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    I never fully appreciated how much work parents put into helping their kids with homework and projects until I, myself became a mother.  Prior to that, as an educator, I would dole out assignments and never even consider how much work parents would have to put into making sure that their children completed each task.

    Now that I am a mother of school-aged children, I have spent my share of evenings doing homework that was supposed to be for my boys but that I ended up feeling like it was homework for me.  This was especially true when I had to help my son build an Iroquois Longhouse situated in fall foliage.  As you can see from the photos below, it was a lot of work for my son and for me!

    When it comes to helping them with science projects, I enjoy the hands-on aspect of it but I’m not that strong in that subject area.  I’m always looking for inspiration to give me ideas on exciting activities that will get all of us excited about Science.    Fortunately, Netflix has a variety of TV shows and movies to help spark my sons’ creativity and to inspire us into becoming scientists for the day.

    My boys have always been fascinated with electricity and how light works. The Light Bulb/Battery Science Experiment is perfect for shedding some light on the mysteries of electricity and will surely spark some quality family time…



Four D batteries


Duct tape

Miniature light bulb (a flashlight light bulb works great)

How to do this:

Place the wire on the bottom of one D battery. Hold the light bulb on the top of the battery. Touch the opposite end of the wire to the light bulb and watch it glow.

    This quick and easy science experiment is something fun and creative that you can do with your children.

You can also get some science inspiration from these 12 titles on Netflix:

    All of these programs and movies help kids learn how to problem-solve and get excited about becoming scientists-in-training.  There is nothing like the feeling of seeing learning glimmering in your child’s eyes and knowing that you helped to ignite that light of learning!

Let’s Discuss:  How do you ignite a passion for science in your own children?

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  1. Robin Rue says

    I haven’t heard of any of those shows, but my nine year old is SO into science and how things work that I am going to look for a couple of these to watch with him starting tonite!

  2. amanda ripsam says

    I have not heard of Netflix stream team until just seeing your post. I have had Netflix for years. My 6 year old daughter started watching Netflix when she was a year old I would sit with her and watch brainy baby series and all kids of stuff. Now she’s six she into the bigger kid shows and watches my little pony for hours if I let her.

  3. Jennifer Williams says

    My oldest son loves those shows, so does my husband. My youngest is the biggest fan of Netflix though, it is about all he watched for his favorite pre-school shows and Scooby Do.

  4. My girls are so into the educational shows, too! I love that they have the option and pick it even when I don’t make them.

  5. Marlene Martinez says

    I like this activity! I am going to start wahtching these programs with my kids.

  6. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    Science is pretty incredible, isn’t it? I hadn’t really thought about Netflix as a source of Science shows before. I guess it is!

  7. I have to try this battery trick. It looks so cool! I think it;s amazing how science is so attainable.When I was yunger it was such a scary thing. Now it seems to be a bit more possible.

  8. My kids love to watch all these shows. You forgot a really good one though – Beakman’s World. There is tons of science and history rolled into a humorous show geared toward kids. My girls have watched all the seasons available on Netflix at least three times.

  9. I have to try this! It’s fun to get kids involved in this little experiments. Science is pretty incredible and it’s someone should love learning about and doing <3

  10. I am really glad Netflix is helping parents all over to help engage kids with these type of activities. 🙂

  11. Rebecca Bryant says

    My son would love this. He is a huge science buff.

  12. GrandmaBonnie A says

    That is so awesome. That will make the nicest lessons for my grandson when he visits. I love teaching science to the kids so this is going to be perfect.

  13. Mandy Young Carter says

    My husband and I love to watch Mythbusters on Netflix.

  14. Veronica Solomon says

    My son would love this little science project. It looks like a lot of fun and discovery

  15. This looks like a fun experiment. Netflix is full of so much great stuff (KIM)

  16. I love that they have so many educational and scientific shows on Netflix. This looks like a cool experiment!

  17. What a neat experiment – I’m actually sat watching Mythbusters on Netflix as I type this x

  18. That’s so awesome and a bit scary lol I need to try this one out!! My son has been asking me to do some science experiment so we went online and tried to do a sort lava in a bottle (thingy). Only I didn’t have the alka-seltzer tables. So it was pretty much just water, vinegar, food coloring and oil….its was a hot mess!!! LOL My hubby is a huge Mythbuster junkie (he’s a big kid in my book) 😉

  19. Netflix is awesome and I love that you can find such a variety of things to follow and do. This is a great little experiment for kids. I will have to tell my nephew about this.

  20. I wish there was NetFlix when I was young. I would have been all about this LOL

  21. Netflix is so great. I love that they have PBS shows on there too. Amber-

  22. TouristMeetsTraveler says

    I love netflix. My granddaughter gets to see so many PBS shows she loves.

  23. Lean Lacaba says

    I find series like these so awesome. Informative and fun to do!

  24. MalikaBourne says

    How fun! And yo get to use one of my top 10 remedies-duct tape. Yay!

  25. Okay that is cool that they offer science stuff on Netflix. We are going to have to search ours now!!

  26. mail4rosey says

    My kids like fun experiments too. 🙂 My big kids (grown and on their own) love Netflix. 😉

  27. I’m so glad to know that How Stuff Works is on Netflix. My kids love that show!

  28. I remember doing the lightbulb experiment in school as a kid! So fun 😀

  29. I can’t say I’ve ignited any passion for science as I never liked science. We do love Netflix though.

  30. Great ideas Im sharing this on my wall for sure thank you.

  31. QuiltyCarole says

    My dad always did science experiments with me when I was little back in the late 60’s. As a result, I have done experiments with our daughters and they have exceptional aptitude in science. Thank you for posting–inspiring children while they are young will promote a lifelong love of learning!

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