NFL Play 60
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What's it about?
NFL PLAY 60 combines fitness and healthy lifestyle tips with an interactive endless runner game to encourage kids to be healthy and active. Kids get to choose their avatar and then run and jump to collect coins and power-ups, which can be redeemed to buy neat avatar gear. Unlike other endless-runner games, though, the kids are actually running and jumping and turning. The run is interspersed with encouraging words from the coach and tips for a healthy lifestyle. Kids work to meet different short-term goals -- such as collecting four hearts or running 500 yards at one go. Kids also can use the app's activity finder to search for screen-free activities. They can choose from inside or outside play and specify activities to do alone, with a partner, or with a group.
Is it any good?
Parents have to first decide if they're comfortable letting a kid run around while holding an iPad or iPhone. The technology is really cool, so kids will get a kick of out running and jumping and turning to make their avatar move. The play gets pretty repetitious after a while, though, even as goals change and courses get more challenging. It's still staring at a screen, running around or jumping over obstacles, and collecting coins. The activity finder is a great free tool; kids can get ideas for active play inside or outside, with a friend or a group. The health tips are informative for kids and adults (for example: Heart-healthy fats, called unsaturated fats, can be found in olives, nuts, seeds, avocados, and corn).
Families can talk about...
Get active together as a family. Find ideas for activities to do together in the app's activity tab.
Talk to kids before they start playing to establish boundaries about where it's OK to play, run, and jump while holding the device (on grass only, for example).
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Skills:||Health & Fitness: body awareness, exercise, fitness, gross motor skills|
|Release date:||January 23, 2014|
|Category:||Health & Fitness|
|Topics:||Sports and martial arts|
|Publisher:||American Heart Association|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up|