Even though YouTube has been around for almost two decades, it still remains a popular site for watching (and posting) videos, even among the TikTok generation. YouTube is the source for all types of videos, from movie and TV show trailers to full movies and show episodes, viral videos, clips, how-tos, educational content, and more. There’s something on YouTube for virtually every age, and yes, that even includes kids, right down to the baby and toddler age.
Every parent needs a break now and then, and if you’re going to allow a child screen time, you might as well make it worthwhile. Instead of letting your baby watch the same episode of Peppa Pig or PJ Masks for the umpteenth time, expose them to something engaging, interactive, and educational that will also make them smile. For older teens and tweens, meanwhile, there are some great videos worth looking at between the video game commentary, influencer, and rap battles they love to watch. The best thing about this list of the best YouTube videos for kids is that while there’s an educational component to each of them on some level, they’re also ones kids will actually like.
Classical Music for Toddlers | Symphony of Fun
Best for Ages 1-3
Classical Music for Toddlers | Symphony of Fun | Amazon Trailer | Baby Beethoven | Baby Einstein
As a parent or grandparent, you might be so tired of hearing the same nursery rhymes and cartoons over and over again. Plus, what parent doesn’t want their child to be intelligent and cultured? This video is fairly simplistic in nature but it will give adults a much needed break without forcing you to put in earplugs to get back some sanity. But most important, it will keep toddlers curious and engaged.
Alongside the classical music that plays throughout the video is a selection of images to stimulate kids. These range from other kids playing instruments, to toys, colorful motion images like mosaics, and puppet animals generally acting silly. The video is just over six minutes, just enough time for you to empty the dishwasher. It features three timeless classical tunes that’ll help you de-stress, too. Combining calming music with visual sensory images, your toddler won’t be able to avert their eyes for the entire time, and you’ll enjoy the quick daily interlude, too.
Baby Learning with Ms Rachel
Ms Rachel — Toddler Learning Videos
Best for Ages 1-2
Baby Learning With Ms Rachel - First Words, Songs and Nursery Rhymes for Babies - Toddler Videos
Ms Rachel’s soft, welcoming tone will instantly please babies and small toddlers, and videos like this aim to help teach them valuable skills like speaking, interacting, and playing. As a teacher in the real world, Ms Rachel also knows how to approach young learners. This video is an hour long, so it will keep your little one occupied while you do chores or enjoy brunch with a friend. But it isn’t mindless viewing: They’ll learn plenty.
She begins with the basics, helping them say “mama” and “dada,” sing the words, clap them, and even sign them. Her segments are interspersed with songs and animated videos to tantalize all the senses.
Humpty Dumpty Grocery Store | CoComelon Nursery Rhymes and Kids Songs
CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes
Best for Ages 1-4
Humpty Dumpty Grocery Store | CoComelon Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs
Any parent with a toddler is probably already familiar with CoComelon, one of the most popular YouTube channels with more than 168 million subscribers and frequently one of Netflix’s 10 most popular shows. The videos are musical, engaging, colorful, and fun. But most important, they are also educational. They’re a great way to keep your toddler occupied for a short time if you need to get something done or they’re being extra finicky.
This video, one of many on the channel, features a fun variation on the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Nina is chasing down the plastic toy egg she got from the vending machine at the grocery store, but it keeps eluding her. The tune is catchy, and the fact that lyrics appear at the bottom, karaoke style, makes it easy for kids to learn the words and follow along with the cadence. The distinct sound effects as the egg soars through the air, bumps items, and bounces on the ground will have kids giggling as they watch it, likely over and over again.
Celebrate Thankfulness with Daniel Tiger! | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Best for Ages 1-4
Parents love the PBS Kids YouTube channel just as much as kids do. It’s particularly wonderful for kids getting ready to start kindergarten. Daniel Tiger’s show is one of the options on the channel praised for its focus on teaching kids positive emotional intelligence.
This video, an hour-plus-long episode, is about being thankful for people, what you have, and special moments. Kids learn about being helpful, caring for family, and having a positive attitude, even when mistakes happen. The dialogue is mixed in with musical numbers to keep kids entertained the whole way through. Educational moments about shape recognition, measuring, and object identification are interspersed throughout the episode.
Saying Hello And Making New Friends | Read The Book Bonjou! | Circle Time with Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids
Best for Ages 2-8
Saying Hello And Making New Friends | Read The Book Bonjou! | Circle Time with Khan Academy Kids
Online learning platform Khan Academy has its own YouTube channel filled with great resources for kids and parents. One of the recurring segments is called Circle Time, where kids are encouraged to play with others, learn about new topics, and read. These lessons can be combined with ones offered in the free Khan Academy Kids app.
This video in the series is about helping kids make new friends. The hosts read from the book Bonjou about a boy named Leo. He speaks Creole to a new student in the school, helping him feel welcome. You can also opt to display subtitles along with the audio reading and illustrations from the book pages. With these visual and audible options, kids can follow along in the way that’s most comfortable for them.
10 Interesting Insects | Insects for Kids | Bugs For Kids
Best for Ages 4-8
10 Interesting Insects || Insects for Kids || Bugs for Kids
Have a child who is obsessed with bugs and other insects? This short, seven-minute video will walk them through all types, from butterflies to creepy crawling spiders. Along with the enchanting video, the narrator provides interesting facts about each insect so kids learn more about them in the process. Younger kids will love acquiring all this knowledge about these common insects and then heading to the backyard to see which ones they can find and examine for themselves.
The video has a timeline underneath that guides you if you want to skip ahead to the proper time for each of the 10 bugs covered. This is ideal if your kids only want to know about ants, for example, or caterpillars. Or, they can watch all the way through, learning about each bug one at a time. This is the kind of video you can return to again and again to study all the key facts worth knowing. The video encourages outdoor exploration and might even help kids afraid of insects overcome their fear when they see how fascinating bugs can be.
Avengers Kids Tabata Workout
Get Kids Moving
Best for Ages 4-10
'AVENGERS' KIDS TABATA WORKOUT (4mins 22secs) #GETKIDSMOVING
Want to encourage your kids to get moving? The Get Kids Moving YouTube account has tons of fun workout videos using characters inspired by popular movie and comic book franchises. There are workouts of all types of styles led by a coach in full costume with common exercises called more kid-friendly names. In this one, for example, one of the channel’s most popular, the exercise known traditionally as High Knees is called Super Soldiers, and Captain America performs it. After a short rest break, you move on to the Asgard Smash with Thor, effectively squats with reaches.
It’s a wonderful way to encourage kids to exercise and is something the family can do together. What better way to get kids active than by showing them some of the most powerful Avengers in the MCU doing exercises? Parents might even find themselves secretly exploring the various workouts on the channel once the kids are in bed. At just over four minutes long, it’s a short burst workout that kids might even want to do a second time.
A Bad Case of Stripes read by Sean Astin
Best for Ages 5-9
'A Bad Case of Stripes' read by Sean Astin
This YouTube account was created by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and was designed to complement the children’s literacy website of the same name. It’s filled with tons of videos of actors reading children’s books combined with illustrations. There’s a wonderful mix of actors, but kids (and their parents) will love this one with Sean Astin. He’s reading about a young girl named Camilla Cream who loves lima beans. But she never eats them because other kids at her school don’t like them.
Each story has a moral lesson and helps kids expand their vocabulary and comprehension. This one is about learning to accept yourself and not worry so much about what others think of you. The video includes a link to an activity guide kids can do afterward.
How to Draw A Cute Cupcake Monster Folding Surprise
Art for Kids Hub
Best for Ages 6-10
How To Draw A Cute Cupcake Monster Folding Surprise
Has your child ever Googled “how to draw” something? Plenty of kids are interested in the arts, and if yours falls into this space, the Art for Kids Hub YouTube channel is a great place to start. Not only does it feature step-by-step instructional videos of how to draw all types of objects, animals, and cute creations, but it also features kids themselves doing the work. Rob is a dad of four who walks viewers through the projects alongside his kids, making the channel a great one to promote family values as well.
One of the more popular videos on the channel is this one that involves drawing a cupcake creature and manipulating it to deliver a cool effect once folded. Rob is joined by his daughter as an overhead view shows his work side-by-side with hers. Seeing her draw alongside him shows how easy the process is for even young kids to follow. In just 15 minutes, your child will be mesmerized by what they just created.
How The Food You Eat Affects Your Brain – Mia Nacamulli
Best for Ages 8-10
How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli
You are probably familiar with TED Talks conference sessions, which feature influential and inspiring people from all types of industries discussing topics about life, career, science, and more. TED-Ed is an extension of that, geared towards kids. The YouTube channel itself has content designed for kids from K-12, with a wide variety of videos designed to inspire curiosity and educate children about things that are valuable to them.
This video, suitable for older kids, including teens and tweens, is great to inform kids about how their food impacts them. Kids who love sugar and junk food will learn why good nutrition is important. It will hit differently when it isn’t mom and dad telling them to eat their veggies, but it’s coming from a trusted, scientific perspective. Sure, younger kids might get bored after a minute or two (the video is under five minutes long). But for older kids, this video could be a game-changer. Maybe they’ll even ask for another helping of vegetables at dinner (they’ll probably still want that cookie after, too, though!)
Sesame Street: Elmo’s Bedtime Story
Best for Ages 1-3
Sesame Street: Elmo's Bedtime Routine | #CaringForEachOther
Sure, giving your kids screen time right before bed is not recommended. But this video is an exception. Toddlers might not be excited about tucking in for the night. But with the help of Elmo in this short, under two-minute video, the cuddly Sesame Street character can help get them in the right frame of mind.
Elmo runs through everything he does as part of his bedtime routine, including having dinner, bathing, putting on his pajamas, brushing his teeth, and singing a lullaby. He sings the song, and kids and parents can join in. He’s yawning and getting sleepy by the end, hopefully having toddlers feeling just the same.
Carnival Scam Science (and how to WIN)
Best for Ages 10+
CARNIVAL SCAM SCIENCE- and how to win
If you have a child and have visited a local carnival at any point, chances are they’ve pulled at your pant leg, begging you to fork over an exorbitant amount of money to play a game in hopes of winning a prize. It’s usually a small stuffed animal worth under a buck (when bought in bulk), but it means the world to this child. Sometimes, they’ll want you to play for them, confident that their amazing parent can win. But with some carnival games, winning is next to impossible. At least if you don’t know the tricks of the trade. Popular YouTuber Mark Rober, who your teen or tween probably already follows, explores the science behind some of the most common carnival games in this educational and enlightening video.
Rober, who worked as an engineer at NASA for nine years, observes, collects data, and tries out a few games for himself. He then educates kids on the scientific reasons why a game, from random chance to skills-based ones, isn’t worth playing. Not only will your kids be shocked to learn these facts after watching the 10-minute video, but it might also save you a few bucks in the process. On the flip side, however, Rober also provides tips for how to win some of the more challenging but still winnable games, which might end up backfiring when your child wants to put their newfound knowledge to the test. You might end up being just as curious as them, however, to see the outcome.
I Built Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!
Best for Ages 10 and older
I Built Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory!
Let’s be honest: there are much more educational videos on YouTube than the silly ones from MrBeast. But if you have a tween or teen, chances are they love watching MrBeast’s popular videos. As a YouTuber who is also a philanthropist, you don’t need to worry much that your kids will be learning anything bad from watching his content. Admittedly, they won’t learn anything at all. But it’s a fun video that they’ll label you the “cool” parent for letting them watch. And what kid can resist a video about a replica Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory where one player comes out winning it, just like in the original movie?
The 16-minute video is a sight to behold, with a custom-made candy land visited by players who found a Golden Ticket in one of MrBeast’s branded Feastables candy bars (talk about clever cross-promotion). They play a mix of childhood schoolyard games like Hide and Seek and reality show competition games, including one called Cake or Not (a spin on Is It Cake?) It’s pure silliness, but kids will absolutely love the competition aspect, tie-ins with the movie, and MrBeast’s signature frantic pacing.