Morning Kids

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Fun, incentive-driven tool for morning routines.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to take responsibility for their morning routines by using Morning KidsThey can earn short-term and long-term rewards based on how often and effectively they use the tool, which may lead to developing better habits with morning tasks. With parent intervention and reinforcement, kids can internalize a more efficient morning routine after consistent use of Morning Kids.

Ease of Play

Though there is a learning curve for parents to set up the first routine, it's simple to create and complete tasks after some practice.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Morning Kids is an incentive-driven morning-routine tool. Kids can personalize their avatars, decide on a long-term incentive (prize), and create tasks to help make the morning routine go faster. Parents can choose from a list of 10 preloaded tasks or create new ones using photos, audio, or video. The tool is available in multiple languages, including English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Danish, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish. Morning Kids may be especially beneficial for kids who need help with executive functioning skills such as prioritizing, time management, and goal setting or for users who need help staying engaged in morning activities.

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What's it about?

Users create a new profile and add activities to the required task list in MORNING KIDS. During this setup screen, players (parents or kids) can incorporate a minimum or maximum time associated with each activity. Parents can decide on a prize for kids to earn based on the number of consecutive days Morning Kids is used. Kids then can select their avatar or photo, complete their routine, and earn coins. Staying close to the minimum or maximum time earns kids more coins, which then will earn them a higher level rating.

Is it any good?

Morning Kids is an engaging way for kids to complete their typical morning routines. Because it includes personalized images, audio, and videos along with many incentives, it's likely to engage even reluctant kids. The developers suggest an age range of 6 to 8 but also include social media share options that are not appropriate for that age group. Some parents may not want to have kids earn tangible prizes for using the app successfully, so make sure to talk with your kids about your expectations -- and theirs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which rewards kids can earn when completing their morning routines on time for a certain number of days in a row. How long should each task take? What will they earn, and how long will it take to earn this reward?

  • Talk about earning rewards for completing everyday tasks versus doing them because they need to get done. Will they earn prizes every time, forever? If using incentives doesn't work for your family, what are some other ways to motivate your kids?

  • Kids can create a new "fun" activity to break up a long morning routine. For instance, including a mini-dance party between getting dressed and making the bed might shake up a morning routine and help kids push through to the end of their activities.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management, working efficiently
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: June 9, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 25.30 MB
  • Publisher: LEAP Innovation
  • Version: 2.03
  • Minimum software requirements: 5.1 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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