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But, why, Mom, why?!?
If you’re a parent, you’ve heard this question many times. Why is the sky blue? How do birds fly? Why do volcanoes explode?
Young minds are always looking for answers and kids are generally curious about the way things work. As parents we often have the answers but there are just as many times that we don’t. When we’re not sure what to say to our kids when they ask us these types of questions, we can go down the conventional route and look up the answers in a book or online or we can make it fun and interesting and get a little bit of relaxation as well as education in the process. I don’t know about you, but option #2 is a no-brainer in my books.
As a big Netflix fan, I’m always happy to oblige when my kids want to queue up some shows, and even more so if I can kill two birds with one stone. What’s better than being able to chill out in front of the TV with the kids without feeling guilty that you’re giving in to allowing your children to indulge in mindless entertainment for an hour or two? It’s possible to find the answers to your kids’ myriad of science-based questions all while kicking back with your feet up, some popcorn in hand and Netflix streaming. What could be better?
To get your kids excited about the laws of science and various truths, how about starting with these shows, all of which have a scientific flair?
HUNTING THE ELEMENTS
For the smaller scientist in the household, here are some shows to stimulate his or her inner Einstein:
THE MAGIC SCHOOLBUS
FETCH WITH RUFF RUFFMAN
SID THE SCIENCE KID
Of course, once you have the Netflix queued, you may want to check out some more adult-flavoured programming when the kids finally go to bed for the evening. How about a show about a mild-mannered high-school chemistry teacher who teaches a former student all about the subtleties of how mixing certain chemicals together can result a new chemical form that may be highly sought by others.
And for you adult fans of Breaking Bad, also on Netflix, here you go:
What are your favourite science-themed shows to watch with the kids on Netflix? Leave me your recommendations in the comments section below.
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