Playing on the iPad, or watching movies is something pretty much every child will do during the holidays. We parents we can only say 'No' a number of times! There is however a way to allow screen time, and to make it useful, educational - and fun - at the same time.
The mission we tasked the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com team was to boldly put on their mum and dad hats (trying not to look silly as they did so), and came up with a useful list of what you can get your children to watch on screen over the holidays, that keeps them occupied, and learning at the same time. This is their list...
This is an award winning series that involves music and comedy while showing science concepts. Each episode starts with Sid asking a question and uses his day and time to find the answer to that question with the help of family and friends. The series encourages children to observe, think and analyse to satisfy their curiosity.
Young investigators Olive and Otto use Maths while investigating strange happenings in their hometown. Episodes include Santa’s missing reindeer, and the case of the disappearing zeroes. Olive and Otto use basic maths concepts and indirect reasoning to solve these cases. The series can engaging not only for kids, but mum and dad too!
This series is all about two brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, and their adventures when encountering wild animals. The stories are nature-based with mystery and adventure mixed in. The aim of the show is to expose children to biology, zoology and ecology. The basic plot is usually to save an animal, while learning more about the environment issues affecting animals and nature.
Available on Netflix, this one is for all the bakers out there, including adults. The show is inspired by all baking-fails. It’s a competition series that involves three amateur bakers to bake something that doesn’t totally fail. It is not about baking the best cupcakes but rather who’s the best of the worst. It's fun, full of surprises and involves lots of laughter.
This is a sequel of a 1980’s show, where astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the earth, its evolution, space and all the science surrounding the universe. The 13 episode series is a set of discrete documentaries around a specific subject. A must watch for children of all ages, and makes for a great family viewing activity as well.