The Mindful Powers app helps kids to bring calm to their lives at the touch of their fingertips while using a holistic approach to building social-emotional learning through the power of play
Every month, our resident experts Sarah and Nicole select their pick of the best apps to expand your child’s mind and help make learning fun. This week’s app is Mindful Powers.
Each month, Sarah Faisal and Nicole Seymour from award-winning children’s production company Anamil Tech select their pick of the best apps to expand your child’s mind and help make learning fun. This week’s app is Mindful Powers™, and may help children with the transition back to school after a Covid-induced long break.
This week’s app: Mindful Powers
Focus: With back-to-school upon us, and considering what has been going on in the world during the Covid crisis, we know many children and parents are anxious about diving back in! As such we thought it would be a good idea to review an app that focuses on mindfulness, and Mindful Powers does just that.
Mindful Powers is a child-first, holistic approach to building social-emotional learning through the power of play. Built on a skills-based methodology that helps children in early and middle childhood build a healthier relationship with life, stress, and anxiety, Mindful Powers helps kids to bring calm to their lives at the touch of their fingertips.
Through a series of progressive voice-guided stories, kids learn how to master the powers of mindfulness – the ability to know and understand what is happening in one’s head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.
Before each story, kids soothe their very own Flibbertigibbet™, who is in an agitated state, with the touch of their finger. This sensory-based repetitive interaction triggers the body’s rest and digest response, helping kids relax and regain focus.
Mindful Powers helps develop the following skills:
- Calmness and relaxation
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Concentration and focus
- Navigating big emotions
- Getting along with others.
Why we love it
- Interacting with the Flibbertigibbet character feels good and does what it is meant to do – it’s a lovely activity in itself.
- The triangular facets on the character start off dark in color. The child needs to rub the sphere to smooth out and brighten the facets. If the child rubs too quickly, the facial expression on the Flibbertigibbet looks unhappy, prompting the child to slow down.
- Basically the rubbing is a calming sensation and as the facets change to a nicer pinky colour the sounds of the character become more pleasing, like a cat purring.
- The music and sound effects (chimes and gentle bells) are lovely.
- The child-friendly, voice-guided mindfulness sessions focus on five age-relevant themes to explore: calm, focus, kindness, sleep and wake-up. The first activity, Big Breaths, is a great way to start this journey.
Tip: Wearing headphones during the experience is a nice way to focus even more.
Other ‘mindfulness’ apps
– Kids’ game recommendation: Let’s Play Wudu! by Moonfame
– App of the week: Toca Tailor
– App of the week: Dr. Panda Town Collection
– App of the week: Hungry Caterpillar Play School
– App of the week: Osmo Little Genius
About the authors
Sarah Faisal and Nicole Seymour are from award-winning children’s production company, Anamil Tech. Sarah, founder and MD of Anamil Tech, and with a PhD in Human Computer Interaction, is passionate about using media and technology to make learning fun and expand children’s knowledge of the world around them. Nicole Seymour, creative director of Anamil Tech, has been creating and producing digital content for young children for over 20 years for companies such as CBeebies, Disney, Lego Media and Scholastic.
Founded in 2015, Anamil Tech develops multilingual learning apps and videos to grow young children’s minds. Its flagship brand, Pacca Alpaca, is now being developed into a children’s TV show, which Sarah and Nicole are producing, alongside an animated TV show intended for family audiences in the Middle East.