25 YouTube toy unboxing channels kids just can't stop watching

Mar 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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What is it with kids and those unboxing videos on YouTube? Anyone with a toddler who stares mesmerized at the disembodied hands as they unwrap eggs and reveal the mysterious wonders within can tell you that the appeal is a powerful one. Parents react with everything from dismay to bemusement when their own children get sucked into them, but in all honesty, there's a simple reason that kids like this stuff: Because we do.

Not Bubble Guppy erasers dumped out of Kinder eggs over the friendly soundtrack of a soothing voice, of course; but unboxing remains a popular genre because it gives us a chance to experience something we might not otherwise be able to. If you can't afford the newest iPhone, watching someone else unbox it is peculiarly satisfying, and kids feel something similar.

At any rate, be glad: Next time your kid asks for the newest plastic detritus, you can always tune them in to someone unboxing it instead. They might just get it out of their system.

1 /26: Kids' Toys

1/26 :Kids' Toys

2 /26: Baby Big Mouth

2/26 :Baby Big Mouth

3 /26: ToyBoxCollectibles

3/26 :ToyBoxCollectibles

4 /26: FunToyzCollector

4/26 :FunToyzCollector

5 /26: Toys and Funny Kids Surprise Eggs

5/26 :Toys and Funny Kids Surprise Eggs

6 /26: SurpriseToys

6/26 :SurpriseToys

7/26 :FluffyJetToys

8 /26: pstoyreviews

8/26 :pstoyreviews

9 /26: Pixar Cars and Thomas and Friends Fan

9/26 :Pixar Cars and Thomas and Friends Fan

10 /26: CookieSwirlC

10/26 :CookieSwirlC

11 /26: Toys Unlimited

11/26 :Toys Unlimited

12 /26: BubblePOP Kids

12/26 :BubblePOP Kids

13 /26: Fizzy Toy Show

13/26 :Fizzy Toy Show

14 /26: My Kawaii Family

14/26 :My Kawaii Family

15 /26: Dollastic

15/26 :Dollastic

16 /26: EvanTubeHD

16/26 :EvanTubeHD

17 /26: Hailey's Magical Playhouse

17/26 :Hailey's Magical Playhouse

18 /26: mymillionTV

18/26 :mymillionTV

19 /26: Pimimpa

19/26 :Pimimpa

20 /26: The Kids Club

20/26 :The Kids Club

21 /26: Lucky Penny Shop

21/26 :Lucky Penny Shop

22 /26: Surprise Eggs unboxing toys

22/26 :Surprise Eggs unboxing toys

23 /26: Disney Cars Toy Club

23/26 :Disney Cars Toy Club

24 /26: DisneyCarToys

24/26 :DisneyCarToys

25 /26: Blu Toys Surprise Brinquedos & Juegos

25/26 :Blu Toys Surprise Brinquedos & Juegos

26 /26: Open the box

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26/26 :Open the box