All of Disney’s theme parks around the world are closed and we’ve just come to terms with this. If you’ve got kids you may also be coming to the realization that you could be stuck inside for a while as more and more schools begin to close during the Coronavirus outbreak.
It’s important that during this time kids are kept busy and can get all the education they can from parents. However, it’s also necessary to take a break and occasionally allow them to consume television. Given how important streaming services like Disney+ are during times like this, we’ve put together a list of shows that are both fun and educational that you can happily sit your kids down to watch.
1) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
The show which ran for 10 years from 2006-2016 follows a very similar approach to Dora the Explorer and helps children to develop by getting them involved in the show. What’s great about the first addition on the list is that kids will instantly recognize the likes of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and the rest of the gang!
2) Out of the Box
We are going back even further in time with our next suggestion. Out of the Box first premiered on Playhouse Disney back in 1998 and ran until 2004. Each episode has different children come in from the local neighborhood where they enter a playground of colored cardboard boxes. Every episode is a different tale of imagination on what happens inside the box playground and it’s fantastic to encourage children to use the power of imagination!
3) Jake and the Neverland Pirates
Featuring beloved characters from Peter Pan that include Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, this show is an action-packed pirate adventure full of twists and turns and keeps children entertained through engaging with them in a similar way to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
4) Forky Asks a Question
One of the newest additions to our list, Forky Asks a Question takes place after Toy Story 4 and helps children to understand important life questions such as “What is money?”, “What is a friend?” and “What is reading?”. This is a great way to teach kids about important life topics as well as keeping them entertained through characters they already know.
5) Elena of Avalor
This is a fantastic show that teaches children about the importance of understanding other cultures. In fact, Disney even hires cultural consultants to make sure they get it right and although the story follows a made-up princess, there are still plenty of great lessons to be learned from the show. In fact, Elana of Avalor specifically focuses on thoughtfulness, resilience, and compassion.
6) Raven’s Home
This one is for the older kids (and adults who remember the original That’s So Raven show) as it touches on some pretty adult storylines. The great thing about the show is that it presents these tough subjects in an amusing way while still keeping things real. There’s always a life lesson mixed up in the antics of the show.
Both the old and new series of Ducktales is on Disney+ and while this one might be a little bit of a stretch in terms of being educational. There are some fantastic locations featured throughout the series alongside some real history that can be expanded upon as part of a homeschooling lesson if required.
The show is also great fun for adults so one the whole family can sit down to enjoy.
8) Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins is about a little girl who wants to grow up to be like her mom (a veterinarian) and essentially the series focuses on a girl who can fix toys with the help of her friends (who are also toys). The show has a bit of a medical connection so ties in perfectly with trying to help kids understand a bit more about Coronavirus and the importance of staying clean and healthy.
T.O.T.S or Tiny Ones Transport Service teaches children about the different types of animals and what makes each of them unique. Each episode focuses on the core team (a Penguin and Flamingo) in transporting a baby animal to their forever family.
It’s a lovely little show that does a lot to educate kids on animals.
10) The Imagineering Story
The last one on the list is one for those who have slightly older kids who appreciate the theme parks and who miss them as much as us during the closures. The Imagineering Story is a wonderful look back at the history of the Imagineers at Disney and gives fantastic insight from the creation of Disneyland right the way up to Galaxy’s Edge!