If you’ve got a long car journey coming up or want to keep the kids entertained on the way to school, a podcast could be your new saviour. With podcasts for every topic out there, from fitness to fashion, parenting to pregnancy, you’re bound to find something you love. It turns out, kids love podcasts too. It’s a fantastic way to tear them away from screens, keep them entertained and teach them something new. In fact, 75 percent of children who listen to podcasts will start discussions based on something they’ve learnt from listening, according to a survey by Kids Listen.
We’ve narrowed it down to our favourite eight podcasts that you’ll enjoy listening to as well.
Pants On Fire
Liar, liar, pants on fire! Can your child spot when someone is lying? In today’s world of fake news, it’s essential for your child to know what’s right and wrong, truth and lie. Each week, this gameshow-style podcast features a child going up against two grown-ups: one is an honest expert and the other is a rotten liar! Through asking insightful questions, weighing up the evidence and trusting their gut, the child contestant must decide which grown-up is telling the truth.
David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical
This marvellous 10-part series presented by TV personality and children’s author David Walliams is a brilliant podcast everyone will love. The series aims to introduce children into the world of classical music. Walliams brings to life the stories of great composers, as well as discussing the history of the piano and some of the world’s strangest instruments.
Everything Under The Sun
Where do babies come from? Why do we fart? And why can’t penguins fly? Every Friday, QI Elf and question writer Molly Oldfield tackles some of our children’s curious questions about the world. The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, astronauts and writers are taking turns to help Molly answer the questions. If your child has a question or loves learning interesting facts about the world around them, this is the podcast to download.
The Calm Kids Podcast
Calm Kids Podcast is a bedtime story podcast created by sisters Lucie, 13, and Charlotte, 10, for kids. The pair share stories to help children feel less anxious and help them relax before bed. Give it a try and let us know if the podcast really is the new bedtime story…
Storytime – Children’s Bedtime
Aimed at children from 2-13, Storytime deliver free, fortnightly audiobooks for everyone to enjoy. The stories are calming and soothing, ideal for long car journeys and help the little ones nod off at night. Stories include The Princess and the Dragon, Waldo and the Sea Monster, and Ghost Cave. If you have a story idea, drop them a message on their Facebook page.
Brains On! Science Podcasts
A science podcast for curious kids and adults, Brains On is co-hosted by child scientists and reporters each week. From how to translate a cat’s purr to the science behind sneezing, Brains On! Will switch your children onto science.
Peace Out – Relaxation and Mindfulness
Calm and relax your children with short stories from Peace Out. The podcast guides the mind through visualisation and breathing exercises. It’s a great introduction to mindfulness for children and adults. The latest episode talks about superheroes; other episodes cover black holes, Mars and the stories behind the Aurora Borealis. Breathing and stretching are also seamlessly incorporated into the session.
But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids
Ever tried to answer your child’s questions to be met with ‘but why?’ and haven’t been able to answer? The Buy Why podcast is here to help. Children ask the questions and the But Why team find out the answers. Why is fire orange? Why do elephants have trunks? Parents can learn things too! Does your child have a question? Record it with a smartphone. Be sure to include your kid’s first name, age, and town and send the recording to firstname.lastname@example.org