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Top Tools for Building Mindfulness in the Classroom

Increased mindfulness can enhance a range of important social and emotional skills including self-awareness, empathy, handling stress, and identifying emotions. As students think about their feelings, they will begin to practice self-control and self-regulation, which can boost focus and promote accountability. Help students develop mindfulness with these hand-picked apps and websites. Through meditation exercises, physical activities, calming strategies, and role-playing scenarios, kids can benefit in and out of the classroom.

Interested in seeing tips on how you might use some of these tools in the classroom? Check out our blog series We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings Publisher: PBS KIDS
Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Bouncy the People Trainer's You Can Learn Publisher: Ripple Effects
Thorough, thoughtful multimedia social-emotional learning experience
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Publisher: Sesame Street
Sesame Street winner teaches kids how to keep calm and carry on
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Super Stretch Yoga HD Publisher: The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
Appealing videos inspire kids to move their bodies in new ways
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Pass The Drop Publisher: Momentous Institute
Great concentration app for classroom management, brain breaks
Grades Pre-K-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
GoNoodle Visit Website: https://www.gonoodle.com/
Brief bursts of physical exercise add classroom fun, build brain power
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Zoo U Publisher: Personalized Learning Games Inc.
Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential
Grades K-5
Type Game
Price $7-20 per student
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mindprint Learning Visit Website: http://www.mindprintlearning.com/
Expert feedback and tools designed for individual learner profiles
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Stop, Breathe & Think Publisher: Tools for Peace
Appealing app guides meditation, promotes compassion
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence Publisher: Emotionally Intelligent Schools LLC
Well-designed tool encourages kids to reflect on and manage emotions
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $0.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Smiling Mind Publisher: Smiling Mind
Quick and easy meditation practice for busy classroom lives
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3