Animation is a source of hours upon hours of entertainment, and animated TV shows can contain deep messages that resonate with a wide variety of viewers. While you might expect to find great insights for your kids in things such as literature or motivational speeches, insights can also be found on the television screen. Parents looking to safely and entertainingly introduce their children to a range of different aspects of life from the comfort of the living room would be wise to take heed of this list of the best cartoons everyone can enjoy.
1. The Flinstones
“Yabba dabba do!”
Arguably the first family of TV animation, The Flinstones paved the way for many of the best cartoons that followed. It’s an early, some would say prehistoric, reminder of the importance of family.
2. Looney Tunes
“What’s up, doc?”
Undoubtedly one of the most important and best cartoons of all time, Looney Tunes introduced us to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Taz and so many more iconic characters.
The trials of Charlie Brown, as well as Lucy, Patty, Snoopy, Woodstock and more are perhaps best known for being told through the form of comic strips, but there’s a reason that the Peanuts holiday specials are rerun every year. They’re as timeless as the strip itself, teaching lessons that all kids- and even some adults- need to learn.
“Up in the sky, look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!”
As a high-budget series, created in seventeen parts at the famous Fleischer Studios, the production of this animated show from the 1940s is stunning. It’s one of the best cartoons ever made on a technical level. Children will be astonished by the quality of cartoons made over seventy years ago.
5. Batman: The Animated Series
“Jingle bells! Batman smells! Robin laid an egg! The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Jo-ker got a-wa-a-a-ay!”
The second and last superhero show on this list, Batman: The Animated Series is arguably not only one of the best cartoons ever made, but also the best depiction of Batman, especially for younger viewers. Everyone, though, will enjoy this Emmy-winning series.
While at times incredibly dark and poignant, The Simpsons never stops being a show that people of all ages can enjoy. One of the biggest and best cartoons of all time, it is able to discuss adult themes while still being suitable for children.
7. The Fairly OddParents
A show about a boy with fairy godparents who can have his wishes come true (at a price) is a perfect way to teach kids how to manage expectations- and it’s quite funny, to boot.
8. My Little Pony
“Sure as sugar.”
My Little Pony is perhaps best known for the adult men who enjoy it (referred to as “bronies”) but it’s also incredibly beloved by children who learn wholesome lessons with each episode.
9. Avatar: The Last Airbender
“The true mind can weather all lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed. Since beginning-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.”
It was adapted into a terrible, terrible movie, but that doesn’t stop the original from being one of the best cartoons of the new millennium. It teaches children and adults alike about things such as culture, faith, perseverance and the power of storytelling.
10. Adventure Time
“Everything small is just a small version of something big.”
Easily the most bizarre cartoon on this list, Adventure Time is a hit among kids and adults for its unique approach to exploring matters of life we face every day. The lessons the characters learn are rarely what you’d expect, but that just makes them all the more memorable.
There’s no reason why education should be a bore for kids. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, they can now find fun, informative, and important videos that can make them smarter one clip at a time.
Here are 19 Youtube children’s videos to send your kids off into an exciting world of new possibilities:
1. How big is the ocean? TED-Ed
TED’s educational channel is perfect for kids. With its fun animations and interesting topics, along with its accessible, means there are some big and complex topics reduced into understandable content. It makes learning fun!
2. All about nouns – Free School
Getting to grips with grammar can be hard work. Even authors, journalists, and academics can make elementary errors from time to time.
The earlier you start, the better, but these Free School videos teach the basics of grammar in vibrant fashion.
3. Bach’s Partita in E Major – Smalin
Stephen Malinsowki’s channel takes classical music into the 21st century. With his animated videos, the world’s most famous compositions get transformed into visual treats thanks to his efforts.
4. First Circumnavigation of the Earth – Simple History
Here’s an epic history lesson – who were the first humans to circumnavigate the globe? It was Ferdinand Magellan (sort of), although this complex story of bravery and suffering is an incredible story to add to any child’s knowledge of world history.
The channel offers plenty more like this, too, and simplifies difficult topics.
5. Can we “de-extinct” animals? – The Brain Scoop
The Brain Scoop channel takes a look at many creepy crawlies, plus big questions of our day. This includes whether we can, Jurassic Park style, bring back woolly mammoths and/or mastodons.
6. Otter cubs get a swimming lesson – BBC Earth
The BBC is famous for its wildlife documentaries. On BBC Earth’s YouTube channel, you’ll find a large amount of videos of the world’s animals at large.
Below are some otter cubs finding out how to swim – one of many educational videos about animals.
7. Elmo riding a tricycle – Sesame Street
It’s been around for decades, it’s affected many people across the world (even I used to watch it as a young one back in the late 1980s), and it’s on YouTube!
The channel has the sort of fun material you’d expect, with this video offering a welcome confidence boost for anyone about to learn how to ride a bike.
8. Jack Back Wants to See Your Weird – SoulPancake
Weird is wonderful. And Jack Black wants you to embrace your daft side.
The SoulPancake channel dares kids to think outside the box, as well as embrace their wacky side. Ideal for any young minds looking to unleash their inner creativity.
9. Lisa Winter, Robot Builder – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
This is Amy Poehler’s channel that takes a look at inspirational women from around the world.
Here we have Lisa Winter, who builds robots. It’s a great channel if your daughter is looking to challenge herself, or find an exciting new hobby.
10. What happens if you eat mold? – SciShow
We’ve probably all thought about what happens if you eat mold. Now we know, thanks too the SciShow.
This channel takes a fun look at science and dares to answer some of the big questions of our world (as well as some of the smaller ones).
11. What’s the hottest hot and coldest cold? – It’s Okay To Be Smart
Any budding scientists will find this channel helpful. Here we have the answer to the hottest hot and the coldest cold, which anyone can use to enlighten those around them!
For kids, it’s physics made easy thanks to a fun channel that also uses some excellent animation.
12. iPhone in molten aluminium – The Backyard Scientist
This backyard scientist gets up to all manner of unusual experiments.
Here he’s doing the unthinkable – immersing an iPhone into molten aluminium. What do you think will happen?
13. 3D pen wall art – Make Anything
A 3D printing and design channel! With this clip, kids can find some artistic inspiration.
A search through the rest of the channel will also be enough for any young mind to find a new project or two.
14. Mesopotamian ghostbusting with Irving Finkel – British Museum
Here’s a handy history lesson for inquisitive young minds. Learn about ancient Mesopotamia with Irving Finkel, a philologist and Assyriologist for the British Museum.
As this video from the museum’s official channel points out, Irv ain’t afraid of no ghost.
15. What Do We Do All Day?
This lovely little mini-science experiment will help your kids create an ocean in a bottle. I’m 33 and I want to make one of these things, so I should imagine any younger individual would be positively thrilled to make one of these.
What Do We Do All Day’s channel offers up many other gems such as this, too.
16. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Kermode and Mayo
The BBC’s flagship film review show is an absolute joy – it has an army of fans across the world.
Asides from being funny and entertaining, film critics Dr. Mark Kermode’s impassioned reviews are educational and progressive.
Perfect listening for anyone getting to appreciate film criticism.
17. Rare double asteroid revealed – NASA
NASA’s channel is full of other worldly wonders such as this rare double asteroid reveal. Along with its many live streams from the Earth’s orbit, it’s a fascinating and essential channel for any young mind to be following.
18. What has NASA’s Juno discovered around Jupiter? – Astrum
Astrum is a bit like NASA’s channel, but more detailed. It takes a close look at some of our planets, for instance, like with the ever-fascinating Jupiter.
If you have any budding astronauts in your family, this is another essential channel.
19. Best creative home hacks anyone can do – HooplaKidz
Last but not least, here we have some arts and crafts.
Would your kid like one of these cute cushions in your home? Would they also want to create it themselves?
Then this is the right video and channel for you. Find out the basics for some fun crafts and liven up your home with a few friendly new knickknacks.
There you go, 19 Youtube children’s videos that will help your kids learn new stuff in a fun way! Of course, with a bit of your guidance while watching these videos together, you’re having some really good quality time with your kids too!