If you are looking for a way to drag your kids away from their screens, stimulate discussion as a family and make family car journeys an opportunity for connection time, learning and conversation then check out these great Podcasts for kids!
Podcasts are popping up all over the place and are more popular than ever and listening to podcasts with the kids is a brilliant way to help your kids learn while being entertained and connect whilst doing it!
It’s amazing how captivated young kids are by podcasts The art of listening is actually a really important skills for ids to learn but also audio learning is a really effective way of digesting information for loads of kids. But overstimulation of visuals can reduce this natural ability in kids to learn audibally. So if you want them to have the edge at school growing up then encouraging them to listen to podcasts is a really good idea. And it’s fun too!
Here’s 4 reasons listening to podcasts is great for your kids –
1/ Podcasts, have major benefits like improving focus and imagination. This way of listening to stories also teaches kids to use different senses to experience stories.
2/ Podcasts are totally free! You can listen on Podcast (the original Apple Ios app) but there are loads of other free apps that you can use to tune in to; Overcast, Pocket Casts amongst many others!
3/ They are great for shorter car journeys – a 20-30 minute journey is the perfect time to tune into one f your favourite podcasts and make the most of the time.
4/ In the past families used to gather around the radio to listen to their favourite family radio show and enjoy the quality time together. Nowadays we live much more separate lives, even within our own houses, with everyone on different devices doing their own thing. Podcasts are a way of connecting and having some special family time together. They also foster a love of learning in the family, help pas the time and get you thinking and talking!
To save you trolling the podcast shelves we’ve done an easy round up of the best 12 Podcasts your kids will love.
12 Best Podcasts for kids
The stories on The Stories Podcast range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Safe for all ages., it’s the perfect kids podcast for imaginative families.
Brains On! is an award-winning audio show for kids and families. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world. With a mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history I think they do just that with flair and imagination!
You can even submit your kids own questions and have them featured! Submit your kids’ questions, ideas and mystery sounds to the show, and they might be added to the Brains Honor Roll.
The Week Junior Show takes you behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine for 8 to 14-year-olds. Each week, Bex from Fun Kids is joined by members of The Week Junior team to discuss their favourite stories, debate the week’s hot topic and discover whether the ‘Real or Rubbish?’ report is fake news or the real deal.
This is one of our favourite kids podcasts and it always sparks lively debate and discussion in our family! A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those questions that are not easy to answer! From banning lollies to is Dumbledore as great as he seems, Are parents hypocrites, and when is it ok to dob on someone….. the topics are wide ranging and thought provoking!
Original Children’s Stories and Meditations for nap time, bedtime, and any time it’s relax time!
Each relaxing story contains a guided meditation, breathing exercises, and a positive message. Brilliant if you have kids who struggle to relax or suffer anxieties or worries.
Another one of our favourites and not just for girls. My son enjoys listening too with us and I think it gives him a great message about women!
Delivered in a style of a fairy tale story, each episode tells the story of extraordinary women who inspire us. This show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher and fight harder.
7/ WOW in the World
Wow in the World Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them.
Five Minutes With Dad stars school kids Pavlos and Angela Pavlidis and their dad Nick Pavlidis. This is the podcast where you get to listen in on a little father-son and daddy-daughter time and learn about great resources to connect with your kids. If you’re looking for family, parenting, or kids activities – or if you’re looking for motivation and ideas on how to spend a little more quality time with your children then this is a great podcast for that!
Brilliantly titled (what parent hasn’t experienced the constant ‘why’ questions from a 3 year old?)
‘But Why’ is a show led by kids. They ask the questions! I Topics are tackled, both large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. Know a kid with a question? Record it with a smartphone and submit it!
This is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? The debaters use facts and passion to make their case…teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.
The Dream Big Podcast is a family-friendly podcast inspiring kids (and adults!) to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality. Hosted by 9 year old Eva Karpman and mum Olga Karpman;; they interview world-class performers who do what they love and live their dreams each and every day. Eva also does solo episode where she answers questions from the audience and discusses personal development principles.
Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.
We hope you enjoy our roundup of best kids podcasts! Let us know your favourites and any other ones you recommend.
And don’t forget you can access the awesome kids audio book ‘Wonderslide World’ the stage is set’ completely FREE here – a fantasy story for 3-8 year olds, access your audio book here….