The holidays are here and with the holidays comes a lot of traveling. With kids, traveling can be a little daunting. As parents, we look for things to help keep them occupied. One way that I have found to keep my kids entertained in the car is with kid-friendly podcasts. Whether we are going on a short or long drive, I will turn on one of their favorite podcasts. They are also good to listen to just hanging out in the house. You can stream them through your computer, Ipad, Kindle or phone.
For any one unfamiliar, a podcast is a digital audio file that can be downloaded to a computer or other mobile device. It is kind of like listening to the radio. The best part is that the shows you want to listen to are available on-demand. To listen to a podcast, you may be able to go directly to the website and listen there or you can download an app that is specifically for podcasts. Some popular apps are: ApplePodcasts (only available for Apple IOS), Stitcher, SoundCloud, Podbay.fm, and KidsListen (only available for Apple IOS).
Some pros of kids listening to podcast:
- Boost learning
- Reduces screen time
- They can go anywhere
Here are 10 kid-friendly podcasts that are also great for the whole family:
In the podcast But Why, kids send in their simple questions that require complex answers. In each, episode the hosts answer questions based on a theme. Ages 3.5-10 and adults.
Circle Round is a treasury of classic stories from around. The stories are adapted for modern times and last between 10-20 minutes. Ages 3-10 and adults.
Ear Snacks explores the world through music and also through interviews with children and experts. Ages 2-5 and adults.
Five Minutes With Dad is a podcast that is hosted by a father alongside his 2 co-hosts, his young son and daughter. On this podcast they have conversations about everyday things like kindness, and courage. It is lighthearted, fun and genuine. Ages 3 and up.
The Sesame Street podcast features all the lovable favorites from the TV show. The characters tell stories, sing songs, and do fun activities that your little ones will love. Available only on ITunes. Ages 18 months-5.
Short and Curly is a fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, with questions and ideas to really get you thinking. It asks questions about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future. Ages 5-12.
Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child is a fabulous way to introduce your children to a variety of indie music, old and new. They mix in some kid favorites as well. Ages 3-10.
Story Pirates is a podcast that takes stories kids have written and sent in. It then brings them to life through live performances from some very talented actors and comedians. Ages 2.5 and up.
Story Time podcast has short stories that are perfect for kids because they are between 10-15 minutes long. The narrator has a soft voice that can put little ones to sleep. Ages 2 and up (each story will have an age range).
Wow in the World is a podcast done by NPR. Hosts Guy Roz and Mindy Thomas discuss science and technology with energy and excitement that will keep your kids wanting to know more. Ages 4 and up.
This list is just a short list of kid-friendly podcasts. To find a more extensive list go to zooglobble.com. There you will find an A-Z list that gets updated frequently.
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