Youtube for kids: Rhett and Link & Mystery Guitar Man

by Lara From time to time we like to share our favourite YouTube videos that are fun (and safe) for kids.

My husband introduced us to Rhett and Link.  Not all of their videos are great for kids (though none are bad either, they just wouldn't get it like we would).  Here is the kids' favourite of their videos. My personal favourites are the caption fail ones :)

Mystery Guitar Man makes a lot of really fun musical videos that the kids love too. He has a new video every Tuesday so there are a lot of really fun ones to choose from. Here are two:

Now your turn - what YouTube videos have you guys been watching lately?


More video fun with Devin Super Tramp

by Karen By now, it's no secret that Lara and I are pretty enthusiastic about technology and we share the love with our kids. A couple of weeks ago, Lara showed me these videos that had recently been kid-approved by her children. They are fun to watch with catchy music and your kids will be in awe at what those crazy adults are doing!

With the nice weather we've been having recently, don't these inspire you to get outside and have an adventure!?

Have you discovered any fun videos recently you'd like to share? Tell us in the comments!

Here's what you might have missed in January 2012

It's been a while since we've done a Monthly Roundup, but we're bringing it back in 2012! Here's what's been going on around here in the last month: January Craft Carnival The craft carnival by Alicia married two of kids' favourite things - reading and crafts. Go on over and see what everyone else did! Perhaps you'd like to use some Melissa and Doug art supplies for your next craft project.

Activities for Kids As we all know, there is so much to do with children in Ottawa. We started out by sticking close to home with a little YouTube time. The best part was all the videos everyone posted in the comments! When you're done flipping through a few YouTube channels, it's time to get up and MOVE. So, how about doing some gymnastics? Or perhaps you'd prefer to go skating? But if you're already a skater, ringette or soccer might be just thing thing for you! The Ottawa Public Library (sponsor) gave us a number of timely book suggestions - all about hockey.

Parenting Tips We've had some great advice, from the birth of a second child to Kindergarten registration and even when to register a child who's birthday falls close to the cut-off.

Cooking Making healthy snacks for children can be challenging so Ezmy shared a few of her ideas with us. Of course, special days come along every once in a while and they call for colourful cupcakes!

Child Safety We shared a great video from Tail-Wags Helmets about bicycle safety and the need for helmets.

Speaking of Videos - and other technology Lara shared her thoughts about taking video of your children and how much they enjoy watching themselves.  It's pretty easy to see the benefits of having video of your kids, but the question of when to get cell phones is not nearly as straightforward.

Moving Abroad We've started a special series - written by contributor, Krista - about her family's adventures living in India where they moved last fall. Don't miss out on these posts - her pictures are stunning and gorgeous!

Kids in the Capital Finally, in this month's KIC Gives Back post, I shared about One Laptop Per Child. We got a response from the organization and they made sure we knew about their Canadian operations. This is a great program - if you missed it the first time, you can read all about OLPC here.

We did a lot of calling on contributors this month - for pictures and posts. Before you know it, we'll start to see the snow melt and the green will come back and we'll need more pictures to update our new banner - did you get a chance to see it yet? Here it is:

Keep coming back in February as we add new contributors and share more about what's going on in Ottawa as well as adding enhancements to the site to serve you even better!

A little YouTube time for the kids!

by Karen About a year ago, Brandon discovered YouTube via my husband, Matt. It all started with this little gem from last year's Super Bowl, which Brandon asked to watch over and over and over again:

Since then we purchased an iPad and Brandon has been introduced to mobile YouTube, which he can navigate like a pro. He's since been able to indulge his interests in various areas - sometimes it's even educational!





Alphabet (Phonics)

And the one that makes us laugh the most because Brandon actually emulates the accent (perfectly) and that is just crazy cuteness.

YouTube is a great (free!) way to entertain a child. With the right device, they'll even entertain themselves. But beware of the possibility of some "related" videos popping up in the sidebar that aren't appropriate for children. We're always close by when Brandon's on YouTube so we can monitor what he's watching.

Do your kids watch any videos on YouTube? What are their favorites?


Karen Wilson is a wife to Matt and mom to Brandon (3), who blogs about her life at Karen’s Chronicles. She also explores one of her favourite topics – social media – at her blog, The Media Mesh. You can follow Karen on twitter and find her in other places here.