Are you looking to keep your kids entertained? Check out this comprehensive list of the best podcasts for kids.
If you’re a parent and you’re concerned about the amount of time your kids spend in front of a screen, you’re not alone. So many of us worry our children will spend their lives in the glow of their tablet or smartphone. We are concerned about them getting the level of social interaction they need and about them learning how to have fun away from technology.
Thankfully, there are several ways to entertain your kids away from screens. One way is to listen to podcasts. Podcasts offer fun, education, empowerment, and excitement while stimulating our creativity and thirst for knowledge. And what’s great is, no matter your kid’s tastes or preferences, there will be a podcast out there that’s perfect for them. Below, we explore 27 outstanding podcasts, showing you where you can find them and why they’re so great.
It’s never too early to give your kids a love for podcasts! These podcasts are perfect for tiny little humans and growing brains.
1. Ear Snacks
This funny and informative podcast covers a range of topics, including questions posed by kids and answered by experts, providing fun and education for little kids.
2. Little Stories for Tiny People
This podcast is essentially a calming, soothing bedtime story in audio form. Get your kid to grab their favorite teddy and settle down for a nighttime tale told in a calming tone.
3. Preschool Music & Story Time
This podcast is regularly updated and will quickly become a favorite for your preschool kids, covering issues such as nutrition and movement, fitness and exercise.
4. Be Calm on Ahway Island
If you’re having trouble getting your kid to sail away to the land of nod, this podcast is just what you’re looking for. The hosts begin with a pre-story meditation (including mindfulness practices like “deep dragon breaths”), which might just get your kids to sleep before the story begins! The narrator’s soothing voices describe adventures on Ahway Island are great for kids of all ages and are particularly popular with preschool children.
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This podcast really does have it all — whether you’re looking for fairytales, classic myths, poetry, or music, Storynory is a great choice to keep your kid’s mind entranced and entertained.
Feed your kids’ minds with these trivia podcasts. Children are so curious and thirsty to learn more and more — they just need the right tools.
1. But Why?
Kids ask about certain things adults wouldn’t even question. When did people start speaking? Why is grass green? Why don’t we keep growing forever? This podcast is biweekly and tackles questions like this in a kid-friendly, clear way.
2. Brains On
This educational podcast addresses questions sent in by kids — experts answer questions relating to nature, anatomy, geography, linguistics, and more. Listening to this podcast each week will keep your kids learning in such an entertaining way, they won’t even realize it.
3. What If World
The best way to understand this podcast is for us to outline some of the episode titles:
- What if everyone wore the same color clothes?
- What if clouds were made out of cotton candy?
- What if clocks were bananas and monkeys ate time?
Ridiculous though these questions might sound, this podcast captures the attention of countless children, while the host brings the stories to life, answers random questions, and captures the imaginations of your children.
4. The Past & The Curious
This is a great way of getting kids interested in history. The hosts explore little-known events in history in a funny, interesting way. The podcast even has a quiz segment to make sure your kids are learning while having fun.
Come bedtime, if you’ve read the same books a thousand times and you’re looking for some new material, look no further than these amazing podcasts.
1. Planet Storytime
This podcast offers a mix of classic stories and less well-known yarns. Aiming for a delicate mix of entertainment and education, this is a great podcast to play while your kid winds down for the night.
2. The Two Princes
In this adventure podcast, two young princes strive to save their kingdoms, defeat villains and slay dragons. With dashes of magic, romance, and danger, this audio drama is the perfect introduction to the fantasy genre.
3. Flyest Fables
This podcast is about a magical book that transports readers to a world where they can find the confidence, drive, and strength to overcome any obstacle. The podcast occasionally tackles serious (but important) issues like homelessness and bullying, making the stories powerful and meaningful for kids.
4. Stories Podcast
This podcast tells classic stories in a modern way, challenging kids to develop their vocabulary and imagine worlds far different from their own.
5. Story Pirates
This podcast showcases stories created by real kids, submitted to the show and brought to life by the hosts. The podcast even features special guest stars, including Claire Danes and John Oliver. If the podcast inspires them, kids can head to the website and submit their very own story to be explored and read out on this amazing podcast.
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News and Science Podcasts
As parents, we have to answer the question “why” approximately a thousand times a day. With these podcasts, your kids will learn all they need to know about the world around them.
Talking to kids about the news can be difficult — but they want (and need) to be informed about the world around them. This podcast is created by mothers who are also broadcast journalists so that they can relay news stories to young listeners in an easily digestible way.
2. Earth Rangers
This podcast is inspired by a love for biology and allows kids to learn all about animals, ecosystems, and the countries of our world. Episodes are usually about fifteen minutes and will be popular for kids who want to learn all they can about the world around them.
3. Pants on Fire
This is a Podcast game show where one kid goes up against two adults. The catch is, only one of these adults is an expert in a given topic. The kid asks questions and analyzes information to determine who is telling the truth. As well as being a lot of fun to play along to, kids can learn an awful lot about imporant topics.
In this incredible podcast, kids can listen to interviews with scientists about their processes and discoveries. The podcast addresses fascinating topics in an approachable way. Even if your kid has never shown a love for science, we can almost guarantee this podcast will spark an interest.
Mystery and Adventure Podcasts
Does your kid have a thirst for adventure? These podcasts will keep them on their toes and eager to hear more.
1. The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
This Peabody Award-winning scripted mystery series is voice acted by actual middle schoolers and is about an 11-year-old boy who is searching for his missing friends. The gripping, suspenseful mystery will keep your kids hooked for hours.
2. The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
This podcast tells the story of an eight-year-old who lives on an interplanetary space station. The central character explores the galaxy and solves mysteries alongside his friends. With over 13 hours of content out there, this sci-fi adventure is violence-free and will keep your kids entertained for days on end.
3. Eleanor Amplified
This podcast is inspired by old-timey radio shows and follows a journalist who is constantly going off on an adventure, in pursuit of her next big scoop. The journalist, Eleanor, is witty and daring and the series is perfectly suited for tweens in need of a mystery.
4. The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
This is another podcast inspired by old-timey radio shows. It follows Dr. Floyd and Dr. Steve, one kind and one wicked, as they battle one another and go on adventures that cover science, history, and geography, ensuring your kids are entertained and educated.
What kid doesn’t love a scary tale or two? This podcast is great for kids (over the age of eight) looking for a myth or adventure to sink their teeth into — whether it’s about vampires, clowns, or anything else that might be lurking in the dark.
Kids have a special relationship with music. Whether your kid is destined to be a musician or an avid fan, these podcasts are exactly what they’re looking for.
1. Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
This podcast is all about “kindie rock” — indie rock for kids. This two-hour podcast is styled like a radio show and covers songs new and old your kids will love.
2. Spare the Rock: Spoil the Child
Are you a rock-and-roll loving parent who wants to share their passion with their kids — but perhaps without all the explicit content? This podcast is for you. Each week, there’s a new playlist with kid-appropriate songs that adults will love, with songs from They Might Be Giants, Elvis Costello, and John Legend.
3. Noodle Loaf
This podcast is hosted by a music education specialist and his daughter and will get kids playing musical games, singing, rhyming, and moving. Popular with kids of all ages, the songs featured are so fun, silly, and upbeat that the whole family will love them.
4. David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast
This podcast is perfect for music lovers with a silly side. Help nurture your kids’ love for classical music with this incredible, ten-part podcast, presented by David Walliams. After listening to this podcast, your kid will be regaling you with facts and questions, including “Did you know Beethoven was arrested for being a tramp?” and “Did you know Mozard loved fart jokes?”
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