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Best Video Streaming Apps for Kids

Best Video Streaming Apps for Kids
Out of all the kids video streaming apps available online, how can parents like you know which kids videos are best for your children?
 
The question is becoming more of an issue as children have greater access to content on smartphones and tablets. Research says that children only watch and interact with high quality screen content. 

As a parent, determining what kids videos are appropriate for your child is very important. Kids videos that inspire creativity and imagination are especially important for kids as young as 2 years. Kids videos that encourage children to be more active are useful for all age ranges. Like movement videos, kids videos that focus on teaching topics are useful for all age ranges.

Choose videos that focus on topics you’d most like your child to learn. Look for videos with clear, positive messaging about empathy, acceptance, racial tolerance, respect, integrity, as well as understanding and learning from consequences. 

Stop wasting hours looking for good video streaming apps for kids. Here is the list of best kids' video streaming apps for fun and safe entertainment.

Kids Cast is like a one-stop shop for a mix of education and entertainment activities that are completely safe and appropriate for children.  Videos, games, books, songs and paper-based activities will give your child a great resource to learn from and use to avoid boredom.
 
The video content is of high quality both in terms of how it is displayed in the app and in its production.  Two series of the popular puppets of Sooty and Friends are included as well as other entertaining shows.  Some of these shows are instructional and creative, such as how to draw. This will pair nicely with the simple art package built into the app. In a novel approach, there are also some broadcast TV shows from times past.
 
Your appreciation of some of the classic video content will depend on your own age.  For some of us, we can view these as revisiting old friends in a nostalgia-laden re-enactment of TV in times past. 

Hopster: Learn & Watch Kids TV

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Hopster provides a safe place for young children to access educational and entertaining media.  Famous characters, actors, and writers all feature in its superb content.
 
Adult consumers have become increasingly keen on all-you-can-consume media content.  Music, video, and reading material are available for a flat monthly fee on a variety of services and platforms.  Hopster provides video, music, books, simple games and creative activities specifically chosen for young children.  The videos aren't just in-house shows but ones including famous and popular characters.  The books are childhood favourites - often with the option of being read aloud by a famous voice and showing the illustrations.
 
There are no advertisements, no inappropriate media, and no buttons where an accidental click could take children to a website or social media account.  Hopster is a mix of education and entertainment like how the most popular children's television shows mix a fun story with examples of how to treat others, or how they show zany characters using letters and numbers.  


Toddler Fun Learning brings their fun and educational videos for babies, toddlers and children to the App Store. They have a library of videos including Gecko's Garage, popular nursery rhymes and Dr Poppy's Pet Rescue.
 
Picture a classic children's educational show, one that teaches about numbers letters and words, but spices it all up with songs and stories.  Toddler Fun Learning recreates that experience while adding the chance to choose what segment is viewed next.  If your child fancies another number story, they can choose it.  If they want to sing along with a favourite song, just make the selection. 
 
Parents can set a time limit on the app so their child gets the right balance of digital and real-life adventure. New videos are added weekly and adventure mode on the app allows to watch videos offline.


BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

BrainPOP is a trusted learning resource covering all core subjects, reaching thousands of schools around the globe.
 
BrainPOP Jr. movies – each running three to five minutes – serve as an engaging way to introduce, review, or further explore a concept. Movies are accompanied by a set of features including leveled quizzes, drawing activities, writing prompts, graphic organisers, learning games, and more. 
 
BrainPOP Jr. is full of accurate content accompanied by beautifully illustrated videos and for this reason is awarded 5 star EAS certification.  They have short movies with characters Annie and Moby who explore topics across different subject areas: Science, Maths, Reading and Writing, PSHE, Arts and Technology, and Health through fun and informative videos.

YouTube Kids

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

YouTube Kids is an app specifically designed for kids, makes it easier for children and parents to find content they are interested in. The child-friendly video sharing app is free to download for Android and iOS. YouTube Kids is currently used in 37 countries.
 
YouTube Kids limits the world of content on the service to curated, family-friendly videos, channels like PBS Kids, and educational clips from Khan Academy, and includes such titles as Thomas the Tank Engine, Reading Rainbow, and National Geographic Kids. To reel in its target audience, the app’s interface features large images, colorful icons and carefully curated launch videos on the main homepage. There are four sections—Shows, Music, Learning and Explore—to explore within the app.
 
YouTube Kids is mostly safe with a wealth of excellent, family friendly content from fun tips and tricks about school, to educational channels, music, creative pursuits, and any number of interesting ways to waste time. YouTube offers fair warning that kids may see something that you don’t want them to see and you can block and report inappropriate videos.

PBS KIDS Video

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

PBS has long been an excellent resource for kids, with great shows like Arthur, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why, Curious George, and a lot more all being found on the network. The PBS Kids app is the home for all these shows and more, all in an intuitive, kid-friendly interface.
 
The PBS Kids Video app promises to extend PBS' mission to deliver curriculum-based entertainment across all platforms. The app also was designed so kids could stay current on various PBS children's shows. 
 

Curious World: Play Learn Grow is a mix of children's TV channel, children's library, activity pack and a source of creative ideas.  As such, children can sit back and watch, pick a book to read, explore an interactive activity or gain some ideas for making something in the real rather than the virtual world.
 
The videos are entertaining and educational and include some quite frighteningly catchy songs about diverse topics such as space, health, vehicles, animals and more.  Parents and children will be humming some of the tunes to themselves well after the app has closed.

BabyFirst: Educational Videos

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

BabyFirst is specifically designed for younger kids—toddlers and preschooled aged to be exact—and has content suited for that range of growing minds. The shows and videos found in BabyFirst were developed by child psychologists and educated experts, so you can trust that your little one is in good hands.
 
BabyFirst is free to download and try with a seven day trial, but you’ll have to shell out $6 a month once your little one get hooked. BabyFirst TV is, well, a first, providing childrearing tips (nutrition and safety are just two topics) and educational content designed to enhance baby’s development. 

You know your child best. While these apps will give you some direction in discovering the best content for your child, they aren’t the final say. You’ll be able to curate better kids videos by asking yourself (or your child) what he or she is interested in, where he or she needs reinforcement, and what topics make the most sense in the context of his or her life. Regardless of your child’s age range, it’s imperative that you remain an active participant and guide for your child in his or her screen content consumption.

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