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 || Super Stretch Yoga ||Move, play and breathe as Super Stretch introduces you to his friends and their yoga poses. Super Stretch is your guide who takes you on your journey. Using storytelling, animation and video examples, kids enjoy following along and trying the different poses! (FREE)
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 || Visual Countdown Timer || 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)
6 || GoNoodle! || Play GoNoodle at home with this FREE GoNoodle App and move along to favorites from school like Baby Shark, Peanut Butter in a Cup, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and more kids dance videos! The GoNoodle App has 100s of kids dance videos, yoga exercises, mindfulness activities, and more awesome ways to move! (FREE)
8 || Sworkit Kids|| Sworkit guides kids through fun exercise routines. Sworkit Kids uses kids for the videos to make it easy to follow along and is completely ad-free! (FREE)
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