Bright, colorful, and cute animation: check. Catchy nursery rhymes and easy-to-follow songs: check. While all pre-school shows incorporate these elements into their productions, there’s one educational children’s show on YouTube and Netflix that’s absolutely killing the ratings and competition— CoComelon.
Created some 15 years ago by a couple from Orange County, CA, as a way to entertain their sons, the YouTube channel and streaming media show has since taken the world by storm. As of July 2020, CoComelon is YouTube’s most-viewed channel in the United States, the second most-viewed channel in the world, and the most-subscribed children’s channel in the world.
What is it about CoComelon’s hour-long episodes that resonate with an audience so finicky and with short attention spans? Here are three reasons why the show is good for kids:
#1: CoComelon Has Bright, Moving Visuals
“They are also easily distracted, so fast-moving and flashy images hold their attention longer by consistently redirecting their focus.” (Read: 5 Books That Teach Kids the Complexities of Love)
#2: CoComelon Has Vivid Colors
“The bright colors in CoComelon are so distinct that it will really help a child to identify individual colors, which will lead to color naming.” (Read: 6 Ways to Practice Corporal Works of Mercy With Your Kids)
#3: CoComelon Improves Speech, Listening
“Some of my favorite comments are from parents of children with speech and auditory issues, who have shared how much the videos have helped with their development,” says Kristen Princiotta, the voice of mom on CoComelon.
“Parents of children with health issues also have shared how the videos help make their little ones more comfortable during their doctors’ visits and hospitalizations. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried reading stories from these amazing families.” (Read: 7 Morning Prayers for You and Your Kids)
Remember, no matter how educational or entertaining shows like CoComelon are, the best way for your little ones to learn is still through your personal guidance and attention. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents use media with children between the ages of 18 to 24 months. Limit screen time to 1 hour or less per day for children ages 2 to 5.