3 TV Shows that Encourage Your Kids to Use their Imagination . . .

... that kids love, and they won't make you want to pull your hair out!


I'm not one for limiting screen time in my house. I have one kid that's currently enrolled in multiple game development and design courses, one that equally splits her time between watching cooking shows and making us fat and another that might die if Disney Junior disappeared. 

I choose my battles wisely!

One thing I do though, is limit what they can watch and fluffy, annoying, crap TV is avoided at all cost. That doesn't mean we are all edutainment all the time (though we do LOVE the History channel) it just means I want there to be some sort of value in the entertainment my kids are consuming.

That's why we all love these three shows that are not only fun to watch, but also encourage kids to use their imagination once they step away from the TV.

1. Phineas & Ferb

  • Ages: 5+
  • Airs: Weekdays at 8:30 am on Disney XD (also on Netflix)
  • First episode: Aug 17, 2007
  • Number of episodes: 222
  • Episode duration: 22 minutes
  • Seasons: 9 (ended in 2015)
  • Average Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

An animated comedy about two stepbrothers who find inventive things to do on each day of their summer vacation such as building a roller coaster out of materials you would find in your everyday home like Popsicle sticks, indoor plumbing, etc. Unbeknownst to them, their pet platypus, Perry, leads a double life as a secret agent.
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Phineas and Ferb has been a long time favorite in our home and we were all sad when we heard it was coming to an end. My kids are ran with so many ideas for the inventions they saw on the show, quickly gathering whatever they could find to try and make something of their own. 

With 222 episodes to go back and watch, I'm sure we will continue to enjoy the boys antics for many more years, until my kids outgrow the imaginative magic that Disney brought us for so many years.

  • Ages: 7+
  • Airs: In Australia, but you can find on Netflix & Hulu
  • First episode: October 31, 2012
  • Number of episodes: 19
  • Episode duration: 8 minutes
  • Seasons: 1 
  • Average Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Everyone of us has got at least one irrational fear ... in the case of Figaro Pho, he has them all. The Adventures of Figaro Pho is a series about a warm-hearted, adorable, quirky and mischievous character ... who just happens to be afflicted with every phobia imaginable. He’s afraid of vampires, toilets, mad dogs, aliens, and being stared at by a duck! He’s also petrified of being alone, and so Figaro has created a mechanical companion - a dog-like robot he calls Rivet.
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The Adventures of Figaro Pho takes imagination in a new direction, using to help battle irrational fears. With one kids on the Autism spectrum and another who is absolutely terrified of storms and the dark, I know irrational fears all too well!

It is freaking fantastic that there is a show out there that helps kids use their imagination to make light of these fears and move past them. 

My only wish is that they would make more and make them longer than 8 minutes each.

  • Ages: 5+
  • Airs: Amazon Prime (Original)
  • First episode: Jul 25, 2014
  • Number of episodes: 26
  • Episode duration: 26 minutes
  • Seasons: 2 
  • Average Rating: 5/5 Stars
Eleven-year old genius and kid-scientist Anne has invented and built her own amazing androids. Nick discovers Anne’s secret junkyard laboratory and enlists the help of Shania to befriend Anne and her mechanical companions. Together they help solve Anne’s scientific problems through real-life solutions.
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If you have kids that constantly trying to take stuff apart and build new inventions, they are sure to love Annedroids. Not only does the show do a great job of sneaking in lots of educational STEM stuff, but it gets the wheels in those little brains moving, imagining all the things they could build if they had junkyard at their disposable.

We have always tried to keep scrap electronic pieces, wood, and other building materials around for our kids to do as they please with. Annedroids is a great reminder for them to get out their and tinker and see what they can create.

 

Do you have any other favorites that spark imagination to add to the list?