Wellbeing apps guide for kids

Keeping your children healthy and well is a top priority and there are now many apps available to help improve your child’s general wellbeing. We’ve scoured the best of the net to uncover popular wellbeing apps available to download.

From meditation techniques to family-based games designed to help kids practise understanding their feelings. Whilst these apps can be useful, they are not a replacement for seeking professional medical advice if you have concerns about your child’s wellbeing.

Top wellbeing apps for kids in 2020

Wellbeing apps for all ages

See a range of wellbeing apps suitable for children of all ages.

For Me - Childline App

Child-friendly features

The Photo sharing social media app gives children the opportunity to explore the world of social networking in a safe environment.

Children can edit their pictures by adding text and drawings and then share the images with an approved list of friends. Friends who receive the image are only able to like, react (limited to three positive reactions) and comment on the photos.

As the main aim of the app is to teach preteens the etiquette of interacting online, it has constant reminders to keep things positive like the comment box that directs users to ‘ leave a nice comment’. The app also picks users who have modeled good behaviour to be ambassadors to other Kudos users.

Safety features

  • All accounts require a parent or carer to provide email authentication and approval. No friends can be added until a parent approves the account.
  • Geo-targetting is not offered so images will not share your child’s location.
  • Photos are monitored to make sure they’re not inappropriate and all the likes made on photos are anonymous.

Rated:  12+

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Childline counselling app for young people
Headspace for kids

Available to all subscribers, kids (and their parents) can enjoy fun, engaging activities that teach them the basics of mindfulness. They’ll practice breathing exercises, visualizations and even try some focus-based meditation.

Key features

This is the kids part of the popular app Headspace which helps children learn to be clam and relaxed and also lear bout compassion, creativity and kindness.

The app has bespoke excercised tailored for 3-5s, 6-8s and 9-12s. These include the following:

  • Calm – This is a simple breathing excercise to help children feel calm and relaxed.
  • Kindness – A visualising excercise to teach hildren about openness and generosity.
  • Appreciation – Helps children learn how to appreciate other people and the world around them.
  • Paying Attention – Using the power of the imagination to help children focus.
  • Cool Off – This helps ‘rebalance’ children if they are feeling angry or frustrated.
  • Sleep Tight – This activity helps children get ready for bed and fall asleep.
  • Stay Positive – Aimed at children 6 and above to help them manage feelings that may leave them feeling confused, scared or sad.
  • Goodnight – This activity will help children switch off after a busy day.
  • Good Morning – This help children start the day righ with streches, breathing to wake up the brain.
  • Rest & Relax – This is aimed at bringing children down from high energy moments to help them develop calm and balance.
  • Settling Down – Activity to help young ones ‘uncoil and reset’.

Rated:  4+

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free for Headspace subscribers

Children’s meditation app
Push2Play

Offers a range of games to help children make screen time active

Features a large number of games to games that you can do with a specific number of person, the app customises game suggestion to keep kids entertained and active.

How does it work?

Has a game finder that helps children find games based on where they rae and how many player they have. It also offers an option to log all the physical activities that children are doing.

How can it help your child?

  • Encourage creative play
  • Logs physical activity

Rated: 4+
Available oniOS
Cost: Free

Game finder app for outdoor play
Plant Nanny

The app gives children a fun little nudge to help them get into the habit of drinking water regularly throughout the day by combining it with the process of growing a plant.

How does it work?

You can pick from a selection of virtual plants and enter basic information like your child’s weight and how much water they should be consuming.

When you’ve set this up your child will be prompted to water the plant throughout the day in order to keep it alive and they’ll have to drink water at the same time.

Once the plant has fully grown it can be planted in a digital garden and you can generate new seeds to start the whole process over again.

How it can help your child?

  • Stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Build on good habits

App encourages kids to grow virtual plants to stay hydrated

Wellbeing apps for 4-7 years

See a range of wellbeing apps suitable for children 4-7 yeas old.

The Worrinots App

The Worrinots app provides children with a safe and secure place to share their worries fears and concerns, which in turn provides them with a practical fun coping mechanism for their fears, using one of the four Worrinots characters.

Happy, safe and secure children thrive spiritually, socially and emotionally, so when The Worrinots are taking care of children’s worries, parents/carers can be assured their children are getting the best start in life.

When children are looking for Worri-tips and advice using the app, parents/carers can feel safe in their knowledge of knowing The Worrinots app is a secure platform they can trust.

Key features

  • Engaging characters Rip, Stomp, Shakey and Chomp help children to share their worries and concerns
  • Using a fun – these characters are used to encourage children to speak about their emotions while also exposing them to coping strategies
  • The app has a companion parent version which allows children to have fun on the app while parents can monitor character conversations on the app.

Rated:  5+

Available on: iOS

Cost: Free

The worrinots app logo

Designed to help children manage anxiety

GoNoodle Kids

GoNoodle Kids encourages kids to get up and get their bodies moving, making screen time active with 300+ dance videos, yoga exercises, and mindfulness activities for kids.

Kids can browse through a large library of short videos ranging from about two to five minutes long. Follow the demonstrations to dance, jump up and down, spin around, regulate breathing, get into yoga poses, and more.

Key features

All content is created and curated to be safe for kids with the help of choreographers and mindfulness experts. The types of videos you’ll find on the app include; Guided Dancing, Free Movement, Stretching, Sports and Exercise, Kinesthetic Learning, Coordination, and Calming. Channels, on the other hand, follow a common theme, but include videos from a number of different categories.

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Helps children stay active
Focus on the Go!

A series of family-based games designed to help kids practice understanding and communicating their feelings and developing skills to calm down in challenging situations. There’s a family check up to see how the family is tracking and further resources, tips, and videos aimed at building resilience.

How can it help your child?

  • Helps develop skills in identifying emotions, solving problems, and improving communication
  • Helps to build family resilience as a whole through gameplay

Rated:  4+

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Family educational game app helps manage emotions

Three Good Things

Brought to you by Sesame.org, this is for the under fives.  It teaches kids Sesame’s research-based ‘Breathe, Think, Do’ approach to solving problems and dealing with tricky situations. Like all things Sesame Street it’s engaging, accessible and high quality.

How can it help your child?

  • It can help your child to learn coping strategies to help them stay calm
  • It also has a ‘more tips’ section help your child develop resilience by giving them tools to solve problems

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Three Good Things - a stroytelling app

App to teach children how to learn abut themselves

Me: A Kids Diary

Me: A Kid’s Diary gives kids hundreds of fun, inspiring prompts to help children learn more about themselves and the people around them. In drawings, words, animations, recordings, and photos, kids can document their worlds: their families, friends, pets, feelings, likes, dislikes, wishes, and dreams. As they play and create, kids build self-awareness, self-confidence, empathy, and kindness.

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS

Cost: Free

App helps children create happiness journal
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Brought to you by Sesame.org, this is for the under fives.  It teaches kids Sesame’s research-based ‘Breathe, Think, Do’ approach to solving problems and dealing with tricky situations. Like all things Sesame Street it’s engaging, accessible and high quality.

How can it help your child?

  • It can help your child to learn coping strategies to help them stay calm
  • It also has a ‘more tips’ section help your child develop resilience by giving them tools to solve problems

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Character based app to teach kids how to stay calm

Wellbeing apps for 7-11 years

See a range of wellbeing apps suitable for children 7-11 yeas old.

Harry Potter - Wizards Unite

Harry Potter Wizards Unite can provide a more active alternative to more sedentary hobbies — whether that is too much reading, television or too much gaming. Similar to catching Pokemon, you use your smartphone or tablet to cast spells and send items or individuals back to the world of magic. The items appear on the map as you walk around the real world and spells are cast by tracing particular patterns on the device’s screen. It’s a great chance to get outside with the family that gives an interactive edge to walks and days out.

Rated:  PEGI 7

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

App makes gameplay active for Harry Potter fans
BBC Own It

The Own it app will provide a helping hand to your child when they receive their first smartphone, supporting their digital wellbeing, showing them how to make smarter and better informed choices and helping them grow into confident, positive and happy digital citizens. The app and keyboard use specially developed machine learning technology combined with a self reporting function to build a picture of how your child is doing, promoting positive behaviours online and stepping in to help when your child may be struggling.

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Encourage children to use tech positively
Mindful Powers

Mindful Powers is built on a skills-based approach that helps children in early and middle childhood build a healthier relationship with life, stress, and anxiety – Mindful Powers empowers kids to bring calm to their lives at the touch of their fingertips. Through a series of 10 progressive and interactive voice-guided sessions, kids learn how to master the powers of mindfulness – the ability to know and understand what is happening in one’s head at any given moment, without getting carried away by it.

Before each lesson, kids smooth their very own Flibbertigibbet, who is in an agitated state, with the touch of their finger. This sensory-based repetitive interaction triggers the body’s rest and digest response, helping kids relax and regain focus.

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

App to learn and practice mindfulness
Positive penguins

The Positive Penguins app has a simple 5-minute guided meditation for children to learn to sit, relax and let go of the thoughts as they come into their heads. There is also a strategy for children to understand that an event or situation happened that created an emotion in them – this emotion is not right or wrong, rather information – once they understand this and can examine the thoughts or stories they are telling themselves about situations, they can then challenge the stories they tell themselves and help problem solve situations. The app is designed to help children understand why they feel a certain feeling and behave in a productive way.

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS

Cost: £0.99

App to help children understand their emotions

Calm

Calm is helping kids around the world fall asleep so that their parents can also get a little peace and relaxation. Sleep Stories are bedtime tales that include a soothing mix of words, music and gentle sounds to help children drift off into dreamland. Calm includes a collection of meditations, sleep stories, mindfulness tools, nature scenes and music for focus, relaxation and sleep.

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS

Cost: Free

Helps children mediate and collect their thoughts
Sleep Meditations for Kids

Designed by leading yoga teacher Christiane Kerr, Christiane skilfully guides children to the creative part of their mind through a number of carefully scripted story meditations. These deeply relaxing recordings can help your children with sleep issues, insomnia, stress, anxiety and with feelings of confidence and well being. Each meditation story has an underlay of subtle sound effects and gentle music which combined with Christiane’s calming voice make them irresistible and a deeply relaxing. The recordings will help children to relax and will enhance feelings of contentment. It can be used for general relaxation or as a teaching resource.

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS

Cost: Free

Educational game app helps manage emotions

Wellbeing apps for 12+ years

See a range of wellbeing apps suitable for children 12 and over.

Recharge – Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well

Teen health and wellbeing app

This app is all about improving mood and energy levels in a six-week personalised program. It helps to improve the sleep/wake routine with daily goals to get you rolling out of bed quick smart. We all want a little more energy and this works well to get us up and out of bed on the double.

How can it help your child?

  • Encourages your child to have regular sleeping patterns
  • Monitors the relationship between mood, energy, exercise and sleep

Rated:  12+

Available on: iOS only

Cost: Free

Recharge – Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well
App to help children understand their emotions

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a mindfulness meditation app developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance. Programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life.

How does the app work?

Every session starts by asking you to assess your mood based on three criteria: happiness, contentedness, and alertness. At the end of the session, you are sent back into the world “with a smile on your mind.”

How can it help children?

Smiling Mind offers programs for children of various age groups, centered around their experience of growing up. From slowly discovering who they are and gaining a sense of independence, to learning how to interact socially and respect others, the app offers support for the potential challenges of being a child.

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Mindfulness meditation app
Zombies, run!

With over 1 million players Zombies, Run! is a popular app that tracks your GPS movements to allow you to play the game. As you run with your headphones in, you can hear the zombies approaching encouraging you to run even further.

How does it work?

You can walk or run as you become the main character in humanity’s struggle for survival. It tracks your speed and distance as you collect virtual supplies to save yourself from the incoming zombies. The app keeps a record of all your runs and you can share your runs with your friends.

How can it help your child?

  • Improves their fitness level
  • Encourages problem to solve and creative thinking

Rated: 12+

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Running adventure for kids
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