19 Best free Apps for kids, Youtube channels, and Websites

Apps for Kids

From free Apps for kids to educational videos on YouTube and websites – with this crazy list expect fun and learning.

Whether your kids are having distance-learning, school-learning, or homeschooling, these educational free Apps for kids, Youtube Channels, and websites are the resources that can reinforce learning in a fun and interactive way. 

“You cannot get educated by this self- propagating system in which people study to pass exam, and teach others to pass exam, but nobody knows anything. You learn something by doing it yourself, by asking questions, by thinking and by experimenting.”- Sir Richard Feynman.

Sesame Street is considered to be the watershed moment in children’s learning with television shows. It became the blueprint for all the educational content that came after that. However, in Sesame Street’s early days, the critics of the show argued that the show’s fast-paced content would interfere with a child’s ability to focus and a whole generation of children would develop ADHD. There is still no evidence-backed scientific research to support this. 

“ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. It’s the most remarkable word I’ve ever seen. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. I wish I knew exactly what I mean. It starts out like an A word, as anyone can see. But somewhere in the middle, it gets awful “QR” to me. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. If I ever find out just what this word can mean, I’ll be the smartest bird the world has ever seen.” — Big Bird, Sesame Street.

It was a research-backed benefit of Sesame Street that led to educational content that is engaging and offers a learning experience. “The results indicated significant positive effects of exposure to the program, aggregated across learning outcomes, and within each of the three outcome categories: cognitive outcomes, including literacy and numeracy; learning about the world, including health and safety knowledge; social reasoning and attitudes toward out-groups.”- Effects of Sesame Street: A meta-analysis of children’s learning in 15 countries 

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From Smart TV at home to tablets for school, kids are exposed to educational content on electronic and digital media almost all the time. It’s not the technology or the screen time that bother parents – it’s the content and how the child engages with it. For instance, you’d want your child to pick up and read as many books as he wants – unless he/she picks up Fifty Shades of Grey or a hot romance from the library.

The rule of thumb for great educational content are:

1- How engaging the content is?

2- Is it without any distractions? ( Pop up advertisements).

3- Does it have clear learning objectives that build on existing knowledge, and

4- Does it take care of Child’s privacy?

The educational content on digital platforms can enhance the learning experience for kids constructively and interactively. However, it is important to follow certain rules to make it enriching.

1- Make your own media use plan. Get one for yourself, here.

2- Set time limit and encourage outdoor activities 

3- No Technology Zones ( e.g bedroom, dining table, etc.)

4- Teach the importance of Digital privacy and the dangers of online predators.

5- Learn about the age-appropriate content on Common Sense Media

And remember, moderation and discipline is the key. 

Educational Apps, Youtube Channels and Websites for kids

19 Best free Apps for kids, Youtube channels, and Websites (5-10 years)

Educational Free Apps for kids on ios and android:

  1. Khan Academy Kids: Khan Academy Kids was developed in collaboration with learning experts at Stanford and aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core Standards. It’s 100% free with no ads or distractions. Recommended age: 2 to 8 years
  2. Quick Math Jr.: Learn boring maths in an extremely fun and engaging way. Build Number Sense: Practice counting, skip counting, subitizing, ordering numbers, mental arithmetic, formal addition and subtraction, and more. Recommended age: 4 to 8 years
  3. Scratch Jr.: This app introduces young kids coding through simple tasks and involves reasoning and problem-solving skills. There are simple coding tasks that make a character do certain actions like running or jumping. Recommended age: 6 to 8 years
  4. Cyberchase Shape Quest: This app is for kids to learn about shapes, geometry, reasoning, and problem-solving. There are three different fun games with an augmented reality game interface. It only works with tablet devices. Recommended Age: 6 to 8 years.
  5. Duolingo: Kids can learn a foreign language and earn hearts as they go. Recommended age: 8+
  6. Star Walk Kids: This app will teach your kids the basics of astronomy in a simple yet engaging way. Learn about the solar system while playing and having fun. Recommended age: 5-8 years
  7. Princess Fairy Tale Maker: Kids can create their own fairy tales and learn the art of storytelling. Recommended age: 5+ years
  8. Superhero Comic Book Maker: This app is similar to Princess Fairy Tale Maker but it’s for superheroes. Enjoy the art of storytelling. Recommended age: 5+
  9. Leela Kids- Best Audio Content for 3-15 years old: This is a perfect app to introduce kids to the world of podcasts. There are age-appropriate engaging content and get their feedback on the topics they like. Recommended age: 3-15 years

YouTube Channels 

YouTube channels can offer immense learning on topics kids want to learn. Unfortunately, Youtube also offers content that is not suitable for kids even though they fall into the category of Kids Channels. With supervision, your kids can learn what they want to learn and engage with the content that’s suitable to their age group. YouTube channels like Super Learning Songs, Little Baby Bum, and Chu Chu TV offers unique learning to younger kids. Here are 5 YouTube Channels that I highly recommend for 5-8 years, old kids.

  1. Kids Learning Tube: Kids Learning Tube publishes weekly sing-a-long videos and covers a wide range of topics from geography, solar system, food and nutrition, fractions, etc.
  2. Preschool Prep Company: The videos in this channel are designed for kids to watch and learn letters, numbers, phonics, digraph, etc.
  3. It’s Aumsum Time: It’s a fun learning channel for anyone who wants to learn new things and find answers to different questions. Topics related to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics are explained in a fun and engaging way.
  4. The Story Time Family: This channel shares their favorite books and the narrator reads some classic, fun, educational stories that make it interesting for adults too. And there’s always time for some great stories. 
  5. Cosmic Kids Yoga: This channel teaches yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation for kids in a simple and engaging way to make the exercise interesting. It’s a perfect way to introduce yoga and mindfulness in a fun and easy way.

Websites for kids

Children can learn something new today and every day. These websites not only offer learning games but also content that can force them to think and reason. Bookmark them for easy access.

  1. National Geographic Kids: It doesn’t matter whether you’re a young explorer or an adult, this website is a fun place to explore animals, habitat, environment, countries, culture and, also, try some cool experiments. There is something for everyone!
  2. Starfall: This is an ad-free website that offers learning games and activities, covering various topics like maths, reading, writing, etc. This is a platform where children can learn through exploration. 
  3. Funbrain: Funbrain is created for kids in grades Pre-Kg through 8. It offers games, books, and comics that can develop skills in mathematics and literacy.
  4. Almanac: This is a reference website that contains topics like weather forecasts, gardening, moon phases, recipes, and articles. It can sharpen the reading skills of our young readers. 
  5. The Kidz Page: Explore free games, printables, puzzles, coloring pages, etc. They also have holiday-themed educational games and activities that everyone can enjoy.

These are some educational resources that can make learning fun and interesting.

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Lots of love,

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97 Comments

  1. This is such an awesome list for parents! With everything going to streaming services, it’s nice to be able to find some options you don’t have to pay through the nose for.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  2. Such a great resource for online content for kids. Thanks for putting this list together. I don’t have kids, but will share it with my friends.

    1. No kidding but Sesame Street is the most engaging chidrens show I watched as I grow up and I love it. It is very good guide for kids and gives valuable lessons.

    2. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  3. All of these are such awesome resources to have and to use! In this day and age its so important to use all of the resources that you possibly could!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  4. These are all great resources. I love Khan Academy and Nat Geo. Exposing our kids to safe educational sites is so important.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful. I love Khan Kids it has got some great content for kids.

  5. Really love this post. Such a great resource for online content for kids.

  6. I love this post. It’s awesome that you created this list of resources for kids. Thanks for sharing.

    1. am glad that you found these free resources helpful…Thanks

  7. Wow, I didn’t realise there were quite so many free apps out there for kids! I will be checking these out for my two as we love resources like this!

    1. Thanks…I am sure you will like these resources.

  8. Those are all wonderful selections of apps and websites to check out sometime. I love them especially those that are educational.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  9. I had no idea that there were so many amazing apps for kids. My brother has a young daughter who will love these so thank you for educating us via this fabulous review post. I will be sharing and cannot wait for her to give a few of these a try.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free educational resources for kids helpful.

  10. These sites are highly recommended and every sites has it’s own capture viewers. What I love about the list is that our kids will definitely enjoy while learning so much.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free educational resources for kids helpful. They are not only engaging but safe for kids.

  11. Oooh this is super awesome, will have to show these to my brother for my nephew!

  12. Wow, I have no idea there is a awesome app for kids to watch on YouTube. Kids will definitely enjoy. Specially for duo-lingo and National Geographic kids.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful. YouTube kids have some great content for kids.

  13. These all sound like interesting sites to check out. It is good to know about a variety of resources for the kids.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the list of free resources for kids.

  14. Very cool list for those who need to add to support their child’s learning. The variety is simply amazing.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  15. Wow these are awesome list for kids especially now in pandemic kids we’re not able to go outside I ‘m sure parents would love these apps for kids!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these free educational resources.

  16. Thank you for putting together all the amazin learning apps and websites for children! I have been using duolingo and khan academy and they are simply amazing! I am sure the others are worth a try too!

    1. My daughter loves Khan Academy too…she finds it really interactive and engaging. Thanks 😊

  17. My niece loves math so she will appreciate Quick Math Jr a lot! The list are great finds. I will check them all later.

    1. I am sure she will love Quick Maths Jr. if she loves Maths. Thanks 😊

  18. I am checking many of these out now. We are spending all of our time at home and we need something more.

    1. I hope you like these educational resources…Thanks

  19. Great information! Can’t wait to use some of these apps with my kids

  20. Our family has used many of these apps and loved them. I am glad that there are so many good options out there for kids.

    1. There are some great educational content free and paid. It’s just we need to choose the one kids love the most.

  21. I would love to try out all these amazing apps especially because most of them seem safe. Thank you so much.

    1. I am glad that you liked the post…Thanks

  22. These are such great resources. I’d love to try these out! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am glad that you found these resources helpful… Thanks 😊

  23. This is awesome! thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for programs for my kids.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  24. Good collection, really need these suggestions. With my son not able to meet his friends, its being tough for him.

    1. My son would definitely love superhero comic maker, he is obsessed with superheroes cartoons and I try my best to bring out the super hero in him.

    2. Yes…that’s the case with us too. These Apps, YouTube channels and websites have been very helpful.

  25. Wow This is such an awesome list for kids. I am sure Its going to be super helpful for the parents .Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  26. Thanks for sharing. Amazing list.
    About Youtube kids, it’s safe but it may be hard to use. No channel view, just videos and videos.
    Before, my kids use YouTube kids all the time. Now there are more options. Thank you very much

  27. It was so great to see a list of good kids YouTube channels. I could make a list of all the horrible ones I’ve blocked in a hot second, but seeing things that are actually good, educational content is so useful! Thank you!

  28. This is a great list! I can’t wait to use some for my toddler. She has been wanting to learn more since her excitement of going to school with her older sister bloomed.

  29. Thanks a lot for these. It will add a lot of fun to what my sis has for planned for her kids this Christmas.

  30. This is such a helpful and comprehensive list for parents. My son watches something called AumSum and totally likes it.

  31. Great list, very useful information for parents for free apps for kids with educational content. Thanks! Nina

  32. This is such a detailed and inclusive list. I have been trying to find more educational apps and shows for my nieces and this is so good. Sometimes I don’t like regular Youtube because of ads and some aren’t even censored for kids. I really like Khan Academy but I didn’t even know they had a kid’s version too. So great!

    1. Khan Academy Kids is amazing. My daughter loves it as it’s extremely interactive and engaging. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  33. Great list! I love free apps for kids, they are not normally very focused and easily to get bored. great way to save

    1. I completely agree with you…I am glad that you liked the list! Thanks

  34. This is such a great list for kids. I am always on the hunt for good sites my kid can use. I use the internet frequently and it can be a scary place for kids.

    1. It can be a scary place for kids indeed! Thanks…I am glad that you liked the list!

  35. Thank YOu for these tips. It’s so hard to find something for kids that is still OK nowadays…

    1. That’s so true! Thanks 😊

  36. Thanks for this, I will try to find ones suitable for an 11 at home from school!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked educational resources for kids!

  37. Very good reference list for kids entertainment. There is so much garbage out there so your tips are really helpful to choose quality programs.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the safe and engaging resources for kids.

  38. Amazing list! My cousin used to use Duolingo and it helped him a lot to learn more. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Duolingo is a perfect app for anyone who wants to learn languages. My daughter loves it too… Thanks 😊

  39. It’s great that there are so many options to choose from. Given the choice I lean towards anything that is more educational although my children don’t always agree.

    1. Hehehehe…that happens with us too. But I try to make sure that the content they are watching is safe and engaging.

  40. Bookmarking this now. We need to be more mindful of what kids see these days since it is easier for them to get exposed to inappropriate content.

  41. Thanks for sharing , these are great options for the kiddos. I’m always looking for showings for my kids.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these free resources helpful.

  42. This is very helpful especially now that kids has limitation to go out. I’ll share this list to my friends as well for their kids. Thanks for sharing !

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the educational resources for kids.

  43. Duolingo is a great resource for all ages! I’ve heard of many people learning a second language – or more – through regular use of the app. It’s amazing how easy it is to learn how to communicate with a whole other culture now! Such a fantastic app.

    1. I am using Duolingo to learn French and I find it so useful. It is a best App for anyone looking to learn a new app. It is a fantastic App, indeed! Thanks 😊

  44. These are great options! I have nieces and nephews that love to take my phone and play on it when I’m visiting. That being said, I think I’m going to add a few of these so that I’m prepared with something that’s not only kid-friendly but encourages them to learn and grow.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these educational resources for kids.

  45. I think many parents would be grateful for this post. There are so many not “kid friendly” stuff out there. That being said, I actually remember Sesame Street. It was one of our favs back in the days… how time flies.

    1. Oh! I still love watching Sesame Street…it changed the education world altogether.

  46. What a great resource for parents! I know YouTube are doing a lot these days to make their site kid friendly, including a specific site just for kids.

    1. Yes…Youtube Kids is doing a great job with the content centered to enhance learning. However, I still feel that for Youtube content you need to be a little vigilant. Thanks 😊

  47. Thanks so much for sharing these – I started home schooling my sons a few months ago and this is super useful

    Laura x

    1. Thanks… I am glad that you found these educational resources for kids useful.

  48. This list is perfect for my 3 year old nephew who loves watching YT vids!

    1. Thanks…I am sure he will love all these Apps, Youtube channels and websites 😊

  49. Oh wow so much helpful and useful information here for sure. Now we are in lockdown 2 this will be very handy indeed thank you x

    1. Thanks… I am glad that you liked the educational resources for kids.

  50. My son would love the sports one like Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. Thanks for sharing I will look into them right now.

    1. Thanks…I am sure even you will like Cosmic Kids Yoga, it is so interactive.

  51. Didn’t know about many of these. Khan academy is big in my house and very useful. These will come in handy because virtual school is horrible so anything helps. The parents are now becoming the teachers and I for one don’t like it but am trying to make the most of it.

    1. I completely agree….online schools are stressful for kids as well as teachers. These resources will surely help kids to learn and have fun.

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