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Shows kids can watch while they're out of school that you won't feel bad about

By Marianne Garvey, CNN | Posted - Mar. 16, 2020 at 10:20 a.m.


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NEW YORK (CNN) — It's hard to limit screen time in the age of the coronavirus.

As families practice social distancing as a strategy to battle the pandemic, kids home from school may be watching more television than usual.

Sierra Filucci, the Editorial Director of Common Sense Media, an aged-based media review site for families, shared some entertainment recommendations for parents to consider at this unusual time.

"It's ok if you pause your usual screen-time rules," Filucci told CNN. "You can let kids know that things will go back to normal once this situation is over. But it's important to choose age-appropriate content, and if kids are out of school and not part of an organized distance learning program, it's a good idea to supplement entertainment content with educational offerings."

Here's a selection of some of the (better) viewing options for kids.

Educational shows

For age 2+

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" — Disney Channel

"Sesame Street" — PBS and HBO

For age 3+

"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" — PBS Kids

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" — PBS

For age 4+

"Tumble Leaf" — Amazon Prime

"Doc McStuffins" — Disney Junior

"Sid the Science Kid" — PBS Kids

"Wallykazam!" — Nickelodeon

For age 5+

"The Electric Company" — PBS

"Word Girl" — PBS Kids

For age 6+

"Design Squad Nation" — PBS Kids

"Planet Earth" — Discovery Channel

Documentaries

For ages 6+

"March of the Penguins" — Amazon Prime (rental)

"Babies" — Netflix

For age 7+

"Pick of the Litter" — Netflix

"Wonders of the Sea" — Amazon Prime

Age 8+

"Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable" — Amazon Prime

"The Biggest Little Farm" — Amazon Prime

Age 9+

"Chasing Coral" — Netflix

"Kindness Is Contagious" — Amazon Prime

Age 10+

"Far From the Tree"

"Make Believe"- Amazon

"On the Way To School" — Amazon

Movies on Netflix

Age 6+

"Expedition China"

"Ghost of the Mountains"

Age 7+

"Dream Big: Engineering Our World"

"The Short Game"

Age 8+

"Dancing with the Birds"

Age 10+

"Before the Flood"

"Harry & Snowman"

Movies on Disney+

Age 3+

"The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh"

"Alice in Wonderland"

Age 4+

"The Jungle Book"

"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure"

Age 5+

"101 Dalmatians"

"Bolt"

"A Bug's Life"

"Cars"

"Dumbo"

"The Great Muppet Caper"

"Toy Story"

"Toy Story 4"

Age 6+

"The Absent-Minded Professor"

"Aladdin"

"The Emperor's New Groove"

"Finding Dory"

"The Great Mouse Detective"

"Ice Age"

"The Lion King"

"Moana"

"The Muppet Movie"

"Ratatouille"

Age 7+

"Bedknobs and Broomsticks"

"Escape to Witch Mountain"

"Hercules"

"The Incredibles"

Movies on Hulu

Age 3+

"Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle"

"Lost and Found"

Age 4+

"A Boy Named Charlie Brown"

Age 5+

"Charlotte's Web"

"Dr. Seuss: The Lorax"

Age 6+

"Free Willy"

"One Crazy Cruise"

"Snoopy, Come Home"

Age 7+

"Hercules"

"Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish"

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