YouTube for Kids

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So, when it comes to screen time, how are your kids spending it? There’s probably school and homework that needs to get done on the computer. They probably spend some time gaming. But, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of kids and teens aren’t spending time watching television.

Instead, they’re watching YouTube. 

When this video-sharing platform came onto the market in 2005, most people had no idea what an important part of our daily lives it would become – especially for kids. Nowadays, it seems that it’s the only thing they’re watching.

If you’re looking to connect your kids to some YouTubers they might like, here are a few popular ones.

  • Dude Perfect: If your children are into watching a group of friends have some fun playing sports, doing trick shots, or trying to set records – then Dude Perfect is for them. These are five friends having a good time, sharing some laughs, and enjoying life. 
  • Storyline Online: If you have kids who love to read or enjoy being read to – then point them in the direction of Storyline Online. The channel “streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.” And it’s available 24 hours per day.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga: Kids need to move! But if you want to introduce them to the world of yoga, along with mindfulness and relaxation, then Cosmic Kids Yoga can help. This YouTube channel works in stories and pop culture references to make yoga fun for kids. For example, there’s a Minecraft yoga story that has you making it through the Minecraft world through a series of yoga poses. How fun! 
  • Just Dance Kids: Do you remember the video game where you stepped on the different colored squares as directed by the beat of the music? Well, no need for the video game when you can check out a slew of Just Dance Kids videos on YouTube. Just type in “Just Dance Kids” into the YouTube search menu, and you’re going to find all sorts of dance videos. For example, here’s  “I Like to Move It.” Just try not to dance with your kids! 
  • Nerdy Nummies Cooking: Rosanna Pansino is the creator of Nerdy Nummies Cooking, and if your children have an interest in the kitchen, then this is a channel that they will love. Rosanna teaches kids to make cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and other things. Her cooking often has a theme related to pop culture that your kids will recognize. Check out this “Finding Nemo” cake she shares
  • SoulPancake: Here’s how SoulPancake describes itself: SoulPancake tackles the universality of the human experience. We are the dreamers, misfits, artists, activists, and innovators who have the power to positively change the world.
    • Our content opens minds and hearts by joyfully exploring and celebrating the many ways in which we seek connection, love, hope, truth and purpose. We believe all questions are worth asking, and all human lives are worth exploring. Simply put, we create stuff that matters – because you matter.
  • Disney Parks Drawing Tutorials: Do your kids love all things Disney? Then let them learn how to draw their favorite characters! From Stitch to Elsa to Minnie Mouse, there are tons of drawing videos to learn from. The kids will have so much fun practicing their skills.

So, ask your children what they’re watching on YouTube – and check out some of their favorite channels. And then share a few of these YouTubers with them. They may find a new interest in drawing, cooking, or yoga that they didn’t know they had!

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