Quality, safe screen time for kids PLUS the best kids shows from Showmax & a chance to WIN

Have you ever wondered what is the safest way to find shows online for your kids to download and watch offline later? I certainly have, especially with all the unknown security risks that come with allowing your kids access to the internet.

We are often away over weekends and holidays and many times in areas where wi-fi is simply not available or the connection is intermittent. Having pre-downloaded shows on hand is really a simple, effective solution to provide kids with some quality screen time so you can catch some downtime!

As a mom of 3 (aged 9 months to 9 years) I have loved discovering Showmax’s range of excellent shows that all my kids can enjoy and learn through, a win-win for parents and kids!

Showmax has searched the globe for the very best kids shows and movies and they have a crazy cool kids catalogue of shows that offers the very best safe screen time for kids.

Read on below for a few of our family favourites which I’ve listed along with ways you can extend the fun by taking some of the shows and building on them in your own home to encourage imaginative and interactive play!

Quality screen time for kids

Top 5 Showmax Shows for Children ages 3-6

Hey Duggee

This award winning pre-school orientated show lets kids learn life skills alongside lovable Duggee Dog and his friends. Duggee is a big friendly dog who runs The Squirrel Club – a place where kids take part in all kinds of activities, have adventures and earn activity badges along the way.

Age recommendation: 3+, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Best Pre-School Animation, BAFTA Awards, 2018

Trailer: https://youtu.be/tYday7U2cFA

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/kbwm97z8-hey-duggee

 

Guess How Much I Love You

We know you have read this bedtime story classic on repeat- now let them enjoy this beautifully animated show with stunning watercolour animation. We love the pace and the style of this stunning story! Have some fun after the show enjoying some time pretending to be rabbits together- Make a little den or enjoy munching on a carrot.

Age recommendation: 2 +, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Asian Television Awards Best 2D Animated Program, ATOM Awards Children’s Fiction Television Program

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT9SMYhofFw

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/bx81e05w-guess-how-much-i-love-you

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood

This is one of the top picks in our house. Quality content that educates as it entertains, there are many fun songs to promote learning and interaction, warm characters, slow paced stories based on real life events. For all of these reasons we love Daniel Tiger!

Age recommendation: 3+, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Gold: Age 2-4, Parent’s Choice Awards, 2018

Theme song: https://youtu.be/IDaDSDPWvbw

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/76chlcy9-daniel-tigers-neighborhood

 

Nella The Princess Knight

Time for some girl power! Inspiring young girls to solve problems alongside her friends whilst encouraging bravery and staying true to herself. We love this show that challenges the traditional princess stereotypes in the best way possible. After they finish watching let them enjoy dress up and encourage some Princess Nella playtime.

Age recommendation: 3+, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Nominee in the Image Awards for Outstanding Children’s Program

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE2HiwuLIrQ

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/vt1tem51-nella-the-princess-knight

 

Jungle Beat

These 5 minute episodes will delight viewers with a fun array of African animals and their crazy antics. This series has won numerous awards (Best animation at the Africa Eye Animation Festival, SAFTA for Best Series for Children, Two Platinum awards at the American Pixel Academy and the main prize at the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children) a testament to its quality! Kids follow the non-speaking characters and learn to anticipate each characters next crazy move!

Age recommendation: 3+, according to our experience

Accolades: Numerous incl Best Animation at the African Eye Animation Festival (2003), Award for Best Series for children at the South African Film and Television Awards (2007), Two Platinum awards from the American Pixel Academy (2011), Official selection at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) 2004 and 2013, St Louis International Film Festival (2014)

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/zpr0rdih-jungle-beat

 

Top 5 Showmax Shows for Children ages 7-10

Revolting Rhymes

Created locally by Triggerfish this show brings much loved author Roald Dahl’s rhymes to the screen in two half-hour animated films based on the much-loved rhymes illustrated by Quentin Blake. After watching the show let your kids read the book or let them try their hand at writing a few revolting rhymes of their own!

Age recommendation: 6+

Awards: Revolting Rhymes was nominated for an Oscar this year and won over 15 international awards, including Best Animated Special at the Annie Awards and Best One-Off Special at Kidscreen in 2018.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/J2n4OTAqqqQ

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/qt1s445c-revolting-rhymes

 

Tom and Jerry

Introduce your kids to a classic from when you were a kid. This updated humerous animation is sure to brighten anyones mood!

Age recommendation: 5+, according to Commons Sense Media

Accolades: The original version scooped seven Academy Awards for Animated Short Film

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmK5L5aTGVc

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/9nr748vr-the-tom-and-jerry-show

 

Tangled: The Series

Based on the Fairy Tale Rapunzel this series is full of fun characters and subtle jokes which makes it a great family friendly choice. Destined to be the ruler of Corona, Rapunzel realises she has to learn a lot more about the world. Luckily Eugene, Pascal and Maximus are ready for the adventures. But so is the hair…

Age recommendation: 5+, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Tangled: The Series won Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children at the 2018 Annie Awards.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycoY201RTRo

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/76fppjgi-disneys-tangled-the-series

 

Lego Disney Frozen

Based on the story of the original Disney movie of great acclaim comes the Lego version. I don’t know of a single kid who doesn’t enjoy Lego. Combine a great story with Lego animation and you have a winning combination! Once they have watched
this show let them get busy planning their own Lego movie with their sets- who knows you may be inspiring the next generation of animators!

This story line follow on from the original Disney movie of great acclaim. It is awesome Lego animation graphic will impress most slightly older kids. I don’t know of a single kid who doesn’t enjoy Lego! Combine a great story with Lego animation and you have a winning combination! Once they have watched this show let them get busy planning their own Lego movie with their sets- who knows you may be inspiring the next generation of animators!

Age recommendation: 5+, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Based on the same characters from the Disney movie ‘Frozen’ that scooped two Academy awards for Animated Feature Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song and the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, 2 BAFTA awards alongside a variety of other awards.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxOzHTNB2yc

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/m3rw7q4q-lego-disneys-frozen-northern-lights

 

Wild Kratts

Are you up for an adventure of environmental learning? These two zoologist brothers take kids on a wild adventure to far flung places with interesting creatures. Children really will learn about some interesting animals and natural phenomenon- how much do you know about a pangolin?! This show is a firm favourite in our house. Follow your viewing with some time on Google Earth to complete your ‘visit’ to this fascinating place and then pack your own ‘adventure kit’, grab a map and head outdoors for some adventures of your own!

Age recommendation: 6+, according to Common Sense Media (However our 5 year old also enjoys this fun educational show)

Accolades: Nominations for Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in an Animated Program or Series and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Series alongside a host of other nominations.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGolZHsNyIM

Watch now: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/oekyibvi-wild-kratts

 

 

The best part? You can download up to 25 titles to your Showmax account to watch offline. That should come in handy during your holiday road trip, or if your holiday destination doesn’t exactly have the best Wi-Fi 🙂

And even if you’re going to Remainia, chase the boredom boogie monsters (and those pesky guilt fairies) away with animated awesomeness knowing that you can find the best kids shows on Showmax from around the world!  

 

Safe screen time for kids

How to set up a Kids profile on Showmax

Showmax lets you set up multiple Profiles from a single account. Each member of your family can have their own Profile. This means that when they select their Profile, they will only see relevant, suitable shows and movies.

This is very handy when you’ve got small people sharing your account, because it helps you to prevent them from being exposed to inappropriate content.

All you have to do is select the Kids Profile before you hand over the TV remote or your tablet, and they’ll only be able to see the content that Showmax knows is suitable for kids in their age group – especially if you PIN protect the Profile.

Follow the steps below to set up a Showmax profile for each child:

  1. Go to your Account settings on www.showmax.com by clicking on the arrow next to your name.
  2. Select Manage Profiles from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the blue button: Add Profile.
  4. Enter the Profile name you choose in the box (this can be your kids’ names or simply Kids Profile).
  5. Add a PIN if necessary.
  6. Choose the relevant age category for your kids from the menu: Adults, Teens, Older Kids and Younger Kids.
  7. Click on the blue Add Profile button again to confirm.

Don’t forget to go to your Account Settings and select your Kids Profile (and enter the PIN if you set one up) before giving your children access to all the fun on Showmax!

How to download shows on Showmax

Have you heard about the Showmax app?

1. If you don’t already have an account sign up for you free trial on showmax.com and then downloaded the app on whichever IOS or Android smartphone or tablet you desire.

2. Open the Showmax app and choose the series episode or movie you want to watch offline.

3. Click on the DOWNLOAD button. On the smartphone app, it’s usually represented by an icon of a cloud with an arrow pointing downwards, to the right of the episode name, above the preview screen. (On a tablet, you’ll see a blue DOWNLOAD button next to the blue PLAY NOW button.)

4. You’ll get a menu with download quality options to choose from – Low Quality, Standard Quality, Good Quality and High Quality – depending on data capability or space on your device. To use as little data and as little space as possible, select Low or Standard Quality, especially if you’re downloading cartoons for your kids, or anything to watch on your smartphone screen. These low-quality options are perfect for small screens.

5. Your download should start immediately. You are now free to enjoy your viewing offline once the download is complete.

 

The fine print on downloading with Showmax

A few important things to remember:

You need to be signed into the app to see your downloads.

Downloads will stay on your device for up to 30 days, but once the kids have started watching an episode or movie, they’ll have to finish it in 48 hours after which it will no longer be available – sort of like when you used to hire a DVD and it needed to be returned within a set time frame. Our kids loved having something fresh and new to watch so we had no complaints once previously watched episodes were no longer available.

It is also important to make sure your device has enough space to store these movies or download in a lower quality to save a few more on your device if you are short on space. Before downloading clear as much memory on your device as possible.

 

 

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Emma Reid
Emma Reid

Emma is a mom of three (8, 4 and 2 months). She is an educationalist and holds a Bachelor Degree in English, Media & Writing and Film. She is also a qualified Primary School Teacher. She has a keen interest in curriculum and content development especially for child related fields. Currently she spends her days as lead creative and Cape Town City Director for Adventure Clubs. In this role she plans and creates unique experiences for families with young children. With many years of teaching children, and advising parents, she is passionate about childhood development and education - of kids and parents. Her hobbies include photography, reading, travel and spending time in the outdoors with her family and relaxing either in or near the surf!

3 Comments
  1. I haven’t heard of Showmax before, so this is really helpful!

    We don’t allow our kids to watch anything other than Netflix because the advertising on the likes of Youtube, etc is just too hard to monitor.

  2. Yes online unmonitored screen time is becoming a scary option for many! I am glad you enjoyed the ideas.
    Have fun on your next trip!

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