These Are the Best Podcasts for Kids
Just like every adult in podcasting will find something for themselves – a real crime! humor! News! fantasy! – there are also many different podcasts for kids with different interests. There are podcasts for kids who love how things work, kids who love to cook, kids who love to listen to stories, and kids who love music.
Whether you’re looking to introduce your kids to podcasts, or looking for some great new podcasts to add to the rotation, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites. I decided not to add age recommendations on them because they are all suitable for any age; and your child’s personality, temperament and attention span will also be factors in which they enjoy the show. But overall, the podcasts on this list will be of most interest to kids ages 12 and younger – and in many cases, these might be podcasts that the whole family loves to listen to together.
NPR’s Wow in the World is a favorite among parents; If you’re looking for a short, quirky podcast for kids, this is a good option. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz present three weird or interesting facts in each episode, but only one is true and the kids stay tense until the next episode.
Each short episode sounds like a mini-show with fun music and sound effects that kids will love. New episodes are released every weekday and each is typically 8 to 10 minutes long, so the family can listen to it together at lunch or dinner time and then discuss!
From Vermont Public Radio, but why? especially good because the episodes answer real-life questions from real children on a wide range of topics, such as Why is the ice slippery? Do animals get married? Why are some words bad? and Why do milk teeth fall out?
Presenter Jane Lindholm takes the kids’ voice memo questions and then speaks to experts for accurate and comprehensive answers.
Tumble is a science podcast for kids hosted and produced by a science journalist and teacher on random science topics that kids will be interested in, such as the physics of basketball , dinosaurs, and dog DNA .
Each episode is roughly 15 minutes long and has been around for a few years now, so if your kids enjoy it, they have a good extensive library of episodes to have a drink on.
This podcast from America’s Test Kitchen Kids features a different ingredient every week as everyone prepares for the season finale, which will introduce listeners to the mysterious “Cooking Together” recipe.
If you haven’t started yet, given the state of grocery shopping at the moment, you can (secretly) quickly listen to the bonus episode released on April 14th, which reveals the recipe and ingredients you’ll need. to cook together. (You can also easily view it here – luckily, you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand.)
This podcast’s website best explains this show – well, minus the fact that it is now “city driving” and “road trips”:
Finn Caspian’s Alien Adventures is a sci-fi story for kids, told in 15-20 minute episodes that parents can wear as they drive around town, participate in a marathon on trips, or make friends before bed. When clicked, we describe it as a story of a “mystery gang,” like Scooby-Doo meeting Buffy the Vampire Slayer in space. In the center of the plot – Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard the interplanetary research space station The Famous Marlowe 280. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Veil – a squad of researchers 301, taking off from the “Marlow” to explore unknown planets, help random aliens and solve the mystery that threatens to destroy Marlowe.
Just make sure you start with Episode 1 and not the very last one if you want it to really make sense.
Created by a music education specialist father and his dumbheads , each segment is about 10 minutes long and is filled with fun songs and interactive games designed to get the whole family involved.
Do you want to raise kids who can recognize fake news? Then Pants on Fire is a great place to start. Every week, the child interviews two adults about a specific topic: one is an expert and the other is a bloody liar. It’s fast and fun, and good practice for their future news skepticism.
If that’s not enough to get you started, I asked our Offspring Facebook group for suggestions and they added a few more options:
- Ferocious girls
- Imagine this
- Pirate history
- Read error adventure
- Little stories for tiny people
- Aaron’s world
- Podcast Stories
- Spectacular history
- Brilliant stories
And … there are many more. If you have a favorite that isn’t on this list, leave it in the comments below for others to listen to.