15 of the best podcasts for kids

Bedtime stories and tales of plucky girl reporters. Wolf howling lessons and answers to every crazy question your child can think up. Here are the best 15 podcasts your family needs right now.

15 of the best kids podcasts by age

We were on Hour 6 of a 15-hour road trip when I decided to break out my kids’ first ever podcast. I had doubts that it would work, so was stunned when they stopped arguing long enough to listen intently to a But Why podcast. The episode that gripped their attention? “Why We Poop and Fart”. Of course.

 

A year later, podcasts have become part of our family life, teaching and entertaining my sons as we drive to school, play dates and Grandma’s house. Now that we’re in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve become an important (chill-out) part of our daily routine.

 

Why not do the same for your kiddos? Here are 15 of the best podcasts for kids, broken down by age. You’re sure to find something that’ll grab their attention. And if you listen together, this could well end up being one of your family’s favorite memories of this challenging time.

 

Podcasts for kids, 3 years+

20 of the best kids podcasts by age Stories Podcast for 2 years and up

Stories Podcast:

Ideal for younger children, Stories features a new episode every week, each ranging from between 10 to 20 minutes long. There’s a great variety of content, from classic fairytales and folk tales to original works and adaptations of fables.

Find it at:

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

Tune In

 

15 best podcasts for kids Storynory for 3 years and up

Storynory

Myths, fairytales, audiobooks, and historical, educational and original stories come alive with this long-running podcast, with each episode read by professional actors. There’s even a section dedicated to poems and music, so with more than 600 episodes to choose from, your little one will be spoilt for choice.

Find it at:

The Storynory website

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

 

15 best podcasts for kids Ear Snacks for 2 years and up

Ear Snacks

Andrew and Polly of Ear Snacks also happen to be award-winning musicians who’ve created songs for Sesame Studios and Wallykazam!, so they really do know their audience! Their super-fun, engaging podcast (new episodes twice a month) is truly enjoyable for kids, and they mix catchy music in with kids’ and guests’ comments. Music, art, science and culture for ages 2-5… We love!

Find it at:

The Ear Snacks website

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

 

15 best podcasts for kids Little Stories For Tiny People for 3 years and up

Little Stories for Tiny People

Rhea Pechter’s totally original, quality stories use characters like robots, baby hedgehogs and bears to introduce early childhood themes, like developing empathy, how to manage friendships, and the importance of respecting differences. Each episode is crafted with music and sound effects, but it’s all soothing enough to be played just before bedtime, when your little one is winding down for the day. New episodes every second week.

Find it at:

Little Stories for Tiny People website

Stitcher

Apple Podcasts

 

 

Podcasts for kids, 4 years+

 

15 best podcasts for kids Story Pirates for 4 years and up

Story Pirates

Winner of the 2020 IHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, Story Pirates is now on season 3 of mixing up songs and stories, with a group of actors turning stories written by kids into shows. Special guest voices include John Oliver and Dax Shepard. One of our family’s faves.

Find it at:

The Story Pirates website, which also includes bonus content, and has a section for kids to submit their own stories for consideration.

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

 

 

Podcasts for kids, 6 years+

 

20 of the best kids podcasts by age Brains On for 6 years and up

Brains On!

Hugely popular, the Brains On! podcast has a fresh science-oriented episode every week, and they’re always interesting, even for us parents. One of our kids’ favorites recently was ‘Canine club: From wolves to dogs’, which included a howling lesson.

Find it at:

The Brains On! website

NPR

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

 

20 best podcasts for kids But Why for 6 years and up

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Like Brains On!, But Why is another fun Q&A-type podcast that answers kids’ questions on every possible topic, from politics and science, to the animal world and the human body – all in an engaging, kid-friendly way. There are new episodes every week, so it’ll be easy to find loads that’ll appeal to your child.

Find it at:

The Vermont Public Radio website

Apple Podcasts

Google

Stitcher

NPR

 

15 best podcasts for kids Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls for 6 years and over

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls

Based on the bestselling, award-winning books, this super-popular podcast details the stories of amazing women and their achievements, from Harriet Tubman and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to Frida Kahlo and Billie Jean King. Definitely not just for girls, this series will empower any child to reach for their dreams!

Find it at:

The Rebel Girls website which includes a host of free activities, such as step-by-step how-to’s and journaling activities.

Stitcher

Apple Podcasts

SoundCloud

 

15 best podcasts for kids Wow In The World for 6 years and up

Wow In The World

This NPR podcast features weekly episodes that are each around 25 minutes long. Focused on science and recent discoveries, it’s a quirky and funny show that answers questions about topics that fascinate kids, like why do we get brain freeze and how can we slow ice cream from melting. The playful hosts (including klutzy Mindy with her time machine), great sound effects and relaxed, chatty vibe keep kids hooked.

Find it at:

NPR

Stitcher

Apple Podcasts

 

 

Podcasts for kids, 7 years+

 

15 best podcasts for kids Aarons World 7 years and up

Aaron’s World

If your kid has a hankering for dinosaurs, time travel, adventures and robots, this is the podcast to check out! This 50-episode drama was originally created by a 6-year-old, and it follows young Aaron and his computer sidekick as they explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.

Find it at:

Apple Podcasts

Player.FM

Podbean

Kids Listen

 

15 best podcasts for kids Short and Curly for 7 years and up

Short & Curly

This is a really interesting podcast series from Australia that focuses on ethical questions. Beautifully done and thought-provoking, each episode features real kids’ feedback on subjects like when you should end a friendship, teasing on the sports field, and if it’s ever okay to lie.

Find it at:

Stitcher

Apple Podcasts

Kids Listen

Google Podcasts

 

15 best podcasts for kids What If World for 7 years and up

What If World

What if people sneezed pickles? What if Ninjago Legos came to life? Dr Eric takes kids’ questions and turns them into entertaining stories that your little one will love. Using silly voices and crazy characters, he imaginatively weaves the outlandish into tales that are thoroughly gripping. A firm favorite in our home!

Find it at:

Stitcher

Apple Podcasts

Podbean

Kids Listen

 

 

Podcasts for kids, 8 years+

 

20 of the best kids podcasts by age The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel for tweens

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

The Mars Patel podcast is a Peabody Award-winning scripted serial mystery acted out by middle grade kids. Smart and courageous Mars leads his group of friends in finding out why kids are disappearing, and whether a billionaire inventor may be involved. Totally reminiscent of Stranger Things and The Goonies!

Find it at:

The Mars Patel website

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15 best podcasts for kids The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified for 8 years up

The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified

Clever, witty, plucky journalist, Eleanor, finds herself on one adventure after the next as she seeks out her next big scoop. This long-running podcast is hugely popular, with a heroine who is daring enough to foil the plots of devious bad guys. Inspired by old-timey radio shows, every episode is fast-paced with plenty of sound effects and oodles of entertainment. Start at Episode 1 and enjoy the ride!

Find it at:

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

NPR

Kids Listen

 

15 best podcasts for kids Book Club for Kids 8 years and up

Book Club for Kids

Though accessing public libraries is impossible for most of the world right now, this biweekly book club podcast will nevertheless introduce your tween to new titles to look forward to. In each 20-minute episode, kids discuss a book, an excerpt is read by a celebrity guest, and there is often an interview with the author.

Find it at:

The Book Club For Kids website

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

Podbean

Kids Listen

 



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