Inside this post: Find some of the best podcasts for kids that will engage their mind, keep them thinking, make them laugh, and that you’ll love too.
Two hours. We’ve been driving for two hours.
My car is quiet except for our podcast playing over my car’s speakers. As we take each twist and turn through this beautiful Alaskan landscape, I’m at peace, happy, and loving every minute of this beautiful drive.
My 7 year old and 4 year old haven’t said a word in two hours. Considering that storytelling and talking about
Minecraft everything under the sun is their favorite pastime, it’s amazing that they’ve been quiet for so long.
I keep glancing back through my rearview mirror to see if they are breathing, or sleeping, or what.
But nothing’s wrong, they are quiet, relaxed, and just listening.
I hear a giggle from the back every once in a while, but that’s it.
Our road trip is calm and peaceful. A stark difference from our usual trips filled with endless requests for snacks, hearing “Are We There Yet?” a bazillion times, and leaving me feeling agitated and restless to get to our destination.
I can actually enjoy the ride.
But seriously, podcasts? They always seem so boring and serious. Who knew that would be the answer to our road trip woes?
Who knew podcasts for kids could be fun for adults too??
Since the road trip from heaven, I’ve been using podcasts everywhere with my kids.
Waiting for brother to finish his swim lesson? Podcast.
It’s been a rough morning and everyone’s on edge? Podcast on the way to Target.
Have to wait at the Dr.’s office? Podcast.
Podcasts are my little lifeline of sanity.
We started off with just listening to Wow In The World from NPR, but because of my kid’s insatiable appetite for them, we needed more. So I’ve done a lot of Google searching and have found so many high-quality podcasts out there for kids I enjoy listening to too!
And, I don’t feel one ounce of guilt allowing my kids to listen to them because podcasts require kids to use their imaginations. And I love that.
So without further ado, here are my….
Top 5 Podcasts for Kids, that adults will love too.
Wow in the World: This was our first podcast for kids that we fell in love with. Presented by NPR, the hosts, spunky Mindy and her sidekick Guy Raz, explain the wonders of the world around them. With scientific evidence and silly antics, this podcast teaches some super interesting things. My boys loved the episode about Brain Freezes, and my personal favorite was all about why giggles are contagious.
Tumble: For more sciency-fun, check out Tumble. The topics on this podcast are thought-provoking and engaging for all ages. Of course, my boys loved “The Science of Poop” episode, but my favorite was “The Quest of the Alien Hunter.” I had no idea we spend so much time looking for alien lifeforms out there!
Stories Podcast: This podcast is committed to telling children interesting, engaging stories. They share everything from fairy tales like “Rapunzel,” to very timely stories like “The Moringa Groove” to open the conversation about issues like racism. My boys love listening to the stories they read, and I like them too. It’s great for the imagination!
Brains On: This podcast for kids boasts that it’s “a science lesson for your ears”. They are always discussing interesting topics, like why we sunburn and explains things like the Phantom Traffic Jam. I personally love their debates. They recently did one debating if deep sea darkness was darker than the darkness in outer space. They used scientific studies to find a clear winner, but you’ll have to listen to find out!
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel: Now this is a podcast that my children don’t listen to, and that’s only because they are a bit too young for it. The creators described it as, “a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds.” You see, the story is a serial mystery performed by kids about missing children. It’s highly engaging and will keep your kids guessing “who did it?” until the very last episode. It’s won numerous awards and I personally loved listening to its first season. So if you have an older kid, this would be perfect for them, and you’ll love it too.
The great thing about podcasts is that they are constantly pushing out new episodes, so it never gets boring, plus all you need is a podcast player like iTunes or Stitcher on your phone or tablet, and a pair of headphones or Bluetooth speakers to listen as a family.
Sure, podcasts keep my kids quiet, engaged, and out of my hair, but they’re also learning while they’re listening. I mean, I can’t tell you how many conversations my kids and have had since our lovely, podcast filled road trip, about some of the topics covered.
I dare you to ask my 7 year old about the darkness of the deep sea, he’d talk your ear off for hours. But beware, he can talk and talk and talk, but at least it’s not about Minecraft!
Podcasts have become a regular part of our day together, and I’m enjoying it just as much as they are.
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