Think YouTube is just for entertainment? If so, you may be missing an amazing educational opportunity to help kids learn and explore in a truly engaging way. Here are five YouTube channels loaded with amazing information and lots of videos that can help kids better understand math and science through dancing, rapping, building and doing. No textbook required.
Make Me Genius offers animated science videos on a variety of topics. From Kindergarten animal trivia to biotic and abiotic ecosystems, the channel offers content for a wide age range and varying interests. It excels at making difficult concepts (like electric circuits and world biomes) approachable, deconstructing them using simple language and visuals. The channel’s playlists group videos into categories like Physics, Plants, Chemistry, etc. The site is slightly disorganized, though, as the targeted age for each video is often unclear. Kids, however, can navigate based on their individual interests and what they’re learning in school. Best for kids 3-13.
UMIGO “yoU Make It GO” is one of our favorite YouTube channels, offering fresh and new approaches to teaching math. Its content is curriculum-based, and geared toward inventive thinking and collaboration. The videos are fun, high- energy and pretty funny. Topics range from geometry to fractions to trickier concepts like capacity and weight. The channel doesn’t have a lot of content, but the creativity of the videos makes up for it. Best for kids 6-9.
Number Rock Math Songs offers a great variety of animated math videos and educational songs. The music videos included in the YouTube channel delve into mathematical content for 3rd Grade, 4th Grade and 5th Grade; concepts include adding and subtracting fractions, integers, types of angles and even counting in different languages. The videos use repetition, rhyme, catchy beats and visual aids to help math concepts stick. Best for kids 7-10.
The PBS Math Club study group is geared towards helping middle schoolers with homework. It covers the 7th grade Common Core Standard for math and includes topics like adding and subtracting integers, equations, ratios and proportions, and statistics. Students can learn the distributive property through friendship bracelets and practice proportions through baking healthy cookies. Each episode of the YouTube channel also has an interactive quiz so you can practice what you learned. If you get the question right, it links to some of the best videos on the web. If you get it wrong, the study group will help you out so you can get it right. The channel has a limited amount of videos, but they’re well done and highly accessible. Best for kids 10-13.
Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics in short videos. The videos are very fast-paced and deeply complex, geared toward older students and those who are curious about delving into scientific mysteries. The videos are a mix of conversational (though advanced) scientific jargon and hand-drawn visuals. They breach questions like why the solar system is flat, defining quantum shape-shifting, and debunking myths about superintelligent AI. This channel is not for the faint of heart when it comes to intricate scientific inquiry. Best for kids 14-18.