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Mindful Minutes

Mindful Minutes
Reviewed on 7/27/18

A very simple concept that might be just the right challenge for children who love to move or who are easily distracted.  There has been a lot of buzz recently about mindfulness for kids. In Mindful Minutes, users are asked to choose one of four images (fish, diamond, hot air balloon or star) and hold a fingertip on that shape (without lifting your finger!) for one whole minute.  To keep it interesting, once you’ve starting touching the shape, it begins to float upwards (or downwards in the case of the star) and the background image (a night sky, a daytime sky, the sea, underground) changes while calming music plays. If the player lifts their finger from the screen during that minute, the object floats (smiling!) back to the starting point and the minute timer starts over again.  Players can move the object around on the screen while it’s rising, but if they try to push it to the top edge too much to hurry it up, the object will return to the starting point. This app would be a great one to use side-by-side with your child. While they’re working to hold their finger on the screen for a minute, try asking some of the prompt questions given by the app in their “info” section. Perhaps you could model slow deep breaths while your child plays with the app. Because there are no spoken words for a guided meditation, this app would work well for kids who do not speak English (the only language in the app is in the “info” section for adults).  It might also work well for special needs children who need practice with impulse control.