Brought to you by Kinderling
There is something new, and it’s awesome! Kinderling Kids Radio is a free music service that is cleverly tailored for Australian family routines for children under six. For example, during the morning, the music is fun and uplifting, and in the afternoon when children are weary, the music becomes calm and soothing. From 7.30pm there are guided relaxation techniques for kids and then lullabies and ambient music to help children fall asleep. The program can be run throughout daily rhythms, or used during the wind down periods in the evening to help establish routine. Plus there’s other supporting content and I’ve linked to some examples below.
- Interesting interviews: this interview with Dr Justin Coulson about resilience (for kids AND parents) is great.
- Themed episodes: for example, Kids in the Kitchen for food themed songs and Pick Me Up when mum-taxi is in session, and even Birthday Party episodes you can run in the background at your next party.
- Blog posts: If you’re after tips for ditching the dummy, there are helpful tips here; there are many more such articles on the website.
- Mixtapes: Mish-mash the awesomeness with themed mixtapes, just like the old days. There’s something for road trips, mum’s collection to jive to, champion songs to rev up for Saturday sport, a compilation of the best kids songs for 2016 and more.
What I appreciate about Kinderling Kids Radio is it’s designed as a hub to support family life. As I’ve been listening to the live stream throughout the day, I’ve noticed there are many songs that are enjoyable for parents also. As I type away right now, Wings by Little Mix is playing, and next up is incy wincy spider followed by a song about avocado. As you do. There’s plenty of variety with poems, stories, songs (for kids and parents) and daily inspiration. Below is a snap shot of the daily programing.
How do you listen?
There are three ways to tap into Kinderling Radio
- Digital Radio: If you have a digital radio (DAB), you can find them under ‘kids and ‘Kinderling’.
- Stream live on the website at kinderling.com.au. Just press play and listen or explore the other programs and content on the website.
- Download the free app available for both Apple and Android. I installed the app on an iPad for my son to listen to the audio stories.
Below are some fun ways a dedicated kids radio station could add value to family life:
- Colouring afternoon: Print out a selection of colouring pages, and set them on the table with colouring pens and pencils. Put the radio on to regulate the mood.
- Ribbon floating: Make a dance ribbon ring, put the music on and glide away.
- Stack it up high: Grab plastic bowls, cups and containers and kids can stack them up high and knock them down again. Background music is perfect for his type of activity.
- Make music too: Grab an empty bottle, fill with rice, lentils or pasta and shake-shake-shake to the music (tutorial here).
- Family dance off: Play the Family Dance Off music and boogie in the lounge room. So much fun.
- Picnic fun: Part of the beauty of Kinderling Radio App is you can take it anywhere. Have a picnic in the backyard or at the playground with ambiance.
- Float away: Fill a tub with water and float bottle lid or bowl boats to the Summer Playground tracks.
- Be calm: Try the relaxation techniques before bed and listen to soft music before bed. If you have a child who likes background noise, the radio can be run throughout the night.
Kinderling Radio is a welcome addition to the digital music world. Its clever programing is deigned to fit seamlessly into Aussie family life, engaging kids and supporting parents. Download the app or listen online right now at Kinderling.com.au.
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