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YouTube Kids Channels for Early Learning

Engaging, educational videos for kids age 2-4.

Lots of YouTube creators make entertaining videos for toddlers and preschoolers, but it's essential to choose high-quality content for early learning. For this age, look for simple, clear learning videos that help kids with word comprehension and vocabulary, teach them about colors, numbers, and shapes, and introduce them to the world around them. Educational elements should be at the center of each video.

These creator channels, available in the separate YouTube Kids app, were reviewed by Common Sense Media's affiliated partner Sensical and chosen for their track record of producing well-made early learning videos that promote literacy and math, all delivered in engaging, easy-to-follow formats. Specifically created for 2- to 4-year-olds, these free videos encourage learning through song, movement, and play.

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Bounce Patrol Kids
Familiarity with colors, numbers, letters, and animals is reinforced as a costumed live-action cast encourages kids to get up and bouncing. It's all about moving, grooving, and singing along!

Brightly Storytime
Storyteller Ms. Linda and guest authors read books aloud as kids follow along with the text. There are books for every interest and age. A wonderful way to build kids' literacy skills and instill a love of reading!

In this series of educational videos, different characters tackle different subjects: Shawn the Train episodes teach letters and reading skills, while Max the Glow Train and his friends focus on colors and numbers. Plus, there are action-packed stories that profile vehicles who are community heroes.

Gecko's Garage
Gecko teaches kids about different vehicles. From buses to helicopters to recycling trucks, Gecko explores each vehicle and tells kids what it's like to drive that vehicle for a living. Kids who love vehicles and those who are curious about mechanics will love it.

Gracie's Corner
Gracie's Corner incorporates original songs, as well as remixes of familiar favorites. These educational music videos cover various concepts from counting and colors to phonics and money. Gracie models imagination, kindness, and love of self -- and her songs empower kids to do the same.

Monica J. Sutton
Counting, reading, crafts, singing -- what more could a preschooler want? Ms. Monica, a former NYC preschool teacher, invites kids to actively participate and practice early learning concepts while having fun and singing along.

Mother Goose Club
Dance and sing along to your favorite nursery rhymes (and original songs!) along with colorful costumed characters. Kids can't help but smile, giggle, and dance, and parents will love that the videos encourage and support kids' reading skills.

This award-winning educational series centers on fun, colorful number superheroes who solve problems using math and teamwork. Early math skills such as numbers, shapes, and measurement -- combined with comedy, action, and adventure -- get kids excited about math.

The Singing Walrus
Super-catchy, play-along, and easy-to-follow songs reinforce counting, daily life/hygiene lessons, and holidays. The lyrics pop on-screen to boost literacy skills, too.

You don't need a driver's license to ride (and sing and dance) along with Twenty Trucks. These music videos feature live-action shots of vehicles and machines doing what they do best: driving, dumping, rescuing, and even serving ice cream. The songs teach about the mechanics and purpose of each vehicle, and kids will love the sensory input provided by these loud, flashy moving objects.

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These titles were reviewed by Common Sense Media's affiliated partner Sensical, a free service from the for-profit Common Sense Networks.

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