The 5 Best YouTube Kid’s Channels

With well over a billion viewers each month, YouTube has certainly made its mark on the Internet and global entertainment. From amateur videos to professionally produced online series, there is definitely something everyone in the family will find time to enjoy. Best of all, YouTube is enjoyed on computer screens, Smart TVs and a variable plethora of mobile devices. So this form of entertainment moves where you do. Schedule to watch it at your time and convenience.

One of the most wonderful aspects of YouTube is the wide variety of programming it carries for kids. You’ll find kid friendly channels designed for all age groups, from toddlers through teenagers. Short videos combine music, learning, art projects and most of all – fun. To help you decide where to begin, here’s a selection of exciting kid-friendly YouTube Channels that more than “make the grade.”

Simple Kids Crafts

This channel features How-To videos on a myriad of crafts that can be assembled at home using inexpensive items you probably already have. These short video segments are wonderful for rainy day fun and indoor summer projects. Best of all, none of the arts and crafts projects shown are too complex, too time consuming or too expensive for most families to undertake.

Each of the videos takes five minutes or less to watch. The DIY instructions are clear and easy to follow for children of grade school age or higher. The crafts shown are conveniently eco-friendly and often use recycled materials that are already around your home. Your kids can learn how to make crafts like decorative tops for bottle-caps, doll clothing and toys from everyday household items.




While the channel is best for younger children, parents will enjoy finding crafting ideas that they can design at home or develop for use in a classroom setting. Currently, there are over 700 videos on this channel to choose from. New video segments generally appear on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Saturday videos also include “Shout-Outs” to faithful YouTube viewers.

Little Red Car

This YouTube channel is home to approximately 70 videos of nursery rhyme songs about cars. The little red car in the videos shares the fun adventures he has with his car friends in car city. These songs are easy for pre-schoolers to sing and hum along with. Young children are introduced to basic concepts like colors, shapes, numbers and the alphabet.

Episodes also display important life skills like friendship and self confidence. This kids channel is continuously updated, with new videos appearing weekly. Each cartoon is short and gentle enough for even very young viewers. Toddler through kindergarten age children particularly enjoy the colorful images, inviting songs and array of friendly vehicles that literally come to life on screen.

SnookTube

Here’s a YouTube channel designed for pre-school through grade school kids and their families. Developed by a parent, viewers spend time with the seven members of the Snook family. The Snook family is an actual family and the Snook kids are as natural on screen as your own. Videos range from DIY crafts, homemade games and exploration challenges to Snook family vacations.

Pre-school through grade school age kids have fun learning how to involve themselves in activities without the use of store bought toys or electronics. Arts and crafts video segments feature how to make paper-mache sculptures and create a variety of novelty paper-mache party pinatas in shapes like teddy bears. Little Star Wars fans will learn how to craft a cool cosmic light saber out of an inexpensive foam swimming pool noodle. In short, these videos literally define good, clean family fun.

Easy to understand videos include segments with DIY recipes for no-bake cookies and healthy treats. Kids can watch along with their parents to follow the Snook family as they undertake a Lego challenge or hike outdoors. In one inviting video, everyone is along for the ride as the Snook family visits the famous Jelly Belly Bean Factory for a tour.

The Brain Scoop

This kid oriented channel originates directly from the world renown Chicago Field Museum. It provides scientific fact along with quirky trivia. Kids enjoy watching videos which correspond to their interest in science, history and general curiosity. The material is suitable for viewers from the upper elementary grades, through middle school years, into early high school. While the information is presented in a simple to understand format, adults will also enjoy the museum educators and high definition visuals.

Each lesson is led by very likeable “Chief Curiosity Correspondent” Emily Graslie. She speaks directly to the viewer and is easy to virtually bond with. As a former volunteer staff member of the University of Montana Zoological Museum, Emily finds out what interests her viewers. In these videos she conducts hands-on science experiments and demonstrations of biology concepts. There is talk of animals we see today, as well as the kid favorite pre-historic dinosaur variety.

Sometimes Emily is joined by other museum professionals in her quest for answers. Video topics include Shoes, Amazing Lasers and oddities like why King Tut of ancient Egypt had a flat head. Be aware that some videos may not be suitable for all viewers. (One video entitled “How Bird Vomit Helps Us Understand History” comes to mind.) However this YouTube channel is so kid friendly that it contains a “gross meter” with every video. This gives you a moment of “viewer discretion” to pre-screen the material to adjust for your child’s individual level of learning and personal safety zone.

Minute Physics

If you can spend just one minute watching a YouTube video, then you’ve got time to learn what modern science has to offer. These videos explore concepts that run the gamut from gravity on earth to elements of nature around us, to how the sun shines upon us. Viewers are treated to live action and animated illustrations, which are paired with gentle instructional voice overs.

Each episode tackles a complex topic and breaks it down into simple scientific fun and thought provoking ideas. Parents will find videos suitable for multiple grade levels. Science is explored through grade school curiosities like how a two way mirror works, to middle school level studies involving “Black Matter” in the universe.

There are currently 188 videos on Minute Physics, which are broken down into four different YouTube Channels. Older children, tweens and young teens will enjoy the brevity of these programs. Beginning topics include “Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain” and “What is Gravity.” More advanced subject matter delves into topics like entitled “Why is the Solar System Flat” to “What if the Earth was Hollow?”