Most of us grew up hearing the old adage. Too much TV turns your brain into a vegetable. Kids watching TV today are more likely learning how to grow, cook or experiment on vegetables than turning into them! We recently turned to Netflix for help with history fair and art project inspiration.
I'm stoked to report my 13 year old son WON at his school and is advancing to The Metro Junior History Fair next weekend at DePaul University. He has written a script with another classmate, and is performing a theatrical piece as Levi Day Boone, Mayor of Chicago, during the Lager Beer Riot of 1855, complete with recreated newspapers of the time, old timey wimey wire rimmed glasses, and an impressive beard!
Quiz time. Know what a Cryptid is?
Yeah, that was a new one to me too! I thought I was pretty smart till my 7th grader stumped me with that project. I know cryptic and encrypted, but cryptid was a mystery. The kids were given an art project to make cryptid masks and my son took great pleasure in knowing a word that stumped me.
Still clueless? Before you go groping for Google--cryptids are animals whose existence has never been proven by science.. ie: big foot, the Loch Ness monster and a host of lesser known but equally fascinating beasties. We turned to Netflixs and found some hot leads on cool cryptids, mask making, theatrical makeup and more!
This month with the Stream Team and Netflixs Kids we're also highlighting science fair fodder.
It's fair season, ya know. Netflix gives kids an easily searchable resource for many types of research. Some of these might jump start your kids' imaginations and lead to a blue ribbon idea. For little scientists, we have titles that will encourage curiosity and problem-solving, because it's never too early to start STEAM love. An interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or math will serve your kids well at any age!
Here at ChiIL Mama, we dig lots of the Discovery Channel and Science shows. My husband's even done location sound for quite a few!
Check out some of Netflix's top picks
for inspiring science fair ideas
for older kids:
(Or just geek out and watch them for fun. I'll admit it, we do. You'll be so engrossed you'll hardly realize how much you're learning.)
And sparking a love of science
for the littles:
(my tween & teen still dig Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius)