Stop, Breathe & Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Kids name emotions and go on great, mindful missions.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn the practice of meditation, how to take stock of their emotions, and how to self-regulate. They also can let the app suggest "missions" based on the feelings they report, or they can select the right technique on their own. 

Ease of Play

After parents watch the intro video, it's easy for kids to take a spin through the app on their own.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep is a just-for-kids version of the popular app for teens and adults. It's geared toward kids age 5 through 10, and it features 15 short video meditation "missions," each of which last between two and eight minutes. The videos feature audio that guides kids through meditations and and quirky, sweet animations featuring cute animals. Kids can reflect on their emotions and then choose a mission recommended by the app, or they can browse all available missions and pick one on their own. Though all the missions are free at the time of review, additional missions and features may be available in the future via in-app purchases. You can read more about information that the app gathers and shares in its privacy policy.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byOtisray123 May 23, 2018

Great for all kids.

This app is great for little and big kids with cute characters and nice positive messages. It’s also great for some kids with special needs.

What's it about?

STOP, BREATHE & THINK KIDS: FOCUS, CALM & SLEEP is an app that features 15 guided meditation videos called "missions" for kids age 5 to 10. You can access the missions in two ways: Either reflect and report your feelings by selecting emojis, or browse the full list of missions and pick one that feels like the best fit. The missions are grouped into seven categories (Quiet, Focus, Caring & Connecting, Energizing, Meltdown, Open Mind, and Sleep), and some missions appear in more than one category. Kids can earn stickers for the missions they complete, and the app tracks your progress, including which missions you've completed and how often you use the app.

Is it any good?

This is a fabulous tool to help kids learn to identify and manage their emotions. Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep has kid-friendly animations, and a sticker reward system will keep kids coming back for the missions. And they'll learn good habits for taking stock of how they feel and taking action to help them feel more calm, focused, or ready to go to bed. It's also great that the app features an intro video that features tips for parents about how to use the app. While kids can certainly use the app on their own, there's even greater potential for using the app to help parents and kids structure conversations about feelings and how to cope with them. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes kids mad, sad, silly, or worried. Parents might give kids examples of what makes them upset and talk about the difference between feeling a little bit mad and extremely mad. Talk to kids about how high emotions make it difficult to solve problems or communicate well. How can an app like Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep help?

  • Talk about how it feels to meditate. Was it difficult to follow the instructions? Why, or why not? How did it make you feel? Why? When might it be a good time to practice meditation?

  • As kids begin to name and label their emotions independently, challenge them to take on others' perspectives in the same situation. For example, if a friend falls down on the playground, how do you react? How might the friend react? Are the reactions the same or different?

  • Work with your kids to transfer the deep-breathing skills outside the app so kids can use them even when they don't have a device handy.

App details

For kids who love meditation and feelings

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