Mindful Powers

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Nurturing meditation app with timer best without ads.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the language/practice of meditation, how to use breathing to stay calm and work through difficult moments, and practice staying focused while working on various tasks.

Ease of Play

The app introduces kids slowly to each activity. Kids in the targeted age range should find navigation straightforward.

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Once the full app is unlocked, there are no ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mindful Powers is an experience that is intended to help kids focus, calm their thoughts, and be more mindful in their actions. It's more of a tool than a game and would be best used with adult support, especially with younger kids. There's a free limited version of the app that gives kids access to some of the "stories." Expect pressure to buy, as this is basically a trial version. Once the full version is purchased, there are no ads, although it seems that they might introduce new stories over time, potentially at an additional cost. There's no parent gate for the parent area, but the area focuses primarily on what the app is, how it works, and how kids can benefit. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

MINDFUL POWERS invites kids on a journey to be more mindful through a series of "stories," which are meditations. Kids begin with an introduction to mindfulness, where they also meet their Flibbertigibbet, a sea creature who is there to help kids stay focused. The Flibbertigibbet can become stressed out, and it becomes a dark, spiky ball. Kids smooth out the Flibbertigibbet by gently rubbing it to smooth it out. This is intended to help calm kids and keep them focused. They can also set a "Focus Timer" to use while studying, practicing an instrument, taking a time out, etc. The timer counts down as the Flibbertigibbet keeps watch. If kids try to use the device while the time is active, the Flibbertigibbet gets stressed and upset. Over time, kids unlock new stories, all of which are narrated with a youthful voice. The topics include breathing, being aware of feelings, staying focused on the present, and being kind to friends and family. 

Is it any good?

This is a great meditation tool specifically for kids who need help slowing down, focusing, and managing their emotions. The use of a youthful voice makes it easier for kids to connect to, and the practice of smoothing out the Flibbertigibbet requires kids to both slow down (it doesn't like quick motions) and pay attention. Because Mindful Powers is geared toward kids, the meditations are relevant with appropriate language, but they can become long-winded and lofty on occasion. The introduction, in particular, seems quite long and may be challenging for kids who are new to the practice of meditation. The progressive nature of the stories (each one must be unlocked by completing those before it) keeps things on track for more goal-oriented kids as opposed to just having a collection of meditations to pick and choose from right away. The app mentions plugging in while using the focus timer, and kids will need a reminder there to keep from draining device batteries. It's a cute meditative experience that will likely appeal to kids who are more naturally nurturing, but it's going to do best with some adult support to discuss and reinforce some of the concepts that arise. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mindfulness. What is it? How can you practice mindfulness as you move throughout your day? How can Mindful Powers help?

  • Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn? 

App details

For kids who love meditation and health

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