#NetFlixKids Has Blinded Me With Science! Part 1

Review it Rah-shay By Mar 13, 2014 28 Comments

This is a two-part series to share science related programming from available from Netflix kids.

There’s a picture going around on Facebook which expresses just how much I hate THE SCIENCE FAIR. My family is still recovering from THE SCIENCE FAIR [flashback…and shudder]. The Bee had almost two months to work on a project of HER choosing, a study of plants and classical music. After a positive start in which she was totally self motivated, things kind of fell by the wayside. The Dad and I did what we could, nagged, threatened, reminded but ultimately the responsibility was hers and despite her reassurances that “things were getting done” suddenly the night before the science fair she was frantically trying to put all of her results together.


Photo Credit: Susan Messina

Photo Credit: Susan Messina

Things were so stressful that The Dad and I were chatting like old buddies, having a part pity party/ part vent about this stupid fair. Grateful that our foray into science was over.


Which brings me to work. Where I am planning my Summer Reading Challenge. A challenge with a science theme. Eight Weeks.

Boom goes the dynamite.

I am exaggerating slightly. My co-worker and I have culled some ideas from the manual we get, Pinterest and chatting with other librarians to make our summer programming fun and entertaining while keeping that summer slide down. I always like to plan more programs than I actually will do. Sometimes the planned event just doesn’t feel right and it’s nice to have an alternative. With the ideas from Netflix Family Friendly programming I feel comfortable with the ideas that I have been working on.

Netflix March kids

1. Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius
2. Peep and the Big Wide World
3. Magic School Bus: All Dried Up
4. Animal Mechanicals
5. Wild Kratts


In the past I have used ideas from Peep and the Big Wide World to do a study of light and dark at the library. There is a wonderful hands-on event planning handout to engage your children in the exploration of shadows and light which can be found here.


I liked The Kratt Brothers when they hosted another show, Zooboomafoo, and really like this new cartoon. It encourages me to view animals as more than cute pets and have assisted me with the children who are fascinated with animals. The library has been growing Red Wiggler worms and we have been encouraging our library families to consider trying to raise their own.  They aren’t just pets but they are helpful for making compost for our library vegetable and herb garden. This video found here was helpful in reminding me about the worm’s environment and ways we can keep them healthy when we are exploring their habitat.

Jimmy Neutron is fun for encouraging children to create their own inventions. Jimmy is a genius and creates inventions that may not be groundbreaking or useful but are necessary for his life. The library has been collecting odds and ends including buttons, cardboard, bottle caps, screws and more to encourage expanding our mind from what we have to what we can create.


I cannot lie; Miss Frizzle and the Magic School Bus kind of got on my nerves when it used to be a regularly watched show in my home. The lizard, the kooky outfits, and that one kid with glasses was just too much for me so I missed that this show does get children excited about science in such a creative way. Add in the books and the great worksheets found on the Scholastic site and you are well on your way to extending episodes of the show with hands on experience.

I am not familiar with Animal Mechanicals but the premise of this show, for a preschool audience, is the Animal Mechanicals use their amazing ability to transform to solve challenging problems. When The Bee was younger her preschool teacher would talk to the class about strategies and problem solving, language and ideas that she still uses.

Next week I will present part two of #NetflixKids Has Blinded Me With Science with ideas for teens and tweens.


Tell me…how do you use science with your children?


*Disclosure: I was provided with a Netflix membership to facilitate by review, but these opinions are 100% my own.


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. That picture cracks me up!!

    We love the Wild Kratts in our house. My kids also love any kinds of science experiements that they can do!

  2. Louida says:

    This post brings up so much memories of the shows I use to watch when I was younger. I can’t believe I’m that old. My favorite was the Magic School Bus.

    Oh and by the way, I hate science too! LOL!

  3. Emily says:

    My son is 4.5, just getting into science. So far, we’ve just watched as baking soda and vinegar react together. He thought it was a riot!

  4. I love the idea of teaching science through films and technology. This is a great way to get kids excited about learning.

  5. Im gonna need to read this again when our fair comes up thanks

  6. Chavonne H says:

    I like the science shows geared towards kids because that helps them to learn because I’m not very knowledgeable in science. I remember the Kraft Brothers and Zooboomafoo, we used to watch that everyday!

  7. Ashley B. says:

    I’ve not yet had to deal with a science fair for my oldest, but I feel the same way that the sign reads.

  8. We absolutely love netflix and all the science shows available to watch. They are some of my kid’s favorites!

  9. Liz Mays says:

    I like how you’re using these shows as prompts for science activities. There’s something about science because it’s so visual and hands on which makes it fun!

  10. Way to make me feel inadequate! Unfortunately, we don't do enough with our kids and science. This post though, is motivating. I think I'll go out to get a science kit today.

  11. Pam says:

    I remember the good old science fair. I also remember that my son won an award for a very simple project. He showed how citric acid slowed down the deterioration of vegetables that are exposed to Oxygen.

    I love Netflix. We watch something almost daily on it.

  12. My kids love The Magic School Bus. Luckily they are too young to participate in a science fair. But I can’t wait (sarcasm).

  13. becca says:

    I love netflix they totally rock. We are obsessed with streaming videos.

  14. Amber Nelson says:

    This is a very good post. I love Netflix. We love it at our house.

  15. Tiffany says:

    I love using Netflix for educational programs!! My 4 year old LOVES Magic School Bus.

  16. Lawna says:

    Netflix is a must have in our household! The kids absolutely love it. My son hasn’t had to do a science fair yet but I am sure he will procrastinate when he does!

  17. Rosey says:

    It’s interesting to see the differences of opinion between the teacher side and the parenting side. 🙂 The kids react differently to lessons at school and lessons at home (from parents) too.

  18. It’s so nice that Netflix is really engaging to such educational progress which actually is helpful for the youngsters.

  19. Amanda Her says:

    We love the kids section on Netflix. My son has a bunch of shows that he loves.

  20. No kids here, but you are very creative to use Netflix! Great job! I've always hated science…I'll bit your kiddos won't!

  21. **bet** I'll BET your kiddos won't LOL

  22. Great info for when my little guy gets a little older. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Annie says:

    Magic Schoolbus & Jimmy Newtron! I haven’t seen those in ages 😀

  24. Mina Slater says:

    Wow! This reminds me of some of my favorite childhood shows. I hadn’t thought of utilizing Netflix programs to help teach kiddo. That’s a very creative way to engage in learning.

  25. Katherine Gilbert says:

    I love this list. You have some great shows on it. A lot that I remember watching with my children. I totally feel you about the science fair stuff. We did my kids science fair projects and haven't heard anything else about them.

  26. Katherine G says:

    My son loves animals so we are usually watching shows about animals on animal planet or national geographics. I would love to get into doing actual experiments with him sometimes.

  27. Adrianne Grant says:

    My older child is in love with anything to do with the aspect of science. Therefore, this is the program for my son.

  28. Ashley Gill says:

    My daughter spent all of Friday night watching Wild Kratts on Netflix! She loves that show. I’d never heard of it before. I am also lucky enough to not have to be dealing with the science fair quite yet.

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