16 Brain Food Shows: The Best Educational Kids Shows On Netflix

Sometimes screen time can be a much-needed break for busy moms. Ease your mind and put on an educational show on Netflix while you take some time for yourself to recoup or get some stuff crossed off your to-do list.

It can be exhausting trying to find engaged and learning activities for our kids to play all day long, who says Mr. screen can’t be a good learning tool? While screen time is a controversial topic these days, if you make informed decisions, streaming shows on Netflix can be an educational and non-damaging experience.

You can even download your favourite educational shows to a tablet or phone and take these educational shows with you on the go. Perfect for road trips. 

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The Best Educational Shows On Netflix For Kids

Super Why

Learn super reading and story interpreting skills with Super Why. This show is all about learning the alphabet and reading.  I love the classic storybooks they reference and all the little extra fun ways they incorporate learning. This show brings life to the alphabet and makes learning fun.

Llama Llama

This cute little show is all about learning feelings and dealing with emotions. Emotional learning is very important for all kids and the way that this show educates dealing with big feelings is very easy to understand for little ones.

Wild Kratts

Join the adventure of the Kratt boys while they learn about exotic animals, have scientific adventures all while travelling the globe. This show is great to watch with your child so you can discuss all the awesome things that the Kratt boys come across during their adventures.

Ask The Story Bots

Story Bots is a really fun colourful and whimsical show that teaches all sorts of things about life. The “Ask The Story Bots” show features questions that kids ask, and the Story Bots answer those questions in easy to understand terms.

The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus has been around for many years, in fact, I used to watch it when I was a child! There are so many lessons that are taught in each and every episode from learning about the human body to all space adventures and everything in between.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

This is a continuation of the original Magic School Bus with a new class and new adventures. Learn all about the wonderful world around us with simple, easy to understand explanations.

Veggie Tales In The City

This is a spin-off show from the original Veggie Tales that I used to watch as a child. Children learn about moral values that are often connected to Christianity. Join Bob the Tomato and Larry the cucumber on their city adventures.

Veggie Tales In The House

Veggie Tales In The House is another spin-off from the original Veggie Tales. Different adventures take place in a house and moral lessons are learned through each and every episode. I love the colourful illustrations and fun songs that the Veggie Tales franchise has to offer.

Super Songs

This is a Story Bots extension that features music. This is a fun way to get kids dancing around the living room and grooving to some of the best wiggle worthy songs I’ve ever heard.

The Treehouse Detectives

This is a mystery solving show that has a brother and sister team up to solve mysteries around them. The educational value is lower than other shows that I’ve suggested, but the value is still there. There are good examples f teamwork and perseverance when the detective bears are having a tough time solving various puzzles.


This is a wonderful show in an ocean setting that teaches children about the wonderful things that the ocean has to offer. There are many fun facts about various sea creatures in every episode and the little characters show valuable friendship lessons too.

Little Baby Bum Learning Songs

Go through the classic songs from Old Macdonald to Ba Ba Blacksheep.  The songs provide learning potential through simple number sense and learning about letter sounds and colours. Most of the songs provide rhyming and rhythm for little minds. All great things to be exposed to when learning!

Beat Bugs

Learn about friendship and problem solving with these bug friends. Often the bugs are faced with problems that need to be solved in a teamwork setting. This is a fun show that teaches about teamwork.

A Storybots Christmas

Another Story Bot spin-off that teaches kids all about the wonders of Christmas! Kids call in and their questions are answered in simple to understand manners.

True and the Rainbow Kingdom

The main character uses magic and determination to solve problems around her. This show is full of examples of compassion, kindness and empathy.

Justin Time

This is a wonderful show that teaches about science for toddlers and preschoolers. The characters are thoughtful and helpful to animals that they come across. The family life at home is represented as encouraging and supportive too. Many values in the show.

All of these shows are currently available on Canadian Netflix. There are some others that I wish I could include but are not available on Netflix in our area. In the United States, I believe Daniel Tiger is available and that is a wonderful show that teaches about dealing with emotions in a gentle and caring way.I hope this list of educational shows on Netflix was helpful to you! Make sure you take that moment for self-care mama and don’t worry about rotting your children’s brains with TV time, especially if they are watching good, educational shows….as long as it’s not all day!


Elizabeth is a mom of 2 and has a passion for helping children reach their human potential. She enjoys helping parents raise confident and healthy kids by explaining how to handle situations using positive parenting.

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