If you are looking for your kids to be entertained while also learning a fact or two, we have the perfect YouTube channels for you!
Scroll on for a few tried and true favorites from parents and kids alike…
12. Storyline Online
“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning and Daytime Emmy-nominated children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children,” the description reads.
“Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, and educators worldwide. For each book, supplemental curriculum developed by a literacy specialist is provided, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide.”
11. 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 you. So pick a topic you love and start watching today,” the YouTube description read.
10. Sesame Street
Welcome to Sesame Street! A colorful community of monsters, birds, grouches, and humans. A place where everyone counts. Spend time with all your favorite furry friends and subscribe for new videos every week,” the YouTube description reads.
“Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve.”
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9. Crash Course Kids
Welcome to Crash Course Kids! This bi-weekly show from the producers of Crash Course is all about grade school science,” the YouTube description reads.
“We’ll look at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much, much more with host Sabrina Cruz. So, join us every Tuesday and Thursday for new uploads. This series is beginning with 5th grade science, so we’ll be delving into Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering, and Astronomy. Have a look at our playlists on each subject!
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8. Free School
“FreeSchool is a safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, children’s literature, and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way,” the YouTube description reads.
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7. Ryan’s World
“Welcome To Ryan’s World!!! Ryan loves doing lots of fun things like pretend play, science experiments, music videos, skits, challenges, DIY arts and crafts and more,” the YouTube description reads. “Most of the toys we used to review are being donated to local charity.”
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“Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science,” the YouTube description reads.
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“TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas,” the YouTube description reads. “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).”
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4. The Dodo
“The Dodo on YouTube is a place for everyone who loves animals and cares about their wellbeing,” the YouTube description reads. “Our goal is to make caring about animals a viral cause. We want our fans to fall in love with animals, be entertained while they’re doing it, and feel empowered to help animals in need.”
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3. PBS Kids
“PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based media, using new and traditional platforms to support children in their acquisition of knowledge and critical thinking skills while empowering their imagination and curiosity of the world,” the YouTube description reads.
“Providing the highest-quality programming and learning environment for children, PBS’ children’s media invites kids on a journey to explore the world around them with non-violent, age-appropriate content that offers positive role models for children to learn from and grow with .”
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2. The Brain Scoop
“I’m Emily, the Chief Curiosity Correspondent of The Field Museum in Chicago, former volunteer of the University of Montana Zoological Museum, and I’d like to share some of the amazing things we have in the collection with the Internet,” the YouTube description reads.
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1. Cosmic Kids Yoga
“Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early,” the description reads.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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