This is a partnered post with Netflix as a member of the Stream Team.
Teaching our kids life-long social-emotional skills such as compassion, kindness, confidence and empathy can be difficult for parents. I have found that when working with young children if you can connect a favorite show to the skill that you want to help instill in your child, the easier it is for the child to connect with. So many times when I am talking with my kids I will turn and say, “remember that time in Care Bears when…” and my daughter can recall and relate to what I am saying. We can use the stories that our children watch to teach them about being kind, caring and empathetic.
The values found in Netflix originals spread far and wide, and your go-to guide for shows that emphasize character building is right here. No one holds a candle to the teamwork of Project Mc2 and the cast of Julie’s Greenroom know a thing or two about self-esteem and stage presence.
Parent’s Guide to Kid Shows on Netflix
In addition to the Netflix shows, I have loved our latest project… Sock Puppets!
DIY Sock Puppet Craft
The kids and I enjoy making crafts together. I try to get some ideas together before the kids get out of school for fun activities during the summer. Recently Netflix sent us a kit to make some fun Netflix DIY Sock Puppet Crafts and they turned out so cute!
Caroline made Kip from Word Party.
Jonah made a version of Walter from Beat Bugs.
I made Peri from Julie’s Greenroom.
We had so much fun making these sock puppets. The kids really got into it and wanted me to film them playing a game with them. I captured it on an Instagram video.
Using sock puppets to play out emotions is a great way to get kids to talk about their feelings. They are able to problem solve and use their imaginations to tell a story. Making them was a lot of fun and we plan on doing it again this summer. You can make your own sock puppets with your kids as well. I can think of a lot more Netflix characters that my kids want to make from some of their favorite shows.
Here are a few fun supplies that you might want to have on hand if you want to make some sock puppets of your own.
Socks n Socks-Men’s 5 pair Luxury Fun Cool Colorful Cotton Dress Socks Gift BoxPaste On Wiggle Eyes 12mm 118/Pkg-BlackDarice SP301D 80-Piece Sock Puppet Parts Craft Supplies, People Themeflic-flac 44PCS 4 x 4 inches (10 x10cm) Assorted Color Felt Fabric Sheets Patchwork Sewing DIY Craft 1mm ThickAleene’s OriginalCreativity for Kids My First Sock Puppets4M Sock Puppet Monsters KitSmall World Toys Creative – Striped Sock Puppets Craft Kit
There are a lot of fun kids shows releasing on Netflix this month. Be sure to check them out with your kiddos!