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Got curious kids? Are you looking for safe, fun, agenda-free content to share as a family on the way to school or in your homeschool? Then the Wonder World podcast was made for you!

Join Pam, Olivia, and Thomas Barnhill as they take you and your kids on a journey of discovery every Monday. You'll learn about little know celebrations, this day in history, a weekly vocabulary word, poems, stories, and so much more.
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Welcome back to the Wonder World Podcast, friends. Pam and Olivia, here, and we’re ready to leap right into the last week of February! This week, we’re bringing you along with us as we discover the origins of Leap Year, dive into polar bear trivia, and sweeten things up with National Pancake Day!We’ll brush up on important US history, chat about Letter to an Elder Day, and did you know, the inventor of blue jeans has a birthday this week? We also have special listener birthdays, and of course, hilarious jokes for the whole family. Tune in for a leaping good time with the Wonder World Podcast team and stay tuned for a special offer for our Wonder Kids Club members. Thanks for joining us today, and remember, keep wondering!Links and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Leap Year ExplainedBanana Cream Pie RecipeClap for Classics The TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
In this episode, we explore the upcoming holidays for the third week of February, including Presidents' Day, National Comfy Day, and Be Humble Day. We also delve into some intriguing historical events on February 19th and February 24th.In the spirit of learning and fun, we have some trivia about sword swallowing that's sure to pique your interest. But remember, folks, don't try this at home! Adding a touch of poetry to our episode, we feature a beautiful poem by Claude McKay, "To Winter." Join us for another joyous episode of Wonder World Podcast, where learning and laughter go hand in hand. Keep wondering!Description hereLinks and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Check out the Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Poems PodcastRembrandt BiographyFamous PianistsTo Winter by Claude McKayThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
Welcome to episode 45 of the Wonderworld Podcast, where we bring you stories, cool facts, and fun for curious kids. In this episode, we explore the unique holidays of the second week of February, dive into historical events, and share a fascinating story about Saint Valentine.We also have jokes from our young listeners and a special offer for our Wonder Kids Club members. So, join hosts Olivia and Pam for an exciting, educational, wonder-filled, and fun-filled episode.Description hereLinks and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Biography of Abraham LincolnBiography of Susan B. Anthony30 Valentines Crafts for KidsThe Story of King Tut for KidsThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
Welcome back to the Wonder World Podcast! It's a new week filled with exciting holidays and historical tidbits. Join Pam and Olivia as they dive into the first week of February events.From Weatherman's Day to World Nutella Day, there are plenty of fun things to celebrate. They also discuss birthdays and crack some jokes. Test your knowledge with pizza trivia and learn a new word for the week.Tune in for a wholesome and educational episode, and get ready for some good times with the Wonder World Podcast team!Links and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Pizza Facts for KidsWeather Trivia for KidsThoughts by Myra Viola WildsChinese New Year Facts for KidsThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
Hey there, Wonderworld listeners! It's Pam and Olivia here, bringing you more joy and knowledge in our newest episode to wrap up January.We're excited to share our word of the week – curmudgeon. It's a fun word that you can try using in your conversations. And guess what? There's even a day to celebrate curmudgeons!From Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day to National Puzzle Day, we're accompanied by a peculiar line-up of celebrations. And who's up for celebrating "Plan for Vacation Day" or even "Yodel for Your Neighbors Day?" Yeah, you heard that right!We've got some exciting Scotch tape trivia lined up for you, and we'll be remembering the birthdays of some notable figures. We'll share a beautiful poem by George Marion McClellan that will undoubtedly touch your hearts.So buckle up for another adventurous episode full of intriguing facts, amusing convos, and a sprinkle of trivia. Join us on this fun-filled journey, and remember to keep wondering!Links and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.32 Great Grapefruit Recipes32 Homemade BirdfeedersDandelion by George Marion McClellanFranzl Lang YodellingThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
It's Olivia and Pam here with a new episode of the Wonder World Podcast, where we're sprinkling some extra fun into your January 22nd! This week, we're diving into various quirky celebrations, including Answer Your Cat's Questions Day and National Blonde Brownie Day.We've also got some fascinating birthdays to chat about, and we're spicing things up with our latest trivia and jokes. Plus, we’re sharing a beautiful poem by Robert Frost, adding a touch of literary charm to the mix.So, whether you're a trivia enthusiast, a poetry lover, or just in for some lighthearted fun, this episode has something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the laughter and learning – tune in now to the Wonder World Podcast for a delightful blend of celebrations and curiosities! 🌟🎧Links and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Animal Facts for Kids70 Farmhouse Breakfast Inspired RecipesStopping By Woods on a Snowy EveningBlonde Brownies RecipeThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
Hey there, we're thrilled to bring you another episode of the Wonder World Podcast, packed with fun and learning for January 15th. 🎉 We're diving into the imaginative world of dragons on Appreciate a Dragon Day and embracing the comfort of Grandma Day and International Sweatpants Day. There's never a dull moment with these quirky and fun observances! Join us as we share famous birthdays, including Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Dolly Parton. Plus, we're sprinkling in some brain-tickling trivia and jokes that will make you giggle. So whether you're a history buff, a trivia lover, or just in for a good laugh, we've got you covered. Tune in now for joy, curiosity, and plenty of fun facts. 🌟🎧Links and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Popcorn Facts for KidsAll About Benjamin FranklinThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
We're back with another episode of the Wonder World Podcast, and it's all about celebrating the quirky and fun this January. 🎉 We have days dedicated to fourth graders, house plants, and Morse code. Did you ever wonder about dressing up your dog or the origins of hot pastrami sandwiches? We've got that covered, too!We mention some fascinating historical events, like Queen Elizabeth I's coronation and the first publication of the Mickey Mouse comic strip. We're also tossing in some hilarious jokes, trivia about animals throwing snowballs, and a beautiful poem about snow. 🌨️So, whether you're a trivia buff, a history enthusiast, or just in for a good laugh, this episode has something for everyone. Don't miss out on the fun and learning – tune in now to the Wonder World Podcast! 🌟🎧Links and Resources:Japanese Macaque Facts for KidsSnow Ice Cream RecipeSnow by Charles Bertram JohnsonNo Sweat Nature Study Podcast
This week, we're celebrating all things wacky and wonderful as we head towards the end of the year. 🎉Did you know December 18th is National Twin Day and National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day? We won't be wearing plungers, but we have lots of fun facts about twins to share! Plus, we're diving into the magical world of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" - a timeless holiday favorite. 🎭We're also exploring the stark contrasts between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres during December and January. From snowy landscapes to sun-soaked Australian adventures, there's so much to learn about our amazing world. 🌍And, of course, we've got a mix of jokes to keep you laughing, trivia to keep you guessing (can kangaroos really swim?), and some heartwarming Christmas readings to get you into the festive spirit. 🎄So grab a cozy blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, and join us for an episode filled with laughter, learning, and holiday cheer. Tune in now to the Wonder World Podcast! 🌟🎧Links and Resources:Kangaroo FactsStress Free Cookie ExchangeThe Nutcracker in 10 MinutesMap of the Louisiana PurchaseThe Team:Host: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Pam BarnhillOperations: Meg Angelino
🎄 This episode is jam-packed with celebrations, history, and laughs, perfect for the whole family.We're sending birthday wishes to famous folks like Frank Sinatra, Jane Austen, and our young listeners. 🎂 And did you know there's a whole day dedicated to noodle rings? We'll chat about that, too!Dive into history with us as we explore events like the Boston Tea Party and the publication of A Christmas Carol. Plus, we're embracing the festive spirit with National Cocoa Day, National Horse Day, and the ever-fun Ugly Sweater Day. 🐴🍪Get ready for some foodie fun as we discover the story of Chef Boyardee and delve into the sweet world of Canadian maple syrup. 🍁 And, of course, there are jokes and trivia to keep you giggling and guessing.So cozy up with a cup of cocoa, don your ugliest sweater, and join us for a delightful mix of facts, fun, and festive cheer. 🌟🎧Links and ResourcesWhat Child is ThisNASCAR KidsThe Encyclopedia of MapleHot Chocolate RecipeThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.The TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
We are back with another fun-filled episode as we jingle into December. 🎄 We're stirring up some festive joy by looking at everyone's favorite winter accessories - from ear muffs to mittens. And, oh boy, do we have some delicious days ahead - National Cookie Day, Brownie Day, and Pastry Day are here to treat your taste buds!But it's not just about treats; we're also exploring significant historical moments, like the attack on Pearl Harbor, reminding us of the strength and resilience we can find in unity. Plus, we're getting into the holiday spirit with a deep dive into the wonderful festival of Hanukkah and the science behind baking those yummy Christmas cookies. 🕎🔬Tune in now for a delightful blend of learning and fun - perfect for the whole family! 🌟🎧Links and Resources:Fun Facts about the HeartBrownie Recipe50 Hannukah Recipes99 Christmas Cookie RecipesThe Team:Host: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Pam BarnhillOperations: Meg Angelino
Join Olivia and Pam on the Wonder World Podcast as we wrap up November with a blend of history, science, and fun. This episode slices into National Bavarian Cream Pie Day and honors the daring feats of explorers like Admiral Byrd. We'll whisk you away to the South Pole to mingle with Emperor penguins and seals, then celebrate the legacies of literary greats C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain.Our adventure continues with a jaunt to Mars, teasing the secrets of the Red Planet, followed by a sprinkle of sweetness with French Toast Day trivia. And for a light-hearted twist, we've got a batch of fresh jokes sure to bring a smile.Packed with engaging content for the whole family, this episode is sure to entertain and inform. Tune in for a delightful mix of facts and fun with the Wonder World Podcast—where curiosity meets discovery.Links and Resources:The Best French Toast Recipe37 Turtle Facts for KidsBill Nye's YouTube ChannelNational Geographic--MarsA Dream of Turtle
Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week or just craving a heap of fun facts, we've got a platter of fascinating tidbits to serve up. Did you know there's a whole day dedicated to peanut butter fudge? Or that Toy Story hit the big screen back in '95? Join us as we skate into the action-packed world of hockey, explore the tropical wonders of Hawaii, and even sneak in some turkey trivia (because who doesn't want to know what a baby turkey is called?). Our journey is a trek through time, celebrating birthdays (presidents and Wonder Kid Club members alike!), and diving into the heartfelt story of Squanto.Share the joy, tell a friend, and let's keep wondering together!Links and Resources:Wonder Kids ClubWoody the Woodpecker's YouTube channelDennis the Menace on YouTubeThanksgiving TriviaTurkey Facts for Kids
In our latest episode, we're diving deep into some fascinating topics. Did you know November 13 is National Kindness Day and National Young Readers Day? Plus, we'll introduce you to some famous faces who have birthdays this week, like Robert Louis Stevenson and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. And of course, we've got some pretty silly jokes and trivia that will keep you laughing and guessing.But that's not all! We're also taking a trip to Greece, exploring the rich history, culture, and delicious food that makes this country so special. Then we're jumping back into the world of art with a look at the beautiful Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet. Trust us, you won't want to miss out on all the exciting adventures we have in store for you.So, grab your headphones, find a cozy spot, and join us for a journey into the Wonder World. Links and Resources:Virtual Monet GalleryHiawatha's ChildhoodNational Geographic Kids - GreeceAll Recipes Greek Baklava RecipeThe Team:Host: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Pam BarnhillOperations: Meg Angelino
This month, we're diving into all the things that make November special – from gratitude and inspirational role models, to the rich history and culture of Native Americans.Our latest episode is packed with birthday shoutouts to interesting people (hello, Marie Curie and Carl Sagan!), and we even take a closer look at our furry best friends – dogs! Did you know there are over 700 million dogs in the world? We were just as surprised as you are!But that's not all. We've got trivia, jokes from our listeners, and a few surprises up our sleeves. So, what are you waiting for? Hit play, and let's dive into the wonderful world of curiosity together! We promise, you won't want to miss out on the fun.Links and Resources:The Oldest Piano Piece on the Oldest PianoVanilla Cupcake RecipeThe Star by Jane Taylor
In this week's episode, we honor the birthdays of historical figures like John Adams, the second President of the United States, and Daniel Boone, the American pioneer and frontiersman. But that's not all! We'll also be giving a shoutout to Juliet Gordon Lowe, the incredible founder of the Girl Scouts. We also dive into the mysterious world of manatees, share some listener jokes, dish about our favorite Halloween costumes, and are amazed by some fascinating kidney transplant trivia.So, grab your headphones, gather around, and us on this incredible adventure in the world of Wonderworld. We can't wait to share our love for learning, laughter, and everything in between. Until next time, keep wondering!Links and ResourcesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.Manatee Facts for Kids All About Kidneys – Basics for KidsThe TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
This week, join our hosts, Pam and Olivia, as they celebrate the unique holidays of late October, including International Snow Leopard Day, National Pumpkin Day, and more. They also discuss the birthdays of notable personalities like artist Pablo Picasso and President Theodore Roosevelt plus our word of the week.Engage in a fascinating conversation about introversion and extroversion, exploring unique concepts like cat cafes and sheep cafes. This episode also concludes with the final installment of the thrilling fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Step into the Wonderworld and let the journey begin!Links and ResourcesThe Best Chicken Fried Steak RecipeGateway Arch National ParkThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.The TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
In this episode, learn about Dictionary Day, Farmers Day, and the birthdays of famous figures like author Oscar Wilde. Pam and Olivia suggest screen-free activities for Information Overload Day and provide tips for reducing stress. The episode also delves into unique types of farming around the world, from rice paddies in Asia to cocoa beans in Africa. An exciting installment of the Hansel and Gretel tale leaves you on the edge of your seat. With a mix of trivia, laughs, and captivating content, the Wonder World Podcast is an audio adventure for the whole family. So plug in your headphones, press play, and let your imagination wander!Links and Resources82 Apple Recipes to Make this FallBattlefield Lavender (Lavender Farm in MO, USA - Scroll Down for a short video)The Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.The TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
Join us for a wonder-filled episode celebrating October birthdays and holidays! Learn fascinating trivia about the history of M&Ms, dive into science with a lesson on fossils, and get inspired by the stories of Eleanor Roosevelt and Christopher Columbus. We'll continue the tale of Hansel and Gretel, share jokes and vocabulary, and take a quick peek into candy history and the sport of boxing. Plus, find out how you can share a joke on our show! Tune in for engaging content, activities, and audio stories that make learning an adventure!Links and ResourcesDesign Your Own M&MsLibrary of Congress: Map of Columbus’ VoyagesThe Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.The TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
On this episode, we'll talk about World Farm Animals Day, National Taco Day, and more wacky holidays coming up. We'll sing a silly song about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and learn about the incredible Eiffel Tower in Paris. For our trivia question, we'll test your knowledge about the first McDonald's location. We'll also continue the story of Hansel and Gretel, share fascinating facts about autumn leaves, and explore the world of badgers. You'll even hear some funny badger jokes! We sprinkle history, science, music, stories, and fun in every episode to spark kids' imaginations. So join Olivia and Pam on the Wonder World podcast for a myriad of learning and laughter!Links and ResourcesMcDonalds Big Mac Sauce Copy Cat RecipeWelcome to McDonalds Hand Game for Kids (Video)The Wonder Kids Club - bonus audio and printables for each showSupport the show with a one-time donation.The TeamHost: Pam BarnhillHost: Olivia BarnhillResearch and Writing: Betsy CypressProduction: Thomas BarnhillGraphics: Katy WallaceOperations: Meg Angelino
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