Classic Educational Animation

Over the years, several popular children’s television shows have used animation. Often they disguise interesting facts within an exciting narrative. This technique means that the child audience will learn new information without initially realizing it. Comedy and fantasy are commonly utilized to keep the viewer’s attention. Several classic animated education programs have distinguished themselves.

The Magic School Bus

This Canadian-American show is about a teacher called Valerie Frizzle who takes her children on elaborate adventures on a magical bus. Despite being fun entertainment, The Magic School Bus was initially made for educational purposes. Each episode focused on a specific topic such as science, geography, history or literature.


Arthur is similar to many sitcoms of the 90s. The main difference is that each character is a cartoon animal. Despite this, they act like normal humans. Arthur often focused on the issues young people may face while growing up. It also had stories about modern society. The show regularly promoted reading and the integration of different cultures.


Rugrats follows a small group of babies who can talk to each other. Since they are very young, they regularly face new life concepts. The show uses this narrative device to teach child viewers about growing up. There are also subplots featuring the baby’s parents. Their stories are naturally more adult-oriented. This creates a good mix, making Rugrats suitable for viewers of different ages.

Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer has become one of the most popular shows for teaching children how to learn the Spanish language. The main character is Dora, a young girl who goes on quests with her monkey companion and a talking backpack. During her adventures, she teaches the viewer how to count in Spanish and say simple phrases. The show has been adapted into numerous different language versions.