Inspire Kids: International Space Station Tour

This video requires no introduction. How cool is this? My six-year-old loved it.  I heard a resounding “OOOOoooo….Ahhh….” as she entered the cupola and looked down at earth.

This was filmed in November 2012.

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pink columbines This is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old loves it, then maybe your children will too!

Inspire Kids: Shape-shifting dinosaurs

I found this informative Ted Talk, and I thought my six-year-old would enjoy it because like many children, he’s very interested in dinosaurs. He did like it.

I watched it with him, and I explained to him what the word “ego” means, and I also pointed to the charts as the paleontologist was talking since my son can’t read yet.  I also told him that’s it’s a great example of something very important to remember:

We have to keep asking questions. Keep researching. We can’t assume that we have all the answers.

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 This is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old loves it, then maybe your children will too!

Inspire Kids: Slow motion of running cheetah

My husband found this awesome video on Boing Boing: Fantastic slow motion video of sprinting cheetah.  Of course he sent it to the six-year-old!  Not only is it a stunning video, I think it’s a good example of how photography can help us learn more about animals and our world.  Watch it until the very end to see a fast motion clip of the set-up used to capture this!

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pink columbinesThis is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old loves it, then maybe your children will too!

Inspire Kids: Evolution of a Puppet Horse

This Ted Talk was shared with me by The Cultivated Mother (whose blog about homeschooling and living in Japan is great, by the way!)  She knows that we love puppets in this house, so she thought the six-year-old might like this.  It’s long, and it may not interest younger children.  I had to prep my six-year-old for it by telling him it was a little slow in the middle, and I sat and explained it to him while we were watching. He enjoyed it (he has no problem telling me when he’s not interested in something), and he thought the life-sized puppet horse was really cool.

pink columbinesThis is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old loves it, then maybe your children will too!

Inspire Kids: Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

pink columbinesI subscribe to the blog Mind Shift, and the other day they posted Physics in the Hands of a Seven-Year-Old.  It made me so happy to watch this video of a seven-year-old demonstrating his Rube Goldberg machine.  He is so enthusiastic!  What is more inspiring is that “Seven-year-old Audri wants to study robotics at MIT and become a theoretical physicist someday.”

I sent this video to my six-year-old (I’m so happy I gave him that e-mail address), and he wanted to watch it twice, smiling the whole time.  No, he doesn’t want to make a Rube Goldberg machine (and I’m kinda relieved about that), but it made me realize even more how the Internet can help inspire children.  How they can share their explorations, creations and inspire each other.  I really appreciate Audri making his video so that my son can see another possibility, another avenue for his own explorations.  Even if he’s not interested in it, at least he’s understanding that the world is rich with opportunity!

And this made me think that perhaps I can occasionally share with you what I e-mail to my son.  If he likes it, then maybe your child will like it too.  So, I’m going to label this series “Inspire Kids.”   I don’t know how often I’ll post it.  If I don’t find anything worth sharing then I may not share anything in a long time.  If I find some gems, then maybe I’ll post one each week.  We’ll see how it goes.  I hope you like it.