One of the great tools to teach children urdu are good quality cartoons and shows in the language. Sharing a list of urdu cartoons for kids, that will be appealing for them, along with links. You can watch these with your children to improve their vocabulary and interest in urdu. This has been one of the questions I’m asked the most on the blog along with recommendations for urdu books for children so I’m happy to answer it today.
URdu Cartoons for Kids
1. Sim Sim Hamara
This is an urdu version of Sesame Street that was produced in Pakistan. The quality is amazing and the show teaches children about urdu, science, values and Pakistan. What’s not to love about Elmo who talks in Urdu and loves Qawwali?
Below is the link to the first show and follow the rest on YouTube.
Sadly, the show was discontinued but even the existing episodes are a great repository for children aged 1 to 8 years old.
2. Burka Avenger
Burka Avenger is a school teacher by day and has a secret identity as a burka-wearing super hero who saves her school and village from the villains. The show can be a great resource to teach urdu to children who love action and adventure. I do wish the show had less filler cheap songs though! Below is a link for YouTube and full episodes are available on taazi.com also. Appropriate for age 3 – 10.
3. Quaid Se Batein
Zainab is a little girl who loves to take inspiration from what Quaid-e-azam has said about various moral and ethical topics as she changes the world one day at a time. There are lovely lessons to be learnt from each episode that are 4 – 5 minutes long. Below is a link to the compilation of all episodes together. Appropriate for age 3 – 10.
4. Jan Cartoon
Jan is a great addition to Urdu Cartoons for Kids with lovely lessons for children in a light and entertaining way. Jan is a curious and adventurous five-year-old boy who lives with his parents, siblings and a grandmother. The show follows his life as he learns, plays and enjoys every day. Appropriate for age 3 – 10 years old.
5. The Flying tent
The flying tent has some lovely Urdu poems for children produced in beautiful colours and sung with soft gentle voices. Appropriate for ages 1 – 5.
I’m not a big fan of shows that are produced for promoting a specific brand. However this is a good series plus it encourages my children to drink milk!
7. Cassette Kahani
Any 80s child from Pakistan would remember Cassette Kahanis that were urdu audio stories we listened to on our cassette players. I still remember the wonderful stories and series along with amazing songs. Some kind souls have uploaded the stories on YouTube now. The quality isn’t great so to attract your own children, you will need to be heavily involved and tell them how you enjoyed these stories as a kid and what they meant to you!
8. Teen Bahadur Movies
The two Teen Bahadur movies are great for kids 6 – 12 years old to give them local heroes and improve their urdu skills by watching the movies.
9. Urdu Mom YouTube Channel
And of course, do check out our own Urdu Mom YouTube channel for lots of fun urdu songs, poems and stories!