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Let’s be honest, a lot of us parents have been slightly more flexible when it comes to our little ones spending a little extra time on phones and tablets during this period of uncertainty. It may be because of stressful work deadlines, or even rewarding your kids after a tough day of online learning. Whatever your reasons are, screen time for kids has definitely gone up.
The silver lining is: not all screen time is created equal! Browse through these fun and educational YouTube channels that you and your kids will love! Ranging from science experiments and facts, to playful and educational shows for toddlers, these YouTube Channels for kids are a must see.
1. Crash Course Kids
Explore the incredible world of science with the help of Crash Course Kids. Discover the worlds of animals, oceans, space and so much more, in this intriguing YouTube channel. Not only are the topics super interesting, but they’re told in a simplified and fun way for kids to keep coming back for more.
SciShow explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious! Episodes answer questions like “Why the Earth Needs Animals,” “5 Dinosaur Dinners,” and which animal is the only one that can not breathe oxygen.
3. Yoga for Kids by Cosmic Kids Yoga
Here’s an excuse for more screen time for kids, except this time it’s healthy & active screen time! Have a go at Kids’ Yoga that relies on stories that kids love and connect with, to practice mindfulness, strength and calmness. There are tons of videos to choose from including yoga adventures with Harry Potter, Moana, Elsa and Trolls.
4. National Geographic Kids
Nat Geo Kids makes it fun to explore your world with weird, wild, and wacky videos! Videos featuring awesome animals, cool science, funny pets, and more, are made just for curious kids like yours. So pick a topic that interest them and start watching today!
5. Sesame Street
Join your favourite characters from Sesame Street while they make learning entertaining for your kiddies. Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Bert & Ernie, Telly, Zoe, Rosita, Baby Bear and Snuffleupagus for weekly videos designed for your pre-schoolers.
CBeebies is dedicated to delighting and surprising its pre-school audience and it remains the UK’s most watched and most loved channel for the under-sixes. Kids can learn numbers with the Numberblocks, letters with the AlphaBlocks, get activity with Andy’s Wild Workouts (alongside some cool animals), sing along to songs and hear interesting stories being told through the screen. This CBeebies YouTube channel is aimed at adults watching with children and offers a safe environment where CBeebies content is readily accessible with no inappropriate links or adverts.
7. Animal Planet on YouTube
Immerse yourselves in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content that offers animal lovers and pet owners access to engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. Learn about your favorite creatures, and see them up close and through the screen!
8. Kids Learning Tube
Educate your kids with Kids Learning Tube, through music and animation to give them a fun and unique approach to a variety of topics. Watch a range of videos that cover topics like the human body, countries & continents, planets and much more. Best of all, it’s told in song!
9. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
This animated preschool series features Daniel, a shy but brave 4-year-old tiger who lives in the Neighbourhood of Make Believe. With help from his neighbours, family and friends – O the Owl, Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kittycat, and Miss Elaina – Daniel has fun while learning the key skills necessary for school and life.
10. BBC Earth on YouTube
Celebrating nature, science, space and the human race, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home. As you would expect, videos are shot beautifully and with enticing commentary.
TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com). The library of videos includes things like “A day in the life of 4 sisters in Ancient Rome,” their “Think Like a Coder” series, “Questions No One Has the Answer To” and much more.
12. Omar & Hana - Islamic Cartoons for Kids
Follow the journey of Omar, Hana, their family and friends as they play, learn and teach good Islamic characteristic and moral values through songs. The YouTube channel has a library that includes topics like loving orphans, being gentle with all animals and many more positive behaviors.
13. Peekaboo Kidz
Tune into this colorful and cheerful destination, designed just for your kids. The YouTube channel is great for your toddlers with nursery rhymes, as well as your older kids with Educational Videos, Classic English songs, Phonics Songs, and interesting topics like How Chocolate is Made, What is Evolution and more.
Learn colours, shapes, numbers, letters, the alphabet, ABC’s and so much more with Blippi’s nursery rhymes, educational songs, and educational videos! Blippi ties in things children love like Backhoes, Tractors, Planes, Trains, Animals, Boats, Unicorns, Construction Equipment, Firetrucks, Horses, and the list goes on!
15. Lotty Learns
Your kids will absolutely LOVE learning with Lotty! ABCs for kids, ABC Phonics, Learning Colors, Numbers, and even reading are subjects that Lotty and friends teach. Explore their ABC kids channel and you will find simple, easy to understand learning videos for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners! Learning this way is so much more exciting for your little ones.
16. Minute Physics
Teach your kids about basic principles of physics through these simple videos that cover topics like “what is gravity?” “is it better to walk or run through rain?” “Why Do Mirrors Flip Left & Right (but not up & down)?” “What if the Earth were Hollow” and much much more. It’s so interesting you’ll want to sit next to your kids as they watch to refresh your memory.
Needless to say, since the videos primarily cover physics topics, this YouTube channel is suitable for kids 12 and above.