Meditations for Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Calming, kid-friendly exercises wash stress, anxiety away.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to use meditation to relax. They'll practice breathing, stretching, and visualization techniques to calm their body, mind, and spirit. Some meditations focus on specific goals such as conquering a fear of the dark or training yourself to fidget less.

Ease of Play

There's very little to this app: Swipe to browse recordings; tap to play. Listen and repeat.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Meditations for Kids offers recordings for guided meditation, visualizations, and calming sounds. The parents' intro reviews what meditation, guided imagery, and mindfulness are and what benefits they can bring. Some of the meditation exercises guide kids to move, stretch, or make noises. Others simply take kids on a journey in their minds. They cover different topics such as being brave in the dark, coping with stress, or learning how to reduce fidgeting. Each recording lasts roughly five minutes. The audio does not play in the background of your device so for as long as the audio is playing, your device will remain on and active. The sound on the calming sounds is also very low; parents may need to turn the volume up high to hear them. The narrator is British; a few words here and there may be unfamiliar to American audiences, but not so much as to be confusing or distracting for kids. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

There are six calming sounds and ten guided meditations in MEDITATIONS FOR KIDS. Swipe left or right at the bottom of the screen and tap the play button to begin listening to any of the meditations. Spend a day at the beach, practice being still, or work on a fear of the dark. Each themed recording lasts about five minutes and guides kids through simple movements, stretches, breathing exercises, or visualizations. Or, tap on one of the icons to listen to rain, waves, birds, nighttime chirping, forest sounds, or calming music.

Is it any good?

A friendly, encouraging voice helps kids release stress and excess energy with easy to use collection of guided imagery and relaxation techniques. Meditations for Kids doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it has a colorful and easy to use interface. And, there are some great, kid-friendly guided meditations. Themes are right on for kids, from conquering a fear of the dark to imagining a tranquil afternoon in a tree house, or a fun day at the beach. There's even one to help fidgety kids tone down their urge to be moving all the time. Sometimes, kids are asked to get up and stretch, purr like a cat, or practice deep breathing. But, most of the instructions involve guiding kids through a imagination journey that takes them to a happy place or allows them to let they anxiety or worries float away like a balloon. Not all kids will connect with this approach, or will be able to calm down and follow the narrator. But, for $.99 it may be worth a try!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how kids feel after using Mediations for Kids. Did the exercises help them feel better, more calm, less stressed? Does it put them to sleep? How do the breathing exercises make their body feel?

  • Listen to and participate in the guided meditations together with your kids. Do it as a family activity to take a break from a busy day. Or work it into a routine to do every day, like, before bedtime.

  • Make sure your kids have plenty of time to unwind. Share some of the ways you like to relax and find things to do together -- read a book, take a bike ride, go for a walk in the park -- that make you all feel good.

App details

For kids who love meditation and health apps

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