Find the Best Educational Videos for Kids
Edited by Vanessa Alexandra Avisado, Graeme, Eng, Lynn and 3 others
Parents still know best when it comes to choosing the kind of educational videos that can be right for their own kids. Parents who were young once most likely also enjoyed that stage when they were made to watch educational videos during their preschool days. They had their favorites too, and can probably remember them to this day. Parents can sit with their kids while watching videos. As you take notice of what your kids are watching and learning, you can have an idea of what videos to have that can be interesting for children and that they will enjoy watching and have fun learning with. Or you can look for those old time favorites you used to watch when you were a child.
Purpose: For young children to learn or reinforce something, one of the best ways is to use videos as learning tools. Videos can be helpful tools to build the foundation of preschool children. There are videos to develop skills, teach songs and games to help learn. Videos can also be good supplemental materials for children already in school.
How to Choose:Educational videos have to cater to children's ages and level of schooling. Find educational videos that can help kids widen their vocabulary, improve spelling abilities, or get help with just about any topic they need, and can make learning online a great experience for kids. Whether you are looking for first grade math or fifth grade social studies, videos, chances are you'll find many free resources online too. There are also those educational TV shows that have video copies and can be purchased for your kids to watch. Some of them are already off the air, but you know they are very educational and they are available at music and video shops, so why not take home loads of them.
Where to get: While these can be found about anywhere, you can opt to borrow from your child's teacher, a friend, or purchase them at store. One of the easiest places to find them is online. Anyway, most students are now computer savvy and can easily find them. Parents can devote a time to watching educational videos from the web and they can be downloaded on tablets or portable PCs. This is preferred by many people over buying a disc.
Types of Educational videos for Preschoolers:
Preschoolers (Toddlers, Nursery and Kindergarten)
- 1Nursery Rhymes. Watch free videos at this site (toddlerfunlearning.com/videos).Advertisement
- Old Macdonald Has a Farm introduces animals like cows, chickens, horses, rabbits and other favorite farm animals. Running Time - 5:31.
- Balloon colors - floating balloons of different colors with beautiful animation.
- Incy Wincy Spider
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
- Learn to count with Number Farm is a fun filled counting video to help children on their 1-10 counting
- 2Videos and Songs For Kids at learninggamesforkids.comAdvertisement
- Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - teaches preschoolers all the parts of the body. This song also renders a fun way for exercising while learning.
- Color Mix Match - a great video for learning all about the primary, secondary and tertiary colors. They may even want to try mixing their own colors together.
- Fruit Stand
- Days of the Week
Best Educational TV Shows for Kids Now on Video
- 1Sesame StreetAdvertisement
- Conceived in 1966 and has been on the air for decades, since 1969.
- The main goal is to help young children prepare for school.
- Almost every child knows the characters by name - Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and others.
- Each new season introduces a new area of educational focus and exciting characters.
- 2Barney & Friends
- First aired in 1992, produced in the United States.
- Aimed at children 1-8 years of age.
- The character, Barney, is a purple anthropomorphic Tyrannosaurs Rex that teaches learning through songs and short dance routines with a friendly, optimistic attitude.
- Since September 18, 2009, the show has been in hiatus but videos are available.
- Four strange multi-colored toddlers of a mythological species known as Teletubbies - Laa-laa, Po, Dipsy and Tinky Winky.
- A BBC children's TV series primarily aimed for preschool viewers, but it had a following with university and college students.
- The format of this show includes bright colors, unusual designs, repetitive non-verbal dialogue, ritualistic format and occasional forays that turn into physical comedy.
- Produced from 1997 and the last episode aired on January 2001.
- 4Dora the Explorer
- An American animated TV series created started in 2000.
- An interactive cartoon for preschoolers. The characters involve the help of the viewing kids for Dora and friends to complete their educational adventures.
- Kids learn colors, numbers and also shapes as they help Dora solve puzzles and riddles on her way.
- Dora is a 7 year old Latina, who speaks English and Spanish words, and she asks the viewing kids to repeat them. They also sing along with songs incorporating the words.
- This show has been a hit for over 8 years.
- In 2008, some new curriculum points were added.
- This educational show has continued to be in the top most loved learning shows for preschool children for many years.
- 5The Magic School Bus
- An American animated TV series based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole
- Noted for involving celebrity talents. It combined entertainment with education.
- According to Broadcasting & Cable, the show was among the highest rated PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) show for school aged children. It is also the longest running children's science television series program to date.
There are countless other educational TV shows that are available in video that you can choose from as well. The advantage of your child having his own copy is that he can watch it over and over again.
Tips, Tricks and Warnings:
- Kids behave better after watching a video educational show.
- Children under 3 years of age should not watch screens. A leading psychologist, Dr. Aric Sigman, warns that the TV screen produces an increased level of the chemical dopamine in children's brain. This could lead to a dependency on screen media when they are older.
- Because of this, parents with younger children are encouraged to monitor and control the amount of time spent viewing.
- Explore, watch and play with your child. Research shows that when parents join in the fun, the kids learn more.
- Talk to other parents about educational videos their children enjoy watching and why. Ask them if you can borrow the video and watch it at home with your child.