With social distancing forcing schools to shut down, you’ve probably started stressing about how to keep your kids entertained, right? Showmax has the answer.
Use these fun (and more importantly, educational) Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths (STEAM)-oriented shows that you can stream straight to your TV or internet-linked devices to keep your children busy.
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 clubhouse 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.
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.
4. 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 Brian Cox, 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 cartoon teaches kids about the value of good food and trying new unknown foods
Doc’s kid-friendly health tips are good reminders about basic personal hygiene.
It combines lots of info about different countries and cultures with lessons about problem solving and teamwork.
Feline friends’ travels inspire curiosity about the world.
10. Go Jetters
Young heroes’ travels introduce kids to world geography.
This series offers good exposure to language, culture, and creativity
12. Bitz and Bob
Combining funny and whimsical stories with key principles of STEAM. Encourages pre-school viewers to get creative and involved in crafting, engineering, experiments and exploration.
13. Team Umizoomi
Super team teaches preschoolers real-life math applications.
Friendly characters + STEM content = smart pick for tots.
15. The Polos
STEAM Series aimed at Kids Aged 3-7
It’s fun learning with LeapFrog! Learn the alphabet, how to count, and the basics of reading.
17. Super Why
This focuses on building preschoolers’ early literacy skills.
Designed to help preschoolers acquire problem-solving and early mathematics skills.
19. Yakka Dee
Simple but super series helps kids learn words.
20. Know Zone
This educational show aimed at young Kenyans follows seven children as they go on adventures and work together to solve problems using their knowledge of Maths, English and social issues.