As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many kids are stranded at home adopting the new online schooling method. Sometimes staying indoors for a long time can make it frustrating for the kid AND the parent.
To prevent this quarantine from turning into cabin fever, we have to be creative when finding resources and activities for kids. If you are running out of ideas for stay-at-home activities, we have ways to make staying at home fun and educational for your kids!
Experts recommend using media as a steppingstone for real-life activities. Transferring what the children see in 2D to 3D will drive their minds to use more imagination. With the increasing importance of STEAM education, many STEAM-based TV shows are now easily accessible to parents who want to feed better content to their children.
Here are 3 of our favourite TV shows that we highly recommend for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time right at their own homes!
Emily’s Wonder Lab is hosted by Emily along with 6 kid scientists, and each episode focuses on a science-related theme, such as “Newton’s law of motion” or “non- Newtonian fluids”. Emily will first explain the theme and then she demonstrates an experiment to help depict the abstract concept.
Each episode ends with Emily introducing an easy-to-follow experiment that kid viewers can do together at home. The episodes are 15 minutes or less which makes information easy to digest for younger kids. Although the science content is geared towards kids that are age 5 or above, the colourful visuals and the fun experiments make the show suitable for even younger kids to start incubating their science interests.
The show is also filled with fun and catchy songs that will help kids to retain science concepts and the experiments they did. The entire first season is available to stream on Netflix with 10 episodes ready to be enjoyed.
Nina and the Neurons is a British program aimed at four to six-year-olds to help them gain a basic understanding of science. Nina is a neuroscientist who gets the help of five Neurons in her brain to answer a scientific question in each episode.
The five neurons are five animated characters that represent our five senses. Throughout the episode Nina will be contacted by a few kids asking a science-related question, Nina will then choose one (or more) of the five neurons to help her answer the question. The show focus on small everyday conundrums, such as why do our fingers go wrinkly when we shower? The questions are very relatable to younger viewers in their daily life and are great for them to start cultivating their scientific minds.
Each episode is 15 minutes and it is broadcasted every Saturday afternoon at 3:15 pm on the ViuTVsix channel.
Earth to Luna! is an animated children’s television series that shows the adventures of Luna, a little girl who’s in love with science. Luna always asks, “What’s happening here?” and she will do everything she can to find out the answer. She explores different science questions with her brother Jupiter and she uses her imagination to visit different places.
At the end of the episode, Luna and Jupiter do a great recap of the fun facts they learned by acting in a scene with their parents. Luna sparks children’s curiosity about science and encourages them to wonder and investigate how the world works. Season 1 of the show is available to stream on Netflix and selected episodes can be streamed on YouTube as well.
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