Genevieve’s Playhouse

Genevieve's Playhouse Youtube channel

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Kristin Smith

YouTube Channel Review

If your children enjoy watching videos of other people playing with various toys, then they’ve probably come across Genevieve’s Playhouse. 

This popular YouTube channel was started in 2016 by Genevieve’s father and in less than six years has amassed nearly 23 million subscribers. Most videos feature Genevieve’s father behind the camera as he (not Genevieve) plays with popular toys, while adding his own audio to each video. And while that makes up the majority of the channel, some videos show toddler Genevieve sitting next to her father as he unboxes toys and provides a short review.

So, what’s so enthralling about this? Well, the videos are offered in English, Hindi, Spanish and Vietnamese, and only uber-popular toys are featured such as Gabby’s Dollhouse, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Elmo from Sesame Street. There’s also a slight educational component here as some videos help toddlers learn about colors, numbers and shapes. 

The YouTube channel states that “Genevieve’s Playhouse is a safe, and kid-friendly channel that parents can trust to provide educational content for their little ones,” but that conclusion is ultimately left for parents to decide what is considered viewable for their own family. 

POSITIVE CONTENT

Children learn the names of various terms as they’re related to toys, as well as how to use more “technical” toys. They also can learn colors, basic words, numbers and shapes. 

One of the most appealing things about this channel, from a parents perspective, is that young Genevieve is rarely featured in any videos. Most often, a picture of her face is glued to a toy that’s included in play, but it doesn’t feel as if the young girl is being exploited…

CONTENT CONCERNS

…However some parents may find it odd that Genevieve’s father is the one playing with the toys while adding personalized audio to help children develop, as the YouTube channel states, “storytelling skills.” 

In one video, the Paw Patrol enters a haunted house and finds a ghost and a Lego vampire. One of the Paw Patrol taunts, “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.” 

CHANNEL SUMMARY 

Genevieve’s Playhouse is a mostly problem-free YouTube channel aimed at toddlers, featuring Geneieve’s father as he plays with toys and tries to add educational components for children, all while behind the camera. 

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).

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