Are you looking for something fun and educational for your preschoolers to listen to? Check out this list of kid friendly podcasts.
While we lived in South Texas, we had many long car rides with the kids. A trip to their pediatrician was at least 1 hour, to the Corpus Christi Aquarium was 2.5 hrs, to San Antonio was almost 5 hrs, and to the Dallas/ Fort Worth Area took to 8 or 9 hrs depending on traffic. Although my little ones are good travelers, that is a long time to sit strapped to a car seat.
Even after we moved to Georgia, we still spend quite a bit of time in the car driving to different activities and errands around town. For that reason, I am always on the lookout for road trip activities and ideas to help the kids get through the long hauls.
A couple of years ago, while we were in the middle of one of those 9 hour stretches, we ended up stopping for gas at a random spot where I came across some Bible stories radio drama CDs (you can check those out here and here). I bought a set and my kids were hooked!
While before that, they had never been interested in audio books, now they wanted to listen to those on repeat. They were not only listening eagerly, they were using their imagination, learning, and discussing with us the things that intrigued them. Even though that is not the only thing we did for the remainder those 9 hours, it sure made our trip a bit easier and my kiddos more eager to listen to audio stories.
As a lover of audio books and good podcasts, I was very excited with this new found discovery. So I started on a quest to find more audio programs that my kiddos and I could enjoy together.
Below you will find a list of our favorite podcasts so far. I chose to share podcasts with you for the simple fact that these podcasts are free and you can easily subscribe to them on your phone and have them ready whenever you want/need them.
Classics for kids. This is one of our all time favorites. In this podcast, “Naomi Lewin brings classical music’s great composers to life through music and stories” in short 10 minute episodes. Their website is also packed with resources for parents and music teachers in addition to a few games and activities for the kiddos.
Wow in the World: The Podcast for Curious Kids and their Grown-Ups.*We came across this kids’ podcast by NPR only recently but are thoroughly enjoying it. The educational episodes are about 30 minutes long and very entertaining. Here is the official description as listed on the NPR website: “Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we’ll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. Hosted by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas.” My kids loved the episode entitled “A Dog’s Nose Always Knows“, which does an awesome job at explaining the amazing olfactory powers of our canine friends.
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids.* This podcast is produced by Vermont public radio and although it is not as entertaining as Wow in the World, the content is certainly interesting. Here is the official description from the NPR website: “But Why is a show led by you, kids! You ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there.On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.” A recent favorite episode of our is one entitled: “Why do Snowboards Look Like Skateboards?”
Brains on: A Science Podcast for Kids and Curious Adults.* This is a podcast made especially for kids about different topics in science. Each podcast is usually prompted by a question or several questions related to a topic that is sent in by kids around the country. Each podcast is about 30 minutes long and will also include different features like “Guess the Mystery Sound” and the “Moment of Uhm.” Recently, our favorite episode was “The Ups and Downs of Elevators” which describes not only how elevators work but also how they came to be. It even talks about current plans to create an elevator that can go up into space!! You should definitely check this one out.
Discovery mountain. This is an audio drama produced by a ministry called Voice of Prophesy launched last year. It has a episodic story line that is currently in its 3rd season but you can listen to all the previous episodes at any time. I believe its target audience is probably 8-12 year-olds but my young ones enjoy it nonetheless. The stories usually center around a few main characters and end with a moral lesson. Each episode is about 20 minutes long.
*Be aware that these podcasts are not a christian-based programs and some of the episodes may include topics related to evolution. If your kids aren’t ready for an open discussion about that, check out the episode descriptions or transcript for a full summary of the program before listening.
This list is not comprehensive and there is probably a lot more out there that I don’t know about. If you know of any other worthwhile podcasts for kids please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
P.S. My kids also love listening to a dramatized audio Bible called Word of Promise. This is NOT a podcast but it was definitely worth the investment for us. The kids especially enjoy listening to the story of David in the book of Samuel and the gospels.