Getting away from the screen might sound like a mammoth task especially during #stayhome days and lockdowns. How about getting your child to listen to podcasts instead? We found a list of engaging podcasts just for kids. They can be easily streamed online with plenty of topics that would appeal to any child – science, folktales, wildlife, adventure, mystery and even dinosaurs!
Podcasts Just for Kids
Podcasts for Kids on Stories
Stories always get children hooked. Stories podcast is all about stories and one of the first to introduce storytelling podcasts. Be enthralled by kid-friendly renditions of classics, fairytales, folk tales and more. Episodes are between 10 to 20 minutes, ideal for fidgety children with longer stories bound to have them listening to great vocabulary and exciting storylines.
Purple Rocket Podcast
Another story-telling podcast, Purple Rocket Podcast has a mix of content with long-running series such as “Grandpa’s Globe” about twins Sawyer and Suzie using their grandfather’s magical globe to explore the universe. This would appeal to fans of the Magic Treehouse! Other adventures involve aliens, fairies and lend some wind to the child’s imagination. There are also stories with lessons such as “My Homework Ate Me” cautioning children not to procrastinate. The elaborate array of voices, ambient sounds and music bring stories to life.
Story Pirates is a mix of stories and fun songs with special guest voices such as Julie Andrews, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristen Bell, John Oliver. The website has links to the books, information on live shirts and of course pirate memorabilia. Say aye if you love stories and pirate!
Planet Storytime Podcast (PSP) is a story and music program with original content and adaptations of classics. Stories focus on building confidence, tolerance and the belief that with hard work and self-awareness, anything is possible.
Podcasts on Science and Whys of Life
This podcast takes questions from kids seriously. It answers questions submitted by kids and answers them with the help of experts. Aside from being educational, it is fun and silly – meaning kids will be having fun learning. There are different kid co-hosts each week. Content is suitable for kids and big kids too!
Like Brains On, But Why is led by kids who ask the questions. All kinds of topics are tackled – nature, words, end of the world. Children are encouraged to send in their questions via an audio file. If you are keen to have your question answered, email the audio file to firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow Earth Ranger Emma, a wildlife biologist and roaming reporter for the podcast. Get to explore the mysteries of nature, go to deep jungles, the frozen Arctic and splash around the wetlands! For nature-loving children, they will enjoy this podcast all about nature.
Wow in the World
This podcast for kids is engaging and well-produced while discussing science and technology. Both kids and adults will enjoy this as it is fun and informative. Families will be able to sit together and listen to this podcast.
Nurture the love of science in this kid-centric podcast Tumble. Listen to the interviews with scientists about their discoveries. Don’t worry if your child isn’t keen, they may change their minds after listening to the bewildering topics and clear explanations.
Podcasts on Adventure and Mystery
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
For children who love mysteries and perhaps Stranger Things, this podcast would certainly appeal. It has a voice cast of actual tweens, a suspenseful plot and plenty of twists. It is about an 11-year-old searching for his missing friends. Getting hooked already?
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
This story is about an 8-year-old who explores the galaxy and solves mysteries. This Sci-fi adventure podcast is perfect for space and mystery lovers.
Podcasts on Music and Current Affairs
Created by a music education father, Noodle Loaf is an interactive music education podcast. It has music just for children, movement activities, rhythm games and learning through play.
Saturday Morning Theatre
An audio drama anthology series – Saturday Morning Theatre is reminiscent of old-time radio with funny adventures. Think of Superhero adventures, westerns, mystery, comedy, the podcast has it all.
Pants on Fire
In this era of fake news, it might help to give kids the ability to be discerning and decipher the quality of news. This podcast is a fun game show where two adults face off – one being an expert, the other a liar while they answer tough questions. Children will have to ask insightful questions and weigh the evidence to decide who tells the truth
Podcasts in Mandarin
Learn Idioms with 933fm DJ Peifen
How about a podcast in Mandarin for children? YES 93.3 FM DJ Peifen has brilliant short and sweet podcasts on idioms and a story that explains the meaning of the idiom. Her son is also featured in the podcasts and it’s adorable to hear the two banter. What an enjoyable way to learn idioms!
Storytime with Jiahui
Listen to stories with YES933 DJ Jiahui! She reads Chinese picture books to audiences young and old, and definitely engages her listeners well.