BrainPOP Jr.

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Awesome educational animation to explore, for a fee.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about almost every subject with topics ranging from science and social studies, to language and writing and much, much more. The site includes educational games, tutorials, and videos that will help kids better understand concepts being taught in the classroom from telling time to woodwind instruments. 

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This is a subscription service, so the upside is no flagrant ads, but users have to pay a monthly (starts at $14.95) or yearly (starts at $119) fee. There's some limited content available for free without a subscription.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BrainPOP Jr. is a subscription website that offers online, animated, educational content. BrainPOP Jr. targets kids in kindergarten to third grade. Kids don't need proficient reading skills to use this audio-heavy site. Lessons all begin with a brief video and include a wide variety of school and life topics. A basic subscription to the site includes videos, games, and quizzes for science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math. There are also additional learning activities including coding, and concept mapping with the next subscription level up. There are companion sites for older kids, English Language Learners, Spanish speakers, and French speakers, though each is available through separate subscriptions. Families pay $119 a year or $14.95 a month for access to BrainPOP Jr.; homeschooling families, schools, and other organizations pay -- and get access to -- more. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhunahunaph October 29, 2020

Homeschooler Grade 2

Due to the pandemic, we're purely homeschooling. It's tiring to be the sole teacher so Brainpop videos are very helpful. During the first quarter, the... Continue reading
Adult Written by123rah October 4, 2019
Kid, 6 years old March 27, 2009
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 September 28, 2020

Great educational website for kids!

I really like BrainPop Jr. It has few movies than BrainPop! I really like how Annie and Moby talks about friendships and relationships. Also it has good message... Continue reading

What's it about?

Created by educators, BRAINPOP JR. bases its lessons on national standards and includes an incredibly wide range of subjects, from telling the time to Internet safety to getting lice. Each topic is introduced with a short, creative video that centers around two good-natured cartoon characters, Annie and Moby. Each video is followed up with activities, games, and quizzes. Kids can browse videos by topic, or watch the featured video of the day. A family account allows access to videos, quizzes, and games, whereas a homeschool account also includes the full set of learning activities and curriculum planning tools.

Is it any good?

This high-quality interactive educational site has lots to offer, and is easy for kids to navigate on their own. BrainPOP Jr. includes videos, audio prompts, and graphics familiar to kids in an ideal format for young learners. The videos are engaging, and explain sometimes complex topics with simple, kid-friendly language. The variety of topics is also impressive, with videos ranging from the solar system to Mozart, conflict resolution, and how to tell fact from opinion. Kids can spend hours exploring this site and diving into sub-categories. Furthermore, kids can take their enjoyment of videos to the next, more effective, level and do something with what they've just watched online. The printable activities and games include many creative learning concepts and, unlike a lot of early education sites, go way beyond coloring pages. If your K-3 kid likes to learn things online, BrainPOP Jr. is worth the subscription fee. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about BrainPOP Jr.'s wide variety of subjects. Why is it important to learn about a broad range of topics -- even in the earliest grades? Discuss why it's good to know about other cultures and faraway ecosystems.

  • Talk about the different ways of learning. Do you remember more when you have an activity to do after watching a related video?

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: phonics, reading, storytelling, writing
    Math: arithmetic, fractions, geometry, probability
    Science: animals, energy, rocks and minerals, weather
    Social Studies: geography, historical figures, history, the economy
    Arts: music, painting, photography, sculpture
    Hobbies: board games, gardening, pets
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, solving puzzles, thinking critically
    Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination
    Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, work to achieve goals
    Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, perspective taking
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening, multiple forms of expression
    Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
    Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, following codes of conduct, honoring the community
    Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, using and applying technology
    Health & Fitness: balanced diet, hygiene and self care, fitness, mental health
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: History, Holidays, Science and Nature
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($14.95/month or $119/year for family plan. $29.95/month or $295/year for homeschool plan)
  • Last updated: February 8, 2021

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