More than Funny: 5 Cartoons that Are Sure to Educate Your Kids

In the past, television has gotten a bad rap from parents. However, as of late more and more parents are realizing the great benefits educational television can have on their children’s learning. Reading and studying can sometimes seem boring to young children, when creative ideas, problem solving, and math are dressed up as personable and cute cartoon characters, a whole new world of learning can be opened to them without them even noticing. The following are five of the most educational cartoons available on cable today.

Phineas and Ferb

The days of senseless violence and brainless humor in cartoons seem to be a thing of the past. The Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb focuses on the creative exploits of two brothers with an unquenchable desire for invention. The show explores math, science, and many other topics as children learn about subjects they likely would have never even thought about before watching the show.

Johnny Test

Johnny Test is another hilarious cartoon rooted deeply in science. This time, however, Johnny finds himself as a test subject for many of his two older sisters’, who are both geniuses, science experiments. As Johnny attempts to use science to make his life as easy as possible, children watching start to understand just how much fun learning can actually be.

Little Einsteins

This show is one of the most important ones on television for children still learning to explore the world. Little Einsteins is unique in that the cartoon characters visit real-world places with real video footage, so children watching it can relate to the lessons taught even more.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

This friendship- and values-inspired show explores a vast fictional world set many years in the past. This show doesn’t necessarily approach education in terms of school-related subjects, but children will certainly learn about the importance of friendship, problem solving, history, peace, and forgiveness, all of which are things everyone can stand to benefit from. You can catch reruns of the educational show on your local cable channels provided by

Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer is one of the longest-running and most successful educational cartoons on television today. The show follows a young girl named Dora and her monkey friend, Boots, as they go on journeys, learn new words, and figure out how to overcome obstacles. In addition to introducing a new language to young children, the show often teaches about different kinds of animals, plants, shapes, and colors as well.

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