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Curated Video Treasure Trove for Kids (CVTTFK)

Browsing my emails this morning, I read one touting this year’s Webby nominees which includes The Kid Should See This (TKSST). TKSST is a web-based curated video collection for kids. Yesterday I was oblivious to its existence. Today, what a wonderful surprise when I clicked through and discovered this new-to-me resource.

My enjoyment was quickly shared by our 10- and 12-year-old girls. They pulled up seats beside me and in quick succession we were immersed in fun, informative stories. The engaging videos included the installation of Jeff Koon’s sculpture Play-Doh at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, racing Russian hamsters, climbing to the summit of a giant sequoia in California and building a log cabin from scratch in the Canadian wilderness.

A second computer screen was quickly fired up for additional viewing pleasure and the TKSST site bookmarked by both girls. This is high praise considering that they were in the midst of building new Minecraft worlds.

The collection currently includes more than 4500 titles and is curated by Rion Nakaya with a bit of help from her 9 and 10-year-old kids. Each week they add 10 to 15 more videos. Turns out that I may be one of the few who never heard of TKSST given that it’s been talked up by boing boing, edutopia, Mashable, Lifehacker and others. No surprise then that the website is up for The Webby People’s Voice Awards. Online voting is open now until Thursday, May 7, at 11:59 PM (PT).

Just from a quick sampling, it’s a shoo-in that there’s something here for everyone in our household. What’s more, the interface is easy to navigate, there are a number of thematic collections and the search function returns titles quickly. Oh yes, and with respect to the curating, each video has a brief write up that frequently provides additional resources.

Don’t take our word for it, check out The Kid Should See This for yourself – a great curated resource with an abundance of compelling content that will pique a wide variety of tastes and interests. In these coronavirus times with so many of us shut in, I’m thinking traffic to the site may be spiking as there is so much on offer either for kids on their own or in tandem with a parent, or caregiver.

Bejla is one of several videos that came up in a search for ‘play’. I may have seen it previously but I’m not 100% sure. It’s an interesting point of view. The short is part of the ‘Young Explorers’ series. It “asks us to imagine what happens when we lower our guard, and trust that things will be alright.”

The themes of mobility, independence and risk explored in bejla are recurring motifs in the work being pursued to promote children’s right to play in communities around the world.

PlayGroundology friends, if you could choose three short videos, or edited snippets of longer videos, that tell a story about children’s play what would they be? Perhaps we could have some of them included in this The Kid Should See This curated collection…..

One of my three videos would be this long time favourite – a clip from the first installment of the British documentary series Seven Up! broadcast in 1974.

When our two oldest first saw this excerpt at the ages of 4 and 6, they wanted to know when we could go and play at this playground and why there weren’t adventure playgrounds where we live. Could it make the cut for TKSST?