Looking for the best Urdu YouTube channels that will keep your little ones entertained while teaching them good values?
Finding appropriate shows for young children is extremely important. Finding Urdu videos for them is significantly harder! Using YouTube to find shows that meet your expectations can take a very long time and before you know it, you’ve been searching for over 45 minutes with minimal results. I wanted to share my favorite Urdu YouTube channels that will engage toddlers and teach them Islamic values and morals.
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This post is all about the best Urdu YouTube channels for toddlers.
These are the criteria I use to assess channels for toddlers:
- Lessons: Islamic, moral, or ethical values are being taught.
- Influence: No physical violence, name-calling, or aggressive behavior is being displayed.
- Engaging animation: How engaging is the cartoon and does the toddler follow along for at least a few minutes before losing interest.
- Age-appropriate: Very few shows are actually intended for toddlers (~18 months to four years of age). I assess the language to see if the conversation structure is simple rather than complex so a toddler can pick up some familiar, everyday words and follow along.
Moral Vision Kids Urdu
Abdul Bari Cartoon is all in Urdu and provides children with morals, ethics, values, surahs from the Quran, and various duas.
The “SubhanAllah – Wo ek hi Allah hai Rhyme Song for Kids” is a massive hit with toddlers, and it’s catchy so young children and adults will grasp it quickly.
The animation can sometimes be odd, but I think the adult will notice it more than the child.
Abdul Bari’s creator usually provides a moralistic speech at the end of each show to relay the intended message. This part is not so engaging to a toddler and might be better suited for an older audience.
Some episodes can have a rude tone, so I carefully select which episodes I allow my toddlers to watch.
Episodes range from 1.5 to 10 minutes in length. This show has episode compilations that are ~25 minutes to 1 1/2 hours long as well.
Kids Madani Channel
Ghulam Rasool Cartoon is a 3D animation cartoon series and the animation is superb. The shows are engaging, and there are always Islamic references from the Quran. One of the things I like best about this show is that they recite ayats from the Quran and display them on the screen in Arabic.
My toddlers are accustomed to hearing the four ‘quls’ and ‘Ayat-ul-Kursi’ every day, and when they listen to them on this show, they make the connection immediately. The way they incorporate Islam into each episode is excellent.
Episodes focus on mannerism, Quran, fear, prayer, and celebration, using hadith and the Quran to explain each intended message.
Episodes of these Urdu videos range from 2 to 10 minutes. This show has episode compilations of ~25 minutes, which gives you a longer option.
Kaneez Fatimah Cartoon is a new offshoot of Ghulam Rasool and also 3D animated. Kaneez Fatimah is a character in Ghulam Rasool and now has her own cartoon series.
I was so excited when I found this because it is something young girls can relate to. Because this show is newer, there aren’t too many episodes just yet. This show is playful and fun to watch, all while instilling Islamic values in a style similar to Ghulam Rasool.
Although few, these episodes focus on teaching fundamental principles of living in a society – fear, waste, lying, etc., using hadith and Quran.
Episodes range in length from 1.5 to 5 minutes. I think this is relatively short. However, this is just the perfect time frame to keep a toddler engaged throughout the whole show. This length might not be engaging enough for older children.
Jan Cartoon is another YouTube show that is fantastic for toddlers. The characters are small, allowing a toddler to relate to each of the main characters in size. This show follows Jan’s life and is full of ethical and moral messages, with a more indirect focus on Islam.
The 3D animation in these Urdu videos is excellent, and the plot settings are consistent, allowing the toddler to become familiar with the show’s environment.
The episodes focus on friendships, littering, family relationships, sacrifice, competition, dental hygiene, etc. The Urdu is easy to understand and allows a toddler to follow the storyline accurately.
Episodes range in length from 4 to 12 minutes.
Urdu Kids Channel
Urdu Kids is a top-rated channel, and many know about it already. This Channel is the go-to channel for all things Urdu alphabet. The animations are very engaging and the tunes are catchy, making learning the Urdu alphabet fun for kids.
This channel provides different ways to learn the Urdu alphabet and accompanying words. You can learn the alphabet through song, no song, or phonics. Each of these methods will help the toddler learn the Urdu alphabet, depending on the parents’ preference. Even as adults, we could learn a thing or two!
A point to note: This channel also has many nursery rhyme videos, and some are fantastic. However, I have noticed that many Urdu nursery rhymes, in general, have negative associations and messages about hitting, fighting, crying, etc. I am meticulous about what my children watch on this channel outside of the alphabet videos, but this is entirely preferential and very dependent on each parent’s point of view. So, I mention this only lightly but thought it was worth sharing.
Three Useful Tips for Navigating Urdu YouTube Channels for Toddlers
1. Provide Only Two Options
Multiple choices may overwhelm a toddler. If you give your child the chance to choose between Ghulam Rasool or Kaneez Fatimah, as an example, they will feel empowered, and toddlers love empowerment.
2. Rotate Between Channels
Repeatedly watching the same shows can push toddlers to dislike a particular show sooner rather than later. I suggest rotating the channels every week or every second week, depending on how much screen time you allow, so your toddler maintains an interest in each show.
On that note, there will be times when your toddler will want to watch the same episode over and over again, and that is completely fine and, in fact, very normal.
3. Eliminate Commercials
If you are an avid user of YouTube for things like recipes, DIY tutorials, kids’ crafts, etc., I recommend investing in YouTube Premium, which gets rid of all ads. We all know how annoying it is when you’re in the middle of a YouTube recipe, and all of a sudden, an ad pops up, and you have something on the stove, and you’re just waiting to execute your next step in the process. Similarly, toddlers are easily distracted in general, and ads can impact your toddler’s attention span and mood.
After I switched over to YouTube Premium, it saved me a lot of time and energy. I can walk away from the TV and quickly take care of my tasks, knowing my toddlers will stay engaged with their show. Overall, it’s a more pleasant experience for us all.
There are more YouTube Urdu channels out there, but many of them are more suitable for an older audience or were not engaging enough for my toddlers. If new channels and shows pop up, I will be sure to update this blog post.
This post is all about Urdu YouTube channels for toddlers that have been tried and tested by toddlers.
Do you have any Urdu YouTube videos or channels you would add? Contact me to let me know!