If you’re like me, you want to be intentional about what your kids are watching. Today I’m bringing you my absolute favorite DVDs for toddlers and kids!
For me, we don’t need any fluff. Nowadays, there are plenty of DVD options that will entertain your kids while instilling valuable knowledge and/or good character, which is a win-win! I have previewed more TV shows, movies, and DVDs than you can imagine. As an educator and a mom, there are several outstanding options that get my seal of approval, and I am going to share them with you in hopes that these will positively impact your family as much as they have impacted mine. So, with all due respect, forget those everyday, meaningless cartoons. Kids are like sponges, so let them soak up the good stuff instead!
1. Veggie Tales. For us, Veggie Tales has been a staple from ages 1.5 to age 5. These colorful animated stories promote faith-based values using fun songs and great storytelling to promote character development. You can also usually get these at a great price! Our favorites have been the Girl Power boxed set, which is a triple feature and the Ultimate Christmas Collection, which includes 6 holiday favorites. Did I mention that you can easily find really good deals on these?
2. Brainy Baby. We have loved a handful of the Brainy Baby DVDs, particularly for that 12-24 month old period. Our kids watched the Right Brain and Left Brain DVDs which introduce basic concepts like colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. For ages 1-4 years, we especially love the Brainy Baby: Spanish DVD as a perfect introduction to Spanish for your little ones. (We also loved Baby Einstein DVDs at this age, but they are much harder to find nowadays.)
3. Signing Time. I began watching these with my first child when she was a toddler, and they are very well done. Signing Time DVDs teach sign language with really fun, upbeat songs and they feature lots of kids. These are a really entertaining way to teach sign language to your little ones!
4. The Magic School Bus. When I was a kid, the Magic School Bus books were just so magical indeed! I feel the same way about the DVDs. There is something so appealing to kids about a class full of children and their amazing science adventures on a magic school bus. Can you tell I like these too? We have The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series boxed set, which contains 8 DVDs, a total of 52 episodes. In my opinion, $36 is a steal for this set and well worth every penny. We started right before age 4, but they would be great up to age 10, in my opinion.
5. What’s in the Bible. From the creator of Veggie Tales, the What’s in the Bible series is really well done. 13 DVDs take you through the entire Bible, and it is astounding how much information is presented in terms of actual translations from ancient texts and the people who wrote it, all woven into world history. It will make your brain explode in a good way, and kids love the entertaining characters, the eye-catching animation, and the positive messages. I would recommend these for ages 4-7 (although you will learn a ton, too)!
6. American Girl: I must include the American Girl movies! I can’t speak for the newer movies, although we have ordered a couple for birthdays this year. We have the American Girl: 4 Film Favorites DVDs, and these are highly recommended for ages 6-10. You can typically get a deal on the set I mentioned. These are great in terms of character development and values, and girls can really relate to the American Girl characters.
7. Liberty’s Kids: This is probably the very best deal in terms of price. With 40 episodes (the complete series) on 4 disks, this set is usually at or below $7! Liberty’s Kids is a cartoon series all about Benjamin Franklin and American history during the American Revolution. This is perfect for elementary-aged kids.
8. Preschool Prep: The Preschool Prep company makes great educational DVDs, including Meet the Sight Words, Meet the Phonics, Meet the Numbers, and more. These are perfect for preschoolers. We have personally used them and really liked them!
9. Little Pim: Little Pim is an animated panda who teaches kids a variety of foreign languages! We have the first set for Spanish, and these DVDs are great for teaching basic vocabulary. I would recommend these for ages 2-8.
There are a few others that I’m sure I will add to this list in the future. If you have any great recommendations, please let me know in the comments!