From a hilarious podcast about the human body, a detective series that investigates killer butterflies and glow worms, to art-curious kids who investigate what freaky snakes have to do with art, an age-appropriate news podcast, Dads reading fabulous books and The Beanies learning how teeny tiny spiders learn to be brave – LiSTNR has just released the top eight podcasts for kids entertainment.
(Cue: parents and carers from Parramatta to Perth and Townsville to Tassie breathing a sigh of relief!)
1. Busy Bodies
The award-winning Busy Bodies with Mr Snotbottom is a hilarious podcast all about the human body! Hosted by the famed children’s entertainer and comedian, Mr Snotbottom, each episode focuses on a part of the human body, from the brain to the heart to bones (yep, all 206 of them). It even explores kids’ emotions – one very special episode is all about YIKES …. anxiety! The new series is called Healthy Habits and is the perfect (and funny) way to engage kids.
2. The Fact Detectives
Meet two curious kids on a mission to find out all the cool facts about, well, EVERYTHING! In this award-winning podcast, hosts Anika and Esther take their very big questions to some very smart grown-ups who know lots of very interesting stuff… like, do killer butterflies really exist? Did monster kangaroos really hop all over Australia? Is it ladybirds, ladybugs or ladybeetles? What’s the difference between a glow-worm and a firefly, and where does light come from? Parents, carers and teachers everywhere are also hooked on this one!
3. Morning Kids
This daily five-minute podcast dips a toe into the world of news in an age-appropriate way, with the goal to contextualise life for little ones, from gently explaining something they may have heard in the news, to what feelings are and why they may be experiencing them. One morning the episode talked about whether all animals have belly buttons and raining worms, and the next day looked at how students in Victoria are wearing special backpacks to measure the air! Created in partnership with Australian primary school teachers, Morning Kidsis designed to give five-to seven-year-olds a safe listening space each weekday, whether in the car or around the breakfast table.
4. The Beanies
The award-winning LiSTNR podcasters and ABC Kids stars, The Beanies, bring a combination of joy, song and education wrapped up in glorious rainbow! Each week, Laura, Mim and Michael share a special new episode – it may be a fun and silly adventure, or a Show and Tell. They’ve met a teeny tiny spider who learns how to be brave; visited the super hero training Academy; met a very royal puppy, and found out how unicorns get their horns! They also welcome questions from little podcast listeners! The Beanies have also released seven brand new bedtime routines to help young listeners transition from playtime to sleepy time – called Beanies Dreamies. Listen here:
5. Outside The Lines
What do slimy frogs and freaky snakes have to do with art? How do you make art that you can’t even see? Outside the Lines is a fun and imaginative podcast for kids, hosted by some art-curious kids as they travel across the country to scratch the surface, peek behind the canvas, open the sketchbook, and dive into the creative minds of some of Australia’s most inspiring artists. One episode is all about colour, with Gemma Smith, one of Australia’s most acclaimed abstract artists! This pARTicularly wonderful podcast is produced with the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art’s Children’s Art Centre.
6. Dadtime Story Collection
A podcast featuring some famous Dads and Uncles reading children’s books, making bedtime a breeze and sharing great voices and stories. There’s Andy Day,an English actor, comedian, singer, dancer, songwriter and television presenter,reading Bush Magic; best-selling children’s book creator Scott Stuart reads his own work My Shadow is Purple, and journalist, TV presenter and musician, Waleed Aly, reads The Month That Makes the Year – a beautiful book about Ramadan told through the eyes of a child by Inda Ahmad Zahri.
In wonderful news, there’s a new season of the beloved children’s meditation podcast, Bedtime Explorers Magic Glasses! The podcast help children see the world through a positive lens of hope. With their imaginations and ‘magic glasses’, little explorers discover wonderful possibilities in a magic garden, a flying car and a hidden door to another world. The multi award-winning podcast, renowned for helping children drift into a peaceful night’s sleep, has been downloaded more than 23 million times and is loved by children and families all around the world. More new episodes coming on April 5!
8. Fun Fables
It’s the world’s favourite fairytales, remixed for today’s little dreamers – a clever, funny and engaging reimaging of the fables and tales we all grew up with! Rediscover the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, The Goose that Laid Golden Eggs and more, with a cheeky modern twist. It’s a super fun distraction for parents too!
LiSTNR is a curated and personalised, free app offering radio, podcasts, music, and news, creating a new audio destination for all Australians, and home to a huge line-up of multi-award winning podcasts for children, many produced in association with education providers, scientists and even art galleries, with the aim to engage, educate and entertain kids.
Featuring a fun and intuitive onboarding process, LiSTNR delivers an audio destination that is built for individual listeners’ routines and preferences. Highly personalised, it provides listeners a new world of audio entertainment, with their own daily feed of audio and easy discovery of new content through curated recommendations. Available across a large array of devices including both iOS and Android, CarPlay and Android Auto, Google Assistant and Alexa and Android TV, LiSTNR enables a fantastic listening experience, anytime and anywhere.
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