[Contributing article written by M. Morrissey via BuzzParent.com]
While many parents are familiar with podcasts talking about their favorite sports or perhaps mature shows like RadioLab, they might be surprised to know just how many entertaining, informative and educational podcasts for kids are out there.
Whether you’re looking for a cute bedtime story or something to keep them out of mischief on that long drive up to grandma and grandpa’s place, you can’t go wrong with a good podcast. Best of all, you don’t have to pay a single penny for them. As such, we’re delighted to share with you, in no particular order, our list of podcasts you must let your kids listen to.
Wow in The World
Science and technology have never been more fun than through this wonderful kids’ podcast. Each episode, hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas take listeners on an enlightening and kid-friendly scientific journey by discussing interesting questions an introducing the latest discoveries and inventions.
While very educational, it is also light-hearted and full of humour. Just don’t be surprised if you end up enjoying it just as much as your kids.
Link – https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510321/wow-in-the-world
Our children are never too young to practice mindfulness and meditation, and while they might not become yoga masters any time soon, Peace Out is brilliant for helping kids calm down and reflect on their day.
Each episode helps kids to relax with some breathing and visualisation exercises that encourage children to be more mindful. While it might not be the magical remedy for your child’s tantrums, it is a very calming podcast that’s great just before bed.
Link – https://bedtime.fm/peaceout
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
Taking its cue from the radio serials that were a big part of many parent’s childhoods, Finn Caspian takes your kids on thrilling science fiction adventures. Each week, he and his companions explore the galaxy, making new friends and solving mysteries.
Thankfully, Finn’s alien adventures are nowhere near as traumatic as Sigourney Weavers’, and this podcast is perfect for kids as there’s no violent or edgy content whatsoever.
Link – http://www.finncaspian.com
We all know how important it is for children to have bedtime stories, and for those difficult nights when you just don’t have it in you, Story Time is ready to rescue you.
Each episode features an original kids story, and the smooth and calming tones of the narrators are brilliant for helping little ones settle. Also, each story is labelled with an age range, so you will be in no doubt as to whether or not it is appropriate for your lot.
Link – https://bedtime.fm/storytime
Do you cringe at the thought of your kids listening to the lyrics of modern pop songs? Then Ear Snacks might be right up your street. This cool podcast blends an amazing soundtrack with informative, interesting and often funny discussions on a range of topics, making is a great podcast for kids and adults.
All the music for the show is composed by award-winning musicians Polly and Andrew, who worked on Wallykazam and Sesame Studios. The show talks to both kids and experts about art, music and culture and makes for both entertaining and insightful listening.
Link – http://andrewandpolly.com/earsnacks
The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
Parents should never underestimate the power of the ‘stealth lesson’, i.e. getting your kids to learn without them realising it, and The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd might be the best ‘stealth teacher’ we know.
Following in the traditions of mad scientist shows like Dexter’s Lab, this is filled with family-friendly fun and ridiculous situations. Best of all, each episode teaches children about science, geography and history as Dr. Floyd tries to foil the dastardly plots of his arch nemesis, Dr. Steve.
Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-adventures-dr.-floyd/id73329877?mt=2
Book Club for Kids
Perfect for tweens who love to read or who need to read more, this wonderful show features middle school children discussing their favourite books and giving recommendations to your kids on what they should be reading.
This great podcast is hosted by public radio figure Kitty Felde, and it is a wonderful way to get kids interested in reading and to inspire them to pick up new titles.
Link – http://www.bookclubforkids.org
About the Author
A former teacher who has worked in both the UK and China, Matt Morrissey is a writer, traveler, musician and all-round lover of life who regularly contributes to www.Buzzparent.com. He firmly believes that children are deep and rich wells of potential, and that a proper education, both moral/spiritual and academic, is the key to ensuring that their potential is realized. He also believes that the electric guitar is the greatest invention in the history of human kind, so don’t take everything he says too seriously.
Matt is a huge drone fanatic, and often says that he can’t wait for the day that packages are dropped off at his doorstep by friendly delivery drones. In the meantime, he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management.