What do four year olds watch?

R. has been exclusively interested in Sesame Street for so long, I kind of gave up on offering alternatives.  But lately she really gets tired of watching the same ones.  I get them from the library and Netflix, and copy the ones she likes on to the AppleTV.   She’s kind of bored of Elmo’s World, she doesn’t like the DVDs that are just a collection of Elmo’s World.   I’m starting to run out of new options for her to watch.

Now that we have the ipad and can stream Netflix, I’ve been offering some other choices.   Sometimes I think she is so used to watching Sesame Street on the television, that seeing anything else just seems wrong to her.   She is more willing to at least try some new shows on the ipad.

I tried Dora, she watched one episode and then wasn’t very interested.  I don’t understand the appeal.  Compared to Sesame Street it seems slow and boring.  And the parts that are trying to be educational seem kind of contrived and weird.  I also wonder about the Spanish words- is that confusing to a child who has language delays?

I tried the Backyardigans, Blues Clues,  a few animated movies and a dog and cat movie.  She did not like any of them.  There is one show that we discovered she will watch – The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.  It is by the Jim Henson Company, so I suppose I should not be surprised.  But each episode is a real story, and fairly involved.  There’s no counting or letters, there is a little singing.   R. is choosing it herself.  She figured out how to find the Netflix icon, and will choose the show from a list of options.

I don’t mind letting her watch the show, it is cute and not too long.  I would like to encourage her to watch some of the shows and movies that other kids like, just to get her familiar with different characters and stories.   The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss seems kind of obscure.

I would appreciate any TV show or movie suggestions your kids like or even that you wish your kids liked.

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  1. My kids are way to old for me to have any helpful suggestions. However, I did want you to know that my 13 yr old still sneaks a peak at Sesame Street whenever he thinks we’re not looking.

    1. That is so cute!

  2. Mr Moon is a very pastelly series from England. It is about the titular character and his friends flying in space.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion

  3. I think it’s pretty typical for our kids to remain enamored of shows that are too young for them. I hate that my daughter still loves Baby Einstein at 7 years old! The thing is that she still loves shows that have music, and not so much the ones with alot of dialogue where you have to follow a plot line. She still loves the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and has started watching one of the new Disney shows, Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I’ve been trying to nudge her towards the Fresh Beat Band because it has alot of music and seems like it’s a little bit older.

  4. Mine have all gone through phases of watching the same show forever…My 10 year old loved Thomas for years…every now and then he’ll turn it on. He said he likes it because they don’t have any worries…My five year old likes Franklin, and Jacks big Music show. They all adore spongebob..

  5. My 5 year old son was a big fan of Sesame Street too. He also loved Fraggle Rock (we ended up buying all the seasons on DVD. Handy Manny is a big favorite of his. Little Einsteins is a good one too. Really anything with music in it he likes

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