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Kids Listen Activity Podcast

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).


  • Activist, You! Butterfly Effect

    Sep 22 2020

    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 Thorny Devils

    Sep 15 2020

    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: Song Parody

    Sep 08 2020

    This week in the multiverse, we're making song parodies, and you can too. It's easier than you think. Head over to for a full lesson/instruction for making your own. You'll probably want to do a bunch! 

  • This Week in the Multiverse: World Tweaking - The Easy Way to Build Your Own Alternate Earth Pt. 4

    May 29 2020

    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 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 for more details. Also check...more

  • Eat Your Spanish: Pets!

    May 28 2020

    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!)

  • Nature Just Got Real! Project Bumblebee Watch

    May 27 2020

    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

  • Best Day Yet: I Respect Myself (Turtle Adventure!)

    May 26 2020

    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.

  • Eat Your Spanish: Feeling and Emotions

    May 22 2020

    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!  

  • April Eight Songs & Stories: Activity Song and Game "Hans Michael"

    May 20 2020

    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! 

  • The Past and The Curious: Niagara!

    May 19 2020

    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  

  • This Week in the Multiverse: World Tweaking - The Easy Way to Build Your Own Alternate Earth Pt. 3

    May 18 2020

    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 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 for more detail. Also check out for printable worksheets!

  • The Good Words Podcast: Triskaidekaphobia!

    May 15 2020

    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

  • Nature Just Got Real: Build a Bird Home Depot

    May 13 2020

    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

  • Story Spectacular: Sal & the Erie Canal

    May 12 2020

    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!

  • Book Club for Kids: James and the Giant Peach

    May 11 2020

    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.

  • Mystery Recipe: Act Your Age

    May 08 2020

    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! 

  • Ear Snacks: Seeds!

    May 07 2020

    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: World Tweaking - The Easy Way to Build Your Own Alternate Earth Pt. 2

    May 06 2020

    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 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 for more detail. Also check out for printable worksheets!

  • Unspookable: Zombies

    May 05 2020

    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 - Microraptor

    May 04 2020

    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 You can find the Audio Adventure activity mentioned in this podcast at the link be...more

  • Curious Kid Podcast: Curious about Snakes

    May 01 2020

    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. 

  • This Week in the Multiverse: Ginormous Make your own Story Scavenger signs

    Apr 30 2020

    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.

  • The Fina Mendoza Mysteries: Fina's Coronavirus Diary

    Apr 29 2020

    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

  • Story Spectacular: The Weather Girl

    Apr 28 2020

    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 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

  • Eat Your Spanish: Fruits!

    Apr 27 2020

    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!  

  • April Eight Songs & Stories: Gnomes at Home

    Apr 24 2020

    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 

  • Hello Family: Super Hearing or Super Sight!

    Apr 23 2020

    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!

  • The Good Words podcast: EDIFYING

    Apr 22 2020

    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."

  • Book Power for Kids: Book Reviews Good Enough to Eat!

    Apr 21 2020

    "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!"

  • Cool Facts About Animals: Earth Day!

    Apr 20 2020

    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 for activities you can do at home, including measuring your yawn gape and making a maze out of straws. 

  • Activist, You! - Environmental Activism with Ryan's Recycling

    Apr 16 2020

    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!

  • Be Calm on Ahway Island: Hello!

    Apr 15 2020

  • Little Stories for Tiny People: The Moon's Side of the Story

    Apr 15 2020

    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!

  • Story Spectacular: Myrtle Goes Outside

    Apr 14 2020

    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:

  • Girl Tales: Nova's Lab! Meeting Katherine Johnson

    Apr 13 2020

    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.

  • Buttons & Figs: Gorey Nonsense with author Lori Mortensen

    Apr 10 2020

    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

  • Be Calm on Ahway Island: Magical Chair

    Apr 09 2020

    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

  • The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Solo Robo

    Apr 08 2020

    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

  • Noodle Loaf: Fortress of Groovitide

    Apr 07 2020

    A series of interactive music themed games to get you singing, moving, drawing and laughing.

  • Girl Tales: Nova's Lab! Becoming Malala Yousafzai's Microphone

    Apr 06 2020

    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: Video Games from Other Earths

    Apr 03 2020

    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 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 for the step-by-step instructions laid out in th...more

  • Unspookable: The Black Plague

    Apr 02 2020

    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+.

  • Story Spectacular: April fools Day

    Apr 01 2020

    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'

  • Curious Kid Podcast: Lightning and Thunder

    Mar 31 2020

    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  

  • Best Day Yet

    Mar 30 2020

    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 - Origin of Dinosaurs

    Mar 27 2020

    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 You can find the Dino Doodle activity ...more

  • What If World: What if Dinosaurs Were Alive Today

    Mar 26 2020

    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: The Storm

    Mar 25 2020

      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:!86963  For accompanying activity, visit: https:/...more

  • Tumble: The Case of the Sparkly Minerals

    Mar 24 2020

    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

  • Little Bedtime Stories

    Mar 23 2020

    A special Kids Listen Activity Podcast Episode of Little Bedtime Stories! Check for more, and accompanying activities!

  • Book Club for Kids - The Crossover

    Mar 20 2020

    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.     

  • Good Words Podcast: Fungible

    Mar 19 2020

    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?!?!?"

  • Cool Facts About Animals: Tarantula Hawk Wasps with Dr. Justin Schmidt

    Mar 18 2020

    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

  • The Past And the Curious - Bridges!

    Mar 17 2020

    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

  • Introducing the Kids Listen Activity Podcast

    Mar 15 2020

    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!