Saturday, December 27, 2014

Let's Get Physical: Top 10 Apps to get kids moving! Six FREE!

The new year is almost upon us and many people will be making resolutions to become more active. Movement and exercise are also important for children and can have a significant impact on learning. I know that I often see increased vocalization from my speech therapy students when I combine physical activity into our sessions. Children also benefit from an outlet for movement during these cold winter months so I thought I'd share some apps that encourage kids to get moving! Make sure the case on your phone or tablet is sturdy and let's get physical.

If you'd like to download any of the apps listed, please show your support for Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the links provided.

Move Like Me by Ten Toed, Inc.

Test your memory skills with a game of Move Like Me! Copy a character’s dance moves in one-player mode, or create your own dance with a friend or parent in two-player mode. Easy to learn controls are reminiscent of the classic electronic game ‘Simon’. 

Move Like Me is a game you and your child can play together, by passing the device back and forth on your turn. Each player builds on what the last player has done. Together, you create a dance routine that becomes challenging to remember. You may even find your child is able to beat you at the game! 

This app also includes both a two-player and a one-player game, as well as a separate play mode that invites kids to create a dance routine and move their bodies along with the characters. 

Recommended for ages 5 to 8.

(iPhone/iPad, $1.99)

FitQuest Lite by JogHop

FitQuest is an exercise adventure that is fun to play and good for your health. Powered by your own natural movements, jogging in place, hopping and ducking will get baby squirrel safely to the tree house. Play it in your hotel room, before boarding a plane, while watching TV, on a rainy day, by yourself or with your family and kids.

(iPhone/iPad, Free)

NFL Play 60 by American Heart Association

Run, Jump, and PLAY 60! Can you run fast? Jump high? Turn quick? Do you have what it takes to PLAY 60? Collect coins and get football power-ups! 

Jump into this super cool and fun endless runner game brought to you by the National Football League and the American Heart Association. 

You run, jump, and turn WHILE HOLDING YOUR DEVICE and your character does the same. You move and your character moves on screen. 

 In NFL PLAY 60 you can: 
· Collect coins to buy really cool NFL team gear. 
· Unlock funky characters. 
· Jump over fun obstacles. 
· Get NFL football power-ups that give you 2x points. 
· Get American Heart Association hearts that make you invincible. 
· Find activity ideas on how to get moving with your friends. 
· Get involved with NFL PLAY 60 and AHA through additional resources. 

Get moving, play today! NOTE: Supports iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPod 5, and later models.

(iPhone/iPad, Free)

Motion Maze by Digido Interactive Inc.

Ahoy, land lubber! Welcome to MotionMaze, a puzzle game powered by your movement. Help Captain Mapp get through the treasure map mazes as quickly as possible by walking or jogging in place. Get up and get moving!!!

(iPhone/iPad, Free)

Dance Party Zoo by FIZZBRAIN LLC

Many children need practice in balance, coordination and rhythm. Dance Party Zoo is a fun way to get it! 

 This fun dancing game helps children practice basic motor and balance skills. How do you play? Children begin by selecting a zoo animal for their dancing avatar. Then they can choose a dance tune from their iPhone or iPod's music library or play a favorite song on a boom box. After the music starts, children hold or pocket their iPhone or iPod Touch and dance away! 

 After dancing, children sit back, watch and laugh – as their avatars replay the dance! A colorful and easy-to-understand graph gives children feedback about how well they did at keeping an even rhythm. Blue bars that touch the mid-line show perfect rhythm, while bars above or below the mid-line show body swings that were too fast or slow. 

 Kids can play a one-person game against a random zoo animal or they can play a two-person game with a friend, sibling or classmate. In the two-person version, children compare their dance graphs as their avatars dance alongside each other. Since many children are still developing sportsmanship skills, the game includes a non-competitive option where there is no winner and all players are congratulated for their good effort. 

 Dance Party Zoo is designed for all children who enjoy dancing, as well as those who need practice in motor and balance skills. This includes children on the Autism spectrum or with Asperger's Syndrome, and other children who benefit from physical and occupational therapy. Dance Party Zoo provides practice in rhythm, balance, timing, and coordination. It can also serve as a rhythmic aid in reducing stress and anxiety. But most important of all, it's lots of fun! See how it's played on YouTube:search YouTube for Dance Party Zoo.

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)

Kids Yogaverse: I AM LOVE by Gramercy Consultants

We step onto our magic mat and fly through the ancient lands of Egypt. We are as strong as a mountain, as silly as a Laughing Dove and as playful as a dolphin. Dive deep into the Red Sea to discover indigenous curiosities, like a long-lost sphinx! This beautifully hand-drawn Kids Yogaverse app incorporates 13 yoga poses for children demonstrated by children. Get ready to open your heart, expand your mind and reveal that YOU are the real treasure to love. 

There are three ways to enjoy our story: 
· Listen to the book 
· Read the book 
· Autoplay 

 Additional Interactive Features: 
· Animated Poses: Follow the children as they do the real poses through the yoga journey. 
· Breath Affirmations: Press the Breath button on each page and you will hear a special message just for you! 
· Guess What? Press the Guess What button and learn an amazing new fact.

(iPhone/iPad, $3.99)

Super Stretch Yoga by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC

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 making NAMASTE a part of their day. NAMASTE is The Adventures of Super Stretch’s secret code to help kids learn to find balance and strength in their lives. Be the best you can be! Practice poses, collect 12 stars and get a team photo.
Each of Super Stretch's friends helps us learn how to use movement and breathing to make every day balanced. Then, real-life kids demonstrate the pose. So easy and entertaining we forget that it’s exercise.

-12 yoga poses for all skill levels and ages 
-Animated flashcards to live action with real kids showing how to do the poses 
-Breathing breaks. Can you take 3 deep breaths? 
-Inspiring music with each pose -Team photo Variety of ways to learn and use: 
-Teaching tool you can do with kids or, kids can do alone 
-Follow along by pressing ‘Play All’ button and Super Stretch will introduce you to his friends and their yoga poses 
-Pick 1 pose to do at a time and follow along with Super Stretch and his friends

(iPhone/iPad, Free)

Kiddy Keep Fit By Scotty and Lulu by Stepworks

Silly, fun, catchy tunes by Scotty & Lulu plus a simple game that encourages the little ones in your life to exercise!

Scotty & Lulu have been creating music and entertaining children for years and years and years. Tens of thousands of children around the world have laughed and danced at their concerts and events. Best known for their mix of catchy tunes and a generous helping of comedy and fun, Scotty & Lulu get the little ones dancing around and burning energy in a positive way. 

This app features: 
 - Six hugely fun and catchy original Scotty & Lulu songs (plus a few extra) 
- A game that's sooooo simple to play that even a grown up can figure out what to do 
- Positive messages to promote physical activity ideal for toddlers 

 Listen to song samples at 
 Then download and enjoy this happy appy with your kiddy!

(iPhone/iPad, Free)

C-Fit Dance - Classroom Fitness by CFIT LLC

Join J Lyn Thomas in these four ten-minute dance videos. Created for children in the classroom, this fitness program works in the living room too! 

Each video, or dance class is broken down into several lesson plans that focus on one move. Review lesson plans step by step or play the video of that move over and over. Directions for each move are included with still photos so that students and teachers can read along and swipe the images at a pace that works for them. 

 Created by teachers, C-Fit Dance engages children with lively graphics and original music. Dancing teaches children coordination, agility and how to memorize and repeat complex steps. Vocabulary words are written on screen to help children learn new words. 

 Dance is an art form that can convey an emotion, tell a story, entertain, and help kids keep fit and stay healthy. Dancing is creative, passionate and very expressive. People all over the world love to dance. 

 The videos will teach children how to move their bodies in new ways as their muscles stretch and strengthen. It's the perfect addition to any educational or child-care program.

(iPhone/iPad, $2.99)

Jumpy Jump Froggy by Timothy Charoenying

Get a jump start on physical fitness and fundamental mathematical concepts while exercising body and mind with Flip the Frog and his colorful friends. 

 Discover the power of P.E. IQ (Physical Education, Interaction Quantification) and watch kids of all ages take an active approach to learning. 

*Jump around the jungle with Flip the Poison-Dart frog! 
 *Have a sit-up competition with Jake the Snake! 
 *Gameplay is directly correlated to physical motion, so get ready to Jump Jump Froggy!

(iPad, Free)

Sarah needs to edit her list of New Year's Resolutions to make it a little more manageable.

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