Today it’s all about the best YouTube channels for kids that adults will like. We have NOT watched every video on every channel so will give our best reviews from what we’ve seen.
As a blogger and podcaster, I spend a LOT of time online. But as a family, not so much. Other than YouTube. I have a channel that is mostly podcast or blogging-related, with a few family videos like this one. But mostly, we watch.
There are tons of warnings out there about YouTube (I’ll get to those!), but we have found what we think are the best YouTube channels for kids that adults will like too. I’m sure this list will grow! There are always new channels to discover, which is part of the fun.
First of All, Some Warnings about YouTube
Before we get to the list, here are a few things I want to say about YouTube and screen time in general!
- Keep it public
We stream YouTube like we do Netflix and don’t have actual TV. This is only in the main room of our house and our kids are NOT allowed to watch YouTube without us. We do this as a family.
- Be aware of who is signed in
If you are signed into YouTube, it will show ads and related content for YOU, even if you are watching kids’ content. Which sometimes means: R-rated movie trailers.
- Consider the kids’ app
You can utilize the kids’ app if you are on a phone or even set up some safety features. Find more tips (including how to keep out related content from showing up).
- Limit screen time
This is kind of duh. I don’t think screens are evil, but once you give them to your kids, going back is HARD. But they aren’t akin to giving your kids drugs, either! Read this great article on kids and screens to read more about why screens are a tool, not the evil.
- Preview everything
Often we’ll run across a channel that seems great or that my kids’ friends like or that comes up under a “kid friendly” search. But there are some creepy videos lurking on YouTube that seem like kids’ videos.
- Consider values
Some of the things we don’t let our kids watch aren’t too mature or don’t have cursing. They have values we don’t like. We discovered (and my kids fell in love with) Twin Toys, a channel featuring a family of nerf aficionados. While it’s all in good fun, Rob and I both didn’t love the way the kids talked to the parents OR the way the parents talked to the kids. So we nixed it and had a conversation with our kids about it.
The Best YouTube Channels for Kids That Parents Will Like Too
I noted this at the beginning, but these won’t all be a great fit for your family. These are OUR favorites and I’d love to hear yours in the comments! We can always discover something new.
Rhett & Link
Rhett and Link are long-standing family favorites. (Remember the time we dressed as a Clown-Shark family?) We don’t watch EVERYTHING (they have a daily show), but we love the music videos. These guys are so creative and a whole lot of fun!
Warnings: Some of these videos may have more “adult” content (ex: if you watch “Rub Some Bacon on It” you will have to explain what “shart” means), but generally these went over our kids heads. “Clown Shark” is a family favorite, but really COULD be scary to many kids.
Parent Test: I would watch without my kids!
We were totally late to the Dude Perfect game, which is funny since my hubby went to the same college and one of my brother’s in law was in a Bible study or something with these guys. But there is NO GOING BACK from trick shots! These guys are funny, athletic, positive, and amazing. They do sports challenges and more.
Warnings: These guys are in Texas, so there are some videos with nerf guns and actual guns (shooting targets).
Parent Test: I would watch without kids!
My kiddos and I love watching these videos from 5-Minutes Crafts KIDS, which tend to be fast-forwarded compilations of crafts and hacks. You won’t see the total beginning-to-end (and I KNOW many of these are not made in five minutes…), but that means they are more fun to watch.
Warnings: Your kids will want to do ALL THE CRAFTS after watching. There is a 5-Minutes Crafts station NOT for kids, which has at least a few videos that I wouldn’t let my kids watch (just at a glance).
Favorite Videos: 9 Colorful Notebooks
Parent Test: These are oddly mesmerizing and I would watch without kids.
We just found Tiger Tomato and LOVE watching this guy create pancake and play doh art! It’s pretty incredible.
Warnings: He does some characters from shows our kids can’t watch, like Deadpool.
Parent Test: I would watch without kids.
What’s Inside is a new favorite and great for curious kids. The channel features a boy and his dad cutting open things to see what’s in them. Think: fidget spinners, wasps’ nest (without wasps!), and more.
Parent Test: I wouldn’t watch without kids.
Beyond the Brick
This channels is for the Lego lovers! My boys and girls all love the unboxing and videos showing people build cool sets and creating their own.
Warnings: Your kids will want you to buy them Lego sets.
Parent Test: If you love Lego, you’d watch without kids!
My girls are in a huge Nerdy Nummies phase and so we talk a lot about baking and I find myself saying, “Let’s get started!” a lot. If you like baking and fun cakes that may be video game or movie themed, this is for you!
Parent Test: I would watch this anytime! If you like baking, you’ll love this.
This is NOT my favorite, but my oldest daughter Cooper (now 4) LOVES the makeup tutorials. We have even started doing face-painting at home.
Warnings: None that we’ve seen.
Parent Test: I would NOT watch without kids.
You probably remember the music video from the band Ok Go! with the treadmills that put them on the map. Well, the did not stop! I love these creative, innovative, visually appealing videos! Think: anti-gravity plus paint.
Warnings: This is not a kids’ channel, but we haven’t seen anything that warrants a warning. Just be aware. I have not paid much attention to lyrics.
Parent Test: I would watch without kids.
Walk Off the Earth
This is another band that we love to watch. I would NOT watch all of their videos with kids, but overall, the content is fine and their creativity is inspiring. They do covers and also original songs, but how they put them together is fabulous. You may have heard of them first when they played Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” on one guitar with five people. Still amazing.
Warnings: Not a kids’ channel and you may not find all songs appropriate for all kids.
Parent Test: I would totally watch without kids. And do. 🙂
Just Cool Stuff
We have gotten obsessed with Just Cool Stuff’s Most Satisfying Videos in the World. Why? I DON’T KNOW. But we aren’t alone, clearly. These are just images of things like cakes being cut into or things melting or clay pots being formed.
Warnings: I haven’t seen anything, but there are a lot of videos. I did see one video NOT from this channel with with the “most satisfying” title and it had some not-great content. Just be aware.
Favorite Videos: This one.
Parent Test: I would watch without kids.
Please don’t ask me why this is a thing. But digital fake marble races IS A THING. My kids and husband and even one of my husband’s good friends are all obsessed with these digital marble races. Personally, I don’t get it. But…I’ve also gotten caught up in picking a color and cheering for it.
Parent Test: I wouldn’t watch without kids, but my hubby (and his friend) would!
Super Simple Songs
This channel is for my youngest kiddos (ages 1-4), but I have to say that if this is ever on when the older boys are home, they seem to get sucked in. Basically, this channel has popular songs or nursery rhymes, or makes up new songs to familiar tunes with cartoons. They are hypnotic and if you need to have little people occupied so you can make dinner or even just breathe, this is your jam. Another similar channel is Little Angels.
Warnings: The songs get stuck in your head.
Favorites: They are all the same.
Parent Test: I wouldn’t watch this with or without kids. It’s just my go-to in case of emergency.
Those are our current favorites! I will say that our kids now want to start a YouTube channel, so be aware if you’re watching the videos with kids in them, your kids might too. And our kids want us to put every video we film of them on YouTube. What a strange world we live in.
We try to highlight videos that are unique, fun, and creative. We want our kids to be creative as well, so love instilling that in them. I’m totally amazed by what people can do!
What are your favorite channels? Leave them in the comments!