A list of some of our favorite podcasts to tune-in to!
I thought I’d share a few of the podcasts we regularly tune-in to with you all. Especially during this time, when we are all social distancing. Your little one’s may need some alternatives to keep engaged and entertained. Listening to a podcast could be great option! In addition to checking out these awesome podcasts you may like to print out this list of 24 Indoor activities for kids. It includes some dramatic play ideas as well!
What I love about these podcasts is they do not depreciate the natural inquisitive natures of children. The content is fun and insightful! Listen in with your children, it will be a shared learning experience!
But Why? A podcast for curious kids
Ah yes, the “But Why?” phase. My son has been in this stretch for some time now and let me tell you, some of his questions leave me stomped! This adorable biweekly radio show/podcast takes on answering such questions. Each episode features kid-submitted questions, on a single theme, and with the help of experts, it details clear, interesting answers.
Smash, Boom, Best
Presented by the makers of Brains on!, Smash boom best is a debate show for kids and families. Each episode takes two cool ideas/topics, and “smashes” them together allowing the listener to determine which they feel is best! With kid approved episodes like Unicorns versus Dragons, Pizza versus Tacos, Super Speed versus Super Strength, your little ones will definitely lend their undivided attention! They will also be learning to defend their ideas as they tune in, I think that’s pretty awesome!
What if World
With whimsical episode titles such as “What if dinosaurs were alive today?” and “What if clouds were made of cotton candy?,” this series takes wacky young listener submitted “what if” questions and turns them into a new story every two weeks. Host Eric O’Keefe uses silly animated voices and crazy fun loving characters to capture the imaginations of listeners!
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
This serialized podcast tells the story of an 8-year-old boy living on an interplanetary space station (The Marlowe) who explores the galaxy and solves mysteries with his friends. My son Trey loves the characters and looks forward to the intro, a time when listeners can hear from Johnathan Messinger ( the creator) and his Robot pal Bee Bop! This sci-fi adventure podcast has two seasons totaling over 13 hours of content! I love that at the end of each episode we get to hear from Jonathan Messinger’s son Griffin who is introduced as the editor of the podcast.
Wow in the World
NPR’s first show for kids offering the same standard of engaging, well-produced content you’d expect from the leaders in radio and audio. We enjoy listening along to the adventures of Hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas! Episodes from this podcast include adventures like traveling far in to outer space, getting up close and personal with a super nova, and exploring a new amphibian exhibit at the Museum Of Wow. The characters exude infectious enthusiasm and curiosity while discussing trending topics in science and technology. This podcast is enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups too! Yep, that’s right, this mommy has learned a fact or two from this podcast! Not to mention their cool intro always make us dance and sing along!
“ Peace out and Peace within”
Stories for calming down and relaxation! This podcast is perfect for evenings before bed or perhaps transitioning to nap time. Episodes consist of short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Perfect for parents or educators who want to introduce and explore the topic of mindfulness and self-regulation. The latest episode Trey and I listened to is titled Geodes- A look inside, explored the following themes:
- Scientific (curriculum connections): geodes, crystals, natural resources (ethical mining practices, mindful consumerism and environmental impact of our choices)
- Social-emotional connections: Finding beauty in unexpected places, looking deeper for the potential and beauty in ourselves and others (“don’t judge a book by its cover”).
We LOVE this podcast as mindfulness, and self care are topics we often discuss and incorporate into our daily lives.