• Birds Are The Coolest

    March 1, 2016

    This post is brought to you by CuriosityStream.

    As you guys probably know, Quinn is obsessed with birds. All kinds. All the time. Well, recently, he’s absolutely loved watching them on CuriosityStream. Like LOVED. Like it was his favorite part of the entire day!

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    CuriosityStream? I had never heard of it either, but it’s right up our alley. All four three of us (ok, Murphy’s not that interested) are really glad that we discovered it!

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    CuriosityStream is an educational, family-friendly alternative to other streaming services. Their mission is to provide an affordable, ad-free, online destination where the world’s best factual content can be enjoyed on-demand and on any device, including their web app, Roku, Android TV, iOS, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Amazon Kindle, and Apple TV on the way. There are more than 1,500 videos to choose from in the areas of science, technology, civilization, and the human spirit. Quinn especially liked the variety of bird videos, but there are plenty of other nature/animal videos for him to watch too– everything from dinosaurs to elephants and everything in between!

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    And there’s plenty for the adults too! (FYI: CuriositySteam offers a kid’s mode feature, so you can toggle on/off with your password to keep things kid-friendly.) Mal and I both went straight for the video about Food Science, an area that we’re both especially interested in. Mal actually teaches about food science, franken-food, agri-business, GMOs, and the like, so many of these videos are helpful to his curriculum too. And he’s a huge history buff, so there are tons and tons of titles that caught his attention!

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    Just to give you an idea, many of the videos we have watched on CuriosityStream remind us of similar food-focused documentaries (i.e. Food, Inc. and Fat Sick & Nearly Dead). The “Genetically Modified Foods” and “Sugar Rush” videos were especially eye-opening!

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    Ok, back to the birds since Quinn was just enamored with them in these videos.

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    Quite literally! He actually tried to kiss a few of them while watching! Haha!

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    I mean, look at this kid. He’s sooo into the bird videos. They’re high-definition, so they’re appealing to the eye and hold even a toddler’s attention! #pugcreep

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    That little smile kills me. I’m telling ya, he’s a serious bird lover.

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    And the content of these video is really interesting. Quinn and I watched a video called “Bird Brain” that talked all about how birds are able to solve puzzles. (I know, right? Crazy.) The video went into great detail about how they are able to do this and shared a number of examples/experiments. It was fascinating. (I’m pretty sure Quinn is saying “uh oh” to one of the birds in the photo below!)

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    Even though Quinn didn’t comprehend the entirety of the video, he loved watching the birds and seeing them in different environments and new situations. (He was even screeching with delight at times!) The videos are definitely something he can grow into as he gets older and understands more. The nature videos, especially the animals ones, are awesome for toddlers, and I have a feeling they’ll continue to capture Quinn’s attention as he grows older!

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    Does CuriosityStream sound like something your little one would like? If so, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial with coupon code cake (and 15% off your first 3 months) when you click here. Be sure to hop on this offer; it’s limited to the first 100 sign ups!

    Questions of the Day

    How often do you watch educational videos? What are your favorite kinds? What about your kids? How often do they watch and watch are their favorites?

     

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious March 1, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Wow he is serious about his bird watching! The food science videos would definitely interest me as a nutrition student!

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    Linz @ Itz Linz March 1, 2016 at 6:34 am

    William watches Barney in the morning and that’s it. I’m pretty against screen time but being a single mom, I’ve had to relax a little because it does keep him entertained for a bit so I’m able to get dressed for work. If there is screen time, it must be educational (at this age), so this sounds neat!

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    Heather@hungryforbalance March 1, 2016 at 7:09 am

    That does sound like a cool service. Right now, Matilda loves Beauty and the Beast, the little mermaid, and Cinderella. Not really educational, but it melts my heart when she sings along.

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    Brynn March 1, 2016 at 7:13 am

    What a great concept. Mitch doesn’t watch TV outside of Daniel Tiger’s theme song (his favorite). But he loves animals! This is perfect for the winter months when we can’t visit the zoo!

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    Nikki March 1, 2016 at 7:37 am

    My mom had a canary growing up. Would you ever let Quinn have a bird as a pet in the future?

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    Taylor March 1, 2016 at 7:52 am

    How neat! I like to watch documentaries when I have the time!

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    Christine March 1, 2016 at 8:20 am

    We watch sesame street in our house right now. My 15 month old seems to get easily bored with it though and is constantly giving me the remote to fast forward to the next segment! I think at this age he’s just more into play than screen time but this looks like something we could get into when he gets older!

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    Lauren Schwartz March 1, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Wait I thought Mal was an art teacher?

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    Tina March 1, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Oh, no. He is not an artist. Haha! He teaches history and psychology.

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    Lauren Schwartz March 1, 2016 at 9:34 am

    @Tina: Wow I don’t know where I got that from haha, but now history is starting to sound familiar too!

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    steff March 1, 2016 at 9:30 am

    im learning about UC in medical school and remembered reading about you and your blog a while back. Id love an update on the remicade!

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    Tina March 1, 2016 at 9:33 am
    Allison Keskimaki March 1, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hilarious. I think Quinn loves birds as much I hate them. I am absolutely TERRIFIED of them!! It’s cute to see his face, though! 🙂

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    Tina March 1, 2016 at 9:56 am
    Betsy March 1, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I just told my sisters about it and they already downloaded on Roku. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah @ Sweet Miles March 1, 2016 at 10:54 am

    What a cool concept! Definitely a more positive spin on “screen time”!

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    Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite March 1, 2016 at 11:07 am

    He tried to kiss them!!! Omg such a little cutie!!

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    Dana March 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Awesome that he loves birds! You should check out Mass Audubon. http://www.massaudubon.org/ They have great nature programs for kids!

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    Tina March 1, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I check their site all the time, and I can’t wait until Quinn is old enough to do them!

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    Melisa March 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Q needs his own Beyonce. 😉

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    Tina March 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    He does!!!!

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    Rachel @ Never Enough Novels March 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Such a neat concept! I don’t have kids yet so I’m glad you mentioned there are adult focused programs too. I’m especially interested in any about the effects of sugar since I’m currently trying to significantly cut back on added sugars!

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    Rachel @ Simply Rachel Nicole March 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    My daughter would seriously love this! So cool!

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    Nicole March 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    This site has a lot of live web-cams of animals.
    http://explore.org/live-cams/player/bella-hummingbird-nest

    I’ve been a fan of the labrador puppy web-cams 🙂 But then I remind myself I can just look in our living room and have the in-person lab experience.

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    Tina March 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    So cool! Thank you for sharing!!

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    Sarah March 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Your blog is my absolute favorite. Quinn is so cute and I always love the #pugcreep 🙂

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    Sheena @ Paws and Pavement March 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t really watch educational videos online. I’ll sometimes watch PBS on TV though. Quinn is absolutely adorable although I don’t share his passion for birds. 🙂

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    Amanda @ Cheers to the Weekends March 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    This is so adorable! I don’t share Quinn’s love for birds, but I do love chickens. I think they are so cute!

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    shelly March 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Both my boys love macaws! I think it’s because we always see them at the zoo and they’re red.

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