The 10 Best YouTube Channels For Kids
YouTube is an amazing one-stop-shop where you can find beer-making tutorials, Jimmy Hendrix playing the national anthem at Woodstock, and videos to share with your kids.
YouTube is an amazing one-stop-shop where you can find beer-making tutorials, Jimmy Hendrix playing the national anthem at Woodstock, and videos to share with your kids. Of course, there are a few steps you should take before letting your little one loose on the Internet, like setting your parental controls or downloading a child-focused YouTube app for kids.
“Because of that way that YouTube is built, the hosts are communicating in a way that is direct to their audience,” says Polly Conway of Common Sense Media.“That is something that our generation has never had. This is sort of new territory. There is a different bond built through these shows then your traditional television program because the interaction is so direct.”
Luckily, there are a number of kids YouTube channels that are considerate of their audiences and make for excellent company for your young one. Here are a few YouTube channels for kids you can count on.
Let’s kick it off with a classic: The same adorable muppets that have teaching kids their alphabet for 50 years, and probably taught you a thing or two, have moved over to the Internet.Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie and the rest of the crew is hanging out on a YouTube channel, with plenty of online-only cameos from stars like Bill Murray. youtube.com/sesamestreet
Here’s a YouTube channel for kids who like to bake. Hosted by Rosanna Pansino, and a cavalcade of guests, this weekly program takes a family-friendly approach to the cooking show, demonstrating how to create all sorts of baked goods like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. The icing on top is her predilection for tying her projects into nerd pop culture, creating eats that are shaped to look like characters from Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. Parental guidance is still a must — these are real oven-baked confectionaries — but the videos have a way to really focus young bakers. youtube.com/RosannaPansino
Now your kids can enjoy the smart, informative, big thinking joys of TED Talks too The TED foundation has created this educational offspring of their highly popular lectures with YouTube videos born out of collaboration between experts in various fields and creative animations that are just as captivating as their concepts. They even take submissions for ideas, and your kid getting an idea green lit by TED could probably go on the college application, right? youtube.com/TEDEducation
The Houston Zoo
There is a reason that Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl brings in monster ratings every year, and that is because people of all ages love to watch animals at play. For the other 364 days of the year, your kid can check in with the friendly creatures from all over the world that live at The Houston Zoo. Recent videos include a digital hang out with red river hog babies, an exercising skunk (above), and an introduction to their newborn giraffe Mara. youtube.com/houstonzoo
The Brain Scoop
This YouTube channel wants to make sure the next generation knows what museums are and cares about the amazing adventures you can have therein. Coming from the Chicago Field Museum, and hosted by “Chief Curiosity Correspondent” Emily Graslie, each episode shows a look behind the scenes of the operations of the museum. This is a perfect way to get your kid excited about earth science, animals, and the environment. Check out the video description and opening titles before watching though, as some episodes can warn for viewer discretion. youtube.com/UCkyfHZ6bY2TjqbJhiH8Y2QQ
These quick illustrated tutorials make for perfect snackable science lessons that you can share with your kid. Created by Henry Reich, the YouTube channel examines a wide range of fun subjects like the physics behind black holes or whether it is better to walk or run in the rain. The stick figure animations make for a watch that kids can enjoy, and perhaps even tackle themselves. youtube.com/minutephysics
Every parent knows it’s hard to keep you kid’s hands off of anything, so why not give them something productive to do with that habit? This YouTube channel offers a number of ideas and tutorials on how to use recycled materials found around the home to turn into do-it-yourself projects. Get them started with this early, and who knows maybe in a few years they will be able to rebuild your carburetor — or at least gift you a DIY lip balm. youtube.com/simplekidscrafts
Super Simple Songs
There is a reason that this YouTube channel has racked up millions of views. These animated videos are designed perfectly to help either keep your kid occupied with an afternoon of sing-alongs or send off to sleep with a lullaby like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. There is also original content here, featuring a collection of strange creatures that help teach lessons on everything from how to treat your family members to eating healthier. youtube.com/supersimplesongs
Founded by funnyman Rainn Wilson, aka Dwight Schrute of The Office, this YouTube channel is a wealth of captivating content. There is something for everyone with this crew, from their “Art Attack” program to “The Science Of Happiness”. You may want to get your young one interested in their segment “Kid President”, because who doesn’t want to plant that seed of a congressional run? youtube.com/soulpancake
National Geographic Kids
This YouTube channel for kids from National Geographic uploads frequently with cool videos of awesome animals, fun science and colorful travel destinations. They don’t just limit themselves to the exotic either, there are plenty of programs that explore the wonders in your own backyard and even your own house pet, like one episode called “How to Speak Cat”. They have even created playlists depending on your kid’s interests so that they can binge-watch creature captures like you binge-watched the latest season of Narcos. youtube.com/UCXVCgDuD_QCkI7gTKU7-tpg