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Keeping our kids occupied and entertained can sometimes be a struggle. This is especially true when we want to remove them from a screen! Podcasts seem to be one answer, so I’ve pulled together a list of over 10 podcasts for your 9-13 year old with varying interests.
In the last year, I’ve discovered listening to podcasts as a way to learn and be engaged without sitting in front of a screen! Podcasts are a great way for kids and families to do the same. You can listed together, or have kids listen on their own. And don’t worry, they don’t have to be in front of a computer screen or a device!
Podcasts for 9-13 year olds
TRAX from PRX is the latest podcast network designed specifically for kids 9-13 years-old.
Tweens and grownups in their lives can listen to a collection of podcasts for free, with more series and episodes dropping in 2021! These podcasts are representative of lived experiences and touch upon the issues important to tweens and are meant to help them better understand what is happening in their world, right now.
When the Ventura twins are yanked into another dimension, they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. Alexa and Beni visit three continents across the span of five centuries, meeting people who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage. In the twenty-first century, the twins navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret. When a natural disaster devastates islands across the Caribbean, the twins understand what is at stake for their ancestral homeland. As Puerto Rico faces an uncertain future, the twins witness, find, and remember its past.
Our universe is a wild and wonderful place. Join NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers on a new adventure each week — all you need is your curiosity. Visit the Amazon rainforest, explore faraway galaxies and dive into our astronaut training pool. First-time space explorers welcome!
A PODCAST FOR TWEENS ABOUT THE MOMENTS IN LIFE WHEN WE BROKE THE RULES
Ooh You’re in Trouble is a podcast for tweens about the moments of defiance that define us. Each episode features true stories of young people confessing a moment they broke the rules growing up. From the makers of MORTIFIED, the series explores why kids defy rules — what does it reveal about us and what can we learn from it? From sneaking out of the house past curfew to organizing a protest, these are the stories of Rebels, Rascals, Rule Breakers, and even Revolutionaries. The result? A show that’s funny, educational, insightful and messy. Just like growing up.
A tale of terrifying monsters, powerful gods, a young hero, and the brave girl who changes his life forever.
When young Perseus makes a rash promise to save his mother from the clutches of an evil king, he has to strike out on a dangerous quest. Hermes, god of luck and thieves (Hadestown's André De Shields), is our host for this tale of terrifying monsters, powerful gods, and a brave girl who will change our hero’s life forever.
Tai Poole is trying to find answers to life’s biggest questions. What happens after we die? What is love? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break…he’s only 14-years-old.
A time-traveling women’s voting rights adventure with Aly Raisman.
The Magic Sash is a journey back in time hosted by gold medal athlete and advocate Aly Raisman. Join an 11-year-old boy and girl as they experience big moments in women’s suffrage first-hand. They’ll learn that what women and men fought for — women’s right to vote — isn’t dusty history at all.
The Magic Sash is from the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Park Service.
The National Park Service has designed companion lesson plans for educators for each episode.
Yes, this is the podcast about the science of puberty.
As soon as we’re born our bodies are constantly growing, changing, breaking and at times, confusing us. And the biggest changes, growths and confusions seem to come when we’re young, vulnerable and easily embarrassed. Yes, we’re talking about puberty. And yes, it sometimes can be hard to talk about. But, it doesn’t need to be. Put on some headphones and lean in as we break down the biology, chemistry and health topics of growing, changing and going up.
Feeling My Flo is a reported podcast where menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies. The show features menstruators who identify all along the gender spectrum and is geared toward young people eager for information and community as they experience one of the most transformative changes in their lives. In addition to centering the stories of menstruators from a broad swath of cultural and economic backgrounds, the podcast offers reliable and actionable information about the changes that occur when people menstruate.
The Super-Fun Educational Podcast For Elementary School Kids
Designed to teach more than just fact & figures - but also critical thinking skills.
Each bite-size episode is only 12 min long, perfect for kid-sized attention spans. But just enough time for them to learn and give Mom & Dad a little break.
How to listen to a podcast
ON A SMART SPEAKER Ask your smart speaker to play a specific podcast by name.
“Alexa, please play the podcast Timestorm (or any other show by name).” “Ok Google, listen to Feeling My Flo podcast (or any other show by name).” “Hey Siri, play the podcast (podcast name).”
ON A COMPUTER Visit any TRAX podcast page and click on the play button to begin listening. The episode will begin playing immediately.
ON A PHONE You can download or stream podcasts from your phone using a podcast listening app. On an Apple device, tap on the purple Apple Podcasts icon. On an Android device, tap on the white Google Podcasts icon.
You can also listen to podcasts on Spotify, Stitcher, RadioPublic, NPR One, and many other apps on a mobile device like a phone or tablet.
Once you open the app, search by name, and begin listening immediately. Subscribe to/follow any show for free to receive new episodes automatically when they become available.