Wordless videos for a toddler?
October 8, 2016 1:23 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for wordless (or nearly so), non-animated, non-idiotic/condescending short videos for my toddler. The Sesame Street Milk Song is a nearly perfect example.
posted by dmd to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
A lot of toddlers respond surprisingly well to the Teletubbies. Plenty on Youtube.
posted by fingersandtoes at 1:46 PM on October 8, 2016

The Teletubbies are a perfect example of "idiotic/condescending", though.
posted by dmd at 2:00 PM on October 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

I know you said non-animated, but: Pingu.
posted by mymbleth at 2:12 PM on October 8, 2016

You could use clips from the classic short film Le ballon rouge (a.k.a. The Red Balloon), which has very little dialogue and a lovely musical score.

(If you're not familiar with the film -- as the Wikipedia page notes, the plot does involve some conflict that may be upsetting for young kids especially, so be sure to read through it / watch the entire film (it's 35 minutes long); it's a happy ending though!)

Some Youtube links (you'll find more there, but here's a couple from official sources):

- Short clip from the movie (less than a minute)

- Opening clip from the movie (3 min, 39 seconds)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 2:15 PM on October 8, 2016

Powers of Ten
posted by rhizome at 2:48 PM on October 8, 2016 [2 favorites]

My all-time favorite: Sesame Street: Crayon Making.
posted by dayintoday at 4:16 PM on October 8, 2016 [5 favorites]

Poke around in The Kid Should See This. Here's what popped for "wordless."
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:44 PM on October 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

We loved the Baby Einstein series.
posted by visual mechanic at 12:13 AM on October 9, 2016

My boy loves these train videos https://www.youtube.com/user/DelayInBlock
posted by john m at 1:59 PM on October 9, 2016

Classical Baby is animated, but it's an incredibly good series pairing classical music with artistic animation in a variety of styles. My daughter is now 13 and I periodically hear her playing her violin or cello, picking out some of the pieces she heard (repeatedly) in this series. Each piece is animated in an artistic style, and is inspired by either classical art, dance, or music. I see from Wiki that there's a poetry version I never saw (and now must go find).
posted by Capri at 12:01 PM on October 10, 2016

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