Ah, YouTube – the infinite swirl of video possibilities and “click next for more”. Did you know that more than a billion people log on to YouTube? And, back in 2012, 4 billion videos were being watched on YouTube every day – imagine how much higher that figure is today, in 2016.
It’s quickly becoming common household practice to eschew traditional television and log on, instead of switch on, to enjoy some visual entertainment. YouTube, in particular, is a great attraction for children, so it’s no surprise to find a wide variety of kid-friendly and educational content available online.
Here are four fantastic YouTube channels for kids, each of which focus on education in some way:
If you have a child under the age of 7, and live in South Africa, you’ve met Takalani Sesame. A multi-lingual kaleidoscope of colour and fun, Takalani Sesame’s content focuses on improving literacy and language skills, and supports the South African school curriculum. Check out the Takalani Sesame channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSOzE3-7BQn7GtiftoiIRsg
Simple Kids Crafts
I am not, by any stretch of imagination, a crafty mom. The Loom Band craze left me sweating, trying to figure out how to create a simple bangle, and the idea of helping my child create a Spring Bonnet from recycled goods gives me fearsome nightmares. And that’s why Simple Kids Crafts is so cool – there are doll crafts, recycled goods turned into crafty creations and a treasure trove of clever ideas. Skip on over to the Simple Kids Crafts channel here and enjoy exploring: https://www.youtube.com/user/simplekidscrafts
The Brain Scoop
Direct from The Field Museum in Chicago, this channel uploads a new, information-packed video just about every week. Natural Science, Biology and History are covered in these bite-sized brief webisodes and they’re entertaining to watch too. Keep an eye out for the “Ask Emily” series too – those are superbly enjoyable! Check it The Brain Scoop here: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop
Experiments, fun and factual information are all presented through WhizKidScience in a rather unusual way. WhizKidScience is run and presented by a rather cool kid! I’ve been quite surprised and enthused by how much fun I found these videos. Take a look at the WhizKidScience Walking Water video for an easy experiment anyone can do. Check out the full channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WhizKid8881.