Working from home means entertaining my children while balancing a student request or co-worker email. Sometimes, I do depend on the iPad for some great videos to help my children actually learn while watching something on a screen. I try to limit their screen time, and I definitely don’t use the iPad as a babysitter. That doesn’t mean there aren’t legitimate times when my almost-3 year old spends a few minutes catching up on some of his favorites.
If you’re going to allow your child to watch some videos, it’s obviously worth it to make sure that the video is quality and provides some educational information. It’s through YouTube that my son learned about the solar system and can now recite for you the planets — in order — with some facts about each.
Here are a few channels that we have subscribed to that I both trust and enjoy for and with my children:
Zach and Reggie head up the great videos that you can find on this channel. Our family most especially loves this video teaching kids about dinosaur bones and where we can go to see them ourselves:
These cute little robots teach kids everything from the alphabet to numbers to seasons and more. Because we’re partial to the solar system in this house, we’re kind of addicted to their solar system series. Check out “I’m So Hot,” about the sun:
With fun cartoon characters (featuring an elephant named, “Peanut”) and fun renditions of some of our favorite classics, the GiggleBellies channel keeps both our toddler and our baby entertained.
This is the first channel we ever really discovered. My oldest son was mesmerized first by this video called, “Animal Sounds.” We weren’t surprised when his baby brother took the same liking to the song:
What are some of your favorite YouTube channels that both teach and entertain your children?