Educational YouTube Channels for Kids

YouTube can be a great learning resource for your child. With videos that teach, entertain and enlighten, kids – and parents – can find help with homework, pass the time and learn a new skill. Here are some of our favorites.

Academic learning

Alphablocks

Animated alphabet blocks teach phonics and reading in short 5-12 minute videos. Children will learn words through games and short stories.

sesame street

Street fans will learn to count, say the alphabet, on Sesame Street’s cuteness and properties. Older videos — those remembered by parents — can also be found on the Sesame Street YouTube channel.

Mathematics

Covering topics from algebra to Pythagorean theorem to decimal arithmetic, math is a combination of math and animation that makes learning math really fun. Each video is nine to 13 minutes long and there are over 70 videos on the site.

numberock

If animation isn’t your kid’s game and they prefer songs, Numberocks is the way to go. Math songs teach kids about fractions, place value, and coins, among other things.

Nat Geo Kids

The videos range from geography lessons to underwater marine exploration. Kids can go on an adventure with Barbie, take a trip behind the scenes of Explorers Academylearn “strange but true” facts about the planet in a minute or less and tackle questions about science.

McGraw-Hill PreK-12

  • Best for: All ages and parents

Originally designed for teachers, this is a great resource for parents who are just becoming teachers to help find videos to teach on subjects ranging from science to literature. Some of the most popular downloaded videos are animations about compare and contrast and using contextual cues in reading.

Children Ted-Ed

  • Ideal for notes: Elementary + older

Based on the original TedTalk series, Ted-Ed Videos are short, animated videos about ideas and research that spark the curiosity of learners around the world. These videos are perfect for all students and teachers who appreciate a quick summary of useful information and life lessons.

To exercise

Cosmic yoga for children

Follow Jamie through kid-approved yoga workouts and stories they love (Frozen, Moana, Trolls, Minecraft, Star Wars, the list goes on). There are also relaxation guides and exercises separated by age group.

Guided meditation

  • Ideal for notes: Elementary

New Horizon – Meditation and Sleep Stories teaches children to take deep breaths and create a calm, meditative state if they feel trapped and need to relax. These are really great for all of us.

Cardio Family

  • Ideal for notes: Elementary

PopSugar Fitness has created a video for families to workout together, with kid-friendly moves and upbeat music they’ll love. It only takes 13 minutes to shake off the stirrers in case it’s too cold/rainy to go outside.

music lessons

Guitar lessons

  • Ideal for notes: All ages

Center Stage Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Academy teaches new learners of all ages through simple, easy-to-follow videos. If there’s extra time squeezed indoors (with no sports to play outside), the whole family can form a group.

piano lessons

  • Ideal for notes: All ages

Talent Playground is ideal for piano learners at all stages. If you’re looking to supplement while your child can’t take lessons or start something new, these videos teach rhythm and early music theory as well as chords and how to hammer a song.

nursery rhymes

Universal Kids Preschool – the TV channel’s YouTube division – has rounded up its best Rhyme Town nursery rhymes for toddlers to sign up for. Fans of Mickey Mouse and Company can check out the list of Disney Junior nursery rhymes, including one in which Doc McStuffins teaches children to wash their hands.

crafts and play

Food

Bailey Makes the Cake is a young baker who teaches other young bakers how to make everything from no-oven (microwave) cakes to Cookie Monster cupcakes. Children learn from children! If your kids are ready to cook dinner, try Messy Hands – Kids Cooking, a YouTube channel that teaches recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Crafts and science experiments

The Dad Lab is run by an SAHD who has MacGyvered many ways to teach his young children about science and fun. Duplicate experiences at home with your own kids helps them learn about Legos, science, balloons, and the fun can go indoors or outdoors.

Magic

  • Ideal for notes: Elementary

Kids can learn easy magic tricks to impress their friends when they return to school. Most require simple household items, so no purchase necessary.

Arts and crafts

  • Ideal for notes: Prekindergarten-Early Elementary

For parents and kids, learn how to make crafts for the holidays, the season, or just a way to eat with 5-Minute Crafts PLAY. Kids can learn to be spies or just make everyday objects more useful.

Ryan’s World: experiences and fun

  • Ideal for notes: PreK-elementary

Meet Ryan, a boy who enjoys doing everything from science experiments to making music videos, skits, dares, crafts and more. Kids can learn about the world around them while watching entertaining content about a boy who does it all.

Crochet & Knit

  • Ideal for notes: Primary-high school

If your kids — or you — want to learn a new gift-making craft, start with a YouTube tutorial. With Erin’s Crafts for Kids, a 7-year-old teaches other children to crochet by following simple steps. Scribble has some great DIY videos, including Knitting for Kids, Drawing, and Making a Picture Frame.

Origami

  • Ideal for notes: Beginning primary-college

Children with dexterity and attention span are great for learning the art of paper folding. They can impress the family with their abilities to fold napkins, envelopes and even money after learning from these videos.


Follow Chicago Parent on Instagram.

Raymond T. Helms