Best tv shows for children under 5

Best tv shows for children under 5

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I know I don’t mention my kids watching tv much, either here on social media. I’m always talking about creative activities we’ve done, spending time outdoors or children’s books but they do watch tv. I’m all about moderation and balance so they do watch tv and as such, they do have favourite shows. I’m fortunate that they seem to love a lot of CBeebies shows as there are no adverts. When the watch the other shows my youngest gets cross when the adverts come on or my eldest starts asking how long it is until Christmas (yes she’s started her list apparently).

We actually need to think about getting a new tv and I will be taking a look at Oled TVs Panasonic as our current one switches itself on and off a lot (you can imagine how the kids feel about that). Anyway back to tv shows. As I mentioned they enjoy a lot of CBeebies shows as well as a few others so I thought I’d share some of their favourites with you.

Show me, show me

This reminds me of playschool from my childhood. Anyone else remember Playschool? Anyway in this show Chris and Poy sing, teach and play in a magical playroom. Each episode has 2 themes that teach the children about all sorts. Everything from birds to fire engines. My 5 year old has grown out of it now but my toddler (& my eldest when she was younger) loves dancing to the “show me your groovy moves” section. I don’t know why but Poi dressed as little Bo Peep drives my kids as toddlers to tears! Very odd.


Full disclosure, I do find Bing, the whining toddler bunny quite annoying but my kids don’t. On the plus side each episode has a lesson that Bing learns and your kids will too.


A great show for children to learn phonics and spelling. Full of catchy songs that my kids adore. Another great show for helping children to learn in a fun way, the won’t even notice.

Something special

What is it with Justin? My two have both been transfixed by all his shows. Mr Tumble does seem to be the favourite though. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the format as I’m sure there is not a parent around who hasn’t seen it.

Hey Duggee

My kids love Duggee and the familiar repetition to this show (much like many of the other shows on this list). In each show the 5 animal children need to learn a new skill and when they do they receive a badge from Duggee.

So there you have it 5 great CBeebies shows for toddlers and preschool children. Perfect to keep your little ones happy for 5 minutes whilst you prepare dinner or grab a cup of tea.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Panasonic. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.



  1. June 13, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Amy also really enjoyed Show Me, Show Me and she was obsessed with Justin’s House which her daddy and I found hilarious, too, because of the hidden elements of adult humour x

    • Claire
      June 17, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      I do think kids shows with hidden adult humour are a winner.

  2. June 14, 2018 / 8:00 am

    We love all of these! Well, I see ‘we’ – if it’s a hit with my son, it’s a hit with me 🙂 He absolutely loves Justin, mainly because he thinks slapstick is the funniest thing in the world!

    • Claire
      June 17, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      I don’t know what it is about Justin but my kids love any show he does! Maybe it is the slapstick

  3. June 14, 2018 / 11:35 am

    I used to love CBeebies because of their no adverts policy, and when we still had a TV licence, my 4 loved watching Something Special too 🙂

    • Claire
      June 17, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Something special seems to entertain all children.

  4. June 15, 2018 / 9:41 am

    This made me a little sad that my two are both over five now – they loved Hey Duggee and Something Special. There’s some great TV for preschoolers out there now x

    • Claire
      June 17, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      My just 5 year old still watches Hey Duggee.

    • Claire
      June 17, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Me too, we never watch the adverts if we can help it.

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