In the car we always have requests for one podcast or another. They are the perfect way to pass a long drive with the kids, giving them something to listen to and stopping the constant fighting or complaining! Please tell me it’s not just our kids who get upset at each other for looking out ‘their’ window?!
Anyway, if you download some of these podcasts below I can guarantee that your next road trip will be much more peaceful.
Wow In The World
First up is an american podcast called Wow In The World, which, if you aren’t used to American accents can be a little annoying to start with. The slang can also be weird and the whiny voices may grate, but I promise you it’s worth it as the kids will love the silliness and they are VERY educational.
Our kids have learnt a lot of facts through listening to Wow In The World and know a lot more than I did about science topics at there age, mostly from listening to WITW podcasts. Some of the kids favourites in the series have included the evolution of eyebrows (from ancient human relatives), exploding ants protecting their colonies, how dinosaurs evolved from chickens, the cause of coral reef bleaching and how volcanic islands are formed.
There is a new show every Monday, but if you haven’t listened to the rest of the series you will have plenty to keep you going for months!
Science Adventure Stories For Kids
The kids know this podcast simply as ‘Simon’. Simon is an Australian green tree frog and has a great Australian accent! The podcast isn’t updated very often, with only 2-3 new episodes this year. However, the kids love listening to Simon’s jokes, whilst learning about facts about various animals and other topics.
Simon is a mindful frog and encourages you to close your eyes and imagine that you are with him in whichever environment that you travel to. Although most of the episodes focus on different animals including elephants, giraffes, honey bees and ducks, Simon has also recorded a podcast about the atmosphere, which was a huge hit with the kids too.
As the podcasts aren’t uploaded very often there aren’t a huge amount available, but if your child loves learning unusual facts about wildlife they will especially love this podcast. Beware of your children telling you the same jokes over and over again though! Head over here to find the podcast link.
*The Science Adventure Stories for Kids podcasts now need to be bought via a different page and can no longer be listened to free of charge.
Purple Rocket Podcast
Another American podcast, but this time it’s all about fantastical stories. There are a variety of series that the children can choose from, some are continually updated with new episodes until they are complete. The children’s favourites have been Grandpa’s Globe and Space Train.
The boys are enjoying the quirky Knights Of Spatula, which has more episodes to be added. We began it whilst we were camping and love that the kids are meant to have their own spatula to interact with the story too!
The stories are all brilliant, with great storylines, voices and quirky. I enjoyed the stories just as much as the kids, so definitely good for a road trip! Head over to the Purple Rocket Podcast website to download.
It’s no big secret that the kids love science. We always do loads of home education science activities every month. Tumble posts new episodes once or twice a month, although there are plenty of old episodes to get through too!
Each episode tells you more about different science topics. Often they have an expert talking about the topic, from astronauts to chemists. It’s great to get a wide range of scientific topics to listen to. Each episode is around 20 minutes long and Lindsay and Marshall make it fun as well as interesting for the kids.
History Storytime For Kids
The kids have really got into history recently and the main reason is this podcast. History Storytime is fantastic for quick snippets of history, around 10 minutes long for each episode. Children learn about interesting characters and facts, often encouraging them to learn more about topics.
The series is narrated by two young girls and their dad, the girls are amazing at discussing the history topics and making it fun. It’s incredibly child friendly and I recommend this podcast for anyone with primary aged kids. Although saying that, I’ve learnt loads from it too! There’s a new episode every Monday, but plenty there to listen to from the last few years!
Happy travels! I hope these keep your kids entertained over the holidays!