“Podcasting” (originally known has “audioblogging”) has an interesting history, dating back to the 80’s but gaining popularity in their current format in 2004. Did you know that there are currently over 115,000 English-language podcasts available? Crazy, right? They’re super easy to access, with most of us automatically carrying around the Podcasts app on our iPhones, without even realizing it. Plus, they’re free! I’ve only been listening to podcasts for about a year now myself, but in that time they’ve completely changed the way I consume content. There is truly something for everyone — even kids! Here are our 6 favorite preschool podcasts (great for older kids too)!
Originally published March 2017. Updated March 2020.
Podcasts have become a part of our [almost] daily life and I would consider them an absolute asset and tool for our homeschooling as well. They help to limit screen time (win!) as he typically listens while he plays. I’m pretty sure I’ve “tested” just about every podcast geared toward children that exists, in order to vet what’s age-appropriate for Benjamin. From there, I listened to my favorites with Benjamin to see what he thought of them. We are happy to share what we think are the very best pods out there for preschoolers!
Disney Story Central Podcast
UPDATE: Disney Story Central Podcast was originally first one our list but was retired in Feb. 2019. Such a bummer! This was definitely Benjamin’s favorite podcast and it’s the best story-telling pod I’ve heard as well. I will add a couple honorable mentions at the end of this post!
Another story-telling podcast we enjoy is the Stories Podcast – A Free Children’s Story Podcast. This podcast performs a new story each week. “The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families.” One of our favorite episodes is the story of the Little Red Hen.
Tumble Science Podcast for Kids
Tumble Science Podcast for Kids is a wonderful educational podcast for the entire family. I love that it’s produced by women and the co-hosts are husband and wife. They both have great “radio voices”, and I never feel like they’re talking at or down to little ones. On the podcast, they interview real scientists to answer questions kids (and parents) have!
Short & Curly
A new favorite for us is Short & Curly – “A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those curly questions. From banning lollies to trusting robots, and from colonising other planets to eating pets, Short & Curly covers it all.” This podcast captures Benjamin’s attention right from the opening with its fun music and funny banter. Short & Curly tackles topics that children are interested in and encourages critical thinking. Some of the subjects are still over Benjamin’s head so I just scroll through and find the ones I think he’ll enjoy.
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
Which brings us to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids. This genius podcast answers our kid’s favorite question — “WHY??” Kids can submit their audio questions via email. If selected, they play the clip on air and then proceed to answer the question by connecting with experts. They answer all types of questions, big and small — from Do Bumblebees Have Hearts? to the How Do Popcorn Kernals Pop?.
Classics for Kids
Last but not least, is Classics for Kids. These are short lessons, introducing children to classical music. “Music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, enrich the heart and soothe the soul; it can help children to think more creatively, develop craftsmanship and discipline and learn the value of excellence.” You can visit the website for all sorts of “extras”, including activity sheets for older children, more information about the composers featured, games, and more. Lesson plans available for grades K through 5.
- The Children’s Corner is probably not one you need to subscribe to, as all of the stories were released in 2007 and there are no updates. However, they’re definitely worth a listen. While you may notice that the music is probably a copyright no-no, the stories/narration are great.
- Story Pirates Podcast “turn stories written by kids from across the country into awesome sketches and songs tailor-made for the radio.” This is definitely one of the more silly podcasts we listen to. Benjamin laughs a lot!
I hope you love listening to these podcasts with your little ones as much as we do! You’ll notice that I kept off some of the more typical toddler/preschool podcasts from our list. Many of these are probably geared toward children a little older than Pre-Kindergarten, but don’t underestimate your child’s ability to comprehend and enjoy them anyway! I can see Benjamin enjoying each of these for many years to come! Please leave a comment if you come across another that you think we’ll enjoy. I’ll be back soon with a comprehensive list of my own personal favorites!
Check out the hashtag #trypod on social media to see what others are saying about their favorite podcasts!