We were so happy to have Sookie Lioncourt reach out to us and offer this guest post for our blog! Read on…
5 Awesome Apps That Teach Kids to Stay Healthy
Get your kids off to a great start!
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A few years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama started the Let’s Move Campaign to end childhood obesity within our generation. As part of these efforts, the Apps for Healthy Kids challenge was born, drawing app developers to join in the fight against childhood obesity. Since then, hundreds of apps have been created to aid parents in getting their children to travel the road to wellness early.
Every parent knows that the journey towards health and wellness can be extremely challenging. There’s a constant struggle to get your kids to drink enough water, eat enough greens, and get the right amount of sleep. They’re always full of energy, and they always want to be playing all the time, but luckily, we can use that playfulness to our advantage! Use these five apps to help get your kids to eat right, sleep right, and play right!
1. Pick Chow!
According to the nutritionists at Marks & Spencer, studies on toddlers and preschoolers have shown that children often don’t get enough protein, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A through D because they don’t know where to get them. Often, even though their parents know what food items are rich in the nutrients their children need, they find themselves struggling to find food that their kids will enjoy. Pick Chow! has found a way to put 2 and 2 together, allowing kids to create their own meals and build their own Eat Well plate. Parents are notified of the choices their children make, and are even treated to recipes that make use of the food items selected by their children. This way, they can cook up the dishes their children want, and still get them the vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy and strong!
2. Easy Eater 2
Children have been fans of virtual pets since the early 90s, when Tamagotchis captured their hearts. Easy Eater 2 helps parents use this to their advantage, by assigning each member of the family one of 5 unique pets, which they feed the same things they eat on a daily basis. Whenever healthy food is fed to the pet, the owner of the pet earns Grub Bucks, which can be used to purchase stylish costumes and accessories for their pets, or even unlock new pets altogether. This innovative use of the virtual pet genre has earned the game’s developers special features by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America, Forbes, and Fortune magazine.
3. Fitter Critters
When the internet became popular in the early 2000s, a wealth of websites that offered virtual pets to children became popular. Fitter Critters finally found a way to incorporate this love for online virtual pets with teaching kids to start eating healthy. The game is played over the course of a few weeks, for minutes at a time, which makes it ideal for classrooms that make use of technology. It even comes with an accompanying unit plan for teachers who are trying to teach their younger students to eat healthy!
4. Storyland Yoga: Condor Trek
Brought to you by the team behind Playful Planet, the award-winning app Storyland Yoga: Condor Trek helps children start off on their wellness journey by mixing the benefits of yoga with the benefits of interactive play. Children are often averse to the idea of exercising, and many kids think that yoga is boring. With Storyland Yoga, however, kids are able to learn the many different yoga positions as they embark on a journey to save a baby condor. Storyland Yoga also teaches children to become more aware of their environment and allows parents to begin talking to their kids about living a sustainable lifestyle and respecting nature. The app also helps parents who want to know how yoga can help their kids. [Editors Note: We did mention our app to our guest blogger, but didn’t ask her to include it here…so, thank you Sookie!]
In an age where most children prefer to sit on the couch and play their games on the phones and tablets, it’s refreshing to see a game that encourages children to get on their feet and start moving! MotionMaze combines the fun of solving mazes and collecting items with the benefits of walking by putting kids in control of a cute character that needs to be led from one point in a maze to the finish line. The game also comes in seasonal versions such as the Holiday Adventureand the Trick or Treat version, each equipped with themed characters and mazes. It’s an excellent way to get your kids to start walking again as they challenge themselves with solving the mazes, leading their characters to the end with their own steps.
What other apps have you used to help teach your kids to be healthy?
Sookie Lioncourt lives with her sister-in-law and 2 nieces. During her free time, she spends ample time playing with the little ones, and ensuring that they’re actively playing and eating healthy food. Sookie enjoys using various children-related apps to ensure her nieces are in tip top shape at all times. More tips from Sookie can be found on her blog.