Mindfulness for Children – Meditations for kid by Jannik Holgersen – Review

Mindfulness for Children – Meditations for kid by Jannik Holgersen – Review



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A parent’s and teacher’s delight! Mindfulness for Children provides relaxing sounds of nature to help children calm down and improve focus/concentration. A calm, reassuring voice gives step by step audio instructions on how to meditate. With descriptions and terms aimed at children, users are taken through body scans, visualizations and breathing exercises.

What we love…

Descriptions/explanations detailing the goals/outcomes of each exercise; ability to provide feedback and the authors desire to receive this feedback to make improvements.

What we’d love to see…

More and more guided exercises! .

Summary

Beautifully spoken meditation exercises aimed specifically at children! Exercises guide children to a calm/relaxed state using easy to understand imagery.

Our Rating

Mindfulness for Children was created in Denmark through the joint effort of a psycho-motor therapist and a technical expert with a vested interest in mindfulness meditation. It is used by Denmark schools with great success and is recommended by several Danish child psychologists.

The developers describe “mindfulness” as being aware of what happens while it happens. The app is recommended for children ages 5 and up, but the authors caution to respect your child’s wish not to participate: “Children can be encouraged to meditate, but it should happen voluntarily.”

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The app provides three guided meditations for children and two sets of relaxing nature sounds to help children calm/refocus. Our testers (and their mama ☺) appreciated the calming nature sounds the best to unwind from a busy day and to enter a sound sleep state. The meditation exercises left us feeling ready to tackle difficult schoolwork or to key into those complicated/coordinated movements for a series of new dance steps. With exercises being brief (but effective), meditations can easily be used by teachers to refocus a whole classroom to the tasks at hand vs all the extraneous thoughts/distractions.

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A special feature of Mindfulness for Children is the support given to parents. Each exercise provides a detailed description of intended outcomes, how to gently get to those outcomes, and suggestions of how to apply what children have learned throughout the day. The authors encourage users to take part in the improvement process and further development of the program via social media and/or email.

Mindfulness for Children was a welcome addition to our collection of apps – its one of the few that helps children refocus on life outside of electronics. This app brings the authors’ mission to life: “Put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.” ☺

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Mindfulness for Children – Meditations for kids – Jannik Holgersen

Mindfulness for Children - Meditation for kids Mindfulness for Children - Meditation for kids by Jannik Holgersen
Category: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 89.52 MB

$4.99USD

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 CogniFit Brain Fitness by CogniFit – Review

CogniFit Brain Fitness by CogniFit – Review



Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

the mini games contained within the app are fun and enjoyable to play especially the Mahjong game.

What we’d love to see…

I do wish you could do a challenge without linking to others as the training is a great aspect but it would be fun to actually do the challenge without having to have connections.

Summary

Overall. this app provides a great concept of practicing brain fitness an important skill that all of us should practice on a regular basis to help keep our minds sharp.  This app is suggested for individuals over the age of 18, and can be used by people seeking to improve memory, those with challenges retaining items in memory, Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions which may inhibit memory.

Our Rating

CogniFit Brain FitnessCogniFit for iPhone and iPad is a brain fitness and cognitive training  by Cognifit which you can complete on your device to improve brain memory, train cognitive skills and improve memory.  It is recommended for children thirteen and older.  This app works on a variety of cognitive skills and abilities including: auditory short-term memory, contextual Memory, distance estimation, divided attention, focus, eye-hand coordination, inhibition, long term memory, naming,  planning, processing speed, recognition, response time, shifting, short-term memory, spatial perception, speed estimation, updating, non-verbal memory, visual perception, visual scanning, visual short term memory, and working memory.  There are two modes within the app, play and train.  This app does integrate with Game Center and does require a login which allows you to transfer your progress from one device to another.

One of my favorite mini-games was the the Mahjong game, it presents you with a series of boards each slightly more difficult than the last and then you have to match the tiles.  You can link with others who use the app and challenge them or just try for your own personal best.  The training sessions allow you to practice your skills prior to a challenge.  The fuel a car game was interesting as well – since it required you to fill up multiple cars at the same time which practiced sequencing as well as open the gate when the car was fueled up otherwise you lost points.

I do wish you could do a challenge without linking to others as the training is a great aspect but it would be fun to actually do the challenge without having to have connections.  There is a way now that you can scroll through and find various connections, but if you wish to remain anonymous it seems to be difficult to use the entire app.  This app does contain in-app purchases for additional neurons which can be earned by doing training or by purchasing them.  In the future, I’d like to see the purchasing on neurons locked out or require some sort of a passcode as this app is likely to be on a device which a child has access to.

Overall. this app provides a great concept of practicing brain fitness an important skill that all of us should practice on a regular basis to help keep our minds sharp.  This app is suggested for individuals over the age of 18, and can be used by people seeking to improve memory, those with challenges retaining items in memory, Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions which may inhibit memory.

 

CogniFit Brain Fitness
CogniFit Brain Fitness
by CogniFit

Category: Education, Health & Fitness
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 122.21 MB

$FREE

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CogniFit Brain Fitness for iPad
CogniFit Brain Fitness for iPad
by CogniFit

Category: Education, Health & Fitness
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 170.79 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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