Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Stop, breathe, reflect with easy intro to guided meditation.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to relax and be calm and self-reflective while getting an introduction to meditation. Listening to the audio instructions -- and actually following them -- should make kids stop for a few minutes and get in touch with their bodies, their breathing, and maybe even their feelings.

Ease of Play

Very basic and simple to use, though the play button field is frustratingly small so tapping needs to be precise.

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Though the developer's aren't selling anything, one meditation can only be unlocked if parents sign up to receive the newsletter on mindful parenting.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids offers five guided meditations featuring kid-friendly art and language. Each meditation lasts a few minutes (the shortest is three, and the longest is 14 minutes long) and takes kids from sitting comfortably through visualizations to reorienting to your surroundings. Four of the meditations are immediately available, but to get the fifth mediation (on sleeping) parents must provide their email address to sign up for a newsletter on mindful parenting. The developer's privacy policy details how information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

WELLBEYOND MEDITATION FOR KIDS takes kids through five mindful meditations. Each has a different theme: focus, centering, feelings, kindness, and sleep. The meditations consist of a simple, ocean-themed drawing and an audio track of a soothing female voice guiding listeners in sitting comfortably, breathing, visualizing, and so on.

Is it any good?

For a simple, kid-friendly, no-frills, free mini-collection of guided mediations, this is your app, though it's not completely perfect. The narrator's voice has some potentially distracting and annoying inflection at times. A few terms are not explained well and may not make sense for kids, such as, what does it mean to feel "fully engaged"? There's not always time to finish the exercises, and users can't move forward or backward through the meditations since the only controls they have are for volume level and stop/start. Also, a bit more interaction -- identifying start and end feelings, choosing a guide, and so on0 -- would help kids prepare and take some control of the experience. Yet, given all that, the language is generally accessible and relatable, instructions are easy for kids to follow, the overall look is appealing, and visualizations make sense for kids. And, given that it's free, this is a great way to offer kids an introduction to mediation or just a way to calm themselves or transition to another activity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can 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?

  • Practice meditation and mindfulness with your kids. Listen to the audio tracks together.

  • If your kids are really into it, help them find more ways to meditate and get centered.

App details

For kids who love meditation and listening apps

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