Health and Fitness Apps for Kids

Health and Fitness Apps for KidsEarly childhood and elementary school learning involves more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Young minds develop within young bodies, so it is never too early to foster an appreciation of physical wellness. These apps best teach nutritionfitness and the human body to young children.

Discover Your Body HD (iPad $2.99)

Discover Your Body HD is a colorful, kid-friendly and intuitive app for children. Without much assistance, children will explore the human body, from the biceps to the trachea to the spinal cord. Detailed models are age appropriate, and there is enough variety to keep children engaged. The sound effects are perfect for reinforcing content without being too noisy. Discover Your Body HD has games for assembling body parts into a cartoon girl or boy. Children can also move parts of the human body to their correct spots to demonstrate their understanding. The games are easy to play but are also involved enough to keep the attention of older elementary school students. With plenty of activities and interactive items to explore, this app will have a great shelf life with your kids.

(Curated by Monica Burns)

FitnessKids (iPad $2.99)

FitnessKids teaches children how much fun it can be to be active, by offering examples and motivation for 25 different exercises. The colorful backgrounds and fun music offer a stimulating experience, while the real-life examples act out the poses for each level. We love that this app gears specifically to childhood activities like crab-walk and wheelbarrow, while staying organized enough to offer educational value. Kids will keep coming back as their abilities grow as there are several different difficulty levels. The training portion of the app keeps track of progress so you can keep an eye on how they are progressing. However, this app could be improved by an easier-to-use interface.

(Curated by Chantelle Joy Duxbury)

Coach’s Eye (iPad $4.99)

Coach’s Eye enables students to record each other performing a skill or activity using the built-in camera on the iPad. The video can then be played back in slow motion so that students and teachers are able to collaborate and analyze the video to provide ways to improve. Having the ability to replay the video of their movement over and over again gives the student a better understanding of their skill level than just simply being told. Coach’s Eye also provides notation tools that can be used during playback, and then saved to the camera roll and exported. Coach’s Eye can be a great tool to use for pre- and post-assessments.

(Curated by Karen Marshall)

Toca Doctor HD (iPad $2.99)

This app teaches the basics of how the body works through puzzles. Your kids can mend broken bones, kill infections and navigate the digestive path – all through fantastic eye-catching art. What we love best about this app is the easy-to-use interface and stunning animated graphics. With twenty one mini-games in all, your child will have depth of options to choose from and explore. It’s designed perfectly for kids starting from a very early age, and offers enough of a depth of puzzles to keep them interested, while teaching an overview about the human body.

(Curated by Chantelle Joy Duxbury)

Eat-And-Move-O-Matic (Free)

Eat-And-Move-O-Matic is a fantastic app for elementary school students. Children can figure out how many calories are in common food items, and how much time they would have to spend walking, swimming, or biking to burn those calories. Full of interesting facts and simple illustrations, Eat-And-Move-O-Matic is the perfect way to help children make healthy choices. Besides being a great conversation starter, Eat-And-Move-O-Matic will help children think about choosing healthy foods and how to get moving. It’s colorful, easy to use and intuitive. The message comes across right away.

(Curated by Monica Burns)

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About Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the Managing Editor of and Appolicious. A longtime media and technology commentator, Spirrison has contributed regularly to TechCrunch, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Huffington Post and He lives in Chicago with his wife and young son.



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