I recently shared my list of 50 of my favorite podcast episodes (go back and take a look in case you missed it!). Today I wanted to share a short list of my favorite podcasts for kids. What’s special about this list? Well, my kids and I have listened to several episodes in each of these podcasts and can verify they have held our attention. (Yes, my attention as well as my kids’!) If you’re looking for something to listen to on your next drive to soccer practice or during a road trip, give one of these a listen.
Before we get started, I should mention I have a 12-year old boy and a 10-year old girl. There are certainly even more podcasts available that may hold even younger listeners’ attentions!
We pretty much binged our way through all the available episodes from the first season of this super fun, well done podcast. The podcast features experts who debate topics like “Bats vs Owls” or “Castles vs Caves” in four fun rounds. A guest child awards points and determines the winner. While it sounds simple, I have to say, I have learned a lot through listening to this podcast. For instance, I learned techniques for surviving quicksand, that bats eat an unreal amount of mosquitoes every day, and the history of castles. My kids and I were definitely sad when we ran out of episodes to listen to and I hope they’ll come out with a second season quickly. Listen to Smash Boom Best episodes now.
This podcast highlights tidbits from history that you likely don’t know about, such as the world’s longest painting, the history of Nathan’s hot dogs, or the time President Andrew Jackson was gifted a 1400 pound wheel of cheese which sat in the white house for an entire year. (EEEEWWW!) To be fair, I would probably listen to this podcast even if I didn’t have kids because I love quirky history stories. It reminds me a bit of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Definitely worth a listen. Listen to The Past and the Curious episodes now.
This science-based podcast helps answers kids’ questions about the world they live in. We listened to one a week or so ago about allergies. I wondered if it was actually too technical for my kids, but they were able to grasp what was being said and it held their interest. So if you’re looking for a pretty educational podcast for your budding scientist, give this one a listen. Listen to Brains on! episodes now.
If your kids love a good game, they’ll have a ton of fun with this podcast! Each episode has a topic (such as camping, mobile devices, animals, etc.) and will feature one expert and one liar. Your job: figure out who’s lying and who’s the real expert. It’s trickier than it seems: the liars will try to convince the audience (as well as a guest child who plays as judge), that they have credentials and experience on the topic. The episodes tend to be shorter in length (about 20 minutes), so a good choice for a shorter car ride or a child with a shorter attention span. Listen to Pants on Fire episodes now (warning: this link plays audio automatically).
I would love to know which podcasts you’d add to my list! We’re always looking for new podcasts to subscribe to!