Ted Talks for Kids (and the whole family) to Enjoy

If I have to watch another video of someone playing Minecraft I may need to be committed to the Looney Bin!  In general, our kid’s TV watching has gotten out of control.  We, like many other families, struggle with too much electronic time.


We have been working hard to come up with an electronics policy that will work for our family.  Here are some of the things we are doing to limit screen time:

  1. Just say no:  this has been met with whining, crying and the dreaded “I’m so bored.”  But each day gets better and they start finding other things to do.
  2. Chores for time:  If you do these 3 chores, then you will get X amount of electronics time.
  3. Setting an actual timer:  wow, it’s hard to believe how quickly you can get swept up in a project and not realize that it’s has been an hour and they are still playing a game or watching a show.
  4. Changing what they watch when they do watch tv:  That brings us to this post.

Instead of another mindless video, we have told our kids that they can watch fun (also read as inspiring and educational) videos from YouTube.  I have started compiling a list on my account and I’ll share some of the videos they liked the most and have watched multiple times.  You can  subscribe to my kid-friendly YouTube videos,  and as I add more videos, you can enjoy them too.

YouTube Videos for Kids to Watch

My Journey to Yo-Yo Mastery – Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tells the inspiring story of finding his life’s passion and gives a performance that will have your kids asking for your yo-yo.

A Cyber Magic Card Trick –  This video combines two things kids love–magic and computers.

Why People Believe They Can’t Draw – This had by 5 year drawing characters all night

Dive into an ocean photographer’s world – Amazing ocean images that will make the whole family yearn for the ocean.

Close-up Card Magic with a Twist – Magic tricks that will have you rewinding the video and watching again while laughing the entire time.

How to control someone else’s arm with your brain – What kid doesn’t love watching someone control someone else’s body part with electronics?

Breakdancing to the violin: Dr. Draw & Gadfly at TEDxToronto – Who knew the violin was such a rockin’ instrument.

How to Magically Connect with Anyone – A good combination of magic tricks and lessons about listening instead of “waiting to talk”.

Magic Performance – Can you tell my kids love magic?

Bluegrass virtuosity from … New Jersey – A group of brothers, all under the age of 16, rocking some Bluegrass tunes.

Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way – Proving your mouth is your most valuable instrument.

Do you have any favorites?  I’d love to hear about them.  Also, if you have any tips on limiting screen time, I’d love to know those too!