Wellbeing apps for kids

Helping your child manage their health and wellbeing is a top priority for many, which is why so many apps exist for this. We have found some of the best and most popular wellbeing and mindfulness apps for you and your family.

From recognising emotions to practising mediation techniques, these apps offer a range of ways to manage wellbeing.

Whilst these apps can be useful, they are not a replacement for seeking professional medical advice. See our resource page for more advice.

Types of wellbeing apps for kids

General wellbeing apps for kids

These apps help children manage their general day-to-day wellbeing. Children can learn how to practise daily reflections or use tools to keep their online interactions positive.

CBeebies Go Explore: Learn

Suitable for: 5 & under

How does the app work?

This app from BBC helps children under 5 learn a variety of topics including wellbeing in a hands-on way.

How can it help your child?

  • In addition to numeracy and literacy skills, the CBeebies app also helps children practise wellbeing exercises like breathing techniques.

Available for: iOS and Android users
Cost: Free

Mindful activities and learning up to age 5
Headspace

Suitable for: All ages

How does the app work?

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

Headspace for Kids, available to subscribed users, has bespoke exercises tailored for 3-5s, 6-8s and 9-12s.

How can it help your child?

  • Children learn mindfulness techniques to stay calm and relaxed
  • They learn about other topics as well — such as compassion, creativity and kindness

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free to download but requires a subscription to use. Subscription options are £49.99/year or £9.99/month with a free trial.

Teach children mindfulness
JoyPop

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

JoyPop is a daily check-in app that lets users rate how they are feeling. If your child answers that they aren’t very happy, the app helps them identify exactly what they are feeling and then provides activities for them to do to ‘pop up’ their emotions.

How can it help your child?

  • It builds a habit of daily mindfulness
  • Children are better able to identify their emotions
  • The activities create positive habits when children are feeling low

Available for: iOS users.
Cost: £4.49

Track daily emotions to feel positive
Mindful Powers

Suitable for: ages 4-12

How does the app work?
Mindful Powers is built on a skills-based approach that helps children build a healthier relationship with life, stress and anxiety. It 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.

How can it help your child?

  • This sensory-based repetitive interaction triggers the body’s rest and digest response, helping kids relax and regain focus
  • Children learn useful lifelong skills to manage stressors and anxiety

Available for: iOS users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

App to learn and practice mindfulness
Me: A Kid's Diary

Suitable for: ages 8-12

How does the app work?

This app uses creative tasks to encourage and build self-awareness, self-confidence, empathy and kindness. It lets kids document their worlds through drawings, animations, recordings and photos.

How can it help your child?

  • The prompts given to children help them become more aware of who they are
  • It allows creative expression of things in their lives, regardless of how they feel

Available for: iOS users.
Cost: £2.99

Flex those creative muscles
Three Good Things

Suitable for: ages 9+

How does the app work?

Three Good Things encourages users to write down three things that went well for them each and every day. They advise using their app 10 minutes/day for at least one week. When you feel gratitude in your daily life (even for a good meal), you will focus more on the positives over negatives.

How can it help your child?

  • It encourages your child to practise gratitude
  • It can improve their social and emotional wellbeing or the wellbeing of others
  • Provides children with methods for a happier, more meaningful life.

Available for: iOS users.
Cost: Free

A way to tune into the positive events in your life
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Apps to learn about emotions

For some children, regulating their emotions can be difficult. As they grow, they might struggle with intense feelings that they find hard to control. These apps teach children how to identify these emotions and their triggers. They also teach coping strategies for these emotions.

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Suitable for: ages 5 and under

How does the app work?

Brought to you by Sesame.org, this app 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 and accessible for all children.

How can it help your child?

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

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free

Uses characters to teach calming techniques
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eQuoo

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

eQuoo is an evidence-based emotional fitness game proven to build resilience, boost your relationship skills, enhance personal growth and lower anxiety.

The skills and storylines are based on current psychology using psycho-education, elements of CBT, Positive Psychology, EQ, gamification and AI to take you on an adventure that gives children skills beyond the game.

How it can help your child?

  • Children experience boosted mental and emotions health
  • Young people learn regulating skills that can be applied throughout their lives

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases and ads)

Evidence-based game to help with wellbeing
MindDoc Companion

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

MindDoc, formerly Moodpath, lets users log their mental health and moods in real time. Over time, the app allows users to recognise patterns and pinpoint triggers. There are also a variety of courses and exercises to help users learn more about emotional wellbeing.

Developed by clinical psychologists and researchers, MindDoc can help those suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia and eating disorders.

How can it help children?

  • Teens can use the app to monitor their emotions and pinpoint what triggers these emotions
  • It can help them recognise and learn about their emotions along with coping mechanisms to benefit their wellbeing

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Helps children track emotional triggers
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MindShift CBT

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

MindShift uses strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help reduce anxiety. It encourages users to check in with their emotions and adjust their thinking through guided meditation and exercises. Users can set goals and track their progress.

It is designed to help those who struggle with worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias.

How can it help children?

  • Teens are made more aware of their emotions and given quick activities to do to help cope with high-stress or anxiety-inducing situations
  • They can track their progress and see their improvement over time.

Available for: iOS and Android users
Cost: Free

Uses CBT to manage stress and anxiety
Positive penguins

Suitable for: ages 7-11

How does the app work?

The Positive Penguins app has a simple 5-minute guided meditation for children to learn to sit, relax and let go of negative thoughts as they come into their heads. Children learn strategies to understand how events or situations affect their emotions. It is designed to change thought patterns.

How can it help your child?

  • It can help children understand why they feel a certain feeling and help them think more positively
  • It is designed to help children become aware of how situations influence their emotions

Available for: iOS users.
Cost: £0.89

Help children understand their emotions
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Smiling Mind

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

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

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

How can it help children?

  • 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
  • Children learn techniques that they can carry on into adulthood

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free

Mindfulness meditation app

Apps to help manage anxiety

Some children may feel anxious about what they see online or what happens in their lives. These emotions can take their toll on a young person, so it’s important for them to learn how to manage these feelings.

Chill Panda

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

Chill Panda helps users understand and monitor the relationship between heart rate and anxiety. Users are asked to complete activities based on their heart rate and beginning emotions with the goal of increasing their mood.

Activities include breathing techniques, yoga poses, exercises and calming games.

How can it help your child?

  • It helps children not only monitor their emotions but also recognise them and learn coping techniques
  • Children learn lifelong techniques to manage life’s stresses.

Available for: iOS and Nintendo Switch users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Children learn to manage stress and anxiety
Clear Fear

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

Developed by a clinical psychologist, the app uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help users learn how to respond to heightened emotions. It helps users manage their anxiety through a range of activities and exercises within the app.

How can it help your child?

  • Children prone to anxiety may find themselves responding physically to stress. Clear Fear helps them learn how to reduce these responses
  • It helps users change the thoughts and behaviours that make them feel more anxious
  • Users learn how to release emotions causing them anxiety

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free

Helps users manage anxieties
Cove

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

Cove encourages self-expression to help specifically with anxiety and depression (though it can be enjoyed by anyone). The app uses music instead of words to express a mood or emotion. To express themselves, users choose an emotion and then add chords, melodies and percussion with different instruments.

How can it help your child?

  • For children who have trouble expressing themselves, they may find music an easy way to communicate their emotions
  • It provides a fun outlet for their emotions

Available for: iOS users
Cost: Free

Express emotions through music
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MindDoc Companion

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

MindDoc, formerly Moodpath, lets users log their mental health and moods in real time. Over time, the app allows users to recognise patterns and pinpoint triggers. There are also a variety of courses and exercises to help users learn more about emotional wellbeing.

Developed by clinical psychologists and researchers, MindDoc can help those suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia and eating disorders.

How can it help children?

  • Teens can use the app to monitor their emotions and pinpoint what triggers these emotions
  • It can help them recognise and learn about their emotions along with coping mechanisms to benefit their wellbeing

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Helps children track emotional triggers
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MindShift CBT

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

MindShift uses strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help reduce anxiety. It encourages users to check in with their emotions and adjust their thinking through guided meditation and exercises. Users can set goals and track their progress.

It is designed to help those who struggle with worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias.

How can it help children?

  • Teens are made more aware of their emotions and given quick activities to do to help cope with high-stress or anxiety-inducing situations
  • They can track their progress and see their improvement over time.

Available for: iOS and Android users
Cost: Free

Uses CBT to manage stress and anxiety

Physical wellbeing apps

Whether it’s getting active or drinking enough water, physical wellbeing is just as important as mental wellbeing. These apps are designed to help children and young people develop their understanding of their physical health while encouraging them to get moving.

GoNoodle Kids Videos

Suitable for: ages 6-12

How does the app work?

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.

All content is created and curated to be safe for kids with the help of choreographers and mindfulness experts.

How can it help your child?

  • Promotes activity and physical wellbeing
  • Videos exercises promote mindfulness
  • Can aid positive mental wellbeing

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free

Gets kids moving and practising wellbeing
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Plant Nanny

Suitable for: ages 9+

How does the app work?

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 virtual plant.

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 can generate new seeds to start the whole process over again.

How it can help your child?

  • Help them stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Encourages healthy habits that can become second-nature and a regular part of their daily lives

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Encourages kids to stay hydrated
Zombies, Run!

Suitable for: ages 14+

How does the app work?

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

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

How can it help your child?

  • Improves their fitness level
  • Provides motivation for cardio fitness
  • Encourages problem solving and creative thinking

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases and ads)

Running adventure for kids
Super Stretch Yoga

Suitable for: ages 7 & under

How does the app work?

This simple app uses animation and video to help young kids stretch and breath with yoga poses. From beginning to end, kids learn basic movements while having fun. The repetitive structure makes it easy for them to get the hang of it.

How can it help your child?

  • Gives children a basic understanding of stretching and breathing
  • Explains why movements are good for their bodies
  • Encourages them to get moving

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free

Teaches kids simple yoga poses

Apps to help with sleep

If your child experiences sleep anxiety or has trouble relaxing at bedtime, these apps can help. Through a variety of stories, children learn about mindfulness and are soothed to sleep.

Calm

Suitable for: all ages

How does the platform work?

Calm is helping kids around the world fall asleep. 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.

How can it help your child?

  • It can help relax anxious children who might have trouble falling asleep
  • Practising mindfulness is a skill that children can bring with them throughout life

Available for: iOS, Android and web browsers.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Children learn to meditate for sleep
Children's Sleep Meditations

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

Children’s Sleep Meditations features a number of stories for children of all ages to encourage mindfulness before bed. With the stories, children are also taught meditation techniques. Story topics range from controlling anger to easing exam stress.

How can it help your child?

  • The range of available meditations means your child is likely to find a story to help with whatever issue they’re facing from lack of confidence to school anxiety.

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

A variety of stories to practice mindfulness
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Dreamy Kid

Suitable for: ages 3-17

How does this app work?

Dreamy Kid can be used for sleep or during the day to practise mindfulness. It covers a variety of topics ranging from issues-based meditations to healing exercises using video and audio recordings.

How can it help your child?

  • Children learn how to manage issues they may be having trouble with
  • They learn relaxation techniques that aid sleep
  • Practising mindfulness can be something they take with them into adulthood

Available for: iOS users. A web-based version is also available.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases including a subscription to access most content)

Help improve mindfulness for sleep
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Moshi: Sleep & Meditation

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

Through different characters and worlds, Moshi helps children who are struggling to sleep, experiencing anxiety or feeling stressed. With over 85 hours of stories for children up to 10 years old, the app is a great option for a calmer bedtime.

How can it help your child?

  • The soothing voices help children calm their minds and fall asleep more easily. As stories progress, they also become quieter to ensure children aren’t awoken once asleep.
  • There are topics to encourage mindfulness and include kindness, gratitude, positive thinking and more.

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free to download. Subscription required to access content at £44.99 annually or £7.99 monthly with a 7-day free trial.

Children fall asleep to mindful stories
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Sleep Meditations for Kids

Suitable for: ages 12 & under

How does the app work?

Designed by leading yoga teacher Christiane Kerr, children are guided to the creative part of their minds through a number of carefully scripted story meditations. Each meditation story has an underlay of subtle sound effects and gentle music which make them irresistible and deeply relaxing.

How it can help your child?

  • The recordings may help children relax and feel more content
  • It can be used for general relaxation or as a teaching resource
  • Relaxation and meditation can improve sleep routines

Available for: iOS users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Helps users relax to fall asleep
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Wellbeing apps for kids with SEND

Children with SEND struggled with their wellbeing in ways that may differ from their peers. These apps are either specifically designed for children with SEND or may benefit these children in specific ways.

Cove

Suitable for: all ages

How does the app work?

Cove encourages self-expression to help specifically with anxiety and depression (though it can be enjoyed by anyone). The app uses music instead of words to express a mood or emotion. To express themselves, users choose an emotion and then add chords, melodies and percussion with different instruments.

How can it help your child?

  • For children who have trouble expressing themselves, they may find music an easy way to communicate their emotions
  • It provides a fun outlet for their emotions

Available for: iOS users
Cost: Free

Express emotions through music
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MindDoc Companion

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

MindDoc, formerly Moodpath, lets users log their mental health and moods in real time. Over time, the app allows users to recognise patterns and pinpoint triggers. There are also a variety of courses and exercises to help users learn more about emotional wellbeing.

Developed by clinical psychologists and researchers, MindDoc can help those suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia and eating disorders.

How can it help children?

  • Teens can use the app to monitor their emotions and pinpoint what triggers these emotions
  • It can help them recognise and learn about their emotions along with coping mechanisms to benefit their wellbeing

Available for: iOS and Android users.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Helps children track emotional triggers
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MindShift CBT

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

MindShift uses strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help reduce anxiety. It encourages users to check in with their emotions and adjust their thinking through guided meditation and exercises. Users can set goals and track their progress.

It is designed to help those who struggle with worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias.

How can it help children?

  • Teens are made more aware of their emotions and given quick activities to do to help cope with high-stress or anxiety-inducing situations
  • They can track their progress and see their improvement over time.

Available for: iOS and Android users
Cost: Free

Uses CBT to manage stress and anxiety

Counselling and therapy apps

Some of these apps are suitable for teens to talk directly to someone while others use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help children manage their stress and anxiety. These apps give young people the opportunity to think about things that have happened and get advice to help.

Counselling and therapy apps are not a substitute for real professional help.

7 Cups - Anxiety and Stress Chat

Suitable for: Teens 13+

How does the app work?

7 Cups uses text chat to talk about how you’re feeling. Users can chat one-on-one to trained listeners and take part in supportive chat rooms and community forums. They have specialised support for users who are 13-17 years of age.

How can it help your child?

  • Teens can talk anonymously to trained listeners, which is an easier way to open up for some.
  • They have access to information on a variety of topics including LGBTQ+ issues and studying.

Available for: iOS and Android users

Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Teens can chat to trained helpers about issues
MindShift CBT

Suitable for: ages 12+

How does the app work?

MindShift uses strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help reduce anxiety. It encourages users to check in with their emotions and adjust their thinking through guided meditation and exercises. Users can set goals and track their progress.

It is designed to help those who struggle with worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias.

How can it help children?

  • Teens are made more aware of their emotions and given quick activities to do to help cope with high-stress or anxiety-inducing situations
  • They can track their progress and see their improvement over time.

Available for: iOS and Android users
Cost: Free

Uses CBT to manage stress and anxiety
Ollee

Suitable for: ages 8-11

How does the app work?

Created by Parent Zone, the Ollee app aims to help children process their experiences with support from parents and carers.

Children are first asked about what they’d like to talk about before diving into how they are feeling and what is causing that emotion. They are then given advice or ideas to help them work through their emotion.

How it can help your child?

  • If your child is uncomfortable talking to you or another trusted adult about how they feel, this can be an anonymous way for them to get advice on their specific issues
  • It helps them talk through how they are feeling while thinking about the cause of their emotions

Available for: everyone through the web app
Cost: Free

Ollee helps children talk through their emotions

Apps for whole-family wellbeing

The whole family can get involved with these wellbeing apps. Learn about mindful techniques and tasks that can be completed to support everyone’s mental health.

Focus on Foster Families

Suitable for: All ages/children in care 8 and younger

How does the app work?

This app is designed for carers to support children in their care. Carers can find advice on how to support these children with common problems such as how it feels to go to a new home and how you can support children in your care. There are also soothing tasks that children can do to find calm if they are upset.

How can it help your child?

  • Because their carers will be better informed, it will help ensure they feel supported if they feel scared or sad.
  • Various activities can help children calm down if stressed or anxious.

Available for: iOS users

Cost: Free

For carers to better support looked after children
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Focus on the Go!

Suitable for: All ages/children 8 and younger

How does the app work?

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.

Available for: iOS users

Cost: Free

Work as a family to manage emotions
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Manatee

Suitable for: All ages

How does the app work?

When parents install the app, they are asked to register for the anxiety course. Then you add your kids and install it on their device. In the course, child and parent receive weekly goals to complete together. Other parents can join as well, and children over 12 receive check-ins to check their progress.

How can it help your child?

  • It involves the whole family in managing your child’s mental health, which can help them feel supported and understood
  • Children are provided with journaling opportunities and a chatbot that provides CBT-based exercises.

Available for: iOS and Android users.

Cost: Free

Work together to manage anxiety