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Ultimate Guide to Podcasts for Kids

Ultimate Guide to Podcasts for Kids

Ultimate Guide to Podcasts for Kids

My kids grew up on audiobooks. So when podcasts came along, I immediately fell in love with the idea of using podcasts for kids. I have an extensive list of podcasts I listen to on a regular basis. And, I’m not ashamed to admit, a few of them are on my podcast list for kids below. But before we get to that list, let’s look at the pros and “how-to” of podcasts.

Pros of Podcasts for Kids

  1. Podcasts can be educational.

Podcasts can be a great tool for teaching kids about science, history, ethics, and more. Listening to stories helps kids build vocabulary, improve reading skills, and even become more empathetic.

  1. Podcasts are a screen-free option.

With podcasts, families can enjoy the same level of engagement, entertainment, and education as screen-based activities without worrying about staring at a screen.

  1. Podcasts can make travel and chores fun!

Podcasts are completely portable. You can listen in the car, on the bus, in a classroom, or even while doing chores around the house.

  1. Podcasts are FREE!

Podcasts don’t have subscription or download fees, so anyone with internet access can listen and download for free. Most podcatcher apps, like Stitcher, are free, too.

How to Listen to Podcasts

Podcasts are available to stream online or with a “podcatcher,” an app you can download specifically for podcasts. Here are a few popular options for listening:

Podcasts– The original podcast app for Apple iOS.

Stitcher Radio for Podcasts– Stitcher is my preferred podcast player. With Stitcher you can subscribe to your favorite podcasts, select single episodes, and create custom podcast playlists.

GooglePlay-is just beginning to add podcasts. There aren’t many available yet, but this Google fan girl is excited about it. I shared links to the podcasts I was able to find available in GooglePlay below.

RSS Feed– RSS feeds are simple text files that, once submitted to feed directories, will allow subscribers to see content within a very short time after it’s updated.

Select your favorite app then subscribe to some of these podcasts for kids below! Subscribing lets the app push new episodes directly to your device as soon as they’re available. This means you’ll always have the latest episode in your queue waiting for you to listen.

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Ultimate List of Podcasts for Kids

Adventures in Odyssey

The official Adventures in Odyssey in podcast form. This well-known, well-loved drama follows the day to day adventures of Whit, Connie, Eugene, and Wooton. They explore stories in the Bible that are packed with faith-filled moments. This series has well over 400 episodes!

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 30 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, RSS feed, website

 

BBC School Radio

There are many educational audio shows here, including several great history, literature, and math podcasts. My favorite is Shakespeare Retold. And, while most aren’t traditional podcasts available on most podcast channels, this resource is just too good not to include. If you find a series you love, simply bookmark the page, or download the episodes. It’s that easy!

  • For Ages: 6–Teen
  • Average Length: 15 minutes

How to listen? website

 

Book Club For Kids

If your child loves books, Book Club for Kids is the perfect podcast for them. In Book Club for Kids, young readers meet to talk about books. The podcast includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. Young bookworms will love the author interview aspect to the book club.

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 20 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcherwebsite

 

Brains On!

Brains On! is a podcast featuring science and kids. It’s a unique podcast in that a different kid co-hosts each episode. The producers of the show say they “ask questions and go wherever the answers take us.” In other words, they don’t lay out the show with the end in mind. They literally ask a question and explore the answer. In one episode, kids will explore what makes paint stick. In the next episode, they’ll discuss the mystery of gravity. Science has never been so fascinating!

  • For Ages: 6–12
  • Average Length: 30 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcherwebsite

 

But why: A podcast for curious kids

But Why answers questions sent in by kids. It’s the perfect podcast for kids who constantly ask you, “But, why?” This podcast tackles topics kids ask, large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.

  • For Ages: 7–10
  • Average Length: 25 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, RSS feed, website

 

Classics for Kids

All Classics for Kids® programs can be downloaded as a podcast here. This was a favorite series in our home. And I could not be more thrilled it’s available as a podcast. Each Classics for Kids introduces you to a famous composer. You’ll learn interesting facts about his life and his music, all while being introduced to the music he composed.

  • For Ages: 5–10
  • Average Length: 6 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, website

 

Eleanor Amplified

Eleanor Amplified is a serial podcast. This podcast is a fun updated version of old-time radio shows and follows Eleanor, a plucky journalist, who’s always looking for her next big scoop. With 2 seasons, there are plenty of episodes to keep kids entertained. And, they’ll pick up lots of positive messages along the way. Eleanor Amplified has a “Road Trip Edition” episode with the entire first season in a single audio file. So, load it up if your family is getting ready to hit the road for Spring Break!

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 15 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

Historical Figures

Hosts Carter and Vanessa bring history to life in the weekly podcast. They dig up great unknown stories behind the historical icons we know, and explore their lasting impact on our world.

  • For Ages: Teens
  • Average Length: 45 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, website

 

Professor Buzzkill

Professor Buzzkill is a weekly podcast that explores history myths that are most deeply embedded in our culture. One main myth is looked at in depth each week, with the intention of not only busting that myth but also showing why the history surrounding that myth is so important.

  • For Ages: Teens
  • Average Length: 60 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

Radiolab

Radiolab isn’t just a documentary podcast. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich have instead turned it into a podcast that explores our curiosity about a topic. They use state-of-the-art sound design, story-telling, and a sense of humor to ask big questions and blur the boundaries between science, philosophy, and human experience.

  • For Ages: Teens
  • Average Length: 45 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, RSS feed, website

 

Saturday Morning Theatre

Saturday Morning Theatre is another podcast formatted in the old-time radio style. This new podcast, from the creator of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, is full of these daring, and often funny, adventures that will capture the imagination. So, blast Saturday Morning Theatre and maybe the kids won’t complain about their Saturday morning chores.

  • For Ages: 6–10
  • Average Length: 10 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

Science Friday

There are tons of great science episodes and even a section of STEM resources for parents and teachers. You can also search for podcasts based on science topic by clicking on the “Educate” tab.

  • For Ages: Teens
  • Average Length: 60 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

Shabam

Shabam blends scientific facts with a fictional story to create an adventure so fun that kids may not even realize how much they’re learning. Follow the engaging journey of Mel (an emergency room doctor) and a trio of intelligent and curious children through their adventure after a pandemic begins. Through this journey, kids will learn about how the brain works, how viruses spread, the importance of electricity, transportation, and more.

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 30 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

Short and Curly

This unfortunately-named podcast features ethical dilemmas rooted in current pop culture. Is Dumbledore as good as he seems? Should pugs exist? Do you need to love your siblings? The discussions cover more difficult topics than many of the other podcasts on this list but are discussed at a level that’s accessible for younger children as well. Questions are provided by the hosts so that your family can continue the ethical discussions together.

  • For Ages: 7-Teens
  • Average Length: 25 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

Storynory

This podcast is a treasure trove of kid-friendly audio stories. There’s a nice mixture of new stories, fairy tales, and specially adapted myths and histories. Everything is G rated and safe for all the ears in the family.

  • For Ages: 3–8
  • Average Length: 10 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, StitcherRSS feedwebsite

 

Story Pirates

Story Pirates podcast is a branch of the popular Story Pirates education and media organization. This organization dramatizes stories written by young authors. Each podcast episode features the original story sent in by a child author. You’ll hear the Story Pirate adaptation and a phone call to the author. This podcast is fun, creative, and inspires kids to write their own stories!

  • For Ages: 3–8
  • Average Length: 10 minutes

 How to listen? iTunes, StitcherGooglePlaywebsite

 

Story Time

Story Time is just what the name suggests, a podcast with original bedtime stories. Stories are just under 20 minutes and new stories are added twice a week. So, there are many stories available. This is the perfect podcast when kids need a bit of calm down or quiet time.

  • For Ages: 3–8
  • Average Length: 15 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, StitcherGooglePlaywebsite

 

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class is a great podcast for kids 12 and older. Segments run between 30-50 minutes. It’s hosted by Holly and Tracy who attempt to separate truth from fiction about certain historical stories and personas. This is a fun podcast for history lovers!

  • For Ages: Teens
  • Average Length: 30 minutes

How to listen? iTunesStitcherwebsite

 

Stuff You Should Know

A fun collection of podcasts on subjects that will fascinate everyone in your home. It shares interesting facts on things like How Pompeii Worked to What Is an Invasive Species? Some content is not appropriate for young children.

  • For Ages: Teens
  • Average Length: 55 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian tells the story of an 8-year-old boy living on an interplanetary space station. Finn explores the galaxy and solves mysteries with his friends in this exciting sci-fi adventure series.

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 25 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, RSS feed, website

 

The Past & The Curious

The Past & the Curious is a fun podcast for the entire family. It features people telling interesting, little-known stories from history. Each podcast episode shares a silly song that you’ll be singing all day long. But, don’t think this podcast is all sappy play. There’s a quiz segment, so listeners really come away learning something. This podcast makes learning fun.

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 25 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

Follow along on the adventures and exploits of the World’s Most Brilliant Scientist, Dr. Floyd! Join Dr. Floyd as he tries to thwart the plans of his evil arch nemesis, Dr. Steve, all the while learning about the people and events that shaped the history of the Earth. The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd began November 7, 2004 and is the longest running, professionally produced audio drama podcast. Although this series ended in 2014, there are enough episodes to keep your child’s podcast list full for years!

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 15 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a serial mystery podcast performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12-year-olds. It was voted as one of the top 50 podcasts of 2016 by The Guardian and was recently honored as a Peabody award winner.

  • For Ages: 8–12
  • Average Length: 20 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, RSS feed, website

 

Tumble

Tumble is a science podcast for kids. But parents will enjoy it as well. Hosts Lindsay and Marshall tell stories about science discoveries, with the help of scientists! Their goal is to help kids understand how science works and that science is the great quest for answers.

  • For Ages: 5–10
  • Average Length: 15 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, website

 

Welcome to Night Vale

If you have teens who love dark creepy mysteries, Welcome to Night Vale is a definite podcast to check out. This podcast has been running since 2012 and it’s easy to see why it’s developed a cult-like following. The podcast is set in the fictional desert town of Night Vale where the mysterious is ordinary. Welcome to Night Vale is probably a bit creepy and dark for younger kids. So, it might not be the podcast you listen to with the entire family in the car. But it’s perfect for teens and parents!

  • For Ages: Teens
  • Average Length: 25 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, RSS feed, website

 

What if World

What If World is a storytelling podcast for kids. Host Eric O’Keefe takes ridiculous “what if” questions submitted by young listeners and turns them into a new story using silly voices and crazy characters. He answers questions like “What if unicorns and narwhals had Jedi sabers for their horns?” or “What if I were raised by dragons?” This podcast is fun and captivating for young listeners.

  • For Ages: 5–10
  • Average Length: 20 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

Wow in the World

Wow in the World takes kids and parents on a journey to explore the coolest new stories in science and technology. This podcast is not only fascinating but is a way for your family to connect and discuss interesting subjects.

  • For Ages: 7–Teen
  • Average Length: 30 minutes

How to listen? iTunes, Stitcher, website

 

What is your favorite podcast for kids? Be sure to share it with us in the comments section.

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9 Comments

  1. Anna Radmall on March 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    This is such an awesome post! Thank you for sharing all these awesome kid-friendly podcasts. I’m going to have to look into the ones for 3 year olds for my little one 🙂

    • Leah Nieman on March 15, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. There are some great story podcasts for preschool age kids on the list. Hope you find one that’s perfect for your little one.

  2. MJ on March 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Podcasts for kids never occurred to me! This is a great idea, especially when trying to get them to help clean and for those long car trips.

    • Leah Nieman on March 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      It’s amazing at how quickly cleaning goes when kids are listening to a podcast. Best of all they are so busy listening they normally forget to complain about cleaning:-)

  3. Estefania on March 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I didn’t even know these existed. How great!

    • Leah Nieman on March 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      I hope your family enjoys them as much as my family does.

  4. Nicole Caudle on March 15, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    This is a great list. I didn’t know this was a thing, but I’m sure my kids would definitely be interested in listening to podcast!

  5. Echo on March 16, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I love your list! I’ve been really into podcasts lately! My son is only 8 months old but we listen to them in the car, we really love Story Pirates. (and by we I mostly mean me.)

    • Leah Nieman on March 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks! And, same here. Some of my favorite podcasts lately are ones recommended for kids. I am loving The Past & the Curious.

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