Okay so even though I’m trying to cut down on screen time at the minute, I wanted to share my top 5 TV programmes that Albert likes to watch (and that I approve of)! If you follow my Instagram @happymothernature you might have read my post about screen time. Albert was having an hour on a morning and on some days another 20 minutes late afternoon. Even though he doesn’t always stay engrossed (he goes off to play) I felt like it was having a negative effect on him. He constantly asks for the TV and had a ridiculous reaction when I tell him no. So I’ve cut his time in half. That’s being said I think it’s important to think about the shows that he does watch and sometimes you really do just need to keep them occupied for 5 minutes (I don’t condone using the TV as a babysitter, I’m talking rare occasions here!).
- Dave and Ava – YouTube Channel Albert has loved this since he first started watching TV. Its a wide selection of animated nursery rhymes with 2 fun main characters, I like it because it’s got loads of different classic nursery rhymes that we can all relate to and they can help with learning number, colours, animals, body parts etc. I also feel less bad about him listening to rhymes rather than watching rubbish. It’s great fun for any age!
- *NEW* Tumble Leaf – Amazon Originals I literally discovered this a few days ago. It’s based in the woods, with the characters being different animals. It’s full of life lessons, exploring and enthusiasm. I think it’s great! Albert is probably a little young for it but it seems to interest him. I love that it encourages children to explore outdoors and make fun in everyday situations.
- Yakka Dee – CBeebies This is perfect as it is a short 5 minute programme teaching children new words. So a word will be picked like dog, house, apple, mouse etc. Then it will show different scenarios, repeating the word to encourage children to talk. A mixture of animation and real life, Albert loves it and I find it does encourage him to join in, bonus being it is short so he’s not watching for long.
- Show Me Show Me – Cbeebies Okay so this isn’t my favourite but Albert seems to like it most of the time (often he gets bored as it’s a 20 minute programme). It’s good fun, I like a show with human interaction, not just cartoons all the time and it teaches children new things.
- Paw Patrol – Nick Jr Typical, what child doesn’t like paw patrol right? So it’s probably Albert’s love of dogs that keeps him watching as he’s still a bit young to understand but I don’t mind it. There always seems to be a good lesson to learn and I like that it’s based around helping others. Typical, popular kids TV show (this just made my list over pepper pig).
So there we go, when your children do watch TV, these are the shows I approve of that also keep Albert’s attention. It’s not just important to manage their screen time but to think about what it is they’re watching (whilst we still can!).