that these episodes guide children through the role of being a detective. There are three clues to find throughout the colorful house. Together alongside some helpful friends, kids work to solve the mystery through little riddles and puzzles.

And along the way, they learn to develop their observational skills and their critical thinking skills.

8. Super Why

Storybooks come to life in this fairytale kids show, one full of adventure and magic. There’s a problem to solve and a story to hear as the main characters go through the episode. They work on word puzzles and enlist the help of their friends to get to the bottom of the problem.

This is the perfect show for getting kids involved with stories and the words that go into making them.

9. PAW Patrol

PAW Patrol shows the bravery of the different service roles in our lives. This cartoon is about a group of characters who rescue and save the day.

And they’re all adorable dogs.

These pups show kids the value of hard work and bravery, as well as the goodness that comes from working together as a team. There’s never a dull moment when these dogs come on screen.

10. Spongebob Squarepants

Chances are good that you’ve heard of this show. With a funky name and even funkier characters, Spongebob Squarepants is a show that keeps you laughing. Even adults find things to enjoy in this witty program.

Spongebob shows kids how to enjoy life to the fullest alongside his trusty friends. There’s never a dull day in his underwater world.

This popular show is easy to find, even if you don’t use traditional cable. Although reruns are going on all the time on various TV networks, so you’ll never look hard to find it!

As long as these popular kids shows are watched in moderation, they are great assets for any home. The engaging but educational spin makes them fun for kids while teaching something new with every episode.

It’s sometimes hard to pull our kids away from the TV after they come home from school. All things in moderation, after all. But sometimes, kids should be free to watch their shows.

When it’s time to turn the TV off, don’t forget to have some educational books on hand for more fun learning!

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