What documentaries for a 2-year-old, like Babies?
February 26, 2011 8:14 AM   Subscribe

Documentaries/movies like Babies for 2-year-old?

While at a friends' house, my 2-year-old saw the documentary Babies (on Netflix Streaming) and really liked it.

I liked it too and had actually intended to watch it at some point.

This was also a nice change of pace from kid-designed TV show, was very slow paced, and provided us a lot of good opportunities to talk about stuff. I felt like he was much more engaged than he is watching SuperWhy or Sesame Street. (Although I do realize that things that are designed for his age and have age-appropriate educational content make sense...)

Recommendations for similar films that toddlers may like, especially ones available instantly on Netflix, would be appreciated.

Also, he LOVES the All About series.
posted by k8t to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
A kiddie documentary series we adore is the BBC's Come Outside. Almost all of the episodes are on YouTube at the moment. Lots of interesting stuff, presented just right. I watch it and get depressed that all children's TV is not "Come Outside."
posted by kmennie at 8:20 AM on February 26, 2011

Not necessarily educational, but break outside of the normal documentary mold: Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka (clip)
posted by puritycontrol at 8:29 AM on February 26, 2011

I saw Koyaanisqatsi at age twelve, and it fraked me out. Philip Glass's music scared me really bad.
posted by Sara Anne at 8:40 AM on February 26, 2011

My nephew really used to love a video series about trains.
posted by Sara Anne at 8:42 AM on February 26, 2011

Available on Netflix Instant View - Animals Are Beautiful People. It is an animal documentary of sorts by the same people who did "The Gods Must Be Crazy." Lots of cheesy music, narration, and wacky sound effects. It isn't at all educational (and in fact is flat out wrong about animal behavior in parts), but my toddlers found it very funny, and there aren't really any scary parts or animals eating other animals. Although there are some sad dying baby birds at the end. Sob!
posted by Wavelet at 8:46 AM on February 26, 2011

sweetgrass (sheeps, hills, cowboys, no voiceover)
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 8:59 AM on February 26, 2011

Microcosmos might be fun if your kid likes bugs.
posted by cazoo at 4:21 PM on February 26, 2011

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