YouTube Videos for Kids

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Finding YouTube videos that are appropriate for your little kids can be nerve-wracking. You can't know that the video is safe until you watch it and even filtered apps like YouTube Kids aren't 100 percent perfect. This is a list of kid-favorite and kid-friendly videos you can watch without worry. Although all of the videos themselves should be perfectly fine for all kids, many will have advertising at the beginning that you may want to mute. 

Green Eggs and Ham

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham." Now you can watch an animated version of this story of persistent Sam I Am and his favorite meal. Be forewarned that this video has a distinctly '70's vibe!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a rhythmic story about the letters of the alphabet. Written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, it's a kid favorite. This YouTube video captures the Scholastic animated version. The song is catchy and the illustrations stay true to Lois Ehlert's original style. You may end up watching this one over and over.

No More Monkeys

"No More Monkeys" is the signature song from the Putumayo Kids Animal Playground CD. This promo video features the artist, Asheba, in Trinidad. Kids love the story of "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" and this lively, Caribbean-inspired tune is just as fun.

How to Fold an Origami Crane

Pull out a piece of square paper and join in on folding an origami crane. The steps on this video aren't quite how a purist would approach the folds, but it's probably easier to follow for a beginner. Be warned that really little ones won't yet have the fine motor skills to pull this off. Still, the may enjoy the magic of watching you create something from just a sheet of paper.

Laurie Berkner - We Are the Dinosaurs

Laurie Berkner is incredibly popular with the preschool set. This video is recorded from Noggin and captures Laurie performing "We are the Dinosaurs." Be prepared for a lot of stomping and growling after watching this one.

Disneyland's It's a Small World Ride

"It's a Small World" is one of the oldest rides at Disneyland. It remains a family favorite, despite long-standing jokes about how difficult it is to get the song out of your head! This video captures the entire ride from the cuckoo clock introduction until the reminder to "take small children by the hand." It's the longest of these videos, but it's a nice way to remember a favorite family vacation or to prepare for an upcoming trip. And, it's true. The song does get stuck in your head!

The Lion King's Circle of Life at the Tony Awards

If you haven't seen the Broadway version of The Lion King, you really should. It is an amazing combination of fantastic music, gorgeous costumes and a beautiful story. If you're imagining stuffed characters running around on stage, think again. This video shows the opening number as performed at the 2008 Tony Awards.