As the days get shorter and cooler, we’re all on the hunt for ideas that keep our kids occupied, and ideally enriched and entertained. I have been a podcast fan for years. I love that I can multi-task and listen. And I’m finding podcasts have the same calming effect on my kids, that screen time doesn’t have. They are great for in the car, or at home when kids need a bit of background to some quiet time. While either snuggled up on the couch or during playtime, below are some of my favourite imagination fueling podcasts.
Podcasts for kids!
But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids
But Why is fun for kids and adults alike! It’s a big interesting world out there and But Why has great answers. They tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. You can even submit your own questions! This is our school commute go-to every morning.
Wow in the World
Guy Raz, who I knew from the TED Radio Hour and Mindy Thomas host Wow in the World. This NPR podcast guides curious kids on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. Episodes explore inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest and weirdest stories in science and technology. Episodes like ‘How to Talk to a Dog’ and The Buzz on Bee Barf’ are repeat favourites.
Kids Short Stories
Kids submit ideas and Dad-host Jim turns the child’s first name, and their idea into a story. Episodes are geared towards younger kids and are a bit random but perfect for imagination building. It’s fun that kids have the opportunity to see themselves in the story if they submit their 1-2 sentence idea on the website.
Circle Round adapts folktales from around the world into rich spoken and musical stories for all ages. Host Rebecca Sheir and special guests explore important issues like kindness, persistence, and generosity. Each episode ends with an activity or challenge to further explore the morale of the story.
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Little Stories for Tiny People
Little Stories for Tiny People features original stories that will delight and intrigue. Charming characters with whimsical senses of humor experience fairy-like adventures. Host Rhea Pechter writes and performs the stories with an array of voices and delightful personalities.
Story Pirates are a group of comedians, musicians, best-selling authors and incredible teachers creating content that celebrates the imaginations of kids. This podcast featuring cheeky, fun songs and sketches based on stories written by kids. Many episodes feature special and celebrity guests.
Withywindle: A Bookish Podcast for Kids
Withywindle is on it’s fourth season, proving it is well loved. This whimsical interactive show is for kids who love stories, words, and groan-worthy jokes and features your favorite authors and illustrators. Part book club, part game show it’s your weekly adventure through the wild world of wordplay. Find author like Katie DiCamillo and more.
Jenn Wint is a writer, communications strategist and a public relations specialist. She is passionate about storytelling and community. Jenn lives in East Vancouver with her husband, 3yo son and 1yo daughter. You’ll find them hanging around Vancouver’s playgrounds, water parks, coffee shops and anywhere that bakes fresh cookies in-house!