TED talks have been spreading creative ideas for years with intelligent people just standing up and talking. It’s great for you, but that doesn’t mean your kid will love it. Fortunately, there are fun, insightful talks for your kid to sit through. Ranging from inspiring children talking about their big ideas, to kids who are masters in their art, to even some cool and creepy sea creatures, there’s a TED talk out there for every curious child.
For The Art Obsessed
The LXD: In The Internet Age, Dance Evolves …
The Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers step up to the TED stage to discuss and show how technology has created a new era of happy feet. Thanks to the internet and this talk, your kid can see what real dancing looks like, instead of seeing you bust out la Macarena at birthday parties. Listen here.
Sirena Huang: An 11-Year Old’s Magical Violin
This TED talk session from the young performer is mostly about her love for the string instrument, but then she absolutely shreds on her violin. It’s inspiring to see a young kid discover and nurture her love for her music, but seriously, she’s a beast on the strings. Listen here.
For Big Dreamers
Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn From Kids
It takes a real smart kid to know what adults can learn from them. Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world could use more “childish” thinking. Because a kid’s audacity leads to pushing boundaries and harnessing that mindset will make you a better adult. Those Svitak & Sanders 2020 posters are pretty much inevitable. Listen here.
Thomas Suarez: A 12-Year-Old App Developer
While you and your kid are busy tapping the screen on your latest iPad game app, Thomas Suarez decided to teach himself how to make apps. He’s 12, by the way. Suarez was influenced by Steve Jobs and even opened an app club at his school. Don’t call him a nerd, because you might end up calling him boss one day. Listen here.
For Book Smart Students
Arthur Benjamin” A Performance of “Mathemagic”
Arthur Benjamin is really more of a math wizard. The math professor takes viewers through high-speed mental calculations, memorization techniques, and offers tips on how he became the best mathlete on the planet. If this doesn’t give your kid an appreciation for numbers, then they’re probably a writer. Listen here.
Science Is For Everyone, Kids Included
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto and his daughter Amy O’Toole make a great case for why science should be a regular element in a child’s life so they can continually discover and think differently. This may help your kid get more involved with science, but getting them to jam out to Weezer is still on you. Listen here.
For Curious Kids
Takaharu Tezuka: The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen
No classroom, college campus, or Google office can compare to Takaharu Tezuka’s uniquely designed class. The architect created an urban jungle of a classroom that’s both indoors and outdoors with climbable trees, roof access, and no desks. Your preschooler may get a serious case of classroom envy. Listen here.
David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments
Geologist David Gallo shows amazing footage of deep-sea creatures that will blow your kids’ mind. Stick around for the fish that light up like Times Square in order to hypnotize prey. Don’t worry, there’s no footage of a creepy looking Elmo swimming for dollars. Listen here.