The best podcasts for kids can help pass the time on your next family road trip without banking a lot of screen time. Even if you’re getting ready for summer travel, flying with kids can be a whole lot easier if your child is immersed in a great podcast.
There are plenty of great podcasts for each age group: podcasts for preschoolers, podcasts for toddlers, podcasts for middle schoolers and even podcasts for teens. Make podcasts a part of your bedtime routine or, maybe, a special treat to listen to after dinner. They’re truly a unique form of entertainment without sensory overload and they’re a great option for any time.
The best podcasts for toddlers
Your busy tot is sure to slow down (for at least a few minutes) when you press play on these super engaging pods. From modern fairy tales to kid-focused queries, here’s what to queue up when you need a break from planning those 2-year-old activities.
The best podcasts for preschoolers
For the 3- to 5-year-old set, story-focused podcasts are a perfect quiet-time activity when they start to refuse all naps but still need a brain break. Help them settle down with a good yarn.
The best podcasts for kids
Your school-aged kid is figuring out what they’re passionate about—and we’re betting there’s a podcast out there to feed their interests. From kid-authored stories to Greek mythology and scientific wonders, you’ll both love listening together during downtime.
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The best podcasts for middle schoolers
Your tween isn’t too old to find a podcast that fosters their curiosity and creativity. Give them a gentle nudge to check out a few of our picks below—you might just have to turn one on in the car together first.
The Best Podcasts for Teens
Your almost-grown kiddo might relish in the discovery of a podcast that they feel truly speaks to them. Help them understand the importance of teen mental health, figure out what it means to be an adult, learn about fascinating discoveries, break down famous historical figures or what’s new in pop culture.
A version of this story was originally published on May 11, 2023. It has been updated.