There’s just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them…
But we don’t underestimate kids around here.

The Kid Should See This is a growing library of smart & super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that can be watched in the classroom or together at home. Enjoy 8-12 new vids each week, and search 1,700+ videos in the archives, curated by me, Rion Nakaya, with help from my 3 & 6 year olds.

The internet is full of amazing content…

Sometimes it’s just challenging to find it! TKSST helps connect busy kids, parents, & teachers with a collection of short videos that can start conversations, spark questions, & inspire offline exploration for all ages.

What kind of videos are on this site?

Our video selections are driven by wonder, enthusiasm, and “wow!” moments. We cover all topics under and beyond our sun, with a special focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, & math) topics.

Start browsing our main navigation, find related topic tags below every video, or search the site for specific content.

“Not made for kids… but perfect for them”?

YES! Frankly, a lot of kid-targeted media is mind-numbingly difficult to watch, often full of simplistic narration, smart-alecky dialogue, or wacky noises. Instead, we’re surfacing media that’s not made specifically for children, but that can be meaningful to anyone of any age.

The TKSST Rule: Don’t dumb it down! Each video is selected to contribute to a kid-friendly corner on the internet that doesn’t underestimate what children can learn or what they might be interested in.
Adults can learn new stuff, too

…or as my 6yo said, “You know, there are actually no adults. It’s just that adults are the oldest kids.”

When videos appeal to kids and adults alike, it’s a lot more fun to sit down and watch together. Parent and mentor involvement has a lasting impact on kids, helps build a shared vocabulary, and provides a chance to demonstrate that the fun of learning doesn’t stop as we grow older.
Click play and start a conversation.

Every video is just the beginning of the story. New questions, continued discussions, related reading and googling, and trying brand new things can all be next steps in exploring our changing world. Videos can also play a part in inquiry-based learning, flipped classroom activities, integrated studies, and inspiring hands-on experiments, projects, challenges, and experiences.

Additional resources:

Edutopia and KQED MindShift have a treasure trove of excellent articles about innovation in education. We also highly recommend your local Maker Faire, and DIY.org, a community of young makers who love to learn new skills.

TKSST elsewhere…

Read about how the site got started at Design for Minikind, listen to an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, and watch seven of my favorite STEM videos for kids on RiChannel.

The Kid Should See This has also been mentioned on Real Simple, Kottke, SwissMiss, GeekDad, Daddy Types, The Times of India, DailyTekk, TinyBop, and Graphite.

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