If your kids are not into Disney, just skip this post.
If they are (like mine, despite my efforts in trying to shift them away from consumerism), by all means, check out this free podcast.
These short episodes basically re-tell the story of the more recent Disney movies, but without the movie. My daughters’ favourites, like Frozen and Moana, are included. Except now I don’t have to turn on a screen. I’m going to call that a win.
This is a relatively new storytelling podcast that we’re loving right now!
As per their website, Circle Round “tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world with an eye towards inclusivity. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute diverse episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.”
What’s not to love about that?
I’ve posted about a number of non-fiction science podcasts, but this is the first science fiction podcast that we’ve started listening to.
Finn Caspian is an eight-year old boy who lives aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. Together with his friends and pet robots, Finn tries to solve the mysteries of the universe, and maybe help some aliens along the way!
This podcast is fun, free, and serialized (so start with episode 1), and aimed at kids aged 5 to 10, or for any budding science fiction lover.
From the team behind our beloved Story Time, this lovely little podcast is all about mindfulness and relaxation. Something we all need more of.
Host Chanel uses short stories to help children calm down by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Perfect for teaching self-regulation.
Well the name says it all. This free podcast is all about telling a good story.
Story Time does the job telling fun, original, not too long stories that are perfect for bedtime or car rides.
Bonus points for host Rob Griffiths and his soothing British accent!
Ah, the eternal question, “Why?”
Every kid seems to go through a questioning phase, and this free science podcast aims to answer some of those burning queries.
Produced by Vermont Public Radio, Buy Why allows kids to send in their own questions, and they provide the answers! They tackle all sorts of questions, big and small.
BBC School Radio is the division of the BBC that provides audio resources for primary schools.
There’s so much material here that I haven’t had time to explore the entire site! So far just the Early Learning section has kept my two little ones busy. Specifically, the Listen and Play podcast, which includes songs, stories, nursery rhymes, and is perfect for preschoolers.
And there’s more stuff, including animated video clips, that teach English literature, history, and other subjects, available for older children too.
Under the English section, you can find audio adaptations of works by William Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop, and many others. Even Greek mythology!
Narrators include well-known British actors such as David Tennant, Jonathan Pryce, Derek Jacobi, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, and Penelope Wilton – to name a few.
And of course, being North American, I just love those droll British accents.
Please check this free resource out. I promise it’s a great find!