I love a good podcast. I listen to them when I work out. When I’m doing the dishes. When I’m driving. And even when I’m just hanging around the house. Like me, podcasts have become a listening staple for many adults, but did you know that there are oodles of awesome podcasts geared towards children?
There are. Lots in fact.
Podcasts can be total game changers when it comes to listening time with children! Out with the Trolls soundtrack when stuck in Friday afternoon traffic. In with fun and often educational podcasts that will dazzle and engage you and your little passengers! You might not even mind the extra time it takes getting home because you are in the middle of a great story or learning about how your brain creates memories!
Podcasts have also been an awesome alternative to screen time in our house. When my daughter needs some down time to just relax, we now opt more for letting her listen to a podcast while she relaxes on the couch versus turning on the television. They engage her imagination and auditory learning. I will often see her wander off in the middle of a podcast, inspired to play or create something!
But with so many podcasts out there (and trust me, there are tons), which ones are the best for the whole family? Here are 5 Awesome Podcasts for Kids…..That You’re Going to Love Too!
1. Stories Podcast. This is probably the podcast we listen to most! Creative stories with historical, educational and/or moral themes mixed with lovely music! The narrator has an engaging way of telling the tales that truly grabs young listeners but engages adults as well! Quick heads up though, if you have considerably young listeners, make sure you read the story summary before starting to listen. Some stories cover historical events that may not be comfortable for extra young ears.
2. Wow in the World. Brought to us by those lovely and brilliant people behind NPR, Wow in the World presents scientific concepts in a fun and interesting way. You will likely learn just as much about a given topic as your child and have some wonderful conversation to boot.
3. Storynory Podcast. Another beautiful podcast presenting fun stories, retellings and songs for your children. Each episode varies in length, so you can enjoy them in the car on a quick trip to the grocery store or save the longer ones to listen to in succession while on a road trip!
4. Tumble Science Podcast for Kids. Hmmmmm….science and story telling. I’m sensing a theme with the wonderful and great podcasts for children. And its not terribly surprising….nothing gets children’s curiosity and imagination going the way the wonders of the world and a beautifully told story do! And Tumble Science Podcast for kids is no different! Sharing everything from the wonders of the solar system to the science of poops and everything in between….your family is bound to laugh and learn with this podcast.
5. Sparkle Stories Podcast. Looking for some different stories away from the traditional fairy tales or classics? Sparkles presents new and original tales that are great for kids and families who are audio book lovers (us!). Simple and lovely stories that captivate and will have your children forgetting about the television program they were begging to watch.