Mar 14, 2016

Helpful Apps for Kids - And a Handout for Parents Too!

I had an amazing time last week presenting to MTE parents about stress and worry in children.  Thank you to everyone who took time out of their evening to come and participate!

I had several requests for additional copies of the handouts that I made, and I thought it might be helpful to post them here and make them available to everyone!  Click below to download the brochure that was handed out to parents at the workshop last week.



During my presentation, I spoke about several apps that I have found on the iTunes store that are great at promoting emotional identification and self-regulation in children.  Unfortunately, I was running out of time and had to rush through my explanation of these apps, so here is my chance to give you a little more information.



Positive Penguins
This is a wonderful app that was just introduced to me last week, and I cannot wait to try it out with a few of my students!  This app helps children recognize the choice that they have about their feelings, and also helps them to identify negative self-talk (and combat it!).  The penguins help the child to work through their difficulties in a fun and interactive way.


FOCUS on the Go!
This app does a great job in helping children to identify and begin to talk about their feelings.  The child is able to play alongside Buddy, a very cute little bear, while practicing emotional vocabulary, expression, and calm down strategies.



Feelings with Milo
Similar to the app above, Feelings with Milo teaches children about their feelings.  What is great about this one is that it really emphasizes the relationship between parent (or professional) and the child while they are using it.  The app truly helps to normalize emotions, and gives children the confidence to tell someone what is going on so they feel comfortable asking for  help when needed.


Feel Electric!
This app does a wonderful job of teaching children emotion and language skills.  It is very engaging, and pretty much a blast to use.  Children are able to use a variety of tools (story builders, videos, photos, games, etc.) to learn how to express their emotions with words.



Calm Kids with Mamaphant
Deep breathing is probably my number one go-to strategy when I need to help a child feel cool, calm, and collected.  This app is geared towards 3-6 year-olds, but I have found that it can truly teach anybody the value of taking deep breaths - as well as how to do it!  The characters are adorable, and the app does a great job of pacing the child so their breaths truly are deep and will count!


Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a must-have if you enjoy meditation and would like your children to try it out as well!  This app makes mindfulness meditation easy for any age range (including adults), and has 6 free mindfulness programs included.




Kids Yogaverse
There are a few different versions of this app, but all with the same purpose - teach yoga to children around the world.  Yoga is a great way to start and end each day for your child, and Kids Yogaverse takes any guessing on which poses are appropriate out of the mix.  The poses are animated and easy to follow, give affirmations/breathing techniques, and also include an amazing fact for each pose!


Breathe2Relax

This is another great app that truly aims at helping the user learn how to properly use deep breathing exercise.  This app is likely better to use with older children, as it isn't quite as animated as Mamaphant.  This app focuses primarily on breathing, and does provide the user with other helpful information about stress and coping.



I have an endless number of apps on my iPad that I use with students here at MTE, but these seem to be my go-tos most often.  What apps have you used with your students or children that you would recommend?

2 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for sharing the Calm Kids with Mamaphant app. We truly hope that by practicing mindful breathing, children feel calm to face their uncomfortable emotions and to be empowered to live their highest potential. Together we can create a new generation of Calm Kids. Maybe a Calmolution is arising... In kindness, James and Leisa Golding

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