While watching the TV is by definition, not a hands-on experience, documentaries offer a different way to experience the world around them from the comfort of your home. Each day I have opportunities for my kids to have a snack break and play outside. Even though we live in Texas and most days are good for outside play, there will be an occasional day that is excessively windy or rainy that will keep the kids indoors.
While they need to stay indoors, they still need a bit of a break from the book learning. Documentaries or science educational videos can offer great inspiration for further learning. They'll be a quick 30 minute break, but the education keeps on going in an enjoyable way.
Documentaries on YouTube
I always like to look on YouTube first. It's free and easy to access. However, leaving the kids alone with YouTube is a bit iffy, so they might need a little supervision. Here are some great channels to check out that offer safe resources for kids:
- National Geographic Kids
- Free School
- Whiz Kid Science
- Make Me Genuis
- Royal Institution is great for older kids who want meatier information. Check out this short video below. It's fascinating!
Educational Programming on Netflix
Netflix is also a great place to seek educational programming. Here are some great options currently on Netflix:
- Magic School Bus
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Sid the Science Kid
- Brain Games
- Baby Animals in the Wild
- 72 Cutest Animals
- Street Genius
- Wildest Latin America
- Showdown of the Unbeatables
- Rocket Men
- and many more
Amazon Prime Resources
I love my Amazon Prime subscription for the shipping benefits alone. However, sometimes I forget to utilize the other benefits that come with it like Prime Video. There are dozens of free science resources that you can watch with your prime membership. Here are some of the most interesting:
Strictly Scientific Inspiration
It's nice to know that your kids are learning quality information even while they are watching TV. While I'm not going to replace the hands-on learning elements of my day with videos, I may add one every now and then when going outside is limited.
What are some of your favorite scientific programs?
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Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.