Finding YouTube videos that are appropriate for your kids can be nerve wracking. You can't know that the video is safe until you watch it. These are some of my family's favorite kid-safe YouTube videos. Be sure to read my tips for watching YouTube videos with kids to learn how to have a safe and positive viewing experience.
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The "Banana Boat Song" is a fun song for kids to sing and dance to. This version is from an episode of the Muppet Show and includes favorites such as Kermit the Frog and Fozzie the Bear.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"The Rainbow Connection" has been made over in dozens of versions, but there are none quite like Kermit the Frog's rendition during the opening credits of The Muppet Movie
If you're familiar with They Might be Giants, you already know that they're, well... quirky. This crazy little podcast showcases the video for "Never Go to Work" from their kids' album. It's a weird, but catchy tune.
"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!
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.