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From short stories to science, junior news to kids mindfulness, the best podcasts for children are engaging and informative. They can keep your children entertained, spark their imaginations, teach new ideas or make them laugh. The selection for kids has never been better, they can be played on road trips, while cooking, doing jigsaws, colouring or before bed to wind down. Our favourites here are for Junior School aged children, they manage to combine learning with fun and can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike, so the whole family can join in.

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David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast

(18 mins)

Join David Walliams as he goes on a marvellous musical journey of discovery and meets some of the most famous names from the history of music – from Ludwig ‘Grumpy’ van Beethoven to 19th-century rock star Franz Liszt. A Classic FM podcast. Winner of Best Family Podcast 2020, British Podcast Awards.

On this episode : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. David meets one of the most famous composers of all time… and has a bit of a run in with a music professor. You might well have heard of Mozart but did you know he had a really rude sense of humour? Or that he owned a pet starling?

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Smash Boom Best

(25 mins)

Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and let’s you decide which is best. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Pizza versus Tacos. Chocolate versus Cheese. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case…teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.

In this episode : In one corner, human’s best friend, licker of faces, chewer of toys — it’s dogs. And in the other corner, sleek and graceful, free pest control with a cute face to boot — it’s cats. Are you Team Cat or Team Dog?

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Sports Squad

(10 mins)

Sports Squad is tall about staying fit and active! Presented by Ayo Akinwolere and teenager Chanel Kakareko, the show’s packed with inspiring interviews with sports personalities such as Maddie Hinch, Rebecca Adlington and Chris Hoy. Plus activities you can do to keep active.

In this episode : World record breaking freestyle footballer Liv Cooke explains how to improve your keepy-uppy skills, how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo inspired her as a child, and why freestyle is nothing like football!

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Homeschool History

(15 mins)

Fun history lessons for all the family, presented by Horrible Histories’ Greg Jenner. Full of facts and jokes, the series brings to life a broad range of historical topics, many linked to the school curriculum. Home school Histories is made by the producers of the much-loved Radio 4 podcast You’re Dead To Me.

In this episode : What would you do if you became Queen when you were six days old, all your friends were called Mary, and your brother (and a lot of other powerful people) kept trying to ruin your life? Welcome to the life of Mary Queen of Scots. From Baby Queen to Executed Martyr, join Greg Jenner for a home school history lesson on one of the most magnificent monarchs of the 16th century.

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Short and Curly

(21 mins )

A fast-paced, fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those curly questions. From banning lollies to trusting robots, and from colonising other planets to eating pets, Short & Curly covers it all. With two fabulous Australian hosts, there’s lots of time for silliness too. They are joined by the program’s fun and curious resident philosopher Matt Beard from The Ethics Centre and some special high-profile guests like sporting stars and famous musicians. It is especially designed to be listened to alone or as a family, with questions to think about and time to discuss it together.

In this episode : We visit the bedroom of one of the messiest kids we know, Harriet. She hates cleaning her room more than anything in life and it always looks like someone opened every drawer and threw all the contents into the air. But is it her fault that her room is a pigsty? And if other kids can manage to keep their rooms tidy, why can’t Harriet?

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Fun Kids Book Club

(29 mins )

Every month, Bex from the Fun Kids Book Club meets your favourite authors and finds out what makes them tick. They also stick around and read parts of their books for us! Plus, Bex and friends recommend their favourite kids books of the month.

In this episode : Ben Miller talks about his brand new book and funny man Julian Clary reads from The Bolds’. They recommend 3 new books for your bookshelf and Bex catches up with David Walliams and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid).

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Story Pirates

(26 mins)

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors, they don’t steal gold, pillage villages, or claim land. Instead they are a bunch of actors, comedians, and improvisers who take stories submitted by real kids and turn them into sketches, comedy and songs.

In this episode : When a conspiracy theorist (Claire Danes) boards their ship, the Story Pirates must convince her they are not from outer space. Featuring two new stories: ‘How The Beaver Came To Canada,’ a Joni Mitchell-inspired folk song about a beaver who takes to the friendly skies, by a 4 year old from Canada named Maytal, and ‘President Worm,’ a funky ode to the nation’s first flying leader, by Oliver, an 11 year old from the UK.

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Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

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Tumble is a science podcast for kids, to be enjoyed by the entire family. They tell stories about science discoveries, with the help of scientists!  Join Lindsay and Marshall as they ask questions, share mysteries, and share what science is all about.

In this episode : Why do we have snot? Do animals get stuffy noses, too? We delve into the world of thick secretions with the help of Dani Rabiaotti, zoologist and author of “Believe it or Snot: The Definitive Field Guide to Earth’s Slimy Creatures.” You’ll find out why we make so much mucus, and meet the slimiest animals on the planet. Plus, you’ll discover why scientists study slime, even though it’s super gross.

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500 Words, Bedtime Stories BBC

(21 mins)

A selection of sensational stories from BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words written by children and voiced by the brilliant BBC Radio Drama Company. Introduced by Dick and Dom.

In this episode, Repulsive Rubbish, Dick and Dom are off on a camping trip to present some plastic, rubbish and recycling stories. So whether it’s bed-time listening or some writing inspiration, sit back and let Dick and Dom take it away with the BBC Radio Drama Company reading ‘The Blossom Swan’, ‘Don’t Drop Litter’, ‘A Rubbish Story’, ‘Bob and the Plastic Pirates’, ‘Save the World – Turn Down the Heating!’ and ‘Fin and the McWasters’.

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