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Top 10 Best DVDs for 5-Year-Olds to Buy Online 2020

TV can be a tricky topic when it comes to parenting a young child. On one hand, it seems like everyone is telling you not to let kids have too much screen time. On the other hand, there are some truly educational and inspiring programs and movies that kids can benefit from. The key is making sure what they are getting is quality stuff.

In this guide, we’ll go over the different things to look for when deciding on a DVD for a 5-year-old. There are a lot of things to consider at this age, and picking out the right show can seem almost impossible. At the end of our guide, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorite DVDs for you to start your search.
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How to Choose a DVD for 5-Year-Olds – Buying Guide

At age 5, kids might be a bit too old for early childhood shows but too young for more general programming. This guide will show you how to find something suitable.

The Strengths of Both Educational Videos and General Movies and Shows

While it may seem like the only “good” kind of TV is of the educational sort, more general movies and shows are also great for child development.

Educational Videos Help Children Grow

Educational Videos Help Children Grow
Educational shows have been proven to have a positive effect on child development. And at five years old, kids are right at that age where they’re the most receptive to new ideas and ways of thinking.
Consider DVDs that help and encourage children to learn to read. Beyond ABCs, look for DVDs that teach them them to make connections between the letters and the sounds they make.
Videos that help kids ask “why?” and “how?” and introduce them to new ideas like science and foreign cultures allow them to stretch their curiosity muscles and get them ready for school.

General Movies and Series Can Teach Empathy and Other Life Skills

General Movies and Series Can Teach Empathy and Other Life Skills
Even if the video isn’t teaching your kids about science, ABCs, or 123s, you could also look for movies and series that teach them life skills such as kindness and manners. After all, humans are primed for empathy at a young age, and cultivation should begin early.
Movies like Charlotte’s Web (based on the book) that revolve around friendship and helping others will help your kid be emotionally savvy from the get-go.
For those videos that aren’t young child-specific, be sure to always check the rating and make sure it’s rated G. Kids at this age are still in their most sensitive, formative years, and you don’t want to expose them to anything that could frighten or upset them.

Series Allow for Kids to Grow Attached to Characters, but Many Movies are Classics

Series Allow for Kids to Grow Attached to Characters, but Many Movies are Classics
Educational videos often come in series as they have a lot of information to cover, so they need to distill them into bite-sized pieces. Series also help kids form an attachment to characters as they follow them on adventures. They’ll also be helpful when you’re sending the kids to grandma’s for the weekend and need material to keep them entertained.
Don’t discount movies, however, as many are usually riveting with an amazing plot, moving message, and three-dimensional characters. E.T. and Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro are good examples.

Keep Them Engaged with Interactive Material and Fun Characters

Keep Them Engaged with Interactive Material and Fun Characters
Young children have notoriously short attention spans, so if you want to make sure they stay put and watch, it needs to be something that keeps them engaged. Look for shows that include interactive songs and directions that invite children to stand up and move along. Having them do more than just passively watch also means that they’re actively working their minds.
Fun, recognizable characters can also be a good way to keep children engaged–they’re more likely to watch a show that features a character that they know and love.

Top 5 Educational DVDs for 5-Year-Olds to Buy Online

For those looking for something more practical, here are a few of our favorite educational shows to help kids get ahead early.

5. Sid the Science Kid: Learn & Play With Sid

$8.99

SubjectScience
Run Time260 minutes
Intended Ages4+
Interactive FeaturesMusic, experiments to try at home
SubjectMath
Run Time95 minutes
Intended Ages3-7
Interactive FeaturesMusic, puzzles

3. Wild Kratts: Triple Feature: Predator Power, Lost at Sea, and Rainforest Rescue

$7.50

SubjectScience
Run Time205 minutes
Intended Ages4+
Interactive Features

2. Rock ‘N Learn Sight Words 3-DVD Set

$34.99

SubjectReading
Run Time161 minutes
Intended Ages4+
Interactive FeaturesMusic

1. Leapfrog Learn with Leap Mega Pack

$24.11

SubjectReading, Math
Run Time354 minutes
Intended Ages3-7
Interactive FeaturesMusic, puzzles

Top 5 General DVDs for 5-Year-Olds to Buy Online

General shows and movies can teach kids valuable lessons, and they’re more parent-friendly than educational videos. Here are our favorites.

5. The Berenstain Bears – Family Values

$34.99

TypeTV series
GenreComedy
Run Time
RatingG

4. The Lion King

$14.12

TypeMovie
GenreComedy, drama
Run Time88 minutes
RatingG

3. The Pirate Fairy

$9.96

TypeMovie
GenreAction, adventure
Run Time78 minutes
RatingG

2. My Neighbor Totoro

$11.45

TypeMovie
GenreAdventure
Run Time88 minutes
RatingG
TypeMovie
GenreComedy, adventure
Run Time81 minutes
RatingG

How to Balance Children’s TV Time

How to Balance Children’s TV Time
While some TV time is perfectly fine and healthy for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than about an hour a day for 5-year-olds. Here are some tips to help you stick to that limit.
Pick a time that would be most helpful for you. The TV is a great way to keep kids occupied by themselves, but don’t rely on it too much. Place that hour at the time you might need it the most, like while you’re cooking dinner or doing work.
Set rules and stick to them. If you’re strict about rules like no TV after dinner or no TV on weekdays, kids will be less likely to ask to watch it during times when they’re not supposed to. Finally, be a good example. If you tell your child not to watch TV but are constantly on your phone, they’re going to have a hard time accepting your rules.

Summary

So there you have it–a quick guide to picking out the perfect DVD for any 5-year-old! While too much TV is definitely not good, the right stuff in the right amounts can teach kids about the world and their place within it.
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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