10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

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I don’t know about you, but the second summer starts on that very last second of the very last day of school, I secretly become Mel Gibson in Braveheart screaming “FREEEDOMMMM!!!” because SUMMER and POOL PARTIES and SLEEPING LATE and general summertime awesomeness.

Except, summer brain drain is a thing, y’all. It’s easy to become a vegetable in the summer because you get all loosey-goosey about schedules, bedtimes, getting up and doing brain-important stuff. Summer sure can be one big giant party, y’know? But I don’t want my kids to suffer when it back-to-school time arrives. We have our summer fun but we also still visit the library and read, too.

One more way I like to kick it up a notch in the brain-empowering department is to use some of their screen time to watch educational programming. I’ve talked before about fun science shows and movies to stream on Netflix, here are 10 more shows and documentaries to flex their brain muscles and to help prevent summer brain drain.

10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

For the big kids


1. Lewis & Clark: The Journey Out West
2. Walking with Dinosaurs
3. Secret Yellowstone
4. The Blue Planet
5. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions


And your smaller kids


1. The Great Mouse Detective
2. Busytown Mysteries
3. LeapFrog: Math Adventures to the Moon
4. Turtle: The Incredible Journey
5. The Magic School Bus


Story Cubes


After streaming these fun and educational titles, it’s time to get your little ones’ minds moving. Create these story cubes to give your kids the chance to activate their imagination and come up with their own storybook adventure.

Strawberry-Yogurt Swirl Popsicles


Boost your kids’ brain power with these Strawberry-Yogurt Swirl Popsicles, perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack or healthy dessert. These sweet treats are not only delicious, but are filled with brain-powering ingredients, like berries and Greek yogurt – click here to learn how to make your own.

What’s your family doing to help prevent summer brain drain?

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