Curiosity Quest DVDs are videos of the show Curiosity Quest where host Joel Green travels around the country to solve the questions his viewers send in. How do they make this and that. How is such and such done and the like.
The Combo packs we received are DVDs that each contain 3 episodes of the show for your viewing entertainments.
The Schoolhouse Review Crew got review the DVD Combo Pack – Produce which included shows on growing mushrooms, growing oranges, and growing and harvesting cranberries. And also the DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea which included shows on the life and habitat of salmon, penguins and a sea turtle hospital.
The episodes on the Curiosity Quest videos are each about 30 minutes long and follow show host Joel Green as he sets out to answer a question that has landed in his inbox.
Joel (your host) meets up with businesses all over the country involved in all manner of industry and they take him on a tour of their various plants explaining the process and letting Joel have a little taste of the hands on work.
There are little educational bursts too where you’re told a little fascinating tidbit about whatever the show is on. Joel also does some on the beat interviewing asking random people questions about how they think the topic is produced, grown, and other facts.
Each of these DVD combo packs is $24.95 and geared towards kids ages 7 to 14 although I personally think it’s great for all ages. That age range will probably get the most educational benefit from it even though my husband and I learned quite a bit along with our daughter.
Watching Curiosity Quest
While it is soooo easy to sit down and watch all these entertaining shows in one fell swoop we did space it out. Preferring to savor one each evening we watched them together as a family.
On the Produce video we got to see…
Mushrooms: This was probably the most fascinating video for me on this disc. I wasn’t totally clueless about mushrooms needed the dark fertile soil to grow but I had no idea how they were farmed for selling in the grocery store. It’s one of those, “I wonder how…” This was an eye opening episode and after watching it I was actually able to explain to a friend of mine why her mushroom bed may not be producing. She had attempted to start a mushroom bed a few years ago and didn’t know why nothing had grown.
Salmon: We eat a lot of salmon here in the Pacific Northwest so knowing where they come from, the different varieties and how they’re raised is kind of a nice touch. The instincts God has given His creatures are amazing. And salmon are really fascinating. Did you know they will travel around the world to come home and spawn where they were born? So neat! And watching how high they can jump. I really wanted to just reach through screen and grab one…for dinner. Sorry.
Curiosity Quest was pure viewing entertainment for us. We love shows like this. We learn and it’s interesting. These videos provide great family viewing and we’re looking to get more. We tended to watch them in the evenings while preparing dinner or afterwards. My daughter sometimes watches them in her down time.
Each show was interesting, entertaining, informative, and family friendly.
Joel is a goofy character which my daughter and husband really liked. His antics and different reactions to things makes the shows interesting for children and fun to watch. The breaks where kids (and adults) on the street were asked to provide answers for basic facts of the show being watched were a great time to test our own knowledge. There are also fact breaks where you will learn a little more about the topic being covered.
I like to have videos like this in our family library so I’ll be looking to get more. The Sweet Peanut has been pulling the two we have off the shelf to watch on her own. I’ll say these videos were a big hit for her.
Turn these videos into a little homeschool lesson by giving your kids color pages with fact tidbits on the animals and food in the shows.
You can also connect with Curiosity Quest at these places