Three Educational YouTube Channels For Kids

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Sometimes getting your kids to learn outside of school can feel…forced. And if you don’t feel it as a parent, your kids might. So, how do you educate them without pulling your hair or threatening to take away all electronics for the rest of eternity?

I don’t have the perfect answer to that question, but I do have one solution: YouTube.

Yup. I said it. Over the past few years, YouTube has exploded in popularity and, with that, hundreds of thousands of channels have been created about all sorts of things, including education. Obviously, YouTube isn’t a replacement for school or a good homeschool curriculum, but if you’re looking for some educational content that won’t turn your kids’ brains to mush, check out these resources below:

Brave Wilderness: A National Geographic-esque channel, Brave Wilderness calls out to all young fans who just can’t wait to learn more about animals in their natural habitat. And it does so in a positive way that encourages kids to get outside, get messy and fill their brains with a helpful fact or two.

Hopscotch: Started in 2017 by two educators, this channel focuses on fundamental learning concepts through song. No more memorizing boring lists. Instead, kids will get the chance to learn about the solar system, nature’s water cycle and much more as they bop along to tunes that are sure to get stuck in their heads.

Ted-Ed: A TED Talk derivative,Ted-Ed is a channel designed for learners of all ages. With more than 1,000 high-quality videos, kids (probably on the older side of the spectrum) can choose to learn about poetry, Greek mythology, history, mathematics and science. A few titles can be misleading, as is common with YouTube, and some videos might share worldviews that not all viewers will necessarily agree with. But the heart of this channel is to make learning fun.

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).