Super Stretch Yoga HD

Common Sense Media says

Get kids moving and relaxing with warm video intro to yoga.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Design is simple and easy-to-use. However, once kids start a video, they can't leave the screen until it's over.  

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Refer to “tushie” as in directions for the downward facing dog pose in which kids lean on their palms and feet and put their bottoms in the air like a stretching dog.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

It appears to be safe and private even if there’s no privacy policy. Note that the app does include links to developer’s social network sites. If you enable the app to access photos, kids can take a picture (or borrow one from iPad albums) and save it to albums, but the photo won't go anywhere beyond your private iPad album.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Super Stretch Yoga HD offers a kid-friendly guide to 12 different yoga poses and lots of gentle encouragement to get moving. Each pose is introduced by a short animation, and a live video with kids attempting the pose and the animated Super Stretch explaining what they’re doing. Kids can use the device’s camera to take pictures of themselves doing poses, which go directly to your device’s photo library, so they stay private. Super Stretch promotes the NAMASTE code of ethics, using Namaste as an acronym covering various tenets like "Act with kindness," or "Enjoy and have fun."

What kids can learn

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • gross motor skills
  • meditation
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Cute animations introduce each pose, and fun ways to move their bodies should easily appeal to young kids. 

Learning Approach

Kids will learn by watching, then practicing yoga poses, as well as the importance of breathing and relaxation in balance with their movement. 

Support

Clear explanations with easy-to-follow directions make this app easily accessible. Stars track how many poses kids do in a single session. Some extra navigation features would be nice (like exiting a video mid-play).

What kids can learn

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • gross motor skills
  • meditation
  • movement

Kids can learn new ways to move, and about the importance of relaxation and breathing. They'll also learn a bit about the meanings behind different yoga poses, which may help connect them to the movements (and make it extra fun to really act like a tree in tree pose!). Super Stretch Yoga HD is an encouraging, no-stress intro to beginning poses, breathing, and the philosophy of yoga practice. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Mieke VanderBorght

What's it about?

Journey with blanket-caped kid superhero Super Stretch through 12 yoga poses Each pose starts with an animated animal that represents the name or essence of the pose (for example, golden retriever Audo the Down Dog, who responds to a bad day by getting down on his front paws and waving his tail in the air to release tension), then moves on to a short live video showing kids attempting the pose while Super Stretch explains. Kids can pick and choose, or cycle through all 12 poses. Between each pose, kids are encouraged to take a moment to breathe deeply. After watching 12 pose videos in a row, kids are rewarded with the chance to to take a photo of themselves in their favorite pose.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids will like the cute animations that demonstrate each pose, and Super Stretch provides lots of gentle encouragement that assure kids that it's all about doing your best, not being perfect. The presentations move a little quickly for the beginners they're aimed toward, though; while kids can pause videos, it would be nice to see a bit more time for reflection and exploration. You also can’t exit out of a video once it’s started, which is a bit of an annoyance. And after mastering the 12 poses, kids may be left wanting to learn more. But overall, the app offers a warm, fun welcome to the world of yoga. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people all over the world do yoga. Talk to kids about how doing yoga poses makes them feel. 

  • Why is it important to take deep breaths? Why is it important to move, but also to relax?

  • Do the yoga poses with your kids and have fun moving, stretching, breathing, and relaxing together.

App details

Device:iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:April 19, 2012
Category:Health & Fitness
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Size:65.20 MB
Publisher:The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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