How to choose calm cartoons before going to bed? 5 rules and a selection of cartoons
Cartoons are one of the “stumbling blocks” of modern parenthood. To watch or refuse, is harmful or beneficial – different experts say completely different things. It’s very difficult to understand all this abundance of opinions, especially if the child is the first and does not yet have his own experience.
Most pediatricians and child psychologists believe that cartoons are beneficial if used to the best of their ability. For example, educational cartoons vividly talk about the things and phenomena that surround the baby, and calm cartoons before going to bed in the form of a fairy tale tell the child about the importance of sleep or just help to tune in to a night’s rest.
When can a child watch cartoons?
Research in neurology has proven that watching cartoons or any other visual transmission is harmful to children under one year old. The brain of babies of this age cannot yet cope with the amount of information that comes to it through quickly flickering pictures, which makes it fall into the so-called “twilight stupor”. Outwardly, it looks as if the child is carefully, not taking his eyes off, looking at the image. However, in reality, such a state has nothing to do with attention and, conversely, is even dangerous!
It inhibits the development of the brain, causing its overstrain, slows down the formation of speech and the formation of memory mechanisms. Subsequently, children who watched cartoons at a very young age develop attention deficit disorder, there may be problems with understanding the speech addressed to him and pronunciation of sounds, as well as a predisposition to early childhood myopia.
What cartoons will benefit?
For children older than one or two years, correctly selected cartoons can undoubtedly be of great benefit. Educational and educational cartoons in a playful way explain to children the basic principles, mechanisms and phenomena of the world. Classical tales tell about good, evil and other true human values. Cartoons for children on a night theme or just calm cartoons can be used before bedtime as an element of the “evening ritual”. They will help the child switch from games and entertainment to relaxation and rest, serving as a kind of buffer.
According to the candidate of cultural science teacher Anastasia Abramova, there are several rules that should be followed when choosing cartoons to watch in the evening:
1. Aesthetics of the cartoon should be childish.
Most children love drawn, carefully crafted cartoons.
2. The plot should be benevolent, creative.
Some, even classic cartoons, for example, “Mowgli” or “The Tale of the Elephant” by Rudyard Kipling, can cause overexcitation and anxiety if you watch them at night. In addition, in the cartoon, there must necessarily be a hope for the good, heroes you can rely on, and, of course, the victory of good over evil.
3. The cartoon should correspond to the age of the child and teach him morality at a level that corresponds to his age.
4. Cartoons at bedtime should be short or medium in length (up to 20 minutes), calm and not too dynamic.
Full-length cartoons lasting more than one hour are best left for older preschool age and only on weekends.
5. In the cartoon should not be too much noise and screaming. It is better if the musical accompaniment is lyrical and calm, and the characters will rejoice, rather than curse among themselves.
Soothing cartoons for kids from the so-called Golden Animation Fund meet all these rules. Here are just a few examples of those cartoons that are safe to show children at night:
There would be a dog.
Umka in the north.
A train from Romashkovo.
Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
Like a lion cub and a turtle singing a song.
Kitten named Woof.
Adventures of the Kuzi Domestic.
A series of cartoons about the Hedgehog and Teddy Bear.
Series of cartoons “Lullabies of the world.”
A series of cartoons “Mountain of gems.”
A series of cartoons “The Wise Tales of Aunt Owls.”
Series of cartoons “Merry-Go-Round”.
A series of cartoons about Luntik and his friends.
A series of cartoons about a hare with ears in the box.
You can watch cartoons before going to bed in a special section of our website “Bedtime Stories”. In addition to calm and good soundtracks, you will find there audio tales that you can safely listen to even the smallest children.
We wish you a pleasant viewing and good mood!