The Top Educational Podcasts for Kids

Written by April Newton on January 27, 2016
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In the car, everyone loves to listen to music or the news. But it can be hard to find a radio station that suits the whole family. Luckily, it’s easy to expand your listening options beyond Top 40 music (which may have content you don’t yet want to explain to kids) and into podcasts that offer content for learning creatively.

A podcast is like a favorite radio program you can listen to anytime without having to wait through all the other music, ads, and content on a radio station. Anyone can make a podcast and upload it to a website for others to download and enjoy.

Ways to Listen

There are two ways to listen to podcasts. First, you can stream a podcast directly from a website, listening to it as it plays. Second, you can download a podcast to your device (phone, tablet, or computer) and listen to it whenever you are ready.

On iOS

For iPhones and iPads, download the podcasts app from the App Store. Then choose what you’d like to listen to and the app will automatically update for each new episode. For a Mac computer, use iTunes to do the same.

On Android Devices

For Android phones and tablets, go to the Google Play store and search for podcast apps. The Stitcher app is popular, but there are others. Try a few and see which one works best for your needs.

Again, once you have the app, you’ll choose which podcasts interest you from lists in the app, or from the websites where the podcasts live. You can then play them out through the app you like best. There’s a quick how-to video for one podcast that you may find helpful here.

On a PC

If you use a PC to listen to podcasts, you can, and probably should, still use iTunes. A number of tech sites say it’s the best manager for podcasts and worth the effort to install on your computer.

Top Educational Podcasts

There are wonderful educational podcast options for all levels of learning, and for all kinds of interests. Some aren’t meant specifically for children, but offer the kind of educational experiences the whole family can enjoy.

Science, Math, and Technology

StarTalk Radio Show

For starters, Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s phenomenal StarTalk Radio Show covers a whole host of fun and fascinating subjects. There are, occasionally, topics that are somewhat mature. But for the most part, DeGrasse Tyson talks about the science behind a wide range of topics, and kids and grown-ups will both learn some fun facts to share.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Math Mutation

Over at Math Mutation, you’ll hear short podcasts about all things mathematical. They cover everything from amazing thinkers, to quirky puzzles, to the search for the best math game. It’s not the math you learn in school, and that’s what makes it even more fun.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Aaron’s World

Aaron and his friends get into the action on the Aaron’s World science podcasts. The multi-episode storylines give kids something to look forward to as Aaron and friends encounter space, dinosaurs, and more.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Brains On

Want to know what a cat’s meow really means? Tune into the Brains On podcasts. They are produced in partnership by two public radio stations. The show covers all sorts of science-themed topics. There’s a new episode every few weeks on subjects from tickling, to how bridges work, and more.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Kid Friday

Kids who are fascinated by tech will like Kid Friday. Children explain, review, compare, and explore apps, devices, and more.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Language, Music, and Creativity

Story Pirates

Story Pirates features a cast of players who collect the stories children write and turn them into full-blown radio plays. They are funny, poignant, and full of silliness. The Story Pirates are constantly in search of new stories, so you might just want to contribute your own child’s creation.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

All over the web, you’ll read people singing the praises of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. It’s a long-running music podcast for kids, but it’s also so much more. It features good children’s music, popular music that is kid-friendly, book reviews, interviews, and more.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrush Kids

How can you not be intrigued by a name like Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrush Kids Podcast? It’s a radio play, it’s music, and it’s stories. It’s mostly silly and fun, and a new episode comes out every two weeks.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Storynory

Storynory is a blend of old and new tales, performed by both adult and child actors. The stories range in age focus and interest, so there are plenty of options available.

iTunes rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Sesame Street

What list for kids would be complete without mention of the Sesame Street podcast? Your little Sesame fans will see and hear from their favorite characters on these video podcasts. They are short enough to prevent boredom, but still offer the best of what Sesame Street teaches about learning and friendship.

iTunes rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

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