Best Podcasts For Kids
By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist
Jan 10, 2019
If you’re anything like the ellaslist team, you’re often to be found reaching for your earbuds and plugging into a podcast when you’re doing chores, running errands or going for a walk. The popularity of podcasts has grown exponentially over the past few years—with topics ranging from true crime and sport to health, parenting and everything in between.
Luckily, in the same way that they add a little something to your day, there’s also a tonne of children’s podcasts out there that aim to inspire, educate or entertain your little ones. Here are our top picks for podcasts that children will love.
This Kid Life by Sydney Opera House
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This highly successful podcast from Sydney Opera house has been nominated for an Australian Podcast Award in the category of Best Family and Kids Podcast. This Kid Life is designed for 8-13-year-olds and places kids front, centre and behind the microphone!
Showcasing their personalities while unpacking the big ideas and tough questions usually reserved for their grown-ups, host Jennifer Macey wastes no time getting to the heart of what matters to them, how they see the world and what the future looks like. The new season includes four episodes on the subjects of science, resilience, diversity and accessibility—making it a must-listen for little thinkers that are curious about big concepts.
Wow In The World
Aimed at kids aged 6 and older, Wow In The World was created with the aim of getting kids away from screens and into their brains—exploring concepts like space, science, technology, history and innovation. Perfect for curious kids that want to expand their horizons, the engaging hosts, Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, deliver a high-energy show that parents will look forward to just as much as the kids!
The Story Pirates aren’t your typical sailors—they don’t steal gold or claim land and they’re actually searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative thoughts. Ideal for kids aged 3 and over and based on the knowledge that kids make up the best stories, the podcast takes story submissions from real-life kids, which the Story Pirates team then adapt into a radio play.
The Pirates are made up of comedians, actors and singers, meaning it’s guaranteed to be a seriously entertaining listen. Once the story has been told, the Story Pirates phone the original author and ask them to critique their performance, making for a fun ending.
The Beanies: Imagination Station
The kids love this one but we have a sneaking suspicion the parents will be smirking at the in-jokes for adults that are peppered throughout the show. Imagination Station helps answer those curly questions kids throw at us such as ‘What are sneezes?’, ‘How do you make bubbles?’ and ‘Why can’t sharks play jazz music?’. Designed for kids aged 3-8 it's brought to you by kids’ entertainment group The Beanies who launched the podcast on Kinderling Kids Radio in 2017.
In May 2018, Imagination Station won the Family & Kids Australian Podcast Award, so tune in and see why it's so great!
The podcast of dreams for little ones who struggle to fall asleep, Bedtime Explorers from Kinderling is a meditation series that features the soothing tones of esteemed mindfulness coach, Amy Taylor-Kabbaz. The podcast teaches meditation techniques that are surprisingly easy to grasp for kids as young as 2, and they’ll will quickly relax ready for sleep after flying through colours, breathing with the waves and listening to lots of animal sounds.
If your kids are big fans of Bedtime Explorers, the podcast’s daytime version, Daytime Explorers will further your child’s development of confidence and life skills through using mindfulness techniques. An essential listen!
Short And Curly
After going into the homes and schools of Australian kids, the Short and Curly podcast has uncovered some of the questions that seem to crop up in the everyday lives of Aussie children. This highly-entertaining podcast delves deep into these questions, making it perfect for listening to as a family, then discussing together afterwards.
Ranging from topics like school, animal and technology to pop culture and what the future looks like, this engaging podcast saves lots of room for silliness and will really get little minds thinking.
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