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The Best Mindfulness Apps for Kids

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Life is stressful these days, especially for our kids. Everything is pulling their attention and “mindfulness” seems impossible. How do we take them away from their technology in order to do mindfulness work? No thank you. 

Luckily, we can use the very thing that causes distraction to work on mindfulness. There are some amazing mindfulness apps for kids that help them refocus, calm down, and be in the present moment. 

Whether you child struggles with anxiety, ADHD, autism, or is just on the go all of the time, these apps can help them find some quiet time during the day.

What makes the best mindfulness app for kids?

The best mindfulness app for kids is one that kids will actually use. 

There are a lot of high quality apps on this list. But, you’ll notice that they’re all very different from each other. Some are serious meditation apps, some are fun meditation apps, some are coloring apps, and some are mindful game apps.

With so many options, choose the mindfulness path that your child will actually enjoy. A child that can’t sit through a long meditation won’t benefit from mindfulness in the way they could have if it were presented in an engaging game. Be in tune with what will actually make your child excited about mindfulness when choosing one of the apps below.

Let’s dive into some of the best mindfulness app options!

And, if you want more background into why mindfulness is crucial in the first place, check out my post about emotional regulation.

DreamyKid Meditation App

DreamyKid is a meditation app designed just for kids. And, they’re meditations are fantastic! 

They have affirmations, guided journeys, meditations for sleep, and meditations for calming the mind and re-regulating one’s body. 

What I especially love about DreamyKid is that they include meditations that surround challenges things that kids often experience like, healthy eating, ADHD, anxiety, anger, and more. This is a very well done app that is perfect for kiddos that like to have a number of different options and can tolerate meditation.

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street

I LOVE this app! It’s emotional identification, emotional intelligence, storytelling, meditation, and a game all in one. 

If you’re a fan of Sesame Street, you already know that anything they create is great. 

The messaging is on point and fosters compassion and self-awareness; the graphics are cute and in line with the Sesame Street brand; the app is easy to use and fun. This doesn’t disappoint and definitely deserves a spot in the best mindfulness apps for kids.

This is another adorable app. I mean, how can you not love that yeti?

Mind Yeti was built by the nonprofit, Committee for Children, which is best known for developing great social-emotional learning curriculum

With that background, there’s no doubt that they are the right people to make a fantastic mindfulness app. They are definitely worth checking out.

This app relies on the power of play to engage kids in mindfulness and social and emotional skills. Play is such an important element for development and can engage a child’s brain in a crucial way. This app is not only good for mindfulness, but also growing that play skill.

Play is also important because it keeps a child interested. Mindfulness can be challenging because kids may see it as boring. Mindful Powers keeps mindfulness interesting by making it playful instead of a chore.

Coloring is so relaxing for kids and adults alike. There’s something about keeping the brain semi-busy, but with something simple like coloring that instantly has a relaxing effect. This app is great, as the designs are simple, but they’re fun and have a learning element

The power of coloring, doodling, and drawing is something I really believe in. It can help kids focus in school, calm down from anxiety attacks, and keep their minds balanced. 

Headspace is a leader in the meditation space. If you’re looking for mindfulness work yourself, Headspace is a great choice. They have meditations for all ages that focus on work, sleep, anxiety, stress, and more.

Headspace’s kid specific meditations are split into a few categories: wake up, sleep, calm, focus, and kindness. These meditations are further split up into age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-12. These meditations are high quality and there’s no doubt that Headspace has a top spot in the list of best mindfulness apps for kids.

As you can see, there are a lot of great choices for kid-centered mindfulness based apps. What makes one the best is dependent on what your child like and needs. A lot of these apps are free or have a free trial, so try a few out and see which one’s the winner!

Do you want even more great app recommendations? Here are some of my favorite handwriting apps for kids.

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Diana Fitts is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist who specializes in sensory processing disorders and autism. Check out my About page to read my story and get a free therapy journal page to record your kiddo’s sessions!

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