11 edutainment shows for kids that teach STEAM concepts
These series and documentaries that teach science, technology, engineering, arts and maths principles will help to keep your children’s brains sharp when they’re not at school.
Top-notch shows tp keep your kids up to speed on subjects they would be learning at school – from geometry and vectors to the biology of wild animals and the wonders of space.
The animated series has 60 episodes that are 22 minutes each, following the adventures of racing driver AJ and his car Blaze. Besides speeding around Axle City, they have fun learning about science and maths in this show that’s more for the younger crowd.
2. Super Why
With 103 episodes that run 24 minutes each, there’s enough edutainment here to keep an army of kids learning. What’s it about? Whyatt and his pals in Storybook Village have a secret club house that turns them into education heroes (like Alpha Pig, who’s a master of reading). Their adventures take them around their world, learning while solving puzzles, problems and questions that need answering.
Spy in the Wild infiltrates the animal world using animatronic spy creatures and hidden cameras disguised as everything from eggs to dung balls. These give us some of the closest-ever views of animal friendships, intelligence, love and mischief, combining important scientific and biological information that may not even have made its way into schoolchildren’s textbooks yet.
Top Gear host and English ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff hosts this smashing engineering show with a difference. The six episodes were filmed in South Africa in 2018 and each 44-minute instalment sees competitors use their engineering skills to not just build a car worthy of a Mad Max movie, but to also go to war with one another and see whose engineering skills are the best in the car-crashing arena.
5. The Planets
Space isn’t just the final frontier, it’s the ultimate science laboratory. This 2019 doccie has five 50-minute episodes filled with the latest technology being used by space organisations around the world. It’s narrated by Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, and you’ll get incredible access to photos, videos, information and a whole lot more than we’d normally know about, as the origins of our solar system are explored in all of space’s glory!
The best way to learn is to ask questions. Like, what is dirt made of? And that’s what this 13-episode series investigates – kids asking questions and learning while they find out the answers in each of the 21-minute episodes. There are fun and funky animation elements, as well as experts who help answer the multitude of questions being asked by these eager young minds.
This brand-new series, which has won the 2020 award at Kidscreen for the Best New Pre-School Series, follows young members of the WorldWide Wandered Society on their exciting missions around the globe. Waldo and Wenda are sent on their adventures by their mentor, Wizard Whitebeard, and while they have plenty of fun, their rival, Odlulu, is never far away, trying to cause trouble and stop them from earning stripes and becoming wizard-level wanderers.
Ollie and Moon are a pair of sweet six-year-old cats who go a series of adventures around the world. Everyday life always turns crazy for them as they get into a load of wacky fun. The goofy best friends search for solutions to problems that will be familiar to all preschoolers, and along the way, they grow to appreciate differences, in each other and in the big wide world they discover together.
Join Mister Maker as he gets an idea, grabs some crafts and starts making things. Joined by his friends, the shapes, and plenty of songs, this show for preschoolers is creative, engaging and lots of fun. Hopefully you’ve stocked up on craft supplies!
Twelve young chefs between the ages of nine and 14 compete for the top spot by cooking and serving the tastiest, most beautiful dishes to Curtis Stone, Vanessa Lachey and guest judges. We all know that cooking and baking are both a science and an art, and, bonus, this show may just inspire your little ones to help out in the kitchen from now on.
This documentary series uncovers the secret lives of lions, leopards, tigers and more, using the latest technology and scientific research to bring these animal superstars out of the shadows.