Nine Fun, Fact-Filled Podcasts for Dinosaur-Loving Kids | Kidcasts

This playlist includes episodes with imaginative stories, scientific facts, ongoing discoveries, and lessons about the interplay between entertainment and science.

 Every children’s librarian knows one of the most beloved sections in the library is DDC 560 and 567 - Dinosaurs. We all have a story of a very young child who knows every book in this section, who turns page after dinosaur page, reciting nearly impossible-to-pronounce names, unique physical characteristics, and eating habits.

Dinosaurs grab a hold of our imaginations, so it is no wonder podcasts are filled with them, too. Kids can find dinosaur bedtime stories, myths, scientific facts and discoveries, and many theories about what life was like on earth when they roamed. This playlist includes episodes featuring imaginative stories, scientific facts, ongoing discoveries, and lessons about the interplay between entertainment and science. As you’ll learn on the “Dino Explosion!” episode from The Sum of All Parts, it was storytelling that fueled the dramatic growth in dinosaur discoveries, which may explain why kids know about so many more of them than you do. These podcasts will spark interest for those just learning about these amazing reptiles, inspire family discussions about earth’s beginnings and evolution, and remind listeners just how many mysteries still remain to be discovered. All we need to do is dig.

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Aaron’s WorldDeinonychus
Ages 3–8—This is the podcast for kids who love dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures, science, robots, and time travel, hosted by Aaron, a dinosaur-loving kid who began podcasting at age six and continued producing until age 11. The drama format brings dinosaurs to life, as well as INO, (pronounced “I Know”), Aaron’s robot companion. Episodes can be listened to in any order, so kids can select one featuring their favorite dinosaur or time period, or begin at the beginning and follow along with the overarching story arc that holds them all together. In this episode, Aaron heads into dangerous territory in search of the deinonychus. Kids learn that deinonychus were fierce predators related to velociraptors. When Aaron finds one, listeners will freeze with anticipation as he quickly engages his imaginary “predator shield” for protection. Kids will be hooked after listening.

What If World “ What If Dinosaurs Were Alive Today ” and Hello FamilyA T-Rex is Coming
Ages 5–8—These two episodes are great companions for dino fans who also love creative writing. What If World host Mr. Eric shares his formula for writing creative stories, with prompts asking kids to select a fun thing, a safe place, and a strange place before they begin. His podcast formula involves a fun question—here, “What If Dinosaurs Were Alive Today?” Eric takes this idea and weaves a yarn of how Fred the dog gets swept away from his safe place on the beach to a deserted island, where he meets a brachiosaurus that helps Fred return home.

After that, have kids listen to the Hello Family episode “A T-Rex is Coming.” This show shares two- to three-minute discussion prompts designed to get kids thinking and talking. In this episode, listeners travel in a time machine with Timmy back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Timmy is greeted by a T-Rex, and listeners are prompted to tell the rest of the story themselves. The two shows pair well, with Mr. Eric’s writing tips ultimately helping kids imagine how they will return from a strange place to a safe one.

Homeschool HubLet’s Investigate Dinosaurs
Ages 5–8—Dinosaurs are brought to life as listeners learn about the origins of the word dinosaur, what animals are related to them, and similarities and differences between dinosaurs and other animals. This episode covers a lot of dino ground, including what scientists know about earth when dinosaurs walked the planet. The show offers a variety of voices, including experts and kids, who engage with the audience with questions, facts, and conversation. The pacing and mix of ideas results in a fun, informative way to learn. Homeschool Hub is one of many podcast shows produced by Irish media company RTE.

Cool Facts About Animals Velociraptor - Dinosaur Terrorist of the Cretaceous!”
Ages 5–8—Three sibling hosts, ages six, eight, and 10, share cool facts about the animals they love. Host and mom Ali Wilkinson asks them questions about their research, encouraging them to think critically as they incorporate newly learned facts into their knowledge. Here, the kids discuss velociraptors. Listeners will learn about these fast-moving dinosaurs, the way they use their claws to find food, and how they live in packs. The kids also discuss Jurassic Park and how the movie depiction doesn’t match with what scientists have discovered about these creatures. This show does an amazing job of allowing kids to bring their own background knowledge, while gently correcting misinformation. Animal-loving children will want to explore other episodes, which have plenty of cool facts to share about sea pigs, vampire bats, lemurs, lions, and other creatures.

Sum of All Parts, “Dino Explosion!
Ages 8–12—Have you ever wondered why kids over the past 20 years seem to know the names of so many dinosaurs you never learned as a kid? If your impulse is to point to to a certain Spielberg movie, you are correct! Jurassic Park inspired paleontologists around the world to seek funding to go out and dig. This film led to an explosion of discoveries, and this story is a fun example of how art and science influence one another. After listening, kids will have fun discussing other movies that could one day influence scientific discoveries. The Sum of All Parts is an Australian ABC Science podcast featuring “extraordinary stories from the world of numbers.” The show is primarily for adults, but curious kids, especially ones who view the world analytically, will enjoy its unique lens on the world.

Tumble Science “The Rise of the Dinosaurs
Ages 8–12—What’s the oldest dinosaur? How did they come to exist? These two kid questions lead hosts Lindsay and Marshall to scientist Jessica Whiteside, who studies mass extinction events, and discusses how dinosaurs evolved during the triassic period. Listeners learn about the two earliest types of dinosaurs, what other animals were around at that time and what traits helped some live longer than others. Tumble Science podcast covers a wide range of scientific discoveries and findings, including other dinosaur related episodes, including a two-part one all about dinosaur poop.

Science Diction, Dinosaur
Ages 13–17—This is a new show from SciFri, the science podcast produced by WNYC. Host Johanna Mayer explores the origin and history of a word from science. “Dinosaur” is the focus of this episode. Students learn about Charles Darwin’s role in understanding the evolution of species, but may not have been introduced to the name Richard Owen. They meet him here; Owen was an incredibly talented naturalist from Darwin’s time. He published over 600 scientific books and papers. With such an incredible body of work, why isn’t he better known? Turns out, Owen decided to pick a fight with Darwin. This show will appeal to teens, young adults, and librarians drawn to odd bits of history and the backstories behind the words that shape science.

Overheard at National GeographicThe United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar
Ages 13–17—Wouldn’t listening in on conversations at National Geographic HQ be fascinating? You can on Overheard at National Geographic. This weekly show uses those conversations to tell the stories of explorers, photographers, and scientists at Nat Geo as they work to protect and preserve our planet. The focus here is the black market for dinosaur fossils, how American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews led people to search for fossils in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, and how those discoveries led to the creation of laws to protect dinosaur bones. There’s audio of the moment officials tried to stop an auction of a Tarbosaurus Bataar skeleton, where bidding began at $875,000. Find out what happened to the skeleton, and how the illegal market gets in the way of science. Those enjoying this episode will want to read The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams, a book based on these same events.

To discover more dinosaur episodes, search popular science shows including Brains On!, Tumble, Wow in the World, and SciFri. The Kid Friendly Dinosaur Fun Facts Podcast is also a great show, with trivia on on over 100 different varieties.

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Andrew Barkan

These are excellent shows! Ear Snacks did a series of episodes about “puzzles” featuring lots of dinosaur facts, including interviews with a paleontologist, They Might Be Giants, and a pachycephalosaurus!

Posted : Aug 03, 2020 04:33


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