5 of our Favourite Educational Youtube Channels

There was a time, not too long ago in fact, where the only screen time kids had was in front of the television. These days, kids are inundated with screen time, from tablets to phones to desktops and television taking up a back burner position in the minds of children. TV, and even cable TV, are limited in their educational offerings when it comes to kids. Luckily, YouTube has some fantastic educational channels which will allow your kids to learn the things they want to learn. So with no further ado, here are our 5 favourite educational YouTube channels your children are bound to love.

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1.) WordWorld

Is your little one beginning to show an interest in words and numbers? Well then, WordWorld is the YouTube channel for your little rug rat. Designed for preschoolers, kids are introduced to the vibrant world of words via loveable and endearing ‘WordFriends’. WordWorld teaches your kids by reinforcing the pre-reading notion that letters (and their sounds) make words and that words have real meaning and power.

Find out more about WordWorld here

2.) Sesame Street

Did you grow up a millennial watching Sesame Street as a youngster? Well, guess what, Sesame Street has a YouTube channel! And it features all of your favourite characters. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colours and the alphabet. The Sesame Street slogan is ‘Helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder’ – and what a brilliant motto to build a series upon and expose your kids to.

You can watch Sesame Street here

3.) Ted-Ed

From the nonprofit responsible for the ever educational and highly riveting Ted Talks, comes Ted-Ed, an excellent resource for kids looking for educational, inspiration and fun. TED-Ed aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world. Everything TED-Ed does supports learning — whether it is producing a growing video library of original animated lessons, providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lesson plans, helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, or celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers.

Watch it here

4.) SciShow

Hosted by Hank Green and Michael Aranda, the SciShow is a series of science-related videos on YouTube. The show covers an array of different subjects which include chemistry, physics, biology, zoology, meteorology and the list goes on. Their goal is to capture the awesomeness of this bizarre universe and make it easy for everyone to understand and enjoy. The SciShow also has a spinoff podcast! It’s called SciShow Tangents which you can check out here: http://www.scishowtangents.org

Otherwise, visit the SciShow YouTube channel here

5.) It’s Okay To Be Smart

Created by Ph.D. student and author of the science blog, Joe Hansen, It’s Okay To Be Smart is a YouTube channel all about science, the amazing universe we live in and the pleasure of un-puzzling the unknown. From physics and astronomy, to biology and neuroscience, nothing is off-limits in this quirky exploration of all science offers.

You can watch one of our favourite miniseries on It’s Okay To Be Smart entitled ‘In Our Nature’ here – which unpacks how distant ecosystems half a world apart are connected in surprising ways.


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