Screen-free entertainment and educational resources — isn’t this something we’re all looking for? I know…it sounds like a mythical unicorn, doesn’t it? But, it isn’t. There is a really great resource you might be overlooking in your homeschool: podcasts! That’s right! There are some really great STEAM podcasts your curious kids will love!
Audiobooks are all the rage right now, but podcasts aren’t getting the same love. I wanna know why. They’re every bit as engaging as audiobooks — at times, more so.
Podcasts are widely available and cover basically every topic imaginable.
Best of all? For the most part, they’re free!
Our family loves podcasts in the car, during mealtimes, and on quiet rainy days when we’re looking for an alternative to screens. (Hint: Podcasts pair well with Legos, puzzles, crafts, and other activities that keep little hands busy!)
Podcasts are a wonderful way to supplement your learning and inject a little fun into your homeschool routine.
Here are 5 engaging STEAM podcasts for curious kids who love to ask questions.
5 Engaging STEAM Podcasts for Curious Kids Who Love to Ask Questions
1. Wow in the World
Wow in the World is an adventure show hosted by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz. It covers the latest news in science, technology, and innovation — but it’s all done in story form.
This is, by far, my kids’ favorite podcast. All four of them beg for “just one more episode” every time I turn it on.
Honestly, I’ve learned so much from listening too!
2. Brains On!
According to their site, Brains On! is “an award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults from American Public Media.”
But it’s so much more than that.
Host Molly Bloom is joined by a different kid who co-hosts each new episode. Each episode teaches both children and adults all about the world around us.
Brains On! tackles all kinds of interesting questions like — “Why do we have crushes?” “Why is it so hard to break a habit?” and “Why do kids have more energy than adults?” (Boy, wouldn’t we like to know?!)
Tumble is a popular choice for many! It’s geared toward kids ages 6-12, but it’s fun for the entire family.
Hosts Lindsay and Marshall explore the exciting world of science — with the help of real scientists! — by asking questions, seeking answers, and getting kids excited about learning.
4. But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
It’s right there in the name. But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids was made for kids with a thirst for knowledge. The whole podcast is centered around all those off-the-wall questions your kids ask every day.
Listeners send in questions and the hosts set out to find the answers — whatever it takes. They even have printable resources available on their site to extend the learning!
5. What If World
What If World host, Mr. Eric, tackles kids’ what-if questions like, “What if T-rexes could fly?” and “What if bubbles ate cats?” and spins them into exciting stories the whole family can enjoy together.
This is the heart of STEAM learning — taking kids’ questions and exploring all the possibilities and then throwing in the awesome art of storytelling.
STEAM podcasts take the themes of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and weave them together into engaging and entertaining stories that bring learning to life for kids and families.
Audio is an underrated educational tool that all families can benefit from if they’ll just give it a chance.
You can find all of these podcasts on your favorite podcast platform (and they’re all free!).
Be sure to share this post with your homeschool mom friends. We can all use fun tips for refreshing our homeschool routines.
Which one of these STEAM podcasts are you gonna try first? Share in the comments below! Or if you’ve found a great STEAM podcast that the rest of us need to know about, please tell us!
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Amy Thetford is a freelance writer and blogger who homeschools her tribe of tiny humans while pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. She is fueled by coffee and the desire to do ALL. THE. THINGS. She has the attention span of a squirrel, though she somehow manages to make it through each day with everyone fed and happy (well, mostly happy! Ha!) while striving to make every tomorrow better than the last. You can hear more of what she has to say over at Real Talk with Amy, where she blogs about all things motherhood.