5 Great Podcasts to Enjoy with Your Kids
When things start to get out of control at my house the combination of fine motor activity + podcast has been a salve that has worked very regularly. I plop all three kids (ages 8, 5 & 3) down at the table with play-doh, legos, a sensory bin, crayons, whatever. I’d throw on one of our favorite 5 great kids podcasts and they would easily play well, for at least an hour! To be honest, I usually ended the activity before they were tired of it.
These five great kids podcasts tried and true podcasts are the perfect thing to keep my kids busy and learning anytime when things at home start to get a little crazy.
Eat Your Spanish
Short family-friendly episodes that combine music, stories, and interactive content, we discovered Eat Your Spanish due to my guilt over completely neglecting the kid’s Spanish Education. (Their school Spanish starts in first grade.) Even my three-year-old has been singing along with the songs. “It teaches you Spanish really well and it’s also REALLY fun to do because you get to listen to songs and play games with the words.”-My 8 year old
My science-loving 2nd grader can’t get enough of this podcast, but the content is engaging and well presented enough that most kids would be drawn in. “It teaches you about science and different things.” – My 5 Year Old
Smash Boom Best
This has long been my family’s favorite car trip podcast for a while. Smash Boom Best is a debate show that faces off two fun things (chocolate vs. cheese, unicorns vs. dragons) against each other. Over the course of three rounds, two debaters make their case for their side and after each round, a kid-judge awards a point. There are sound effects, and all the while kids are learning some interesting things about the topics presented. It encourages great conversation, when we listen to it we pause the show in between each “round” and talk about which debater we each think won and why.
This one is more fun than educational, but the kids love it. Story Pirates take stories written by kids and turn them into songs and sketch comedy shows. It is a riot, and their lineup of special guests (Kristen Bell, Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dax Shepard, Bowen Yang, Paul Scheer, Claire Danes, John Oliver, David Schwimmer, and Lake Bell) is impressive.
This is a debate style podcast from the same makers of Brains On. In their words, “Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best.” Batman vs Spiderman, Narwhals vs Jellyfish, Pancakes vs waffles..you get the idea and you can probably see how this could lead to a friendly (but fiery!) family debate of your own. Especially that last one. I mean, who likes pancakes better than waffles? Right?