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7 Meditation Apps for Kids

Many parents say meditation is a helpful tool for their kids. More research is needed to understand how meditation might specifically benefit kids with learning and attention issues. But it can be a good way to help all kids cope with stress and “quiet the mind.” Here are seven apps to introduce your child to meditation. You may also want to check out self-control apps for young kids and for teens and tweens.

Price and availability may vary but were accurate at the time of publication, on November 25, 2016. Understood does not endorse or receive financial compensation for the sale of any of these products.

Breathe, Think, Do With Sesame

Breathe, Think, Do With Sesame

This free Sesame Street app isn’t specifically for meditation, but it’s great for introducing very young kids to the concept of calming down through breathing. The app teaches kids the “Breathe, Think, Do” method. Kids help an animated monster facing a frustrating situation to calm down by taking long, deep breaths. Afterwards, they help the monster think of a solution and do it.

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iOS

Headspace

Headspace

Founded in 2010, Headspace was one of the first meditation apps on the market. It has a sleek, cool look, and uses fun cartoon videos to teach how meditation works. The app has tons of guided meditations, read by a voice with a British accent. It also has meditations targeted at specific areas, like sports and health. Headspace offers reminders, which can help kids stay on track. It also offers a buddy system so different users can encourage each other. Headspace is for best for teens and older kids. However, it does offer several short meditations for younger children.

Price: Free to try ($12.95 per month subscription)

Available for: Android, iOS

Scape

Scape

Scape is an innovative app that allows kids to create their own calming, ambient sound. To do this, they combine shapes, colors and backgrounds to create a sound mix, called a “Scape.” Kids can meditate to the sound of the scape, or they can listen while focusing on other activities, like homework. For the best experience with this app, your child will need headphones or speakers.

Price: $5.99

Available for: iPad

Settle Your Glitter

Settle Your Glitter

This free app helps kids focus on breathing to manage feelings. Kids first name how they’re feeling—mad, sad, silly or worried. Then they press a button for how strong the feeling is. Lastly, they shake their device to release virtual glitter on their screen, which slowly settles. As the glitter settles, kids breathe as a cartoon character grows and shrinks. Kids of all ages can use this app, but younger ones will need help to understand what to do.

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iOS

Stop, Breathe & Think

Stop, Breathe & Think

Stop, Breathe & Think is a simple meditation app for kids in middle school and older. It has guided meditations and breathing exercises, as well as written instructions on how to meditate. There’s a function where kids can share how their mind and body are feeling, and the app suggests an appropriate meditation. The app also tracks total meditation time and how “settled” kids report they feel.

Price: Free (with in-app options to purchase additional meditations)

Available for: Android, iOS

Super Stretch Yoga HD

Super Stretch Yoga HD

Super Stretch Yoga HD is for yoga, not meditation, but it can help kids learn the importance of relaxation and breathing. The app teaches kids how to do 12 different yoga poses. Each pose is introduced with a short animation, a live video with a child doing the pose, and an explanation. Kids can choose to do one of the poses, or do all of them in rotation. The app gives kids gentle encouragement while kids do the yoga poses, and reminds them to breathe. Super Stretch Yoga HD is best for kids in grade school and Pre-K.

Price: Free

Available for: iPad

Calm

Calm

The Calm app offers a new meditation every day, along with 7- to 21-day meditation programs like “7 Days of Calming Anxiety” or “7 Days of Focus.” Most of the meditations are guided, but there are options for unguided timed meditations, too. Guided meditations are read aloud by a pleasant, soothing voice. Kids can also listen to sounds like ocean waves or wind. It’s free to try the app’s first program and a few stand-alone guided meditations. There’s a fee to access more. Calm is best for older teens and young adults. Parents may want to try the app too. And if you have a younger child, Calm offers sleep stories to read to kids to help them relax and sleep better.

Price: Free to try ($9.99 per month membership)

Available for: Android, iOS

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