Whether you’re heading off on a road trip, waiting for a dentist’s appointment or just don’t have time to do the bedtime story tonight, a storytelling podcast could be your savior. Although podcasts have a bit of a reputation for being dull and boring, in fact there are some that are aimed specifically at children, offering an engaging and entertaining way to fill the time.
Here are some of the best online today.
With its eclectic range of stories from all over the world, StoryNory is possibly the original kids’ storytelling podcast. Having first broadcast in 2005, this fun podcast doesn’t just entertain, it educates too with its mix of original tales, myths and legends from around the globe. Professional actors are brought in to read, so you can be sure that your kids will be treated to an engaging experience. Perfect for your elementary aged child, this is a tried and tested podcast with over 2,000 subscribers.
If you’re running late and can’t fit in the bedtime story tonight, no worries, this podcast will do it for you. Every two weeks a new tale is released and there are stories to suit all age groups, from toddlers to tweens. Most of the stories are under 20 minutes in length – just right for youngsters who might start to get bored, and perfect for filling in those odd moments.
The Stories podcast releases one new story a week, with offerings ranging from classic stories and traditional fairy tale retellings to brand new original works. All of the stories have been G rated and so you won’t need to worry about your youngest child listening in. The ideal choice for car journeys, Stories Podcast’s tales are actually entertaining and enjoyable for the whole family, and not only its youngest members with their imaginative subjects and their engaging format.
For something a little more fun and unusual, Act!vated Stories brings you something slightly different from the usual storytelling fare. This podcast brings comedic folk tales to life, with each tale told by a touring theatre troupe who specialize in children and family performances. Having been around since 1988, touring the USA and the rest of the world, Act!vated Stories moved into the podcast arena in 2006 and tells funny tales from all over the world.
Bedtime Stories For Woke Children
If you’re looking for inroads to discussing some of the more difficult issues in life with your kids, Bedtime Stories for Work Children is the podcast to listen to. Its original tales raise political, social and cultural topics in an accessible way, opening up the possibility of interesting and engaging family discussions. Each story lasts around 20 minutes and is perfect for those odd moments when the kids say that they’re bored.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
If you’re looking for something completely traditional, tried and tested, the Grimm’s Fairy Tales app brings you these age-old stories from around the world in a handy online package. As these stories were inspired by the oral storytelling tradition, they lend themselves beautifully to the podcast format and are just as entertaining for adults as for kids. While you and your children will no doubt be familiar with some of the stories, others will be brand new to you both and you’re sure to love discovering this storytelling treasure trove.
Reduce your kids’ screen time on the go and send them off to sleep with a story in their imaginations with any of these great podcasts. You’ll love them just as much as your little ones do!
Taken from the June 2018 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!