A helpful roundup of educational YouTube channels for kids that are pre-screened and appropriate for the classroom, distance learning, or homeschool use.
YouTube Channels for Kids
This compilation of educational YouTube channels for kids is the perfect supplement to learning in the classroom, online during remote learning, and at home. See all the links in their categories for easy reference.
These teacher-approved channels are engaging and fun for kids, allowing them to get lost in learning! Provide families with online options and valuable Youtube channels to support their child’s learning at home.
YouTube channels can enhance the learning experience and make it fun. In addition to appealing content, there are many benefits to using YouTube. You can:
- Explore the subject further.
- Create a unit study and use some videos to supplement, study, and delve into a subject.
- Practice the necessary skills to deepen understanding by using some YouTube videos.
- Research how to do something.
- Experience the arts via great YouTube channels.
- Engage curious minds.
- Expand your horizons and learn something new, try a new skill, or develop a new hobby.
Preschool & Kindergarten
Educational YouTube channels for preschoolers and kindergarteners are visual, interactive, and fun. They often contain fun characters and themes that appeal to the youngest viewers. Here are some teacher favorites:
- Teeter Totter Animation – Learn numbers, counting, the alphabet, shapes, and more with our educational animations for children.
- Brain Candy TV – ABCs, numbers, colors, and more with the help of our fun, action-packed vehicles, plus our cute dog Lizzy.
- Play to Learn Virtual Preschool – Songs, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, games, and fun for preschoolers.
- The Learning Station – Songs filled with active participation, nursery rhymes, brain breaks for the classroom, learning videos, camp songs, dance, holiday songs, action songs, and a trendy move and freeze dance songs for children. Also, ESL songs for children combined with music and movement galore! This channel is best for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.
- Dr. Jean and Friends – A variety of educational videos from the entertainer, Dr. Jean.
- Bounce Patrol – Learn colors, numbers, alphabet, animals, and more as you move, groove, and sing along.
- Super Simple ABCs – ABCs, phonics, and word families with alphabet songs, games, and more!
- Nessy – Videos from the creators of the fun, multisensory software for children with dyslexia.
- Alphablocks – Here are 26 living letters who discover that whenever they hold hands and make a word, something magical happens.
- Elf Kids Videos – Animated songs, vocabulary videos for EFL/ESL children, and a lot of alphabet, phonics, and reading videos for young learners to enjoy.
- Rock ‘n Learn – Entertaining, educational videos for toddlers and kids up through fifth grade.
- Preschool Prep Company – Meet the Series including letters, numbers, shapes, colors, sight words, phonics, letter sounds, digraphs, blends, and the Math Facts Series teach addition & subtraction, multiplication & division.
The general education category YouTube channels often have a variety of subjects, including language arts and math. Here are a few picks from the top channels in K-2 entertainment.
- Proud to be Primary – This channel contains tons of informational and encouraging videos with tips and resources for K-2 teachers. Watch videos about literacy, math, social-emotional learning, science, drawing, and more!
- Susan Jones Teaching – Here are fun and new ideas for primary teachers to use in their classrooms grades K-2.
- Teaching without Frills – Teacher-created, simple, engaging videos to accompany lessons for elementary students.
- Disney Educational Productions – Tools teachers need to engage, inform, and inspire many different learners.
- Tiny Tunes – Educational songs and animations for children, including times tables, phonics, the alphabet, and various number based songs.
- Math & Learning Videos for Kids – Numbers, colors, and the alphabet for toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten.
- Kids Academy – Colorful, short cartoons with funny plots that keep kids engaged, good quality sound, and delightful characters.
- Kids Learning Tube – Educate kids through music and animation in a fun and unique approach to learning.
- Scratch Garden – Fun educational videos for kids, educators, students, and anyone else who likes funny videos!
Reading, Language Arts, Grammar
The following list has suggested channels for grammar and language arts along with some read-aloud channels. Videos are perfect for kindergarteners, first, and second graders.
- Flocabulary – Educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum.
- Grandma’s House – Listen to Grandma read you a story, or go along with her on a field trip!
- This Reading Mama – Hands-on learning resources for classroom teachers and parents at home.
- Learning Time Fun – This playlist has children’s learning videos contains the most commonly read and written words for kids with a combination of Dolch, Fry, and Basil sight words.
- Grammarpolis – This channel uses the parts of speech as animated characters starring in books, songs, videos, and interactive games.
- Ms. Becky and Bear’s Story Time – Books read-aloud for children 4 – 8 delivered by Bear and a Certified Teacher!
- Storytime with Ryan and Craig – Family-friendly comedians that read children’s books aloud with silly voices, big emotions, and sometimes improvised songs!
- School My Kid Phonics & Reading Videos – Learn letters, numbers, shapes, and more.
- Hooked on Phonics – Proven, simple, and fun method to give your child a strong foundation in phonics and reading skills.
- Storytime at Awnee’s House – Make stories come alive for your young ones!
Math Educational YouTube Channels for Kids
You’ll find math resources for younger kids in the general education category above, as well as these listed below. These are the best, most complete videos available among the thousands upon thousands of videos out there. Most teachers flock to these few.
- Khan Academy – This playlist includes the math videos.
- Kids Educational Games – A children’s educational and learning channel.
- Math Mammoth – This channel promotes conceptual understanding & number sense.
- CTC Math – An online math curriculum with 1,367 video tutorials and over 57,000 interactive questions.
Science Educational YouTube Channels for Kids
Have you got little scientists in your classroom? Inquiring minds will love these channels and videos.
- Crash Course Kids – Grade school science, including Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much more.
- National Geographic Kids – Videos featuring awesome animals, cool science, funny pets, and more, are made just for curious kids.
- Sci Show Kids – Jessi and her robot rat Squeaks answer your questions and explain fun, complex science concepts for young, curious minds.
- Science Max – A series that turbocharges all the science experiments you’ve done at home.
- The Spangler Effect – Videos that highlight creative ways to make science fun.
- Mark Rober – This channel answers curious questions with engineering and science.
- It’s Okay to Be Smart – Science videos on how things work.
- Peekaboo Kidz – Dr. Bionics answers science questions with engaging animations.
- ExpeRimental – Fun, easy, and cheap to do science at home with children.
- Sick Science – Classroom science experiments taken to the extreme.
- Science Mom – Science demonstrations with elementary students.
- Mr. DeMaio – Science videos (and more) in a new, fun, and hilarious way to learn.
- Lab 360 – Science experiments for people of all ages to do at home.
- Science Sparks – Creative ways to make science fun for kids.
- Whiz Kid Science – Easy kids science experiments that you can do at home!
Social Studies Educational YouTube Channels for Kids
History, geography, and culture abound on Youtube, in entertaining formats suited for kids. These social studies channels also include some virtual field trips.
- Virtual Fields Trips – Explore the world without leaving home or the classroom.
- Travel Kids – Videos that explore all around the world.
- Homeschool Pop – Fun, exciting learning videos for elementary kids.
- Kids Academy Social Studies for Kids – Colorful cartoons with funny plots that keep kids engaged, good quality sound, and delightful characters.
Art Educational YouTube Channels for Kids
Dig out those craft supplies for some kid artwork. These websites will inspire your child’s inner artist. Yeah, they’ll probably make some messes too!
- Netflix Jr – Learn, sing, and play with their favorite Netflix characters – from StoryBots to Super Monsters and everyone in between.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Author Mo Willems teaches kids to draw.
- Red Ted Art – Craft playlist of things you can make with things you have at home.
- Art for Kids Hub – Learn how to draw plus other fun art lessons for kids.
- Freeschool – Famous art, classical music, children’s literature, and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way.
- Doodle Academy – Easy step-by-step instructions for how to draw and paint simple cartoons.
- Yo Kids – Drawing tutorials.
Music, Movement, & MORE
K-2 is full of fun themes, and the following channels would tie into any of them. These fun channels include music, movement, cooking, and more that are worth mentioning!
- Super Simple Kid Songs – Nursery rhymes, original kids songs, and children’s shows from Super Simple!
- Jack Hartmann – Videos that focus on reading, writing, math, science, physical fitness, and more.
- Hap Palmer – Includes activity songs for building vocabulary and enhancing math concepts, as well as holiday songs and Baby Songs videos for young children.
- What Do We Do All Day? – Creative videos of fun science projects, math art ideas, puzzles, and strategy games.
- Go Noodle – Videos get kids moving to be healthy, brave, silly, and smart.
- Cook with Amber – Recipes from Amber Kelley – cookbook author, speaker, winner of Food Network Star Kids, and the host of her popular Youtube series Cook With Amber.
- Messy Hands Kids Cooking – Recipes for kids by kids.
- Kate Kuper and Neil Robinson – Music that inspires movement exploration.
- Koo Koo Kanga Roo – A dance party that invites everyone to join in.
- Kiboomers Music Channel – Songs will help your children learn colors, shapes, counting, numbers, reading and language skills, nursery rhymes, dance, and movement.
Have fun exploring through this list of educational YouTube channels for kids. Both kids and teachers will benefit from the entertainment and break from worksheets.
Kids will find engaging videos, entertainment, and academic stimulation great for practice, review, and additional instruction. Teachers can explore these channels and so many more to discover new teaching methods, ideas, and inspiration.
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This is excellent. Definitely adds some spice to our lessons. I plan on sharing this with teachers in grades 1-5 as the curriculum coordinator. Thanks for compiling this list.
Proud to be Primary
Wonderful, Robin! Hope they find helpful choices!
Such a fabulous list! I have used so many of these channels. I would also add my sons favorite YouTube channel which is Hopscotch Songs for learning Math, science, and Geography songs.
This is such a good list! I’ve got a fun at-home science channel for kids called Silly Science with Simon. Would love for you to check it out! https://www.youtube.com/c/sillysciencewithsimon