Keep the kids en­ter­tained on road trips

Sunday News - - SOUND AND VISION -

If you’re trav­el­ling or just look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive to TV on a rainy day, there are some great pod­casts for chil­dren around that are also easy on grown-up ears.

My favourite kids’ pod­cast is sci­ence based, and hosted by grown-up ra­dio re­porter Molly Bloom.

Brains On! looks at ev­ery­thing from ro­bots, di­nosaurs, the sci­ence of Franken­stein, how paint sticks to walls, and how an­i­mals breathe un­der­wa­ter.

Each episode is be­tween 30- to 45 min­utes, so it’s per­fect for road trips and there is a lot of va­ri­ety. (I’m not even go­ing to pre­tend that I didn’t want to un­der­stand the sci­ence be­hind farts).

For the lit­tlest pas­sen­gers, Story Time is great in the car. It’s the per­fect change up from play­ing I Spy, and fea­tures chil­dren’s bed­time sto­ries aimed at tod­dlers through to 12 year olds.

Ex­pect tra­di­tional sto­ries as well as orig­i­nal, more mod­ern sto­ries fea­tur­ing an­i­mals, and chil­dren deal­ing with real life sit­u­a­tions.

There’s also a handy age rat­ing on each episode if you want to check how ap­pro­pri­ate it is for your chil­dren.

If you fancy a sing-a-long, Ear Snacks is amu­si­cal pod­cast for kids about the world around us.

Pre­sented by up­beat duo An­drew and Polly, it’s great for kids with big imag­i­na­tions who like to learn – so ba­si­cally all kids!

There’s usu­ally a special guest and a sing-a-long around the topic.

Each episode is less than 20 min­utes, so it’s per­fect for those ‘‘Are we there yet?’’ mo­ments in the car.

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