Everyone knows that screen time is a massive worry, it seems to be all anyone ever talks about as a parent but technology doesn’t have to be all bad when it comes to entertaining the kids.
We all love a good podcast to keep us awake on the way to and from work or when you’re out running errands, but did you know that there’s also audio content out there for kids?
But as with any medium, it can be a challenge to find good stuff that’s age-appropriate and will also keep the kids learning. That’s why we’ve turned to Fun Kids Radio.
If you don’t already know Fun Kids is the UK’s children’s radio station. Their fantastic mix of music, games and silliness is perfect for 6 to 12-year-olds. The music is mostly from TV shows and kid’s movies as well as from the current charts. But they also have lots of stories, competitions, fun features, and recommendations for family events and things-to-do.
But what we’re obsessed with are their podcasts created just for kids and here are our top 3 recommendations that we think you’ll love too:
Fun Kids Science Weekly
We all know that we’ll do just about anything to get our kids to be interested in any of the S.T.E.M. subjects and the Fun Kids Science Weekly is a perfect way to get kids interested. In each episode, they take a look at the week’s biggest science stories getting kids excited about what’s new in science and so they can see what amazing things are happening all around them because of the wonders of this fantastic subject.
There’s also some amazing special guests and top experts answering all science-related questions that come directly from listeners! Each episode is only 20 minutes, perfect for the school run and we promise it will blow your mind how much it will get kids talking about science.
Think this is a podcast for your kids? Click here to find out more
The Space Programme
A great way to get kids into reading is a fiction podcast. Whether you’re reading it or listening to it a story activates the same area’s of the brain and gets the imagination going and helps kids learn how to deal with emotional situations. In fact, in recent studies, people have reported that the dramatised telling of podcasts generates more vivid images in their minds and more story investment than traditional audiobooks.
That’s why we are incredibly excited for Fun Kids Radio’s new serialized podcast The Space Programme.
A small Scottish island is shocked to find itself home to a brand new space program. When two tech entrepreneurs announce their plan to make one of the local kids the world’s first child astronaut, nothing is ever the same again.
If the kids don’t already listen to podcasts this sci-fi adventure will be a great introduction to the world of fiction podcasts and we’re sure it’s going to have listeners of all ages glued to the speakers until the very end.
Listen on Fridays at 4.30pm on Fun Kids (from Friday 21st) plus once they’ve been released you’ll be able to download episodes from the Fun Kids Radio website here
The Week Junior Show
The Week Junior explains the news and events in ways that children understand. From news to nature, science to geography, and sport to books, The Week Junior explores an extraordinary array of topics from around the globe. Designed to engage a young person’s point of view, without spoon-feeding or patronising, it explains events in a safe, accessible and inspiring way.
The Week Junior Show will take the kids behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine for 8 to 14-year-olds. Each week, members of The Week Junior team discuss their favourite stories, debate the week’s hot topic and discover whether the ‘Real or Rubbish?’ report is fake news or the real deal. It’s like a news radio show but it’s designed to feed curious minds and engage kids with the important stories out there giving kids a weekly opportunity to explore and discover amazing things about the world and get involved.
Want to check it out? Click here to find out more
Plus these are 3 of the amazing podcasts that Fun Kids have created. Head to the Podcasts section of the Fun Kids Radio Website and you can discover tonnes of free content that will get the kids engaging. Maybe they’ll fall in love with the tales of Story Quest? Or discover all about their favourite footie stars on the Match of the Day Football Show? They could even be inspired to cook with Cook School! Get the kids listening today using any of your usual podcasts providers or by downloading the Fun Kids Radio app available across Apple, Android and Amazon Fire Devices
So, there are all the reasons why we love Fun Kids Radio’s podcasts. If you have a podcast that the kids love to listen to or are going to start one of the ones we’ve recommended here let us know. we’d love to hear all about it. Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook @LittleBird and Instagram @littlebirddeals for a chance to be featured on our socials!