YouTube videos are an excellent way for your family to explore history. There are YouTube videos covering nearly every historical event. These engaging videos can help spark the interest of a child who thinks history is boring. They also give children who love history another way to learn more about the topics that interest them. Educational videos can be used to fill in gaps when you haven’t been able to get to the library, or the library doesn’t have books on a particular historical event.

Below are some YouTube history channels that are favorites among homeschoolers. Many of the channels have a wide variety of content, so the suggested age ranges are very approximate. I strongly recommend that you preview the videos before allowing your children to watch them, as standards vary by family.

YouTube History Channels

Crash Course – Videos on U.S. and world history, as well as other subjects. (middle & high school)

EmperorTigerstar – Videos and map animations of historical events. (middle school to adult)

Epic History TV – Dramatic events in history. (upper elementary to adult)

Extra Credits – Extra History episodes explore little-known but dramatic adventures in world history. (middle & high school)

Free School – Various history topics, as well as other subjects. (elementary & middle school)

Hip Hughes History – Mostly focuses on U.S. history and politics but also includes some world history and general interest. (middle school to adult)

History Buff – A show dedicated solely to reviewing historical movies for accuracy. (high school & adult)

The History Channel – Episodes cover a wide variety of historical events and general interest topics. (varies)


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The History Guy – Stories of forgotten history. (upper elementary to adult)

History Matters – Animated videos which teach European and world history. (high school)

Homeschool Pop – Various history videos, as well as many other subjects. (elementary)

Horrible Histories – The funniest, yuckiest, and most gruesome bits of history. (upper elementary to high school)

Jam Campus – Educational songs that teach history and other subjects. (all ages)

A Kid Explains History – The title says it all! (elementary)

Liberty’s Kids – Animated historical fiction series covering the American Revolution. (elementary & middle school)

Mark Felton Productions – Military history with a  focus on WWII and the Cold War. (middle school to adult)

Mr. Nicky’s World History Songs – Musical parodies that teach history. (all ages)

Ollie Bye – Map animations on the histories of countries, wars, and other topics of historical interest. (high school to adult)

OverSimplified – Short videos explain historical events simply. (high school)

Simple History – Brings history to life through animation. (upper elementary to high school)

Ted-Ed – These videos cover a wide variety of history topics, as well as many other subjects. (upper elementary to high school)

Timeline – Documentaries and series from the world’s top broadcasters, including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, and PBS. (varies)

Brookdale House – This website has created galleries of YouTube history videos organized by time period. (varies)


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What are your family’s favorite YouTube channels for history? Comment below!


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