I feel strongly about limiting screen time for children (the younger, the more important) for lots of reasons. However, occasionally I find myself in a position where a little screen time for the boys would really be appreciated (bringing in the groceries when there's a toddler with separation anxiety, taking a shower by myself once in a blue moon, really rushing on dinner, etc).
But what to show them? Where could I possibly find programming as innocent as my sweet little boys? Certainly not anything on YouTube, and almost nothing produced in the last ten years. Most of our movies (as fun and innocent as they are) have a few intense parts that are too much for my almost four-year-old. Most children's programs flash images so fast that little children don't have time to orient themselves to the image before there's a new image to figure out. So what seems like fascination with the plot or characters is mostly just trying to make sense of what they are seeing on a basic level (source).
PBS website there are 26 full episodes of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The first time I turned it on in desperation to get something accomplished, I ended up watching the whole thing with the boys, just absorbing Mr. Rogers' positive energy. The show moved slowly, or at the perfect pace for my boys. Mr. Rogers includes imaginative play and teaches important (and age appropriate) lessons, such as sharing and building friendships. Abraham likes to play on his website for his after "school" "computer-time."
A completely enchanting and innocent movie we watched last weekend is Mary Poppins. It has been a long time since I watched it, and it is so fun! Abraham was in love. He has been singing all the songs and insists it's his favorite movie in the whole wide world! It will definitely be his favorite b-day gift this year.