A refreshing alternative to screens, podcasts require children's focused attention while offering a break for tired eyes. Without bold images competing for their attention, children can simply listen. Pre-readers learn facts and hear stories through creative combinations of voice, sound effects, and music. It's a refreshing alternative to ubiquitous screens. Active listening can be highly educational, while recreational listening is like relaxing to the sound of a car radio without having to go for a drive. And since most of us are hardly traveling due to COVID, it's easy to miss this simple auditory pleasure.
According to Kids Listen, a California-based grassroots non-profit organization for creators, consumers and supporters of quality children's podcasts, podcasts appeal to kids. 75% of young listeners start discussions related to what they have just heard, 58% quote or re-enact part of a podcast episode, 56% tell others what they learned from a podcast, 54% ask to listen to the podcast episode again, and 52% request more information about what they've learned.
I've surveyed many children's podcasts and here are a few of my favorites:
Earth Rangers - Guided by Ranger Emma, this immersive podcast introduces children to animal and nature sounds.
Animal Sound Safari - Children can discover animals from around the world by going on a sound safari.
Noodle Loaf - This musical podcast plays original songs and playful ways to interact.
The Music Box - The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting.
Classical Kids Storytime - This entertaining podcast features beloved stories and fables set to classical music.
Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child - Experience "Indie music for indie kids!"
Bedtime Explorers - A mindfulness coach leads Imaginative journeys to magical places, visiting animals with super powers, and meeting kind dinosaurs.
Peace Out - Meditate and relax with a focus on mindfulness and practicing kindness. Great for quiet time.
One third of children in the U.S.
listen to a podcast every day.
- Kids Listen