Rise Little Earthling: The Podcast
By Mary Field,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sweet mindfulness routines for little ones and parents.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Teaches young kids and parents simple techniques and vocabulary to practice mindfulness through affirmations, breathing exercises, and stretches.
Affirmations build confidence and give listeners the tools to have an open heart.
Positive Role Models
The host, Lights, provides a calm and positive tone that matches the content and intent of the show. The affirmations range in messaging depending on the theme of an episode. Examples: "I will be gentle toward myself," "There is no one else like me in this world," "Today will be a good day!"
Although no explicit attention is given to the topic of diversity, the activities are appropriate for kids and families across race/ethnicity, gender, ability, class, sexual orientation, and body type. Accessible language and concepts are used to help explain stretching and breathing exercises. Example: "Think of yourself as a tree with roots going into the ground, reach your hands to the sky."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rise Little Earthling: The Podcast is a great listen if you're interested in gaining ideas on promoting mindfulness for babies and toddlers. Episodes promote early social-emotional skills as well as some body awareness. The five-minute episodes are easy to integrate into most daily or weekly routines. Although some episodes note that they're for independent toddler listening, most little kids will likely need adult modeling and support to follow along with the guided activities.
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What’s It About?
RISE LITTLE EARTHLING: THE PODCAST provides mindfulness activities for kids from birth through toddlerhood. Lights, an award-winning Canadian singer, guides listeners through affirmations, breathing techniques, and stretching exercises. The episodes geared toward infants guide parents on how to hold their babies and the language to use with their tiny ones, while episodes designed for toddlers talk directly to the kids.
Is It Any Good?
Each short episode of this podcast guides parents and their little ones through developmentally appropriate mindfulness activities, making it fun and easy to do them together. Rise Little Earthling can be a great tool to calm a restless body, reset after a busy few hours, or help wind down for bedtime. Some episodes are geared toward getting kids ready to sleep, while others focus on topics like creativity, play, and adventure. Show notes provide a short preview of each episode as a way for parents to flexibly select the best recordings for their kids.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how breathing is key in Rise Little Earthling: The Podcast. How does breathing help keep us calm? How do you feel after you've taken a deep breath?
What are some ways to calm your body?
Describe yourself when you feel calm and relaxed. What does your body look like? What do you sound like?
What other tools besides Rise Little Earthling help you stay calm and relaxed?
- Release date: June 7, 2021
- Genre: Social Emotional Learning
- Average Run Time: 5 minutes
- Host: Lights
- Publisher: Independent
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: April 6, 2022
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