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Disney Jr. and Nick Jr---Top 5 Pre-School Shows on Each in Our Home
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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:
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
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!!
About the Author...
Janine is a freelance writer and mom of two. She is known for being a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls right now. Life can totally get hectic and has learned to perfect and improvise all day and night too, because of this. You can checkout her profile and more of her family related articles here.
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