I recently discovered the world of podcasts for my son and myself! I do not know how we lived without podcasts before.
Podcasts make parents’ lives easier! They keep my preschooler entertained in the car, especially during long rides, while teaching him fun facts, vocabulary, and even helping him to relax and calm down. They can be used as an in-the-dark story-time for reluctant sleepers.
Here is our list of the best podcasts for preschoolers based on our experience, so far. We will update this podcast list for kids as we discover new ones.
1. Peace Out – Bedtime FM. THE MOST FAVORITE & MOST RECOMMENDED! This is the best bedtime podcast and my son’s favorite podcast. Every time, before bed, he tells me, “Mommy, let’s peace out!” and we go to listen to these podcasts. Sometimes, we also do a little bit of yoga if he still has the energy or just relax listening to the “calm down” story in the dark. You would be surprised how often my son falls asleep during an episode of the podcast. It’s that soporific.
Peace out podcast is told with by Chanel Tsang, who has the amazingly calming, beautiful voice. She tells short stories to help children calm down and relax by guiding them through the process of visualization and breathing exercises. I also like that every story has some interesting facts about the natural world and even outer space. The “Peace Out” podcast uses the techniques of mindfulness meditation and self-regulation. But, you don’t have to subscribe to any particular philosophy to enjoy it.
My preschooler’s favorite Peace Out stories:
2. Stories Podcast – A Free Children’s Stories Podcast for Bedtime, Car Rides, and Kids of All Ages.
Amazing fairy tales told by wonderful storytellers, our favorite story-teller is Amanda Weldon. Stories Podcast takes the classic fairy tales and transforms them into new fairy tales. Their fairy tales are targeted to preschool aged kids and they vocal performances are often accompanied by song and music. Our favorite fairy tale told by Amanda is The Three Little Pigs. It is super funny and full of advice every preschooler should know: “always wear clean underwear, brush your teeth every day, and build your house out of brick!”
My preschooler’s favorite stories from the Stories Podcast:
3. Little Stories for Tiny People Podcast
Little Stories for Tiny People is another wonderful podcast for preschoolers produced by Rhea Pechter. It features fairy tales and poems told with wit and whimsy. Many preschoolers love this podcast, including mine. My son’s favorite stories from this podcast are about a little hedgehog.
My preschooler’s favorite stories from the Little Stories for Tiny People Podcast:
4. Circle Round – WBUR Boston Public Radio
Circle Round is a fairy tale podcast for preschoolers distributed by NPR. The producers take folktales from around the world and adjust for today’s families. There are many good stories in the feed about kindness, persistence, generosity, and other values parents of preschoolers like to see in their children. Similar to Sesame Street the episodes often include a guest star from television or radio who the parents will recognize. If your preschooler is in to musical instruments, you might also want to help him/her to look up each one featured on the podcast. They are often exotic.
My preschooler’s favorite stories from this podcast:
What are your favorite podcasts for kids? Please, leave your answer in the comments and we’ll give it a try.