Curious kids can stay engaged while they spend time indoors by listening to entertaining and informative podcasts. Historical figures, silly jokes and funny kid-written stories are among the highlights of some of the most popular programs.
Here’s a list of some of the top podcasts:
The Past and the Curious: History is at the heart of these episodes, which include a lesson on one of Beaufort County’s most historical figures. The audio stories are published monthly with an emphasis on those who might have been underrepresented in the history books. From tales about Jackie Mitchell, a woman who is believed to have struck out famed baseball stars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, to Beaufort-born Robert Smalls, who escaped from slavery and served in the S.C. House and Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, the enlightening programs are about 30 minutes long and include original music.
But Why: A Podcast for Kids: The NPR show is all about the curiosity of kids. Kids submit questions and the show’s host – Jane Lindholm - finds the answers. Want to know why baby teeth fall out or if llamas are ticklish? Tune in.
Chompers: Getting kids to brush their teeth can be a challenge, but this podcast makes it fun. To make the daily ritual a little more exciting, kids will hear jokes, stories, fun facts and silly songs. They’ll learn about Isaac Newton or listen to a song about their hungry tummy. The episodes are each about two minutes long – just the right amount of time for a dentist-recommend brushing session.
Story Pirates: With weekly episodes, Story Pirates entertains with original stories submitted from kids. With actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians, the stories of space travel and unexcepted encounters in the forest come to life. Listen to the fun stories or go to the website to submit an original kid-written story.
Brains on!: A show for kids and families with more than 100 episodes, Brains on!, answers questions about the world. Host Molly Bloom has a child as a guest each week and explores a variety of subjects, including the coronavirus, lost ancient cities and how elevators work.
A recent episode discussed the challenges for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gus, a child guest from Seattle, talked about doing school work, staying in contact with friends and riding his bike. Another episode included Coco from Minneapolis who talked about being ticklish and why we can’t tickle ourselves. A thorough investigation ensued.