Over the years, I’ve become a documentary junkie. Whether they are about food, music, alternative living, and even modern medicine, I’m hooked on them. The only problem with my obsession is that the kids usually can’t watch them with me. But now, I’ve tracked down documentaries for kids on Netflix.
The subjects of the documentaries are usually too adult for my kids. I made a point of finding documentaries for kids on Netflix, and ones we can watch as a family. Here is a list of a few of our favorites.
My husband actually found this fun show for the kids to watch, and my oldest son can’t get enough of it. This National Geographic show explores the components of the human brain, and the kids love it because it’s interactive. You have a love a scientific show that gets the kids to DO as they watch.
In this Emmy award winning doc-series, we’re taken to Shangri-La, Tibet, and some of China’s most exotic natural habitat. The series is rated G, so the whole family can enjoy each episode.
The Short Game
Have you ever witnessed a 7-year-old golfer rock the game? Well, this sport documentary produced by actress Jessica Biel highlights a few of the youngest players of golf, and their journey to the World Championships of Junior Golf.
This 42 minute documentary shares the stories of engineers who dreamed big and made history. It is rated G, but smaller kiddos might get bored towards the middle of the film.
How The States Got Their Shapes
I remember being younger and wondering how each state got the shape it now has in present day. Truthfully, my American History class might have touched on it, but I was so bored in that class that I won’t even try to bring it back to memory. This fun show shares exactly what the title eludes to: how American states got their shapes. My history loving husband and son could binge watch this show all day, and they have!
The Blue Planet
This documentary series just may be my favorite out of the documentaries for kids, and it’s not because I’m a Pisces. OK, maybe it is, but I’ve always been so interested in what majestic creatures live in the deep blue sea.
This BBC documentary was created by the same production team of Planet Earth, another family favorite of ours. My daughter has gravitated to this documentary, and we’ve found ourselves googling a few of the unique marine animals featured in each episode.