Live-action Chinese Shows for Kids

Live-action Chinese shows for kids

Looking for Mandarin language shows for kids that are educational and not cartoons? This is a select list of live-action Chinese shows for kids that are our favorites. Educational content includes non-animated shows about nature, science, and kid life. You can watch these shows for free on the YoyoTV app, YouTube, and Netflix.

Netflix Shows with Mandarin Audio

Netflix boasts over 40 live-action shows and movies that you can watch in Mandarin Chinese. Many of these also have the option for Cantonese Audio.

You vs Wild available on Netflix in Mandarin

You Vs Wild

This is an action-packed adventure show where you can choose the ending and learn basic skills to survive in the wild. My son has been a Bear Grylls fan since he was about 2 years old.

Emliy's Wonder Lab available on Netflix in Mandarin

Emily’s Wonder Lab

My kids were bouncing off the couch with excitement while they watched this fun science show. They couldn’t wait to recreate the experiments at home.

Healing Powers of Dude available on Netflix in Mandarin

Healing Powers of Dude

A talking dog helps a boy with his anxiety disorder as he navigates life at a new school.

Izzy's Koala World available on Netflix in Mandarin

Izzy’s Koala World

What child doesn’t dream of having a pet koala? Follow Izzy as she lives the dream and cares for her exotic friends.

Inbestigators available on Netflix in Mandarin

Inbestigators

Tag along and these kids solve mysteries and get their friends, and themselves out of sticky situations.

Babysitter's Club available on Netflix in Mandarin

Babysitter’s Club

Based on the book series by Ann M. Martin, Babysitter’s Club addresses social issues in a way that young children can understand.


YoYo TV Taiwan

YoYo TV is the a children’s television network in Taiwan. It’s one of the most popular choices for parents looking for educational programs for preschoolers and young children. YoYo currently offers 13 live-action shows for kids in Mandarin with Chinese subtitles. You can also download the YoYo app for iPad or tablet and avoid the inappropriate content on YouTube.

YOYO 大頭小狀元 Big Head and Banana Brother Mandarin Language show for kids

大頭小狀元 – Big Head and Banana Brother

大頭 (big head) and his friend 香蕉哥哥 (banana brother) take kids behind the scenes of various jobs. The garbage man is my son’s favorite. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App

YOYO 好好玩自然 Mandarin Language nature show for kids

好好玩自然 – Fun Nature

This show explores the natural ecology of Taiwan. Discover the many animals and insects across the beautiful landscape of Taiwan. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App

YoYo 寵物當家 Pet Master

好好玩 寵物當家 – Pet Master

Meet different household pets and learn how to take care of each animal. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App

YoYo 就是要PLAY Mandarin Language DIY show for kids

就是要Play – Just Want to Play

Activities and DIY ideas for kids. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App

地球的孤兒 Mandarin Language nature show for kids

地球的孤兒 – Orphans of the Earth

A documentary series about endangered species around the world. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App

Yoyo 超級總動員 Mandarin Language game show for kids

超級總動員 – Children’s Talent Show

Students can register their class to compete in this talent show. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App


Momo Kids TV Taiwan

Momo Kids is a children’s television network in Taiwan that offers over 20 live-action shows for kids in Mandarin with Chinese. They have a series of bilingual shows to teach children basic English words and phrases, but could also teach Chinese for beginners.

Momo 寶貝愛做菜 Baby Loves to Cook

寶貝愛做菜 – Baby Loves to Cook

Bond with your kids while learning about ingredients and cooking techniques. These recipes are easy and fun to make with kids.

跟哥哥姐姐學國字 – Learn Chinese Characters

Learn Traditional Chinese characters through the stories

動物大明星 – Animal Stars

A show for younger children that love animals. Suitable for preschoolers.

Momo 安全小寶貝 Children's Safety Mandarin Language show for kids

安全小寶貝 – Safe Kids

This is a great show that teaches children basic safety skills in daily life. A must for all young kids!

Momo 寶貝愛做菜 全集數 Mandarin Language cooking show for kids

做菜ABC – Cooking ABC (Bilingual)

A great show for kids interested in cooking to learn culinary words. Although this show is intended for English learners, the hosts speak in English and Mandarin .

學學ABC – Learn ABC (Bilingual)

This show is intended to teach preschoolers basic English, the hosts speak in English and Mandarin so it’s a great way to learn Chinese vocabulary as well.


Looking for more Mandarin Chinese language shows? Check out my full list of YouTube shows for kids or learn how to find Netflix shows with Mandarin audio. Looking for shows to watch after the kids are in bed? Check out my list of 14 Mandarin Dramas to binge-watch.

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