TED talks tend to be relatively short in length, which makes them great for kids. They are also perfect for:
- Providing (free!) constructive entertainment
- Presenting new, interesting ideas in an accessible way
- Broadening perspectives!
This said, their subject matter isn’t always something that appeals younger minds. So, with this in mind, I’ve put together a little list of talks to engage children across a variety of age groups (some of which are actually delivered by children!). I hope you and your little one(s) enjoy watching these together! 😊
1. The best Kindergarten you’ve ever seen
Tokyo Architect Takaharu Tezuka had an objective: to create a nursery that allowed kids to ‘tumble sometimes…’ and ‘help them ‘live in this world’. The result? A completely open-plan nursery building, featuring trees and monkeys, with extra low ceilings… where toddlers are able to (safely) run around on tops of the buildings!
2. Hackschooling makes me happy
13 year old Logan LaPlante believes that our school years should be spent exploring our curiosity, showing passion for self-directed learning and above all… learning to be happy! So he hacked his schooling.
If your little one loves weird and wonderful sea creatures, this is the one for you. Some of the highlights include a colour-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a spattering of neon light displays from fish, who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.
4. I think we need a pep talk
Who said adults give the best pep talks? 9 year old Kid President addresses this inspiring talk to adults and children alike.
5. Science is for everyone, kids included
What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He’s seconded by 12-year-old Amy O’Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren.
6. 12 year old app developer
Meet 12 year old Thomas Suarez, who taught himself how to create multiple apps before his 11th birthday – including, but not limited to a Justin Bieber ‘whack-a-mole’ game!
7. Two poems about what dogs think (probably)
What must our dogs be thinking when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner lives of two very different companions.
8. Math class needs a makeover
Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.
9. Why we laugh
Did you know that you’re 30 times more likely to laugh if you’re with somebody else than if you’re alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter.
10. Cloudy with a chance on joy
You don’t need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society.