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Disney Jr. and Nick Jr---Top 5 Pre-School Shows on Each in Our Home

Updated on May 6, 2013
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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“I want to watch Doc McStuffins!” “No I want to watch “The Fresh Beat Band.” In my house this is the constant argument of who wants to watch what on TV and the above is what you would hear constantly out of my two kids back and forth with each other.

Now you add to the fact that I have two pre-school aged and Verizon FIOS that has anything and everything On Demand; and the list goes on and on as to what they want to watch. Usually it is either on Disney Jr or Nick Jr. Channels.

For those with young kids or grandkids or just have young kids in their life for some reason or another, you may be able to relate to this just slightly.

So what shows are favored by many youngsters? What shows are at least watched regularly by little kids alike? Sit back andI will share these shows and give a little bit of background to each.


Mickey: Message from Mars

1. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Meeska, Mouska, Mickey Mouse; Roll Call--Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Minnie and Mickey. That is the song that seems to fill our house on any given day and is the theme music for the show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We have been watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for quite awhile now and even made a homemade Mickey Mouse Cake for my younger daughter Lily for her first birthday last year.

The show itself uses early math learning and problem solving skills by having Mickey and friends lead the kids on an interactive adventure of learning and fun. During each half hour episode, Mickey does a wonderful job entertaining preschoolers by inviting them to indeed join him and his friends (Goofy, Donald, Minnie, Daisy & Pluto) at his Clubhouse.


Watch a Preview of Doc McStuffins:

2. Doc McStuffins


The Doc is in and She'll fix you up.
if your a toy then you're in luck.
it's ok don't be afraid the Doc really knows her stuff.
Doo Doo Doo you know it's good for you
The doc is gonna help you feel better
Oh Oh Oh it's the place to go
when you feel a little under the weather
Let Doc McStuffins do her thing
to get you right back in the swing
Doc McStuffins Doc McStuffins
Come and let the visit begin
the doc is in.
Doc McStuffins Doc McStuffins
Come and let the visit begin
the Doc is in...

These are they very catchy and adorable lyrics to this so very creative and cute pre-school show about the main character Doc McStuffins, who is a little girl with a wonderful imagination. She imagines that she is a doctor who fixes broken toys, because she wants to emulate her own mom who is indeed a doctor too. She even has her own backyard playhouse that is her very own personal clinic to help fix all her toy friends when they are physically and emotionally hurt.

The Little Einsteins Theme Song:

3. Little Einsteins

The Little Einsteins are Leo, Annie, Quincy and June. Both my kids seem to quite enjoy this show, especially because of the musical inclusions and selections too. The series dedicated again to pre-schoolers has these characters take on adventures hat introduce their kid viewers to nature, world cultures and arts too.

In each episode, The Little Einsteins have take a journey of discovery all the while incorporating one piece of classical music and renowned artwork or world culture. They are so very passionate and utilize their talents to work together to solve the certain challenges they experience during the episode.


Jake and The Neverland Pirates Theme Song:

4. Jake and The Neverland Pirates

Jake and his crew of pirates, which include Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skullyteam up in each episode to have fun-filled treasure hunt adventures in Never Land. Usually they have to work together against the evil Captain Hook and Smee.

This show also has Jake invite his viewers to utilize teamwork (sharing), basic problem solving skills and some sort of physical activity to find and regain the treasure. Again, the music in this show keeps my kids entertained too.

Octonauts Creatures Report:

5. Octonauts

More adventures are abound in this show, Octonauts, who are a diverse team of adventurous and courageous heroes that try to work together to solve trouble and problems that brew in the heart of the ocean.

These creatures come equipped with underwater vehicles and during their adventures, they rescue some of the out of this world sea creatures while exploring the amazing underwater lands. By the end of the episode, they manage to save to the day and return home safe to Octopod (their home).

The Fresh Beat Band Theme Song:

Nick Jr. (Top 5 In Our House):

1. The Fresh Beat Band

The Fresh Beats are Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki, described as four best friends in a band who go to music school together and love to sing and dance. The Show centers around one problem the gang has and needs help solving.

This show has such a following that they even tour and do concerts for the pre-school age set. We recently tried to get tickets and can tell you that they aren't cheap and do seem to cost a pretty penny. They seem to be the Justin Bieber or big thing for this age group. Not a fan of the prices, but must admit the music is pretty catchy and even find myself singing along at times. FYI one of my girls favorite episodes is a cross over with the characters from Yo Gabba Gabba (this is the #5 Nick Jr. show in our house), where they get the best of both worlds from tow of their favorite shows.


Olivia Theme Song

2. Olivia

Based on the beloved books by Ian Falconer, this animated series features the tales of Olivia, a precocious piglet whose imagination is the key to many adventures.Apparently like most youngsters who count every day until their next birthday, Olivia is no different and is 6 3/4-year-old.

Olivia has varied interests including her family, friends and school. She is so very adventurous and and has a very creative imagination. This imagination leads her to have adventures from the Wild West to even outer space. The character happens to very enthusiastic and also determined in her ways.


Dora and the Census Form:

3. Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer is centered around the main character, Dora, who just so happens to be an 8 year old girl who also has an adventurous spirit by taking a trip in each and every episode to either find something or help somebody. In order to take her trip, she seeks help from her trusty map and backpack too. All along she asks viewers at home to help with her trip.

Dora also helps the viewers learn Spanish by teaching them words and short phrases in this language. One other character that graces every episode is Boots, who has been her best friend since she saved his red boots from being taken by Swiper. This show teaches geography and Spanish too.

Team Umizoomi Theme Song

4. Team Umizoomi

Team Umizoomi is a cartoon in the center of an interesting urban town. This show's town helps teach many math concepts by using streets paved with origami, sidewalks that are swirled with color, and even manhole covers that have intricate patterns on them. Team Umizoomi is made up of Milli, Geo, and Bot, who have to solve everyday problems with their 'Mighty Math Powers' to keep Umi City from becoming unruly.

Kids can join the Team Umizoomi gang as their "Umifriend" to solve these math problems. By demonstrating how math is everywhere and how it's integral to our daily lives, Team Umizoomi keeps youngsters engaged, interested, excited and helps them enjoy math too. This one is a math teacher (like myself) dream!


Yo Gabba Gabba, "I Like to Dance"

5. Yo Gabba Gabba

Yo Gabba Gabba! is a fun interactive live-action program for young toddlers and pre-schoolers. This show introduces these kids to friendly monsters in a magical world that has music, dance, colorful cartoons, and some simple life lessons that will help kids learn, while dancing along too all by saying the magic words, YO GABBA GABBA! The show consists of six main characters and they are as follows:

  • DJ Lance Rock is the host that gets the show started in each episode with the magic words, "Yo Gabba Gabba!"
  • Muno is the red cyclops that is friendly,easy going, outgoing, and loves to learn, but can sometimes be a bit impatient. Known to break things sometimes, because of his clumsiness.
  • Foofa is a pink flower bubble, who is giggly, outgoing, happy, bubbly, and likes things that are cute and cuddly. Watch out though if things do go her way, she can be a bit on the moddy side then.
  • Brobee is green, cuddly and cute, but a bit timid needing a bit of reassurance from time to time, because he is not a fan of trying new things. The one thing that does give him a bit of confidence is music.
  • Plex is a magic robot! Plex is the parent figure, knowing jusy how to solve the problems that may arise by providing music, teaching lessons and has awesome magical powers that beam others right into Yo Gabba Gabba Land.
  • Toodee is a blue cat-dragon, Toodee's is extremely bright, independent, athletic and a bit mischievous too. although she can be a bit selfish and get overly excited about some things.

Disney Jr. New Show Sophia the First

Summing It Up...

There you have the Top Disney and Nick Jr. Shows in our house. It seems that even though my girls like to watch all of these shows from time to time, we never know which one will truly be on top on any given day. Plus if any of these channels introduce a new show, they may also want to start watching one of them too. Take for instance Disney Jr's newest show that will began airing last November called Sophia the First about a little girl whose mother marries royalty and becomes a princess. This was right up my little girls' alleys who are always telling me they are indeed princesses. I will leave you with the trailer for this show. Hope you enjoy!!

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Aww, awesome Amy and I love the Fresh Band myself, so had looked into this for my girls as well, but ended up doing Frozen Tickets on Ice right now, but maybe in the future will do this show, too.

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      The Perfectly Un-Perfect Mom 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great read! My daughter is 4 1/2 and watches all of these shows as well. I actually just bought her tickets (as a surprise) for the Fresh Beat Band concert. She thinks it sold out but I got tickets and we're going to surprise her near Christmas time.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      No definitely not and now my older daughter watches more of the tween/teen shows sometimes on Disney instead of just Disney Jr., so I know exactly what you mean. Thanks so much though and truly appreciate your kind words here.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These are great things for kids to watch; my grandson always love Dora the Explorer but he is past that now, lol. You know even with Disney you have to be careful as I was discussing with another hubber here. Like The Great Mouse Detective movie from 20+ years ago. If you have that movie or have seen it have you ever listened to the words of that mouse saloon girl? They are shocking, I can't believe they didn't ban it all those years ago, surely someone listened to it besides the kids. lol Anyway we can't be too careful, can we? ^ +

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much and I know it has changed quite a bit since I, too, was a kid myself.

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      Tim 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Good hub! I haen't watched Disney channel in a while but it really has changed from when I was 3 or 4 and would wake up to Mousercise, Dumbo's Circus and Alice In Wonderland!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so very much Carter06 and hope that I was able to help many with this Hub article who are looking for descent kids programming.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great evaluation on these shows Janine..this hub would be really helpful for many with small kids and those of us with grandkids..it's not always easy to choose which shows your kids should watch, great job..cheers

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks a bunch Eddy and know you do so very much with your grandkids, which truly makes sens that you could relate here. Love right back at you, too!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful yet again Janine and I am not to out of touch with little ones as the grandkids keep in touch.

      I vote up,share and wish you a wonderful day with your beautiful family Janine.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Dianna and just so happy to be able to share this list for those who do watch with their children or those who may not and want more information. Totally always appreciate your kindness!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Since my grandkids are in their pre-teens, I am not current on favorite children's shows. This was a good choice on selections for pre-schoolers. As always, you write with style and excellency. Voted up and sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks again so much Vellur and Dora is a great cartoon that my girls also love!! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great write about TV cartoons. I love Dora the Explorer that we get to see out here. Voted way up.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much and believe me I am with you on keeping an on eye on what my kids are watching, but had to share some of our favorites with all!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh happy to be back Glimmer Twin Fan and share these shows with all on here. Thank you so much fro your kind words and for sharing, too!!

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      Jo 4 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      I am quite mindful of what I allow my children to watch, and that includes Disney, however, there are some interesting suggestions here. I do like the Octonauts and I will check 'Sophia the first'

      Lovely hub, voted up too :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Nice to see your hubs again Janine! Even though my daughter no longer watches these shows, I loved Little Einsteins and Dora. We would watch them together and have lots of fun. Great for parents with younger children. Shared all around.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      My pleasure in sharing Liz and Super Why, I think is on PBS. My kids never really got into that, but then again they are either watching Disney Jr. or Nick Jr.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Neil and happy to be able to be back to write and share this. I will say I do enjoy being with my girls and seeing their take (from their eyes) on these shows. So much fun!! :)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Team Umizoomi and Yo Gabba Gabba are two of my little one's favorites. But her ultimate favorite is Super Why, whatever channel that's on. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

      Liz

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi janine, great to see you back writing, I love all these, I am babysitting again! lol! its great! as we get older we forget just how awesome it is to hold a little baby, well just over a year old, and get great big hugs, watch the tv and just be back on the floor playing with the toys again! voted up and shared, nell

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for your take on this and will say many of those shows to teach basic lessons, like especially sharing and even colors, shapes and much more. I am not saying this replaces me reading and teaching my kids as well (I am a certified teacher by trade), but they definitely do learn from these shows and have seen it first hand.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I am familiar with most of these shows and I have to say that I don't think they contribute anything useful to young minds. Gone are the days when Sesame Street and The Electric Company actually taught kids how to read!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Carly and I guess you can tell I have enough time with children's TV in our house and am so well versed in most of these shows now. And yes we do love Yo Gabba Gabba!! :)

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      As a parent I enjoyed Little Einsteins and Yo Gabba Gabba the best with my kids. This Hub is great and illustrates why all these toons are great for kids if they are going to spend time watching TV.

      "There's a part in my Tummy." :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Linda and my pleasure. My girls are huge fans of all of the above, especially The Fresh Beat Band, because they love to sing and dance to all the music!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Mary and I tried my best to pick all the ones I know are hits in my home and just share. As you can tell, I watch a lot of children's programming!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Bill. Let's just say someone gave me some inspiration today to hit publish on this one and happy to finally share a new Hub with you!! Have a great weekend, too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm on Team Nick Jr! Fresh Beat Band, Dora, Yo Gabba Gabba and Olivia are my favorites! I didn't realize they were all Nick Jr shows. I'm just told to sit & watch:) Thanks for the fun hub Janine!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You've picked some of the top tv shows for kids. I've seen them all with my grandson. Parents with children just getting to tv age will certainly appreciate this.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's so nice to see you write a hub again. You are such a good writer, and you have so much to offer other parents. Well done, Janine!

      Have a great weekend...sharing.

      bill