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Good Educational Shows for Toddlers 

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Updated November 11, 2019 238 votes 26 voters 27 items

List Rules Vote up the best educational shows appropriate for a toddler to watch.

Whether or not toddlers are given a limit on screentime, many parents primarily choose educational shows for toddlers as what their little ones watch. When it comes to the best preschool educational TV shows, there are options that teach everything from language to science. If you’ve been looking for the best educational TV shows for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds to watch, this list of the best educational television shows for toddlers has educational series that know how to educate and entertain little ones.

The best educational shows for toddlers use repetition and variations of looking at a problem to help their little viewers solve and learn the lessons. Both Word Party and Martha Speaks use fun characters and repetition to help teach vocabulary. Other shows, such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Peg + Cat, and even Curious George lead by example while teaching social skills and creative problem-solving.

Which educational TV shows for toddlers are worth the limited screentime? Vote up the best educational shows for toddlers and add any good educational shows for toddlers that are missing.

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 42

Number of Episodes: 4327

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more
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Blue's Clues is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson, Seth O'Hickory

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 145

Network: Nickelodeon

Blue's Clues is an American children's television series that premiered on Nickelodeon. Producers Angela Santomero, Todd Kessler and Traci Paige Johnson combined concepts from child development ...more
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Mister Rogers' Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks

Premiered: 1968

Number of Episodes: 895

Network: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American half-hour children's television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series originated in 1963 as Mister Rogers on CBC ...more
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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Rino Romano

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 90

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

Curious George is an animated television series based on the Curious George children's book series, which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who ...more
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Sid the Science Kid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Drew Massey, Alice Dinnean, Victor Yerrid

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 69

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

Sid the Science Kid is an American CGI animated series that premiered on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008. The computer generated show is produced by The Jim Henson Company and then-PBS member KCET ...more
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WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Marc Thompson, Veronica Taylor

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 46

Network: Nick Jr., Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids Sprout

WordWorld is an American CGI animated television series that debuted on PBS Kids. It was created by Don Moody, Jacqueline Moody, Peter Schneider and Gary Friedman. WordWorld was produced by The ...more
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Play with Me Sesame is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, John Tartaglia

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 78

Network: Nick Jr., PBS Kids, Treehouse TV, PBS Kids Sprout

Play with Me Sesame is a children's television series spun off from Sesame Street, featuring Sesame Street characters such as Bert, Ernie, Grover, and Prairie Dawn. From April 1, 2002 until ...more
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Word Party is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Dorien Davies, Misty Rosas, Donna Kimball
Jim Henson's Word Party (Netflix, 2016)is an American animated children's television series created by Alex Rockwell. The vocabulary-building program features four young animals, Kip the ...more
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The Cat in the Hat Knows... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Martin Short, Alexa Torrington, Jacob Ewaniuk

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: CITV, PBS Kids, Treehouse TV

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a Canada–UK co-produced animated television series that premiered August 7, 2010 on Treehouse TV in Canada, on September 6, 2010 on PBS Kids in the ...more
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Jake Beale, Heather Bambrick, Addison Holley

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is an American-Canadian animated children's television series produced by The Fred Rogers Company, 9 Story Media Group and Out of the Blue Enterprises. It debuted on ...more
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Yo Gabba Gabba! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Yo Gabba Gabba! Biz Markie, Rob Paulsen, Cam Clarke

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Nick Jr., Nickelodeon

Yo Gabba Gabba! is an American puppet children's television show starring five costumed toys-come-to-life and their friend DJ Lance Rock. The Gabba gang explores a single topic in each episode, ...more
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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Dinosaur Train Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted ...more
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Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Zachary Gordon, Khamani Griffin, Clem Cheung

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: Nick Jr.

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is an American children's television series which premiered on Nickelodeon on November 5, 2007, and on Noggin on December 15, 2008. It also premiered on the Canadian Television ...more
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Tumble Leaf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Christopher Downs, Brooke Wolloff, Jodi Downs
Tumble Leaf (Amazon Video, 2014) is a stop motion animated series created by Drew Hodges, and based on the short film Miro. Fig and his caterpillar friend, along with other residents of the ...more
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Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Brian Drummond

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids, CBBC, RTP 2, Discovery Kids, + more

Martha Speaks is a American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Susan Meddaugh, about a talking dog named Martha, who is owned by ...more
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Blue's Clues & You! ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Jaiden Cannatelli, Shakira, Joshua Dela Cruz

Premiered: 2019

Network: Nickelodeon

Blue's Clues & You! (Nickelodeon, 2019) is a Canadian and American live-action and animated educational children's television series, based on the '90s show, Blue's Clues. The show follows ...more
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The Hoobs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
The Hoobs John Eccleston, Don Austen, Mark Jefferis

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 250

The Hoobs is a BAFTA-winning television programme created and produced by The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Workshop.
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Helpsters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers

Premiered: 2019

Network: Apple TV+

Helpsters (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American children's television program made by the Sesame Workshop. Aimed at preschoolers, the series shares the adventures of monsters who love to help people ...more
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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 99

Network: Disney Channel

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is an American animated television series that premiered in 2006 and continues to air in the present. The series, Disney Television Animation's first computer animated ...more
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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Super Why! Siera Florindo, Tajja Isen, Zachary Bloch

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Viacom International Media Networks, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids Sprout

Super Why or The Reading Adventures of Super Why is an American children's CGI animated show developed by Angela C. Santomero and Samantha Freeman Alpert. The series is produced by New York ...more
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Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Jillian Bell, Adam Devine, Daveed Diggs

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

Green Eggs and Ham (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television series based on the children's book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. Guy-Am-I, an inventor, and his friend Sam-I-Am go on a ...more
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Dora the Explorer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 118

Network: Nick Jr., Telemundo, Nickelodeon, Noggin, Nick Jr., + more

Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried ...more
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Bubble Guppies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Frank Welker, Zachary Gordon, Skai Jackson

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Nick Jr.

Bubble Guppies is an American preschool children's television series produced for Nickelodeon and created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull. The series is produced by using Autodesk Maya 3D ...more
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Peg + Cat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Dwayne Hill, Hayley Faith Negrin

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 36

Peg + Cat is an American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the children's book "The Chicken Problem", which was published in 2012. The series is created by Billy ...more
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Caillou is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good Educational Shows for Toddlers
Evan Smirnow, Ellen David, Jennifer Seguin

Premiered: 1997

Network: Cartoonito, Public Broadcasting Service, Teletoon, Sky Living, Treehouse TV, + more

Caillou is a Canadian educational children's television series that was first shown on Télétoon and Teletoon, with its first episode airing on the former channel on September 15, ...more