The Kids Listen Activity Podcast is a collaborative effort from members of Kids Listen. While kids across the globe are unexpectedly home from school we’ll be packaging and releasing daily episodes. Each day will be a favorite episode of a new Kids Listen Show, including an activity suggestion to help parents and kids engage more deeply and get the most out of these days. Kids Podcasts can help with learning and fun (which should go hand in hand).
Today we will celebrate Thanksgiving by revisiting a funny and festive turkey story. We will join all the other fancy turkeys at the annual Gobble Gala. Things at the gala are going quite smoothly until a bizarre bird arrives. Let's find out who this mysterious party crasher could be...
This episode is about places that used to be and which are now covered up by something new. Yarrow Mamout was an unusual man in early America, but the black business leader's story was literally buried by buildings near Washington DC. In the 2000s, his story came to light. Also, the Los Angeles communities of La Loma, Palo Verde, and Bishop were often grouped together under the name Chavez Ravine. The people of these communities were uprooted, and now Dodger stadium stands where they once lived....more
Macho Supreme is the toughest Space Marine in the whole Imagine Neighborhood. In this episode, he’s getting ready for the Space Marines Annual Smelling Bee! But there's just one problem: Macho is full of worries. And when Macho's worries get out of control, they become worrywarts that get bigger and bigger! Macho needs Scotty's help to calm down, talk about his worries, and prepare for the things he's worried about—before the worrywarts turn into a worrycane that blows away his chance to win the...more
Looking for a way to talk about the election without getting mired in politics? Today's episode is the perfect solution. Fina Mendoza, the daughter of a congressman, is assigned a Genius Project that lets students pick the topic they’d like to research and present to the class. Since it's an election year and Fina’s father is back in California campaigning for re-election, Fina decides to research voting. Specifically, letting kids younger than 18 cast a ballot. Real-life Congressman Mark Takan...more
Whether you find them cute or creepy, it's hard not to have a strong feeling about this week's topic...Spiders. Why are so many of us afraid of these arachnids? And what does it say about us as humans that something so small can be so terrifying? We'll unravel this web and more on this episode of Unspookable.
In this episode, you will hear from Stoopkid Stories, a new kid's podcast of original stories written and narrated by Melly told through the eyes of 7 young and amazing characters. This episode is about the dancing duo, The BB Twins, who became a viral sensation from posting one of their dances on the internet. Keep listening to see what happens!
REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a weekly, family friendly exploration of our galaxy (and beyond!) with hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien. Exoplanets with Ashley Walker & Marc Evan Jackson On this episode of REACH Brian and Meredith ask the questions "What is an Exoplanet?" and "What does #BlackinAstro mean?" of expert Astrochemist and Planetary Scientist Ashley Walker. Then we get a very special visit from our closest celestial neighbor on a segment entitled "Did You Know...?"
You are just in time to join Digger the Dog, Birdie, and Angie for a trip to the County Fair!!! We will eat some great food, go on some fun rides and even win a BIG prize!!! Sing along to "The County Fair Song" and then laugh along to some jokes about the fair. Y'all are gonna have a SPECTACULAR time!!!
This episode features 13 year old creative rockstar Jasper’s story seed about a 74 foot tall detective. His author match: Chris Grabenstein, author of the NYTimes bestselling Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series! Join our host Betsy Bird and listen in as Jasper visits Chris Grabenstein’s NYC apartment where they collaborate on this tall tale story idea. Then sit back as Chris unveils the original story he grew from Jasper’s story seed: “The World’s Biggest Detective.”
Today, Lindz talks to Lily and Kaia, the masterminds behind The Butterfly Effect, a national art project bringing awareness to child detention. They talk about how to use art as a tool for activism, how they started The Butterfly Effect, and, of course, their favorite animals! After Lindz talks to Lily and Kaia, we'll make our very own butterflies!
Cool Facts About Animals presents Thorny Devils. Discover cool facts about the thorny devil, including what it eats, what it poops, its unique way of drinking water, and its many, many defense mechanisms. You'll also learn about something called capillary action. Even if you don’t think you know what that is, you’ve seen it in real life, every day.
This week in the multiverse, we're making song parodies, and you can too. It's easier than you think. Head over to KidsListen.org for a full lesson/instruction for making your own. You'll probably want to do a bunch!
This Week in the Multiverse is a podcast of skits and stories about alternate Earths. Recommended for the middle-grade set, ages 8+. More info at multiversethisweek.com. This special Kids Listen Activity edition of the show springboards from a live interview we did with SpiderMan (not the one you're thinking about). Afterwards, a final lesson on world building writing exercises for kids. Please give it a listen, then head to http://www.kidslisten.org/activity-podcast for more details. Also check...more
Cat and dog, fish and hamster, Four animals I love to look after, That's the truth, now let's sing along, To the animals we name in this song! (This episode is a fun one amigos!)
Did you know that scientists need our help tracking Bumblebees? In this episode, we talk to Rich Hatfield from the Xerces Society about why tracking Bumblebees is important, why scientists need help doing it, and what WE can do to help them. And yes, there’s an app for that! Also, in this episode, Chuck Darwin gives us the definition of the word Pollinator and tells us who they are, Jack answers a listener’s question about whether bumblebees can sting, and Tito gives us some weird facts about b...more
Today we're with Marjorie from Best Day Yet and taking the kayaks out for a turtle hunt. Want to come along? Here are today's affirmations: I respect everyone around me, but most of all I respect me. I love my friends and family, but most of all I love MYSELF. And if someone doesn't like me, it's totally okay because what matters most is that I like MYSELF.
Hola Amigos! Today we'll be venturing out into the wonderful world of feelings and emotions! We'll have a fun lesson together, followed by a very special song song, and last but not least we'll join our friends Mrs. Elephant and Mr. Mouse as they look at pictures from when Mr. Mouse was just a baby!
A song from April Eight that you can make your own! Add as many instruments as you want, or as you can remember! Is it a song or a game? You decide!
This episode features the story of Annie Edson Taylor, who was the first person to successfully survive Niagara Falls in a barrel. Also, how’d they even start building the first suspension bridge over Niagara? You might be surprised. Also featuring Mick's version of Cole Porter’s song “Don’t Fence Me In” Learn more about the Annie "Eggson" Taylor activity at www.kidslisten.org/activity-podcast
This Week in the Multiverse is a podcast of skits and stories about alternate Earths. Recommended for the middle-grade set, ages 8+. More info at multiversethisweek.com. This special Kids Listen Activity edition of the show springboards from a story, "Scary Monkeys with Clown Faces," into a lesson on world building writing exercises for kids. After you give it a listen, head to http://www.kidslisten.org/activity-podcast for more detail. Also check out sgwilson.net for printable worksheets!
This episode centers around the fear of the number 13, "triskaidekaphobia." Host Lynn Hickernell discusses this phenomenon, and other superstitions and phobias, with an excerpt from the Kids Listen podcast, "Unspookable," a "Say What?!?" segment about the expression, "Break a leg," a "Do Over" with family therapist Emily King about "The Dress Shoes," and regular segment, "GET IT?!?!?" The episode concludes with the poem, "The Supper Superstition" by Thomas Hood, read by "Just Us Weirdos" creat...more
Have you ever thought you'd like to do more for birds than just fill up the bird feeder? Today, we are making a Bird Home Improvement Center. It's a little like a store where birds can come and get some building materials to assist with their nest building. I call it the Bird Home Depot. Or, maybe I should call it the Bird Nest Depot. Build one for your back yard and hang it where you can watch your customers come in and help themselves to home improvement essentials! Also, in this episode, Chu...more
Let's go back in time to 1825 and visit the Erie Canal! We will ride on the back of our friendly tour guide Sal the Mule and learn all about the history of this man-made river. We will sing a fun river tune and learn about how water lock systems work!
It’s one of those moments in history when we’d just rather escape in a giant peach. It’s a discussion of Roald Dahl's first book for kids "James and the Giant Peach." Public radio’s Cash Peters is celebrity reader. Students from Equitas Academy Charter Middle School discuss the book with host Kitty Felde.
Episode Description: Join us in the Recipe Lab to melt some stretchy science. After we answer this age old question it's time for the cheesiest stand up set in town!
Tell me: what do you know about seeds? Andrew & Polly's friends from Austria, Australia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts invite you into their homes and gardens to discover what kinds of seeds there are where they live. We also welcome Chanel Tsang from Toronto, Canada who shares a lovely meditation from her podcast Peace Out called "Ready, Set, Grow!" inviting listeners to move their bodies and imagine what it might be like to be a seed. We also made a special Earth Day version of this episode...more
This Week in the Multiverse is a podcast of skits and stories about alternate Earths. Recommended for the middle-grade set, ages 8+. More info at multiversethisweek.com. This special Kids Listen Activity edition of the show springboards from a play, "The Perfect Al Capone," into a lesson on world building writing exercises for kids. After you give it a listen, head to http://www.kidslisten.org/activity-podcast for more detail. Also check out sgwilson.net for printable worksheets!
Stories of the walking dead permeate many cultures, but have you ever wondered if zombies could actually exist? On this episode of Unspookable, we'll ask what exactly is a zombie? Where did the word come from? And why are they so popular today? Recommended for middle graders ages 8+.
Aaron’s World is a fun and imaginative science-themed audio adventure for kids. It’s a 50-episode story that follows the time-traveling adventures of a little boy and his trusty computer companion, as they explore the prehistoric world. In this sample episode, Aaron takes to the treetops to introduce his listeners to a prehistoric Microraptor. To learn more about the Aaron’s World podcast visit www.MyDogRocket.com You can find the Audio Adventure activity mentioned in this podcast at the link be...more
In episode 83, we learn about snakes, thanks to a fantastic listener suggestion from Stowe of North Bend, Washington. Stowe wants to know what snakes eat, can snakes climb, and do snakes bite? We are going to answer all his questions with the help of Dr. Ben, who treats people with snake bites.
In this episode, listen to the first part of the story Ginormous, a tall tale about a boy who discovers that he has inherited the powers of the American tall-tale legend Paul Bunyan, the famed lumberjack. Listen to the episode here. After the episode, do the activity - a guided lesson in creating Story Scavenger signs, a way to make Choose Your Own Adventure-type stories you can post around your neighborhood! Details below.
Fina Mendoza, our 10-year-old detective, is stuck at home. Her teacher has assigned a living history project: keep a coronavirus journal for future historians to use a primary source. Listening to this first day’s entry, we learn that her congressman father is working on a Rules Committee report about allowing Congress to vote remotely, investigating whether Fina will get an unemployment check since she can’t do her dog-walking job, and following Fina as she solves the mystery of the missing TV ...more
There once was a little girl who loved to play outside. Each day the weather would change and the little girl would find an exciting new way to play outside. But what happens when the weather is thunder and lightning? Two SPECTACULAR activities for you. Go online to http://storyspectacular.com/story-squad Check out "Weather Girl Match Up" for a printable activity coloring page. Click on "Outdoor Activity Bucket List!" for the full checklist. Or make up your own bucket list. What are 5 activiti...more
Today's episode is all about fruits, and how to say them in Spanish! Join Evan and Vanessa for a fun lesson and a fruit filled sing along! Then at the end of the episode we'll join our friends Mrs. Elephant and Mr. Mouse on an exciting trip to visit a fruit farm!
Willowwood and her brother Scritch are all stuck inside. But they are not just kids, they are also gnomes! So what do gnomes do for fun? You’ll find out! After you listen to the story, there’s an activity for you to do that’s just like the gnomes in today's tale. There is a link in the show notes to download the materials to get you started. If you like today’s activity, you can find all sorts of fun projects and stories for your little gnomes at https://aprileight.com/
In this episode we talk about if your family would like to have super hearing or super sight and give you a Superhero Creation worksheet to do together!
In this episode, specially updated for the Covid-19 pandemic, Miss Lynn talks about, "edifying." Includes recurring segments, "Ads that Subtract," "Say What?!?" about the expression, "A rising tide lifts all boats," and a "Do Over" discussion with family therapist Emily King about, "The Special School."
"What if you had the power to bake your feelings into a cookie? It would be wonderful! Unless you were having a bad day... Leilani reviews Bakers Magic by Diane Zahler Plus, our foolish pancake episode and instructions for making your own pancake masterpieces!"
Join Cool Facts About Animals for this special Earth Day episode about extinct animals! Learn about two animals that have gone extinct, one that is close to extinction, and one that scientists thought was extinct, but isn't! The CFAA Crew also give you lots of great ideas for how kids can help protect animas and the earth. After the episode, head to KidsListen.org for activities you can do at home, including measuring your yawn gape and making a maze out of straws.
Today, we join Lindz Amer, Host of Activist, You! and 10 year-old environmental activist Ryan Hickman of Ryan's Recycling! They talk about proper recycling technique, Ryan's favorite kind of donut, and how we can get rid of the big trash island in the ocean! After Lindz talks to Ryan, we're going to collect all of the recyclables we have at home, sort them, and make them into a robot!
The Moon's Side of the Story is an original story that tells the long history of human technology, up to and including the moon landing. All of this is told from the MOON'S perspective. How will the moon react when the creatures that have been doing all the weird stuff down on the blue planet finally make their way to his surface? Listen and find out. After the story, engage your own imaginations with related activities!
Myrtle is a houseplant. She lives on a shelf and spends her days looking out the window, longing to go outside. One day Myrtle’s wish comes true! Let’s tag along with our foliage friend on this tree-mendous adventure. Then afterward we have an EPIC Nature Scavenger Hunt!!! Get the printable activity page from today's episode and more fun activities for kids here: http://storyspectacular.com/story-squad
In this Girl Tales episode, kid scientist, Nova turns into a moon rock and meets the real life NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson! Learn about how the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission were able to enter the moon’s orbit and how Katherine Johnson helped successfully land their rocket ship on the moon. Plus! There's an activity to learn more about orbital mechanics.
On this episode we sail in a sieve to the land of Edward Gorey, with author Lori Mortensen to show us the way. Ms. Mortensen just released a biography of Gorey titled, "Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey." On this episode you'll get to hear about Gorey's life, his unique style and his love of anagrams! Join Buttons & Figs listeners as they come up with silly names using the letters of their names, just like Edward Gorey did. You'll also get to hear how Lori Mortensen does research for h...more
After moving to a new home, Winfield the wheel chair decides to help Brian find new friends. Will the magical chair find them at a colorful park? Find the activity for this episode at Kidslisten.org/activity-podcast
On today's episode, two robots travel to a planet to explore, but end up confronting a strange alien who lives there. The problem is: The story cuts off before the robots can figure out what to do! It's up to you, the listener, to finish the story! Send in your endings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A series of interactive music themed games to get you singing, moving, drawing and laughing.
In this episode, kid scientist, Nova travels to Norway in 2014 to become Malala Yousafzai’s microphone as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. Learn all about how microphones work and Malala’s fight for girls’ education. Plus! Make your own megaphone with just paper and tape!
This Week in the Multiverse is a podcast of skits and stories that aim to find laughs and thrills in the idea of alternate Earths. Recommended for the middle-grade set, ages 8+. More info at multiversethisweek.com. This special Kids Listen Activity edition of the show takes clips from past episodes to help set up a guided lesson in creating your very own parallel Earth! After you give it a listen, head to http://www.kidslisten.org/activity-podcast for the step-by-step instructions laid out in th...more
On this episode of Unspookable we look back at The Black Plague and other historical pandemics to see how working together and trusting science can help in times of confusion. Recommended for middle graders ages 8+.
Today we will celebrate April Fools Day by telling jokes, playing pranks, singing a song and even hearing some foolish "fake" facts. There will be lots of fun friends stopping by, including real-life listeners just like you. It's sure to be the best April Fools Day ever!!! NO FOOLIN'
In this episode, we learn about lightning and thunder. What causes lightning? How hot is lightning? Can you have lightning without rain? Can you have thunder without lightning? Olivia interviews Greg, a meteorologist, to ask him some questions about lightning and thunder and see if some of the things we've heard about lightning and thunder are true. Find supplemental activities at KidsListen.org/Activity-Podcast
Today we're teaching you a 20 second hand washing song that you can sing every time you wash your hands. This song was inspired by the ancient practice of loving kindness, and it reminds us to take a moment to wish ourselves and our worlds kind thoughts.
Aaron’s World is a fun and imaginative science-themed audio adventure for kids. It’s a 50-episode story that follows the time-traveling adventures of a little boy and his trusty computer companion, as they explore the prehistoric world. In this sample episode, Aaron and FLASH must figure out why they have been teleported to a Mesozoic jungle where dinosaurs are just beginning to evolve. To learn more about the Aaron’s World podcast visit www.MyDogRocket.com You can find the Dino Doodle activity ...more
The episode is a fun story-telling activity, and there’s even a What If Story tossed in as a demonstration. Lessons include: we are all capable of telling each other fun stories; even the greatest treasure in the world can’t replace all of life’s simple joys. If you want some questions to use as story prompts, try our What If Question Generator!
Timestorm is a serialized audio fiction podcast about time-traveling twins from Newark, New Jersey. In this episode, Alexa and Beni Ventura are yanked into another dimension where they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history.This episode was originally released on 8/1/19. Credits and show notes are available at: timestormseries.com/episodes/episode-1-the-storm-s1!86963 For accompanying activity, visit: https:/...more
Today, Tumble is sharing their episode, The Case of the Sparkly Minerals. In this episode, we take a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where we get special behind-the-scenes tour of their mineral collection. Plus, we learn what makes rocks sparkly. This episode comes with an activity to make your own classification system. We have a step-by-step description and printable guides available on kidslisten.org/kids-activity.
A special Kids Listen Activity Podcast Episode of Little Bedtime Stories! Check KidsListen.org for more, and accompanying activities!
Khalil, Novaun, Kyle, Kofi, and Joseph from Watkins Elementary on Capitol Hill discuss Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award winning novel about brothers and basketball "The Crossover" with host Kitty Felde. The fifth graders speak frankly about their own relationship with siblings and even admit to a tear or two when an older sister went away to college. Our celebrity reader is LA Laker Tarik Black. Kwame Alexander joins us as well.
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell explains the word, "fungible" with excerpts from the book Henry Ford's Own Story by Rose Wilder Lane, a "Do Over" about "The Popular Girls," and concluding song, "Black Socks." As always, it also includes, "GET IT?!?!?"
We are coming up on our 100th episode, and this one is one of our most popular of all time, and for good reason. We get to speak with Dr. Schmidt, who invented the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. Do you kow how he invented that index? He got stung. A lot. And then told people about how much each one hurt on a scale from 1 to 4. It’s a really fun episode, filled with lots of animal facts from a super cool scientist. After the podcast ends, it’s time to get started on the activity! Head to http://www....more
Two tales connected by bridges. First, Emily Roebling winds up as a lead engineer in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the first American woman to find herself in such a position. Second, Sonny Rollins, one fo the greatest saxophonists in history isn’t happy with his playing, despite the fame he receives. His days on a bridge change his life. Also quiz time, and a visit from Dr. Awkward, the Palindrome Professor. Featuring Mick Sullivan, Meg Samples, Graeme Gardiner, and Lani Powers. Original...more
For years Kids Listen has been the leader in kid-focused podcasts, and over the next little while we're coming to a podcatcher near you with an extra layer of engagement. As parents and kids adjust to spending more time at home, we'll be offering some favorite member episodes, in addition to supplemental activity suggestions. Join us for learning and fun!