We all need a little motivation to move at one time or another. And, for kids, sometimes that motivation comes in the form of an electronic device! These gross motor apps for kids encourage whole body movement and most of them are FREE! I use a lot of these apps in my therapy practice and even with my 3 kids at home. Do you have any to add to this list?
1 || My Little Yoga || My Little Yoga offers 10 simple and playful poses to guide children and beginners through a first discovery of yoga. Each pose is illustrated and explained step by step, along with a story or a song relating to the pose. ($2.99)
2 || Spinny Wheel || Give kids control over the number of each exercise that they do and even what they are doing! This spinner will go round and round and then randomly stop in one segment that you can customize with exercises, number of reps, etc. Customize colors and sounds! ($0.99)
3 || NFL Play 60 || Developed by The American Heart Association, this app encourages kids to run, jump, and play their way to 60 minutes of whole body movement per day. Kids can stay motivated by collecting coins to get football power-ups! (Free)
4 || Charity Miles || Movement and altruism…what a great combo! Teach your child the importance of giving to others and make them work to help someone else! Log in, choose your activity and earn away! As you exercise, this app tracks your distance and the money earned. When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship, spread the word, and they’ll send you a note confirming your good work. Win, Win! (Free)
5 || Motion Maze || This is a puzzle game powered by your child’s movement. Kids will help Captain Mapp get through the treasure map mazes as quickly as possible by walking or jogging in place. This app is so much fun that they won’t be able to keep themselves from getting up and moving!!! (Free)
6 || Big Cat Race || Ready, set, go!! Kids will have the opportunity to race a lion, leopard or cheetah indoors or out with varying options for distances. Kids will need to carry the device or be able to strap it on their body to allow the built in accelerometer to determine who wins! (Free)
7 || Fit Quest Lite || Another app powered by movement, your child will jog in place, hop, and duck down to get a baby squirrel safely to its treehouse. (Free)
8 || Kids Countdown || A visual timer for kids that helps them to understand how time goes by. You can set the time duration and select a favorite animal picture that will be slowly reveal itself during the countdown. When the time is up, he/she will be notified by the sound of the selected animal. Use it to encourage movement for different periods of time. (Free)
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