YouTube; you either love it or hate it, and, from my research and personal experience, I’d say there are much more people in the “haters” club.
I understand the disdain for the video streaming service. The ability for anyone to upload whatever they want to YouTube means a lot of garbage makes its way to an audience. And, often the garbage is inappropriate videos we don’t want our children viewing. YouTube has made some strides in approving how content is delivered, but the bad stuff can still slip through the cracks.
Before you write YouTube off, consider how much quality content it has to offer. The same democratic system which enables the bad stuff to make it on to YouTube is also what brings us some of the most innovative and ingenious programming unseen on any other platform.
Through my own research (i.e. watching channels with my kids) and the help of some of my Facebook fans, I came up with a list of five creative, educational and fun YouTube channels your children will love and you just might love as well.
Slick Slime Sam, a chatty piece of pink slime, along with his friends Sue and Samantha dazzle viewers with his innovative creations. Using cardboard, soda cans, and other household items, Sue and Samantha (whose faces are never seen) design and build incredible contraptions including games, safes and more.
Cosmic Kids Yoga was the most mentioned channel by my followers, and for good reason. Jamie, a charming and delightful yoga practitioner guides children on exciting adventures all while teaching them yoga and mindfulness.
Her moves are simple enough for beginners, so don’t be afraid to get down on the floor with your kids. Just be warned, they might try to climb on you!
Go Noodle is a catchall channel for fun movement videos, catchy educational songs, and much more. For parents worried screen time is too passive, Go Noodle encourages kids to get up and get moving. No couch potatoes here!
YouTube is full of toddler-centric content, which, sadly, often offers little educational value, can be overstimulating and not age-appropriate. Blippi speaks to toddler/preschooler sensibilities with wholesome videos focusing on such topics as colors, vegetables and more.
Blippi is a wonderful channel for toddlers/preschoolers. Blippi visits a variety of exciting locations and uses them as backdrops for his educational videos. Content is fun and engaging without being overstimulating.
There are plenty of Lego building channels on YouTube, and EllieV Toys is extra delightful. Like other channels, this one features unboxing videos of popular Lego sets, but what makes it stand out are its creative crafts and custom Lego builds.
Like all media, YouTube viewing should be done at your discretion. The platform may not be for you, but if you are looking for quality content, rest assured, it is out there.
What are some of your favorite, kid-friendly YouTubers to watch? Comment below.