The Kid Should See This connects busy teachers and parents to a growing library of smart, short, and super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that can be watched in the classroom or together at home. Enjoy 8 to 12 new videos each week, and search 4,000+ videos in the archives, curated by me, Rion Nakaya, with help from my 8 & 11 year olds.
Sometimes it’s just challenging to find it! TKSST spotlights a wide variety of short, videos that can start conversations, spark questions, & inspire offline exploration for all ages.
We’re also on a mission to share information about subjects that are often misunderstood, like evolution, climate change science, and clean energy solutions, and look for opportunities to amplify women and people of color who work in STEM fields.
Start browsing our main navigation, find related topic tags below every video, or search the site for specific content.
YES! Frankly, a lot of kid-targeted media is mind-numbingly difficult to watch, often full of simplistic narration, smart-alecky dialogue, or wacky noises. Instead, we’re surfacing media that’s not made specifically for children, but that can be meaningful to anyone of any age.
…or as my (then) 6yo said, “You know, there are actually no adults. It’s just that adults are the oldest kids.”
Every video is just the beginning of the story. New questions, continued discussions, related reading, googling, and writing, and trying out new things can all be next steps in exploring our changing world. Featured videos can also play a part in Genius Hour, inquiry-based learning, flipped classroom activities, integrated studies, and inspiring hands-on experiments, projects, challenges, and experiences.
TKSST has a reputation for being a safe place to find videos for kids. That’s a big deal to us, especially with the continued disappointing reports in the news surrounding YouTube and YouTube Kids. That said, please be aware that YouTube and Vimeo automatically promote other clickable videos when TKSST-recommended videos end. We recommend staying within earshot or watching videos with kids to make sure they’re sticking with media you’re comfortable with.
We also recommend pre-screening for younger viewers, just in case our curation doesn’t quite match up with your family or classroom goals. If you have feedback on anything, please let us know.
TKSST is a reader-supported educational resource, and thanks to our Patreon supporters, we’re improving the site to better connect our readers with the wide variety of videos we’ve collected. Starting with a brand new site, launched in March, we’re aiming to add search refinements, bookmarking, tags that are aligned with curriculum standards, additional video collections, and other improvements. Stay tuned.
Edutopia and KQED MindShift have a treasure trove of excellent articles about innovation in education. We rely on Common Sense Media regularly. We also highly recommend your local Maker Faire, and these wonderful kid-friendly podcasts: But Why, Tumble, Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Forever Ago, and The Past & The Curious to start…
Read about how the site got started at Lifehacker and Design for Mankind, listen to an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, watch seven favorite STEM videos for kids on RiChannel, and get hands-on with Fun Summer DIY Projects on Edutopia.
In November 2014, I launched The TKSST Gift Guide to connect our readers with smart books, games, toys, and more that we genuinely like and use, and/or have been featured on TKSST, and/or are on our wish list. It’s enjoyed praise from Jason Kottke, Recomendo, Austin Kleon, and other awesome supporters.
Affiliate links are included in the gift guide and on this site. You can also support TKSST through your everyday Amazon shopping by using our custom Amazon link that helps us earn a small percentage of the purchase total. The more you spend, the more you support the many hours and associated costs of running TKSST all year round. Thank you!
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