I love documentaries but they have to be a specific genre. Nature mostly, with some historical thrown in there if they cover Egypt, or secret societies, or mysterious treasure. I want my kids to love them too but that's a little harder. I can't seem to get them to sit with me long enough to enjoy a good documentary....until now.
Last year I saw a recommendation for one called Microcosmos. It's about bugs. If you have a child who LOVES bugs, this is perfect. There's very little talking; only some at the beginning. The rest is visual. It's bugs in a meadow: ants, snails, caterpillars, beetles, water skis, etc. and they are doing what bugs do. The ants collect food and battle, a dung beetle attempts to move a big ball of poo up a hill, and the caterpillars eat leaves. It sounds mundane, but it's visually stunning. My son fought me tooth and nail when I suggested watching it, but loved it by the end. I found it stunning.
The other documentary I came across is called MicroPlanet. This one, narrated by a child, brings life in and around a pond up close in vivid detail and beauty. It was educational, without being overly complicated. Great for a good day of snuggling with your little one while learning.
The great part? I found both of these documentaries on Netflix! We have the subscription which allows us to watch shows and movies instantly so I didn't even have to wait for it to arrive in the mail.
Have you watched any kid friendly documentaries lately? Please share in the comments below.