While I don’t think babies should ever be exposed to any sort of screen time, I think for children over the age of three it’s OK if they sometimes watch a nice kid’s show that’s educational and entertaining at the same time. There are hundreds of different kid’s shows to choose from on TV and online but choosing a good show and videos for our children to watch is not as easy as we may think.
I don’t want my child to be wasting 30 or even an hour of his time sitting and watching something where he will not learn anything but nursery songs. For that reason, I try to look for shows that he will learn something from while being entertained.
For one, it has to be entertaining. Two, it has to be educational, academically or Islamically. Finally, it’s important to look for shows that are made for Muslim children and to introduce those types of shows first to our kids. Unfortunately, there are not many good quality Muslim kid’s shows out there (I haven’t come across that many). But alhadulilah there are a few shows with great messages.
As for the non-Islamic shows, there are lots of great shows that will keep children entertained while they learn new things such as the alphabets, colors and counting and about animals. The only downside to these shows though is the constant music! Almost all children’s shows and videos except for some of the Islamic ones have so much music which is why children are so drawn to them.
Here are four educational shows that children can watch every once in a while. I’ve divided the list into two of four—Islamic shows and non-Islamic shows.
Islamic Shows that are awesome!
1. Misri Bunch
I found this show on YouTube and my son loves it! It’s a wonderful, simple show of storytelling and learning about Allah and Allah’s names. The first series which you can find on Youtube has only five episodes but in those five episodes are great learning opportunities for children. My sons have learned sura ikhlas and some du’as just from watching these shows from time to time! MashaaAllah. May Allah reward the brothers and sisters who have created such great shows for our children! If I’m not mistaken, there’s supposed to be a series two coming out soon, inshaaAllah. To learn more about Misri Bunch’s mission and to support them, go to their website at
2. Zaky and Friends
Produced by One4Kids, the show Zaky and Friends teaches children to be “good to their parents, kind and caring to others, to be honest, trustworthy and good global citizens.” (one4kids.com); this is a great kid’s show for children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old. Alhamdulilah Zaky and Friends has many different episodes children can enjoy. Children can learn about how to make wudu and pray or learn some of the short suras just by watching it! mashaaAllah. For more information, you can visit their website, http://one4kids.net/
3. Adam’s World
I’m not sure when Adam’s World was created but I know it has been around for a while. My nieces and nephews used to watch the DVD’s of Adam’s World long before I got married and had children. Similar to the two previous shows I’ve mentioned, Adam’s World aims to entertain children while teaching them about important things in our daily lives such as praying, fasting, how to deal with people and so much more! Adam’s World is great for children 3 years and older.
4. Baba Ali
Looking for some help in teaching your small child about good manners? Let him/her watch Hurray for Baba Ali sometimes. He’s fun and funny! Hurray for Baba Ali is perfect for younger children because the videos are short (4 minutes long at most), and kids get to hear adorable children in the background correct Baba Ali every time he makes mistakes. You’ll find Hurray for Baba Ali on YouTube or if you want to purchase the DVDs, go to his website: http://www.hurrayforbabaali.com/about.html
Non-Islamic Educational Shows
1. Super Why
Super Why is for children ages three-to-six years old. The show is great for starting children on how to read. They can learn alphabets, letter sounds while being entertained! The good thing about this show is that it’s not so fast. It actually pauses when a question is asked. It’s interactive.
2. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
I actually used to watch a show called Mister Roger’s Neighborhood when I was younger—Mister Roger’s Neighborhood is the inspiration behind the new and animated Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. This show is educational in the sense that it teaches children how to solve social problems at home and school. For more information, go to http://www.pbs.org/parents/daniel/about/
3. Sid The Science Kid
This show is perfect especially for the curious child! It’s a fun show which will captivate any child’s interest with the question Sid asks in the beginning of the show. It teaches children, preschoolers to be specific about the science behind certain things in our life. For detailed information about this show, go to http://www.pbs.org/parents/sid/about/
This show does not even air on TV anymore but it doesn’t change the fact that it was awesome! We can still find it on YouTube. It’s a show that’s all about animals. Children will love it because it’s featuring two fun brothers and the bouncing lemur, Zaboomafoo while they learn all about different types of animals.
With any show, Islamic or not, it’s important to know or at least check what the show is about by watching one or two episodes of it or reading the summary of the show before letting the kids watch it. The non-Islamic shows listed above sometimes have episodes about non-Muslim holidays such as Charismas, Thanksgiving or Easter. It’s important to avoid such episodes.
What are your go-to Islamic/non-Islamic educational videos and shows for your children? Share your answers down below! Jazaakumulaahu kheyran 🙂