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  1. #1
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    Jan 2007



    I'm looking for documentaries that I can watch with my very precocious seven year old. I liked COSMOS as an adult but too much SAGAN and not enough astronomy for my daughter.

    We LOVE the Richard Attenborough nature documentaries we have seen - anything in that style (ie; not pop science?). Something NETFLIX might have.



  2. #2
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    Dec 2004
    In the mid-1970's I saw a bunch of short films by Charles and
    Ray Eames which are quintessential must-see items. The films I
    saw include "Powers of Ten - A Rough Sketch" (Fabulous voice for
    the narration, although the square format looks a bit clutzy),
    "Toccata for Toy Trains" (Great music by Elmer Bernstein), the
    IBM math films (something like 1-2 minutes long each, teaching
    concepts of elementary algebra), a short on the number 2^64
    (which might be one of the IBM films-- I don't see it listed),
    "The House That Science Built", "Tops" (Spinning toy tops), and
    "Design Q&A".

    All of these should be appropriate for a precocious 9-year old,
    although "Design Q&A", "The House That Science Built", and the
    IBM films would be too advanced for a precocious 7-year-old.

    This is the page of the Eames website which sells their films:

    They are packaged with two or three films on a DVD or tape.
    "Toccata for Toy Trains" is packaged with "Parade" (which I
    haven't seen) on a tape especially for young children.

    Also a short film by Saul Bass, "Why Man Creates", appropriate
    for a 9-year-old but possibly too advanced for a 7-year-old.
    (I think that a child's understanding of how things work really
    comes together somewhere around age nine.)

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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