Ahh Netflix. What did we do before on demand streaming children’s programming? I feel bad for my parents. I really do. They had to wait until the afternoon for He-Man and Thundercats to come on before they got a break. I’m not sure how I am still alive. At least there was the VCR, right?
I’m not really a fan of sitting young eyes in front of the TV as a babysitter. But I will admit there comes a time when I just can’t sing “How Much is that Doggie in the Window” anymore or have my body subjected to being a trampoline. That’s when we fire up the Apple TV and click on Netflix.
Netflix has a seemingly unending ocean of children’s programming right at your fingertips. From Octonauts to Super Why and Thomas to Jake you can find a show your kid is going to love. But in that vast quarry of titles for youngers is a true diamond in the ruff, Mighty Machines.
I’m not sure how we discovered it, but it is a part of our family now. One of us will break out into singing the ear worm of a theme song and dance around at random. And this seems to be perfectly normal for us. Mighty Machines has become the ONLY show on Netflix my 3 year-old will watch. Yes, there are hundreds of shows perfectly suitable for him, but no; only Mighty Machines does the trick.
Mighty Machines is a show about well, big machines. It’s real footage of real machines doing their jobs. But the magic comes when the machines talk to the kids and explain who they are and what they do. The viewers are whisked away to magical locations like dumps and salt mines to learn about the big machines and their jobs. My son can name just about every machine on a construction site and correct me when I call it a cherry picker. You’ve reached a new stage in life when your 3 year-old corrects you.
The show can be a little corny at times, but overall it’s a very educational experience… even for the parents. I will admit to turning on the show and intending to leave to accomplish some sort of adult-like task when I am sucked into a show about how ski resorts are maintained. I had no idea it took so much work to keep the slopes smooth.
So the next time you are on Netflix, search for Mighty Machines and see if your kids will become obsessed fans too.