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Welcome to the Pinna blog - where we'll share the latest news, tips, and insights to help you seamlessly weave audio into your daily routines (and quite possibly rely less on screens).
If you have a kiddo that loves their kitty, you’re in for a treat. We're highlighting 10 podcast and audiobook titles for kids ages 3-12 featuring cats.
5 Playroom Decluttering Tips (And Why Pinna Audio Is The Perfect Choice For Minimalist Family Entertainment!)
Minimalism isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming more well known with the recent release of bestselling books and popular TV shows touting its benefits.
Pinna is an awesome resource for keeping kids busy without acquiring more stuff to maintain. It's the perfect entertainment option for those in search of a clutter-free lifestyle!
Whether you’re trying to beat the summer heat or keep kids entertained on a rainy day, we’re sharing 7 podcasts to listen to with kids when the weather keeps you stuck indoors.
Looking for new playdate ideas to refresh your kiddo’s social calendar?
We're sharing 10 low-cost playdate ideas for kids of any age — including some creative ways to incorporate your favorite Pinna podcasts into playdates with friends.
Pinna - Take 5: How Incorporating the Body's Five Senses Can Prevent the Dreaded 'Summer Slide' and Keep Kids Learning All Summer Long
How can you help keep your kids engaged and learning over the summer months and prevent the dreaded ‘summer slide’?
We've got you covered.
Planes, trains & automobiles! For kids who like anything that goes, we've rounded up some great podcasts and audiobooks on Pinna to check out!
Learn how interactive stories encourage kids to play independently, giving parents a much needed break.
Plus, discover voice-activated interactive audio titles on Pinna!
How Parents And Teachers Can Teach Little Ones Their Alphabet With Podcasts, Audiobooks, And Music On Pinna
The ABC song…it’s a classic. And it’s a classic for a reason.
But you need more than that when your kiddo is ready to learn the alphabet.
In the blog post below, you’ll find a roundup of podcasts, audiobooks, and music to help your preschooler learn their ABCs.
Bonus: check out the educator section on the Pinna site for additional resources!
Looking to give your kids a boost in the creative writing department? Check out this round-up as a great starting point!
Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month This June With On-Theme Podcasts and Audiobooks Perfect For Your Next Summer Road Trip
June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month. It’s time to celebrate by planning your next family road trip – let Pinna keep you company on your drive. Check out our roundup of podcasts and audiobooks all about animals and life under the sea.
The practice of mindful meditation is something that we don’t often think about when it comes to our kids.
However, more and more research is coming out every day showing the benefits of implementing this important habit.
Why is meditation beneficial for kids?
Read on to find out!
When our kids wake up with a sick tummy or the sniffles, we want to encourage them to rest. Snuggling up with a good story is a wonderful solution.
Below, we’re sharing 3 funny and sweet stories for sick days — and all of them can be found on the Pinna platform with your subscription.
Check out our behind the scenes interview with one of the co-creators of Hey Story Go, Carly Ciarrocchi. She talks how the show came to be, other Pinna projects she's worked on, and you can learn some fun facts about her and her co-creator Marc!
Learn how to help your kids work through their feelings! There are many effective ways to teach social skills, but a tried-and-true method is learning through stories. Check out the new audiobook series on Pinna that will help kids identify and work through challenging emotions.
Are your kids podcast listeners who want to become podcast creators? This is the place to start! We’ve got tips, tools, and tons of inspiration for them to make great podcasts.
Celebrate your favorite furry friends for National Pet Month! Here are 10 Top-Notch Titles on Pinna for Dog Lovers!
We’re sharing 10 delightful stories with a nature theme for kids who love the great outdoors.
Discover 7 delightful audiobooks and podcasts to offer encouragement to you and your kids as you start your springtime garden.
We all want to raise financially literate kids. It’s one of the best ways we can give them a solid foundation for the future.
Below, we’re going to share a little bit about what topics are covered on Million Bazillion as well as 8 of our top tips for teaching your kids about money.
We're highlighting some of the Spanish content available on Pinna - with so much to choose from, there's definitely something for everyone!
In Need Of A Good Laugh? Celebrate National Humor Month With April's Episode Of 'One Small Act' And 30 Kid-Friendly Jokes To Share With The Fam!
What do you call a really sad strawberry? - A blueberry.
A laugh a day is the perfect way to put a spring in your step this April – while spreading kindness through humor!
Screens are an inevitable part of our everyday lives. So, how can we protect our kids and ourselves from the harmful effects of blue light exposure?
We’re sharing 6 ways to reduce the potentially harmful effects of blue light on their - and our - brains and bodies
Pinna has tons of new audiobooks for you to listen, including standout series you will love. Check out the highlights and full list below!
Hear how Anne took the alphabet and turned it into an audio adventure that helps grow kids phonological awareness of letters and letter sounds!
Celebrate the strong women who have made their mark on our nation’s history with the brand new Pinna Original interactive audiobook series, Women Leading the Way.
Whether your kiddo is a baseball legend or a soccer star, we’ve got you covered. Pinna has a ton of sports-related content geared towards your young athlete.
The educators in our children’s lives work tirelessly to inspire a love of learning that will last a lifetime. The next time you see a teacher, tell them thank you.
In the meantime, check out our roundup of 35 encouraging quotes for teachers.
Coming up with podcasts for Pinna is a family affair. Find out how the quirky podcast Cats Knocking Things Off Tables came about!
Join us in our exclusive behind the scenes interview with Creators of the Pinna Original podcast, Food Crimes!
February is right around the corner and Pinna has exactly what you need to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids. ❤️
Effective communication is one of the most important life skills you can teach. Part of being an effective communicator is knowing how to listen with both your body and your brain.
If one of your goals is to read more with your kids, Pinna’s here for you. With an extensive — and growing! — library of audiobooks and podcasts, there’s always something new to pique your child’s interest.
Winter is here and with this time of year comes cold days and long nights. One way to beat the winter blues is to snuggle up with your kids and enjoy a good story.
Join us in our exclusive behind the scenes interview with popular author and Pinna contributor, Natasha Tarpley. Creator of the Pinna Original, Opal Waston: Private Eye!
Looking for screen-free ways to keep your kids engaged and entertained while they’re out of school? Look no further. We’ve got 5 easy, low-cost, screen-free activities to try with your kids this winter break.
How Are Holidays Celebrated All Around The Globe? Celebrating Holidays Is A New Audiobook Series You'll Want To Check Out!
Discover Pinna's Celebrating Holidays audiobook series that teaches the traditions and cultures of different holidays celebrated around the world. Plus, you can listen alongside Pinna’s FREE teaching resources complete with activity sheets and other fun ideas to enhance your knowledge of each holiday.
‘Tis the season — Christmas is coming soon!
In preparation for the big day, we’ve rounded up 25 fun traditions you can start with your family this year.
Food crimes are once again on the rise... will Judge Foodie and the kid-jury be summoned back for another season? Let's check in with our season 1 participants to confirm that's what's needed.
Looking for a new listen? We’ve got plenty of new material coming your way in 2022!
In the meantime, catch up on programs leaving the Pinna platform and see our top picks for what to listen to next.
Celebrating World Kindness Day: How 'One Small Act' Of Kindness During the Holiday Season Can Make A World Of Difference
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - Aesop
To celebrate World Kindness Day, we’ve put together 25 simple ways your family can share kindness this holiday season - and beyond!
A Sitdown With Shira Ackerman, Educator And Children's Media Expert, On Developing Curriculum For The Pinna Platform
To extend the learning experience, Pinna works directly with educators to put together resources for the classroom that are aligned with national standards and adaptable for kids of varying ages and abilities. Hear from Shira Ackerman, a seasoned educator and curriculum developer, about the process that goes into creating teaching materials for the Pinna site.
From pop culture to dinosaurs, November is jam packed with podcasts, audiobooks, and more your kids will love!
An Exclusive Interview with the Star of Pinna Original Mystery Series, Opal Watson Private Eye— Let's Chat with Maya Graves!
To gear up for the second season of this exciting mystery series, Pinna sat down for a chat with the star, Opal Watson herself; or as family and friends know her, Maya Graves. In this candid interview, Maya shares how she got her start as Opal Watson, a bit about the recording process, what she has in common (and what she doesn’t!) with her character, and more.
The Ultimate Spooktacular Collection of (Screen-Free) Halloween Podcasts & Stories for Kids and Families
Halloween is just around the corner!
Check out our collection of spooktacular Halloween audio content that will keep you and your kids entertained all October long.
Are you a teacher or homeschool parent looking to supplement your curriculum with awesome audio?
We’re producing a series for educators showing you how it’s possible to teach almost ANY subject with Pinna. In today’s post, we’re breaking down how you can teach writing with Pinna.
We have a bunch of opportunities for your kids to be on upcoming shows, and we’d love to hear from you! It’s easy, and you can record right from your computer.
Looking to encourage a love of reading in your home or classroom?
Check out Pinna’s collection of podcasts with a focus on literacy + bonus extension activities!
Check out our series for educators showing you how it’s possible to teach almost ANY subject with Pinna. In today’s post, we’re breaking down how you can teach reading with Pinna.
If your students have enjoyed the wide range of audio content available on Pinna, it’s time to check out the educator resource section.
We’re offering a fresh take on the topic — low-prep, easy, screen-free entertainment in the car.
Sharon is the face behind much of the Pinna content you and your kids listen to every day. She’s worked on productions like ExtraBLURT, ExtraBLURT Jr., Story Time with Benny and Buddy, A to Z Mysteries: Clue Club, Discover the Forest, and SO many more.
Why You Should Listen to Audiobooks With Your Kids — And a Booklist (Broken Down by Age!) to Get You Started
The benefits of listening to audiobooks include increased word exposure, improved comprehension, expanded vocabulary, exposure to new genres and styles, and access to entire libraries of content from any smart device.
Back to school is right around the corner - or already here for many of us - so we wanted to take a moment to connect with teachers to find out how they are using Pinna in the classroom!
Pinna isn't just for kids – parents love it too for various reasons.
Fairy tales are classic stories told again and again, perfect for kids of every age. Check out Pinna’s collection of classic and reimagined fairy tales on the app today!
Join us in our exclusive behind the scenes interview with popular author and Pinna contributor, Tara Altebrando. Creator of the Pinna Original, Dream Breachers and author of The Battle of Darcy Lane, and My Life in Dioramas, which can also be found as audiobooks on Pinna!
Ahead of our Season 3 launch of A to Z Mysteries: Clue Club, we gave listeners the chance to Ask Ron Roy Anything! Here are some of our favorites from the interview.
Listen and learn where the concept of money comes from, why negotiation is an important skill, what effect advertisements have on the human brain, and how to save money when the temptation to spend is staring you in the face.
Get a behind the scenes look into the inspiration for some of the most beloved characters or stories in the Pinna Original podcast Dream Breachers
Do you have a struggling reader? Keep reading for one simple teaching tool that is highly underrated, yet enormously effective.
The dog days of summer are upon us and we're sharing our favorite listens, perfect for the season!
Mealtime Moments: How Pinna's 'Daily Starter' Playlist Can Help You and Your Kids Bond Over Breakfast
While eating breakfast nourishes our bodies, sitting around the table together nourishes our hearts and minds.
If screens are your go-to choice for road trip entertainment, we’ve got an alternative the whole family will love — podcasts and audiobooks!
The truth is podcasts can also be a powerful tool for sparking joy and learning at home.
Summer slide is a term coined for the weakening in academic performance that tends to occur when kids are out of school for 2-3 months on break.
If you’re itching to get outside, let us offer you the perfect summer soundtrack. Keep reading for our must-listen collection of outdoorsy podcasts, perfect for kicking off the season.
Are you a teacher loving Pinna in your classroom? And are you looking for ways to fund a subscription? If you answered yes to both questions, keep reading!
We’ve got 10 ways teachers can fund a Pinna subscription for the classroom.
We're looking for your kids help with some of our Pinna Original podcasts.
Each week of summer, Pinna is highlighting content surrounding a particular theme.
For ten weeks, families can listen to a curated selection of audiobooks and podcast episodes handpicked by Pinna staff.
What do you do when you finish an awesome podcast? When there are no more episodes left and the next season isn’t out yet? Check out the Decision Tree!
Pinna Playlists: What They Are and How to "Edutain" Kids With Them Both at Home and in the Classroom
Learn how parents and teachers can use playlists both at home and in the classroom – as well as 37 primo Pinna Playlists worth checking out today!
Go behind the scenes to learn how the artwork for My Life in Dioramas was made. Hint: It's an actual diorama!
When your child is supposed to be paying attention to their assignments, it can be hard to tune everything out and get the work done.
Pinna has the solution!
If you’ve ever wondered how to listen to audiobooks with your kids, we’ve got your go-to guide right here
With spring in the air and earbuds in our ears, we’re sharing our favorite listens for the season.
Ahead of our Season 3 launch of Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest, we gave listeners the chance to Ask Adam Anything! Here are some of our favorites from the interview.
Celebrate Earth Day every day by listening to these great podcasts, audiobooks, and albums about Mother Earth, recycling, nature, and all things green!
Attention parents of preschoolers! If you’ve got kids between the ages of three and five, you’re probably on the hunt for ways to keep them engaged and entertained. Podcasts are a great way to do that. Read on for our guide to implementing podcasts into your preschooler’s daily routine.
Tweens can be a hard-to-please crowd. We have, however, taken that to heart in the content we create. When we say we have awesome audio for kids ages 3-12, we mean it. Check out our top picks for tweens.
Looking for a guaranteed laugh? You've come to the right place. Laugh along to this collection of funny podcasts and audiobooks guaranteed to make your kids (and you) LOL!
Check out our paws-down best playlist featuring animals - perrfect for any fan of our furry, feathered, or scaled friends!
Nowadays, podcasts have narrators that draw you in. They have realistic sound effects. At times, they even have a full cast of talented actors playing each part to perfection. Check out our list of podcasts to celebrate the power of storytelling all year round.
Pi Day is right around the corner and not only do we celebrate with free pie but we also mark the occasion by listening to fun audio about math, money, and more!
Spring break is upon us. If you’re choosing not to travel this year, don’t despair. There’s still plenty of fun to be had in or around your home! We’ve got 6 staycation ideas to make your 2021 spring break an experience you won’t wanna forget.
Read all about Pinna’s resources for celebrating Women’s History Month with your kids.
How to Adapt Podcasts to Work With Any Learning Style (and why parents need to know about this underrated teaching tool!)
Podcasts provide an awesome screen-free educational activity for kids of all ages. They’re engaging, entertaining, and cover a multitude of topics. Read on to find out how you can adapt podcasts for any learning style.
Introduce financial literacy and entrepreneurship to your kids with 25 business ideas they can try out!
What is the Food Court? What is a Food Crime? We've got all the delicious answers!
Do you have an amateur detective on your hands? Maybe you’re one yourself. If your kids — or you — love to curl up with a good mystery novel, then keep reading. We’ve got just the thing for you.
Screen Fatigue in Kids: What it is, how to recognize the signs, and how to prevent it from happening
Many parents are working remotely while kids are home doing virtual school. On top of using screens for learning, often we need to rely on them to keep our kids entertained too. Enter screen fatigue. We've compiled a quick guide on what it is, how to recognize the symptoms, how to prevent it in kids, and how else you can keep them entertained screen-free!
Celebrate the power of reading aloud, or in our world, listening, with your kids on World Read Aloud Day (February 3rd) with a podcast or audiobook. Plus, with so many benefits of audio, you'll want to keep the fun, and learning, going every day!
Share the love with these Valentine's Day audiobooks — perfect for teaching the importance of love and kindness.
February is Black History Month, when achievements and contributions of African Americans to U.S. history are honored. We've compiled a comprehensive listening guide to cover this important topic both at home and in the classroom.
Vision boards are not only a fun art project, but they’re a great way to introduce the skill of goal-setting to kids of all ages. And there’s no better time to set goals than the new year!
Podcasts provide great learning benefits to students but if you are not currently using them in your classroom, it may be hard to think of a good place to start. Here are some ideas from one of our curriculum experts!
Check out our curated collection of lesson plans, curricula, and multimedia resources for teaching the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We've rounded up some classic tales you may remember from your childhood that your kids will love too!
Ever wonder what we, at Pinna, are listening to? We're sharing our current picks for the season. So snuggle up, and take a listen to these suggestions!
How do you instill a love of science, technology, engineering, and math in your kids? With audio!
How we made this: Get behind the scenes of the Pinna Original podcast Dream Breachers to learn how a global pandemic and innovative solutions created two worlds.
Fun & simple activities to engage your kids during and after listening to podcasts this winter break
Keep little hands busy over the winter break - or anytime - with fun activities the whole family can enjoy together.
At this point in the year, you may have run out of ideas to keep your kids entertained. Luckily, we've come up with a great list - all screen-free!
Whether you’re a veteran homeschooler or new on the scene, podcasts and audiobooks are great resources and will quickly become a staple in your learning toolbox!
We’re officially 24 days away from Christmas and now is the perfect time to turn on anything holiday themed to get you to the big day!
It's raining and you are out of ideas on how to keep your kids busy
Tara Altebrando, acclaimed middle-grade and young adult (YA) author shares how she decided to make Dream Breachers an audio-first story, and why it makes for a better podcast than a novel.
We've shared some tips on fostering an open line of communication with your kids - finding common ground through audio.
Wether it's a short or long trip, traveling with kids can be daunting. Fortunately, we've rounded up just 4 simple tips to make your next trip a positive one!
We've got new podcasts, episodes, and audiobooks that your kids are going to love!
We all need a break once in a while. Whether it's only for a few minutes or for a longer stretch of time, these podcasts will keep your kids entertained when you need it the most!
Podcasts aren't just for car rides anymore! We've come up with 29 tasks and activities your kids - and family - can do solo or together while listening to podcasts. Who knows, maybe your kids will even start asking to do the laundry!?
Bedtime with kids doesn't have to be a chore. We've laid out some expert tips and advice on how to get your kiddos to wind down for the night and look forward to bedtime.
Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to set the mood than with spooky tales? From the not-so-scary to the true spine-chilling stories, we have your family covered with these spooktacular listens!