If you’re raising bilingual children, fun and educational shows can support a second language at home. Especially if you’re learning Chinese! Many of the best Chinese Netflix shows for kids have Mandarin dubbing.
Kids’ shows on Netflix make diversity and Chinese language accessible to families like ours who live in small, non-diverse towns. At the same time, our children can relate to friends who chat about fun Netflix shows in English.
So get ready to discover entertaining shows while sneaking in a dash of Chinese learning! With this giant list of over 30 Chinese Netflix cartoons and live-action shows, you’ll always have something awesome to watch.
How to change Netflix language to Mandarin Chinese
To watch Netflix shows with Chinese audio and subtitles, follow these 3 steps:
- Pause the video you’re watching
- Tap “Audio & Subtitles” or the speech bubble icon.
- Under audio, choose “Mandarin”. Under subtitles, choose simplified Chinese or traditional Chinese.
*Note: Due to licensing contracts, not all videos are available in Mandarin Chinese. Also, some seasons or episodes of a Netflix show may not be available in Chinese.
Netflix 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.
|TV-Y||Suitable for all children. Designed for a very young audience, including children from ages 3-6.|
|TV-Y7||Suitable for ages 7+. Geared to children who can distinguish between make-believe and reality. Contents may include mild fear or fantasy violence.|
|TV-G||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.
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LEGO Friends (TV-Y, Age 5+): A group of friends band together on heroic missions in Heartland City in this animated show set in pink and purple tones.
LEGO Ninjago Dragon’s Rising Ninjas (TV-Y7, Age 7+): Flashy action, cartoon violence, and silliness, LEGO teenagers use their powers to fight villains.
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Common questions about Chinese Netflix shows for kids
Is it possible for kids to learn Chinese from Netflix shows?
Kids soak up languages like sponges. The more they hear, the more they learn, especially when they’re chatting consistently with Chinese speakers.
But hey, we get it – time’s not always on our side. Other resources for teaching a second language to kids 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. Suddenly, screen time can become 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 to slow down Netflix shows for kids
If Chinese Netflix shows are hard to understand for you are your child, slow down the video speed.
- Pause the video that you’re watching.
- Tap the speed icon
- Choose a 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 time limit in the daily or weekly routine. Talk to kids about how excessive cartoons can have affect behavior, creativity, physical activity, weight, vision, and sleep.
What other languages are available for Netflix shows?
More than 62 different languages are available on Netflix! 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 Chinese shows for kids on Netflix?
Please share in the comments below. We’re always looking for great Chinese shows!