Screen time, but make it educational.
While we may be trying to limit screen time in our households, especially where toddlers are concerned, sometimes it’s the only way to get things done.
It’s not a reality for most parents to not avail themselves of YouTube’s limitless stream of child entertainment videos, but at least most are geared towards teaching your little one in the process.
Here is a little list, in no particular order, to add to your toddler toolbox to whip out and switch on for the kids while you take a breather or get odd bits done around the house.
Ms. Rachel Songs for Littles
With two million YouTube subscribers to her channel, Ms. Rachel was always going to make the list for her educational videos and soothing singing voice that toddlers and babies are so enthralled by.
When her own son was diagnosed with a speech delay, she was motivated to create an online space for toddlers to learn letters, sounds, and numbers to aid speech development in a fun and interactive way.
This guy is full of big, bright, and bold energy. Styled in his signature orange bowtie, glasses, and suspenders, Blippi has quickly become a recognisable crowd favourite for families with toddlers as they follow along and learn on his adventures.
His quirky and animated mannerisms keep the little ones engaged, while his easy-to-follow lessons in colours and numbers that are woven throughout ensure it’s an educational experience.
If you’re looking to build your tiny tot’s vocabulary, CoComelon is the surest way to do so online. Using traditional nursery rhymes as well as their original rhymes, the channel aims to teach toddlers life lessons through the characters, along with improving their knowledge about colours and numbers.
This channel is one that both parents and toddlers alike will enjoy. Storyline Online is a literacy programme presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and features some of the most renowned celebrities reading popular kids’ books, and they truly use their acting and voicing skills to get into the animated spirit.
You may want to start with a recent video of none other than Oprah Winfrey reading ‘The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen,’ or perhaps go back 11 years in time to watch Elijah Wood read ‘Me and My Cat.’
The options are plentiful.
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