12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens

From Mother Goose rhymes to physics lessons, YouTube has some incredibly educational and entertaining offerings for kids. By Caroline Knorr
12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens

YouTube's statistics never cease to amaze: more than 1 billion unique users per month, over 6 billion hours of video watched per month, 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. Fine, but what if you want to find something for your kids to watch besides expletive-laced game commentary and twerking videos? If you have younger kids, you could download YouTube's app for kids.

But the original YouTube still has legions of kid fans. We set out to find the 10 best channels for kids on YouTube; we wound up with 12. Along the way, we learned a lot, laughed out loud, and fell in love with what YouTube -- at its best -- can bring to your kids. (We estimated age targets and recommend you watch with your kid to familiarize yourself with the content.)

Mother Goose Club. Not at all fusty, the six colorful characters (adults and kids) introduce little ones to nursery rhymes and other preschool classics, through movement, song, and skits. You can choose to watch single, short (1- to 2-minute) episodes or the channel's curated playlists (which run around 30 minutes).
Best for: Preschoolers
Don't miss: "Rockin' Robot," a super catchy tune with fun robot moves the whole family will find irresistible

Simple Kids Crafts. With the motto "Recycled, easy crafts that really work," this channel offers more than 700 how-tos on everything from bottle-cap tops to doll furnishings. Most activities require a minimum of materials, time, and expertise, so you can get started right away.
Best for: Younger kids
Don't miss: The host's fascinating "Draw My Life" video, which tells the story of a precocious child who became a computer engineer and world traveler

The Brain Scoop. From the Chicago Field Museum comes this quirky educational channel that provides a glimpse behind the scenes of a natural history museum. Trips to the animal prep lab (where skinning and gutting happens), hands-on demonstrations of earth science concepts, and explanations of animals and species are hosted by the highly entertaining and knowledgeable Chief Curiosity Correspondent Emily Graslie. Each video has a "viewer's discretion" disclaimer and a "grossometer" meter so you can decide if it's appropriate for your kid.
Best for: Older kids and tweens
Don't miss: "Emily Gets a Valentine," in which Emily dissects a pink teddy bear and unearths a real bison heart, which prompts a discussion of the organ's makeup and cultural symbolism

Coma Niddy. With his glasses and braces, Coma Niddy (aka Mike Wilson) isn't a typical rapper. But his educational riffs on everything from dark matter to nanotechnology lend him both street and science cred. Coma Niddy says he enjoys explaining concepts in a medium kids will remember.
Best for: Older kids and tweens
Don't miss: "All About That Space," which puts a contemporary spin on the concept of the cosmos  

Good Mythical Morning. Good-time guys Rhett and Link offer nothing but pure, wholesome entertainment. Their skits, challenges, goofy explorations, and other random pursuits all are well-served by the hosts' comic banter, uncanny rapport, and use of good vocabulary words.
Best for: Older kids and tweens
Don't miss: "The Safest Way to Walk," which hilariously demonstrates how to move so you won't get mugged

MinutePhysics. Got a minute? If so, you can learn a wide range of concepts, from the nature of gravity to how the sun works. Using illustration and voice-over, the episodes simplify complex ideas, making science relatable and fun.
Best for: Older kids and tweens
Don't miss: The "9.9999 … seconds" series, which explain ideas, such as the concept behind one-way mirrors, in about 10 seconds

React. Having started with "Kids React" videos (where kids watch and comment on YouTube videos), Fine brothers Benny and Rafi have expanded to include teens and elders. The results can be moving as the participants express profound truths that subtly illustrate how to view media critically.
Best for: Older kids and tweens
Don't miss: "Kids React to Gay Marriage," which includes a disclaimer about the sensitive topic and shows how people can disagree respectfully

Geek Gurl Diaries. Upbeat British host Carrie Anne Philbin's tutorials, vlogs, and interviews on software engineering make computer programming seem doable, fun, and appealing for girls. How-to's include introductions to computer languages, programming basics, and even how to build a computer.
Best for: Older kids, tweens, and teens
Don't miss: The "Learn to Solder" video, which demonstrates how to safely and confidently connect add-ons to circuit boards

SoulPancake. Cofounded by actor Rainn Wilson, this uplifting channel offers several shows -- including "Kid President," "The Science of Happiness," and "Metaphysical Milkshake" -- targeted at a range of ages. The idea is to get kids to think, question, and act ethically.
Best for: Older kids, tweens, and teens
Don't miss: "Five Words to Say More Often," a feel-good favorite featuring Kid President and Grover 

Vlogbrothers. If you know The Fault in Our Stars, then you know John Green. He and his brother Hank make up the Vlogbrothers, who promote curiosity and learning on just about every topic, from health care and ethics to psychology. Both former teachers, the duo run several off-shoot channels including CrashCourse (mini-lessons on history, literature, and more), SciShow (science explainers), and others (not all as age-appropriate as the original Vlogbrothers channel).
Best for: Tweens and teens
Don't miss: "How to Apologize like a Fartbag," which tells kids why they should say they're sorry when things are their fault

SmartGirls. Brought to you by actress Amy Poehler, Smart Girls is an uplifting, enlightening place for girls to hang out and bond. Interviews with female celebrities, Q&A vlogs with Poehler, tours of girls' lives around the world, and even the "Boy's Minute" help affirm girls' value to society.
Best for: Older tweens and teens
Don't miss: Part of the "Operation Nice" project, "A Nice Message from Amy" encourages viewers to do something nice and send in a video about it.

OK Go. Whether it's dancing on treadmills or having paint dripped on their heads, this four-man band is willing to do pretty much anything in the name of coolness. Their music, which is mostly alt-rock, is mere window dressing to their elaborately choreographed videos, which feature optical illusions, trompe l'oeil, Rube Goldberg devices, and other visual tricks. Behind-the-scenes videos explain how shots were filmed.
Best for: Teens (Some videos, such as "WTF?," have iffy language.)
Don't miss: "I Won't Let You Down," which features the band members rolling around on Honda UNI-CUBs (motorized unicycles) and is nothing short of amazing

About Caroline Knorr

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As Common Sense Media's parenting editor, Caroline helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids' media lives. From games to cell phones to movies and more, if you're wondering "what’s the right age for…?"... Read more
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Adult written by Laura T.

Great List! I would also add Little Learners Club, they are completely kid-friendly and educationally geared.
Adult written by Linus M.

It's amazing just how the internet has changed the way we watch entertainment these days. Children like to watch other children of a similar age group for entertainment. I try to encourage my kids to create their own content as I believe it provides them with self confidence that could be valuable when they are older. My 10 year old loves football and has learned video editing to a good standard for his age - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdZoc4PacYCPbWLFajk7GUQ While my 4 year old boy loves to play and watch it back - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA8ZbAC_VQPhhvwejYpPt2g I hope this platform helps them develop when it comes to interacting with people later on in life.
Adult written by Faryal H.

Among the above channels, Mother Goose Club is my son's (named Huzaifah) favourite. He also loves watching Little Baby Bum and Chu Chu TV. We have created his own Channel on youtube called "Do It With Huzaifah" in which you can see him doing various activities with toys. Kids will love watching his videos. His channel link is below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0E29H-bi6EKbhYvTv2ngHg Thanks, Mom of Huzaifah
Adult written by Joe S.

These are great and very popular channels. Please check out my own channel which has videos from educational kids apps. Videos cover topics like letters, numbers, counting and spelling in a fun way. Would love to hear your feedback too. It is called the Play and Learn channel. Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCISU7gGgrR3olRfzChUWzrg
Adult written by Zoe M.

After realizing that a lot of the kids princess games and dress up channels didn't have exactly "kid-friendly" content, I went ahead and created one myself. Check out https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNtkaZFx0A-UzLZlbLHL82g its a cool channel for kids that has princess, barbie, and disney doll creation and fun games! Subscribe to support!
Kid, 9 years old

If you are a animal jam fan, then wisteriamoon and aparri are perfect for you. They are appropriate and entertaining for me.
Adult written by Susan j.

I have 2 kids and here at home we always watch these kids videos together. I couldnt find in the list cookie swirl C which is amazing and very funny, Toyz collector, Blue Toys but those are more for boys and i have my 2 daughters so this last we dont watch a lot - but worth trying guys! Today they found a new one called koki Disney Toys and Eggs Surprises, our baby subscribed of the week! PS its a everyday haunt for these videos here :)
Kid, 12 years old

Please tell me your daughters are kids, the old videos used to be good, he used to act like a professional diecast collector, now (s)he's babyish
Parent of a 6 year old written by Marisol L.

Our childrens love this toys and games videos. We at home also watch with our kids. Disney Toys Collector has many videos that we enjoy :)
Adult written by Twoforfun V.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjghjnPAIxbj_0v8wnV284Q This is our family friendly channel. Please visit and subscribe to help us grow :))
Kid, 9 years old

I highly recommend Good Mythical Morning witch is AMAZING. They do the most stupid stuff for entertainment like eating baby food!!!!
Parent of a 6 year old written by Shane H.

A good channel for kids, pretty new but growing https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo9aHaSi5wEq1P3rNj7LCuw
Teen, 13 years old written by cmonsterofthesea

Haha I'd just like to say to parents, that not all of OK Go's videos are kid appropriate. I totally love them, and they are one of my favorite bands, but there is some iffy content in one or two videos. The song WTF obviously drops the f- word, (though the video itself looks quite cool) and then one of their earliest music videos, I believe it's Don't Ask Me, is a great song, but also says d*mn and f*ck, and features women wearing suggestive clothing. As well as Get Over It has the word b*tch. Watch out for these videos, but other than that OK Go has some truly amazing videos. If you choose to listen to the music outside of their channel, some of that has minor cussing as well. Thank you for reading, and go check out the best music videos to ever hit the Internet!!!
Adult written by Sandra V.

Like and Subscribe and share and follow https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXpQ17LY77usUULkdfEg0vg from Disney Family Fun Vlog for babies, toddlers and kids of all ages. I make educational videos for toddlers and babies
Adult written by Peggy T.

My son has just started to make videos of his own, showing diff interesting stuff he does like making a rainbow with skittles or etc... Amazing he's only 4.5yrs old. My friends show their kids his videos... they love it!! One of the examples: https://youtu.be/SEzETO3mC-4 He just wanna share fun really. I myself fully support him :)
Parent written by WeBeJanT

Hello all!! Kai Kay's YouTube channel is family friendly. He does skits and sketches, vlogs, has a webseries of clean comedy and raps clean raps songs, like Will Smith's Men In Black. There is no cursing, no sexual type stuff and no bullying type videos, nor does he make negative comedic videos against race, religion, celebrities, etc. Check out his channel if you get a chance!! http://www.youtube.com/user/webejant (Although, I may be a little biased... I'm his Mom) ;)
Adult written by CoolParentOK

Thanks guys for a lot of nice links ;) There is now a trend with spiderman and elsa, my kids found a channel which is also educational https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFKxFnbP2Xc
Adult written by Tuma Tian

I'm from Kenya and we are deficient of culturally relevant for kids, so ive taken it upon myself to create https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ts9ikYn1V8
Adult written by leftarmspinner

Jivan's Take! is fun and entertaining channel for Kids and adults who love Lego's, Toy reviews, Science experiments and outdoor fun activity's . Please subscribe and enjoy the ride with Jivan. Would Really Appreciate the feedback : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmiPF6F5urz4zwqEa-nr5SA
Adult written by sprashid

We have created a YouTube channel for kids and toddlers. We would really appreciate your thought about our channel. What we are doing good, and what we are doing wrong. Out latest song in English is : If you are happy and you know it. The channel name is: Zabaviste Kids and here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/c/sinisaspasic
Adult written by funtoyland

In our channel, we make learning fun for kids by showcasing different toys through toy reviews, surprise toys, and educational videos. I created these videos for my kids to watch and I want to share them with other parents who are looking for fun and educational videos for their kids to watch too. Here is one of our fun educational videos: Learn Colors with Balloons & Hidden Surprise Toys - “Balloon Pop Challenge” https://youtu.be/xjJlbpacORM
Teen, 13 years old written by Jackpot121

I'm 13 and 2 of my favourite youtubers (who are best friends like a duo) are danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil AKA Dan and Phil! All my friends and I love their videos although Dan does swear (which isn't really a problem since my parents swear in front of me and don't really mind) but he's hilarious. Phil pretty much never swears as he understands kids watch so if you're a bit iffy about your kids being exposed to swearing then definitely let them watch him. I do have to say though your kids probably hear much worse in the playground from other kids than in YouTube videos and if you explain that swear words aren't to be used, then they should be fine watching Dan.
Adult written by saraha5

My new favorite kid youtube Channel is Snooktube.com. It's about active kids doing things and making things. It's NOT another toy review. Plus there's no profanity or even taking the Lord's name in vain.
Kid, 11 years old

One of my favourites is Scishow. It has great science videos, for older kids and adults. Another one is Scishow Kids, and its in my opinion its for kids aged 6-8. Another one is Crash Course Kids, for, mostly nature related science. Its for about 6-12.
Adult written by IanM71

For toddlers, check out GreatVideosforKids. It has lots of animal videos plus some trucks, tractors, etc. Most videos are 2-3 minutes long. https://www.youtube.com/c/greatvideosforkids
Adult written by cia95eric

For tweens 8-12 and teens an young adults 13-21, I have found a great new YouTube channel that works for you. They call themselves TheSevenFoundation. Check them out and see for yourself. They are more strict on language and do not allow bad language or sexually explicit content. They also are less strict on who can join and when you upload. Check it out today. Also a good choice for anyone younger or older than the ages mentioned above. Www.YouTube.com/TheSevenFoundationonyoutube
Adult written by RandallBC

For teens and tweens check out The Young Actors Project channel on YouTube. An award-winning filmmaker making entertaining and relevant movies about youth - for youth. Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/user/randallbc
Adult written by ctrattuk

My children don't watch much on youtube apart from minecraft videos. There is the usual big channel names such as Stampylonghead and DanTDM (TheDiamondMinecart), but lately they've started getting into a guy called Frithgar who's family friendly and safe for all ages. Not heard any swearing or even mild gray area language, he's super clean! If your kids are into watching gaming videos then Frith is worth a look. (edit for spelling)
Teen, 13 years old written by Lilz the pawz

I would definetly recomment react (aka the fine bros) because it allows differnet types of people to have their view on differant parts of socity,
Teen, 13 years old written by Lilz the pawz

I would definetly recomment react (aka the fine bros) because it allows differnet types of people to have their view on differant parts of socity,
Adult written by TomeTT

Mother goose club is the best for my 2y son, created his own favourite toys tv. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHBFrxplpJUlue4mgkFroRA check and let us know your thoughts :-) many thanks
Teen, 14 years old written by Justice14

Some other great YouTubers include: JonLajoie (18+) TheArchfiend(15+) jacksfilms(13+) CollegeHumor(18+) Egoraptor(16+) JonTron(15+) psychicpebbles(17+) SpeedoSausage(18+) OneyNG(16+) FNDfilms(15+) Angry Video Game Nerd(17+) Nostalgia Critic(15+)
Kid, 11 years old

Here's some more kid-friendly(ish) considerations, personally rated by me: Thinknoodles (5+) Vsauce (8+) ihasCupquake (10+) Dnews (13+) TheTopTens (13+)
Adult written by makman

CakeyVillage.com is an app that launched a few days ago. It lets parents build and share collections of kid-friendly collections and videos; kids watch the collections through an iphone/ipad viewer that doesn't allow the kids to search and stumble upon "interesting" videos outside of the collections.
Parent of a 9 year old written by cbgwatkins

My daughter loves Seven Super Girls on You Tube. She is 9 and here is what she has to say: "i like 7 Super Girls because they are entertaining. They are 7 girls from 7 different places and each one plays a different video on their own day of the week. I like all of them, but Katherine and Rachel are my favorite. If you are someone who likes gymnastics than you should watch 7 GymnasticGirls or if you like to see other things like that than you should watch some of the other SAK channels like 7CoolTweens or 7AwesomeKids or 7FuntasticGirls! They are fun for kids ages 7-16. " As a parent, I like that the humor is clean and the kids are really creative. It is a great concept and I am happy that my daughter and her friends found this channel! Happy watching!
Teen, 17 years old written by TheJoeBassRat

I highly recommend Vsauce. He talks about so many interesting topics like "What if everyone jumped at once?" and "What color is a mirror?" among many other questions one may think about.
Teen, 14 years old written by PiratePablo

I also like Matthew Santoro. He normally keeps it clean now, with the occasional mild sexual reference or mild swear word (he was more iffy in his old videos). His videos are educational, and I'd recommend them for older kids and teens.
Kid, 11 years old

Itswaypastmybedtime is a fantastic channel for 9 year old girls and up! She's a singer/songwriter with an enormous heart- as well as fun little vlogs about her acting career, music videos and a hilarious line of original Grimm fairytale reviews called 'Fairy fails' she also talks about more serious subjects such as how to deal with bullying. She is so cute, and defiantly worth a watch!
Parent of a 15 year old written by Caroline Knorr

Thanks for the suggestion. We'll be doing a round-up of great YouTube channels for girls (and one for boys as well), so I will definitely check this one out!