Preschoolers love to explore, play, and create. The three to five age group also enjoys watching television, too. The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend preschoolers spend a great deal of time in front of screens. About an hour a day is the suggested guideline for preschoolers, which includes television, smartphones and iPads. So, when your kiddos are watching television, you want to make sure they are seeing quality shows that entertain and teach. So what shows for preschoolers are best? Paramount+ is one of the newer screening services with a full array of worthwhile children’s programming. Three shows in particular are excellent choices for preschoolers because they are based on a popular children’s book series. Preschoolers will get a kick out of watching their favorite books come to life on the small screen. Sharing these book series with your preschooler before bedtime after watching the shows on Paramount+ is a clever way to allow kids to savor their screen time and expose them to important pre-reading skills through highly-rated children’s books. These family-friendly shows for preschoolers are perfect picks for your little one’s TV time.
Ludwig Bemelmans published the first book in the Madeline series in 1939. The series about a 7-year-old girl attending a boarding school in Paris remains a kid favorite, with the books often being read in preschool and kindergarten classes. Paramount+ features one season of Madeline. Originally aired on Nickelodeon, the season has six episodes based on Bemelmans’ books. If your preschooler turns out to be a Madeline fan and six episodes aren’t enough, don’t worry. There is a longer series, The New Adventures of Madeline, on Paramount+, too. Madeline books are available in most public libraries and online.
The Adventures of Paddington Bear
Before the lost bear from Peru became a hit movie with a blockbuster sequel, Paddington was a charming television series based on the books by Michael Bond. The television series originally appeared across the pond in the United Kingdom, but eventually found a home on Nick Jr. Now, Paramount+ offers viewers three seasons of the crazy adventures of the adorable bear named after a train station in London. If your preschoolers get lots of giggles from the show, try reading A Bear Called Paddington. He’s equally appealing in books, and his adventures just might encourage your little one to sample some marmalade.
Max and Ruby
Preschoolers will delight in the misadventures and silliness of Max and Ruby on Paramount+. Parents won’t mind this appealing series either,r and with six seasons of episodes, there is a lot of zaniness and cuteness to chuckle at with these sibling rabbits. The Nick Jr. series is based on the books by popular children’s author, Rosemary Wells. Preschoolers will enjoy the books as much as the series. Parents, though, will be left with one plaguing question. Where are Max and Ruby’s parents? The parents are never seen in the series and don’t make an appearance in the books either, but grandma does. Kids will love her character as well, especially since her favorite breakfast is ice cream.
Paramount+ offers a very diverse range of children’s programming from preschoolers to tweens. Many of the shows featured on the streaming network are from Nick Jr. As parents, when your preschoolers do watch television, you want it to be beneficial. Letting your children watch Madeline, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, and Max and Ruby will not only entertain your preschoolers, but each series offers a springboard into quality children’s books that have been a mainstay in early childhood and elementary classrooms for years. Reading a sampling of books is a perfect way to introduce your preschoolers to the characters of Madeline, Paddington, Max, and Ruby. Then, you can enjoy reading the books and watching these three wonderful shows for preschoolers together.
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