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9 Great Stress Reducing Apps For Kids

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Adults aren’t the only ones who deal with stress—kids definitely feel it too. And an important lesson to teach your kids is how to cope with life’s big and small stressors. That can be done in ways that are both helpful and fun. One option is to encourage them to download an app … or three.

Below are some of the most kid-friendly, stress-reducing apps available, and the best part is that they’re all free.

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street
Available at: Amazon Apps, Apple Appstore, Google Play
Age range: 5–8

This colorful app teaches kids how to relax so that they can better cope with common, everyday stressful situations. Divided into five interactive scenarios, kids help Cookie Monster take deep breaths, come up with plans for addressing the stressful situations, and then try out those plans. It includes a useful section with additional strategies and resources for parents to teach kids how to solve everyday challenges.

DreamyKid
Available at: Google Play
Age range: 9–18

This app teaches kids how to calm their minds with guided meditations, visualizations and affirmations through positive messages. There are some issue-specific meditations that some kids might find particularly useful, including meditations aimed at building confidence before sports matches and focusing on their schoolwork.

Emotionary
Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play
Age range: 5–12

Enhance your kids’ emotional intelligence with this app that offers more than 100 short, simple, dictionary-style definitions of common emotions—each accompanied by a unique emoticon. It helps kids to develop a richer, more expansive vocabulary of emotions, and it teaches them how to deal with those emotions so that they don’t become overwhelmed by their feelings. Kids can create and add their own emoticons for feelings that aren’t included in the app.

Nature Melody
Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play
Age range: 5–18

This app is designed to help kids have a good, relaxing start to their day. It functions like an alarm clock and has more than 30 soothing, nature-inspired sounds to wake your kids up slowly and gently in the morning. The app can be used in the afternoon and evening too—using the nap and a sleep timer function—for a stress-free end to their day.

Relax Melodies
Available at: Amazon Apps, Apple Appstore, Google Play
Age range: 5–18

Like Nature Melody, this app helps give kids a soothing start and finish to their day, with more than 50 relaxing sounds and melodies. It has several other features, including the ability to create unique mixes by combining sounds and melodies, a collection of so-called community tunes that represent the most popular mixes, and a number of accompanying meditations.

Super Stretch Yoga
Available at: Apple Appstore
Age range: 9–18

Created by yoga instructor Jessica Rosenberg, this interactive app teaches kids yoga through video demonstrations done by other kids. The app uses the yoga poses to focus on breathing and movement. It’s narrated by a character named Super Stretch and features 12 different poses with different skill levels. Kids can use the built-in camera to take pictures of themselves doing the various poses.

Three Good Things: A Happiness Journal
Available at: Apple Appstore; Age range: 5–18

This app encourages kids to think positively by writing every day about three good experiences. It will help kids think more positively and has a feature that lets kids upload and share their writings on social media.

Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids
Available at: Apple Appstore
Age range: 5–8

Like DreamyKids, this is a mediation app—but it’s geared toward younger kids. It has several guided meditations to help kids center themselves, focus on their breath, be in tune with their feelings, and experience empathy for others. Each meditation is narrated and uses simple instructions to guide kids through various breathing and visualizing exercises.

Wuf Shanti Yoga Fun Machine
Available at: Amazon Apps, Apple Appstore, Google Play
Age range: 5–8

Based on the PBS children’s show featuring the yoga dog Wuf Shanti, this app will teach your little one yoga. It has brief video demonstrations, photos and descriptions of a person dressed in a dog suit, who uses animal movements to explain yoga poses. The app also has meditations and videos about positive words and phrases that kids can use in stressful situations.


Tanni Haas, Ph.D. is a guest contributing writer and Professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College.

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