5 favorite YouTube channels (tested by kids)
Between parents trying to do work from home and guidelines surrounding COVID-19, and the use of outdoor spaces changing daily, it can be difficult to find a suitable time and place where you can let the children do an activity. thrilling physique to keep their body and mind strong.
While my kids and I would rather explore a forest or cycle for miles, we’re also rolling out the living room rug and testing out the abundance of “staying physically active at home!” videos and apps that have conveniently appeared on my Facebook News Feed.
My kids spin, balance, dance and practice motor skills. It’s great fun, and I’ve noticed that it all seems to help reduce feelings of anxiety as well.
If your kids are stuck indoors for a long time, need a brain break between math and science worksheets, want to practice the latest cool dances, or you really need to make an uninterrupted call with no one on your lap, these videos are a surefire option to keep them busy and motivated, get them moving, and help them incorporate significant daily physical activity into these videos (sometimes very, very) long days.
If you have a few minutes, try to have fun. The dances and silly songs made me laugh and forget some of the worries and stresses of the day. And we could all do with a little less of that right now.
Here are our five current favorites:
Featuring narration and narrations by Jaime Amor, the hundreds of videos available on the Cosmic Kids YouTube channel will capture children’s attention as they dance, stretch and practice mindfulness.
My kids cheered when I suggested this series. They had both walked around their school with him and shouted the names of their favorite videos.
We have now incorporated yoga into our regular routine as I could see how my 11 year old hockey player struggled with flexibility. And mindfulness videos are great for unwinding after dinner.
Find hundreds of free videos on the Cosmic Kids YouTube channel, where the app has a two-week free trial.
Ages: preschoolers to tweens
Used in classrooms since 2013, GoNoodle includes an extensive collection of videos that promote physical activity and kinesthetic learning, as well as improving focus and engagement. This site offers videos and activity sheets, and encourages children and families to move and learn together.
My 11 year old was excited to watch the GoNoodle videos because he remembered how fun they were at school, but the grumpy seven year old resisted until he heard us laughing and jumping on “Peanut Butter in a Cup”.
“It’s funny!” he exclaimed after participating, then danced for another 45 minutes.
Good Energy videos are available on all GoNoodle apps on the web, iOS, Android, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, and Roku.
You can also check out favorite videos and exclusives on the YouTube channel.
Age: primary school
This year, the Bougez-vous challenge of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie de Québec is available online. During this annual challenge, schoolchildren color small squares in a booklet to record the time spent in physical activity. Families can now follow these “energy cubes” in a virtual booklet or download a paper version.
My kids love the motivation to color the cubes and see how many we collect at the end of the challenges and trying out the weekly prizes.
New for 2022, the launch of La Récré Force 4, a series of videos to get children moving in their living room.
Visit force4.tv to find your favorite videos.
Ages: all ages
Recess Guardians has offered its unstructured recreational play programs to over 600 schools across Canada. He recently unveiled his active8 Your Home program.
Check out their YouTube channel for super fun and easy activities to stay active at home.
Ages: all ages
Join Joe Wicks on his YouTube channel for energetic 30-minute routines aimed at encouraging students to stay active at home. You can also find “5 Minutes of Movement” and “Active 8” videos for short energy breaks.
Joe isn’t a certified teacher — and there’s more to physical education anyway — but his enthusiasm is sure to get everyone moving!
Bonus: even more fun videos to get kids moving
With schools, daycares and recreational sports suspended, children have been uprooted from their normal routines. More than ever, we need to proactively make mental health and physical activity a priority. Here are more video programs to help foster a love of fitness and movement, while keeping kids entertained and active.
- The Kiboomers: Toddlers will love simple songs that help them learn colors, shapes, counting, dancing and motor skills.
- Moovlee: This YouTube channel has yoga, mindfulness and exercise videos for (younger) kids.
- CBC Kids: Join the Moblees in their Get Moving dance videos.
Elementary age and over:
- KIDDO: This organization aims for children to “move well and move often”. Check out his YouTube channel for home videos.
- BOKS: follow her Twitter, Facebook or YouTube for physical activity programs to get kids moving.
- I love a challenge! : These 40 video challenges are designed for elementary school children.
- Active with Adam: Join Hockey Canada’s head strength and conditioning coach, Adam Douglas, with tips and tricks for staying active at home.
- Free Footie: Follow on Facebook to watch live home workouts with an impressive lineup of coaches and athletes.
- YMCA at Home: Enjoy fun and healthy activities for the whole family at home.
- FitSpirit – FitSpirit: French and English fitness videos for tweens and teens.
Do you have a favorite we missed? Let us know in the comments!
Related reading: Four easy indoor winter activities for kids
This article was originally published in 2020 by Active for Life, a national initiative created to help parents raise physically literate children. At activeforlife.com, parents, educators and coaches will find fun activities, engaging articles and free resources to keep kids active, healthy and happy. Sign up for Active for Life’s monthly newsletters. Connect with Active for Life on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.