Podcasts for Kids
By Staples Canada
May 11, 2020
Teachers & Education
Looking for ways to keep your kids engaged? Trying to figure out how to have less screen time in your child’s life, but still keep them entertained? The answer is podcasts. From podcasts focused education to music and art, there is something for every kid’s interests. Check out our top 10 picks, sit back and give a listen!
The two main characters, Mr. Orlando the Moose and Gary the Unicorn take direction (or orders, since it’s a store) from kid listeners and creative adventures that would make even the most stoic among us roar with laughter. Each episode has original music and celebrity cameos including Sarah McLachlan. There are 11 25-minute episodes to keep everyone entertained.
With over 100 episodes ready to rock, you can be guaranteed hours of entertainment sans screen. Hosted by Jonathan Messinger, his robot pal BeeBop and his son Griffin, this science-fiction series features 8-year-old Finn Caspian and his friends as they explore uncharted planets, meet aliens and have adventures.
From the genius minds at NPR, Wow in The World is the answer when it comes to keeping science-minded kids engaged. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz dive deep into topics that fascinate kids but may not be top of mind for adults like what do eyebrows exist, where do cows come from and what’s the deal with exploding ants. Right now, you and your kids can catch their new episodes daily, and play their science game called Two Whats?! And A Wow!
Fairytales might be a part of your kid’s imaginary world and Girl Tales takes those fairytales and puts a feminist twist on the classics. In their over 50 episode series, you won’t find any damsels in distress or princesses in need of saving, but you will find female characters who are charting their own path to their destiny. A new story is released each month.
Have pre-schoolers and youngsters that need some entertainment? This podcast turns it back on the kids to create hours of fun. Hosts Andrew and Polly (who are also a music duo that has written songs for Sesame Studios) go straight to the source and talk to kids as experts on a range of topics, and then use art, science, music and culture to express it.
Perfect for a kid who dreams about travel, the main character Molly Mabray who lives in Qyah, Alaska is always up for anything. She solves mysteries with her best friend Tooey and gets help from her bush-pilot mom and sled dogs in this eight-episode series.
It isn’t only the grown-ups that could use a little calm and meditation. This podcast offers up relaxation stories for kids. Each episode guides children through visualization and breathing exercises to help them find their inner calm, especially during stressful times.
Produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), this podcast is focused on our furry and feathered friends around the world. Kids learn about different animals and their impact on their environment, all while making new friends, learning zany facts, and hearing about new animal adventures.
Mom and daughter duo Olga and Eva interview people with some of the most awesome jobs ever so they can learn more about them and figure out what Eva’s dream job would be. Past guests on their podcast have included Chris Colfer from Glee, Simon Sinek and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
A little like Harriet The Spy, this PBS + NPR podcast features fictional world-famous kid reporter Eleanor at her finest. She’s always looking for the next big story and along the way uncovers criminal plots, devious folks and people that generally aren’t to be trusted.