Sometimes getting kids to be active is difficult, but these apps will help get them moving.

When your kids are more interested in screens than being outside, it can be hard to get them moving. Kids will have a lot of fun using these 10 apps that make their screen time more active.

1. Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO isn’t a fitness app, but it will definitely get your kids moving. Players must walk around in order play the game. Pokémon are placed using augmented reality in real world locations, so players need to walk around to find them, and in order to hatch a Pokémon egg, players need to walk a certain distance. 

For safety information read our blog: Guidelines For Safe Pokémon GO Play

2. Sworkit Kids - Fitness Meets Fun

Sworkit Kids turns exercising into a game with customizable workouts that build strength, agility, and flexibility. The app guides users through exercises that combine interval training with randomized exercises to keep kids from getting bored. The app challenges kids with questions like "how long can you hop on one foot?"

3. NFL Play 60

NFL Play 60 is an augmented reality game in which players take real steps to explore in the game. Players can collect NFL players to build their roster, play catch, train, and prepare with them for competition against other teams. When a player moves, jumps, turns, and dances while holding their phone, their virtual player does the same.

  • Ages: 4+ 
  • Availability:  iOS & Android
  • Price: Free

4. I Am Love: Kids’ Yoga Journey

This interactive yoga app is made just for kids. Kids are guided through 13 yoga poses that are demonstrated by children. Yoga can be a great way for kids to reduce stress and decompress before bed. 

  • Ages: 4+
  • Availability: iOS & Android
  • Price: $3.99 (iOS) & $0.99 (Android)

5. Just Dance Now

Just Dance Now players dance to music and choreography using a smartphone as a controller and an internet-connected screen, such as a computer or Smart TV. This app will get your kids dancing to over 300 songs. Coins, the in-app currency, are used to play songs and they regenerate over time. There are also in-app purchases available for users that don't want to wait to play.

6. GoNoodle Kids

GoNoodle Kids is an app used in schools that is designed to get kids moving. Through interactive videos, kids learn how to control energy, focus, and be positive with mindfulness. Players have a character in the game that gets cooler the more you move.

  • Ages: 6+
  • Availability: iOS
  • Price: Free

7. Iron Kids

Iron Kids is a kids' fitness app made by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This app is great for young athletes who want to learn about healthy strength training, balance, and fitness from sports medicine physician Jordan D. Metzl, MD, FAAP. Iron Kids features custom workouts, training tips, goal setting, and reminders.

  • Ages: 4+
  • Availability: iOS
  • Price: $2.99

8. Kids Fitness - Yoga

This free yoga app features 10 poses and an animated character that guides kids through yoga poses. Each pose is illustrated and explained to make following along easier. Kids can reap the benefits of yoga by using this app.

  • Ages: 4+
  • Availability: Android 
  • Price: Free

9. Geocaching

Geocaching is a real world treasure hunt; there are geocaches hidden all over the world. Users of this app will need to go out and find the little treasures. This app acts as your toolbox and tells you everything you need to know to get started. Geocaching will require adult supervision.

10. Zombies, Run! 

Zombies, Run! is a running game that motivates players to keep going. Players are taken on an audio adventure that makes them the center of a zombie story. The app is great for young athletes that want to train but need a little motivation. 

If your kids are reluctant to get moving, these apps will certainly motivate them to be active. Fitness apps are a great way to combine screen time with physical activity.

To learn more about the apps your kids use, check out our App Advisor.

About Kate Carr

Kate Carr is a recent grad from the University of Vermont with a degree in Psychology. She's interested in social marketing and is the Editorial Content Associate for Zift. 

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