15 Best Educational YouTube Channels for Kids
With schools closed for the foreseeable future, it’s important to keep your children’s education going. You need to keep up momentum with their learning so they don’t fall too far behind. But we also realise that it can be tricky to keep your children occupied all day, especially if you have your own work to be getting on with.
With that in mind, we thought we’d round up some of the best YouTube kids channels for learning from home.
These YouTube channels for kids are designed to entertain, educate, and give parents a little time to themselves. It’s a win-win as far as we can see!
So, let’s take a look…
1. Crash Course Kids
Crash Course Kids create beautifully animated videos, each tackling different science topics. From Earth Science to Chemical Reactions, there’s something for every child to enjoy. Host Sabrina Cruz breaks down these complex topics into easily digestible episodes so your child can become a budding scientist in no time.
2. Free School
The aptly-named Free School channel for kids is incredible. There’s such a wide range of knowledge here for your child to learn. They have videos on all kinds of subjects and topics, ranging from astronomy to art.
Keep an eye out for their hugely popular biography series, featuring famous historical people, like Martin Luther King and Tutankhamun.
3. Jady A
Jady A is a mother to 4 homeschooled children, so it’s safe to say she knows her stuff when it comes to teaching your kids at home. She makes videos about homeschooling itself, providing parents with tips and tricks that will make the next few months like child’s play (pardon the pun!).
There’s also a range of videos that contain ideas for different educational activities you and your children can do together.
AsapSCIENCE makes engaging and entertaining videos about… you guessed it… science. They have a number of different playlists for your child to work through, covering topics such as sleep, your body, food, and nature.
It’s also well worth taking a look at the songs they’ve created, providing your child with a fun way of learning about the periodic table and pi. (We apologise if these get stuck in your head.)
SciShow takes a look at the more mysterious and intriguing parts of science that your children won’t always learn about in school. Answering questions such as “Do fish dream?” or “Why do babies hiccup so much?”, the SciShow team delves deep into the depths of science.
Their “Fast Facts” playlist is a great way to hook your child in and start their learning process.
6. Science Max
One of the best things about Science lessons at school is the experiments. Unfortunately, they’re a lot harder to do at home. That’s where Science Max comes in. The team at Science Max make videos where they take science experiments, but then make them bigger and bigger. And as any child will tell you, when it comes to explosions, bigger is always better.
This channel is a great way to keep your child entertained, while also dipping their feet into the crazy worlds of Chemistry and Physics.
7. Homeschool Pop
Homeschool Pop is so named because the lead writer and presenter for the channel is a dad who homeschools his children. The channel is crammed full of videos for all kinds of topics, including human anatomy, spanish vocabulary, and penguins.
There’s something for every child to enjoy, and with a homeschooling parent at the helm, you know you can trust Homeschool Pop to keep your child occupied.
8. Nat Geo Kids
National Geographic has a fun-filled educational YouTube channel for your children to enjoy. Nat Geo Kids has a wealth of videos about space, animals, and of course, geography. The videos are extremely well put together, and will teach your children whilst ensuring they’re entertained.
We recommend their series on dinosaurs for an eye-opening look at the gigantic beasts.
9. Simple History
Simple History aims to take complex historical events and explain them in a simple way for your children to understand and engage with. The videos use animation to bring history to life, and to immerse viewers into what it would be like to live in different eras.
From the World Wars to the Wild West, there’s something here for every child to enjoy.
10. A Kid Explains History
Unlike the other channels on this list, A Kid Explains History is made by a child. 12-year-old Mr Q (probably not his real name) explains various moments in history, focusing on the stories that tell us how we got to where we are today.
Your children will love the idea of learning from a peer, and these videos will have them enthralled.
11. Houston Zoo
Zoos are a great source of learning for children, but just because they’re closed right now doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Houston Zoo posts regular videos of their animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and flamingos.
The keepers are on hand to provide information and facts about the animals. It’s the second-best thing after actually going to the zoo.
12. Australia ZooTube
Another zoo YouTube channel for kids, this time all the way over in Australia. Australia ZooTube happens to be run by the Irwin family, and they’re on hand to teach children all over the world about animals.
Your child can meet the animals and learn all about them, whilst getting a behind-the-scenes look at life at the zoo.
13. Geography Planet
Geography Planet promises to take your child on a virtual tour of the world, exploring landmarks, culture, and wildlife as they go. The videos use animation to help engage the kids that tune in, and to simplify the more complex concepts.
The result is a channel full of insightful videos to help children understand the amazing planet they live on.
Whether your child has a creative side or not, Artzooka is here to help get those artistic juices flowing. Aimed at younger children, the channel contains videos that aim to teach you to think outside the box and create art in unconventional ways.
It’s fun and engaging, and will keep your children occupied for hours. We apologise in advance for the mess.
15. Finding Stuff Out
Got a child who loves to find stuff out? Then this is the channel for them. Finding Stuff Out is a YouTube kids channel that aims to find the answers to children’s most burning questions about science.
Covering topics such as nature, space, oceans, and insects, the channel adopts a child-friendly approach to some of the biggest questions.
Online learning is the way forward
We don’t know how long our current situation will last. What we do know, however, is that it’s crucial that your children continue to learn and develop. That’s why online learning is so essential. Whether it’s through YouTube kids channels, homeschooling, or online tutoring, your child can continue to learn from the comfort of their home.
Hopefully these resources will help your child do exactly that, and in an exciting way.
This article was written by Joe Daniels, Student Wellbeing Editor at Tutorful.