Want to keep little minds interested? Get them listening to podcasts. We recommend podcasts as kids can listen to the subject matter while relaxing, drawing or just playing with LEGO. (Also great listening choice during family car rides).
And there are so many topics to choose from. No matter what your child is interested in, there’s a podcast for them. Choose from science, ethics, mysteries and music and more. Here are our picks for the best podcasts for kids. We’ve chosen a selection from around the world including some great podcasts created here in Australia that parents will love too! Either listen to the podcasts together or give kids some headphones.
Brains On! is an award-winning podcast co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio. Their mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history. Recent episodes include narwhals, secret world of dust and the tears we cry.
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
Why? It’s the question that kids love to ask. The podcast But Why? Attempts to answers actual kids questions about a range of topics. Questions include: Why Are Some Words ‘Bad’?, Why Do We Sometimes See The Moon During The Day? and Why Am I Afraid Of The Dark? Kids can even submit a question on the website.
In the podcast Circle Round, folktales around the world are adapted into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity and ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.
David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast
Kids can learn about music from author and TV personality David Walliams as he goes on a marvellous musical journey of discovery. In this 10 part podcast, kids will learn about some of the most famous names from the history of music in a hilarious way. The podcast will keep you and your kids entertained as you learn about from Ludwig ‘Grumpy’ van Beethoven to 19th-century heartthrob Franz Liszt.
DirtGirl’s Nature Detective Academy 🇦🇺
Get ready to get grubby with Dirtgirl’s Nature Detective Academy kids’ podcast. The podcast is full of fun things to do, poems, tips, amazing facts, and real-life nature sounds to connect you with the outside. Even with social distancing, kids can learn about the world outside. Dirtgirl’s Nature Detective Academy is an invitation for kids to switch on their senses.
Fierce Girls 🇦🇺
Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. This ABC podcast, Fierce Girls shares the stories of amazing Australian women. There’s episodes about a range of women working in different fields from Bindi Irwin, Taylah Harris, Jackie French, Bindi Irwin and local skateboarding legend Sabre Norris.
Imagine This 🇦🇺
Produced by the ABC, the Imagine This podcast answers the question that little ones are asking. In each episode, they tackle a puzzling question from a curious kid and examine the science behind it in a fun and engaging way. Host Brianna Peterson, chats to kids and Australia’s leading academics, helping families learn about the world around them. This podcast is suited to kids aged 4 and up.
Little Yarns 🇦🇺
Learn about diverse languages, stories and countries of Indigenous Australia in Little Yarns, an ABC podcast for preschoolers and their families. Each episode of Little Yarns will take you on a journey to a different nation to learn a first word on Country. The podcast covers different areas of Australia from Tasmania to the Top End.
Mother Tongue 🇦🇺
Learn about a new culture in Mother Tongue. Each episode will have you exploring a vibrant culture that your daily might not know much about. You’ll learn about food, culture and learn a few words. Learn to say hello in Cantonese, goodbye in Koori, sing a song in Greek, or learn all about the Lebanese flag. It’s an ideal podcast for kids who want to learn about diversity. It’s a great podcast for preschoolers.
Noisy by Nature 🇦🇺
Discover the weird and wonderful sounds that nature makes in Noisy by Nature. Australian nature is full of strange, surprising and sometimes silly sounds. From cicadas that sound like sprinklers to moaning mutton birds, there are heaps of weird noises to discover. Join host and nature lover, Ann, to listen to the different sounds that Australian nature makes. In each episode, find out some fun facts and train little ears to listen to the chorus of calls that make up the natural world around us.
Short & Curly 🇦🇺
Short & Curly is an Australian podcast by the ABC which covers ethics to get kids really thinking. It asks curly questions about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future. There is also an accompanying book which is a great read for kids.
Smash Boom Best
Made by the same team who made Brains On!, Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families. Each episode takes two different things and lets you decide which is best. The debaters use facts and passion to make their case in various battles including Unicorns vs Dragons, Loki versus Athena and Invisibility vs Flying. It’s a great podcast for older kids who can learn how to argue their opinions.
Listen to the sounds of Australia in Soundwalks, a podcast for kids and families. Soundwalks paints a scene for children to explore with their imaginations and to develop an appreciation for the sounds of nature. Each Soundwalk uses naturally occurring field recordings as well as subtle sound effects, to create an unique and relaxing experience. Locations include places like Kangaroo Island, Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and a waterfall in Springbrook Mountain on the Gold Coast.
That’s Incredible 🇦🇺
Produced by Mamamia, That’s Incredible is a podcast for parents and kids about the unexpectedly awesome things in the world around us. Each week, host Andrew Daddo profile a different topic such as the human body, sport, music, science, technology and space.
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
For kids who love mystery, get them listening to this award-winning podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. Voiced by primary school students, it follows the story of Mars Patel and his friends. Kids are going missing from school, and the adults don’t seem to care all that much. This serial mystery is best for kids aged 8 – 12.
This Kid Life 🇦🇺
This Kid Life is a podcast by the Sydney Opera House, where they unpack big ideas by little thinkers to find out what kids think about science, resilience, diversity and accessibility.
Wow in the World
Wow in the World guides curious kids and their grown-ups in stories in science, technology, and history. There’s lots of great engaging STEM content that kids will love.
Started in late 2012 by a local mum, Newy with Kids has grown into a thriving go-to family guide for the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region. Parents visit the Newy with Kids website to find things to do with babies, kids and teens. Whether it’s local attractions, upcoming events, kids eat free, school holiday activities or birthday party ideas, Newy with Kids is the best website for local parents to find local kid-friendly activities and information 24/7.