As a pediatrician and mom raising bilingual children, I’m grateful for fun and educational Chinese shows to support my kids’ second language at home. Thankfully, the best Netflix shows for kids have Mandarin Chinese dubbing.
Kids’ shows on Netflix make diversity and Chinese language accessible to families in small, non-diverse towns like ours. At the same time, our children can relate to friends who chat about Netflix shows in English.
You can easily download Netflix shows for long trips and flights while sneaking in a dash of Chinese learning! With this ultimate guide to Chinese Netflix cartoons and live-action shows, your kids will always have something to watch.
How to change Netflix language to Mandarin Chinese
To watch Netflix shows with Chinese audio and subtitles, follow these three steps:
- Tap “Audio & Subtitles” or the speech bubble icon.
- Under audio, choose “Mandarin” OR “Mandarin (Guoyu / Taiwanese accent).”
- Under subtitles, choose Simplified Chinese OR Traditional Chinese.
*Note: Not all videos are available in Mandarin Chinese due to licensing contracts. Also, some seasons or episodes of a Netflix show may not be available in Chinese.
Netflix age ratings for Chinese children’s shows
For reference, maturity ratings for Netflix shows are defined in the table below. Age recommendations are based on Common Sense Media reviews and our family’s experience.
|Suitable for all children. Designed for a very young audience, including children from ages 3-6.
|Suitable for ages 7+. Geared to children who can distinguish between make-believe and reality. Contents may include mild fear or fantasy violence.
|Suitable for general audiences. Not designed specifically for children, but suitable for most ages. May contain little or no violence, no strong language, and little or no sexual content.
All of the Netflix shows in this article are rated TV-Y, TV-Y7, or TV-G. However, please consider the individual needs of your child and determine whether or not you find a show to be appropriate.
Best Chinese Netflix cartoons for kids on Netflix
Does your child prefer cute animal heroes, LEGO characters, busy vehicles, brave robots, or animated people? These popular Chinese Netflix shows are geared for toddlers, preschoolers, Kindergarteners, and elementary school-aged kids.
Best Mandarin Chinese animal cartoons for kids and toddlers
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Best Mandarin Chinese LEGO cartoons on Netflix
(TV-Y • Age 5+) A group of girls band together on heroic missions in Heartland City in this Mandarin cartoon set in pink and purple tones.
(TV-Y7 • Age 7+) Flashy action, silliness, and some cartoon violence. LEGO teenagers use their powers to fight villains.
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Best live-action Chinese Netflix shows for kids
If your child prefers real people instead of cartoons, these are the best live-action Mandarin Chinese Netflix shows for kids.
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Common questions about Chinese Netflix shows for kids
Is it possible for kids to learn Mandarin Chinese from Netflix shows?
Kids soak up languages like sponges. The more they hear, the more they learn, especially when chatting with Chinese speakers consistently.
But hey, we get it – time’s not always on our side. Other bilingual parenting resources can be expensive and labor-intensive.
Often, age-appropriate shows are the next best option for extra Chinese language exposure. Especially if you’re right there, watching and giggling along.
Research shows that parent-child co-viewing can transform screen time into a lively language lesson.
Caregivers also bridge the gap between screen and reality. We’re the ones who connect the dots between the shows they gobble up and the adventures of everyday life.
How do you slow down Mandarin Netflix shows for kids?
If Chinese Netflix shows are hard to understand for you or your child, slow down the video speed.
- Tap the speed icon.
- Choose the desired playback speed.
How much time should kids spend watching Chinese shows?
Screen time should be balanced with sleep, exercise, and face-to-face interactions. American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following screen-time recommendations:
- Age 0-18 months: No screen time except for video chatting with relatives
- Age 18-24 months: Watch limited, high-quality shows together with caregivers to ensure understanding
- Age 2-5 years: Less than 1 hour per day together with caregivers to ensure understanding. Set a time limit and clear expectations.
- Age 6+ years: Set a daily and weekly time limit. Talk to kids about how excessive cartoons affect behavior, creativity, physical activity, weight, vision, and sleep.
What other languages are available for Netflix shows?
Kids can watch certain Netflix shows in more than 60 different languages!
Here are just a few examples: Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, French, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
What are your favorite Mandarin Chinese Netflix shows for kids?
Please share your recommendations and reviews in the comments below. We’d love to know which shows are your child’s favorites in Mandarin.