The BBC has added a new, free section of its Cbeebies Go Explore app for Android, iOS and Amazon Fire devices that helps preschoolers unwind and de-stress.
Your Mindful Garden has different activities aimed around three tenets of mindfulness: focus, creativity and calm. It is narrated by Stephen Fry and rewards children with in-app prizes when they have completed daily tasks.
At first, they plant a mindfulness tree, water it and, once grown, it is ready to be decorated with items won through finishing the exercises.
Focus activities include a gentle game of hide-and-seek with bugs, or picking up colourful scales with a fish.
Creative activities ask children to remember happy memories to add to the petals of a flower, or rake patterns in a zen garden.
Finally, each day8217;s exercises finish with a calm activity, including stretching exercises with a monkey, or breathing patterns with frog.
Pocket-lint has seen the new app segment in action and can see just how useful it could be for parents with young children, especially at this time of lockdown.
8220;Giving kids the tools they need to help them prepare for school and beyond is at the heart of Go Explore, and Your Mindful Garden is a really fun way for children to discover mindfulness from an early age,8221; said BBC Children8217;s executive editor, Rachel Bardill.
Narrator Fry added: 8220;It was such a pleasure to be involved with a simple, but beautifully designed idea like this. I hope and believe that many children will find the game fun, engaging and helpful in their journeys through life.8221;
The Go Explore app is available on Apple8217;s App Store, Google Play and Amazon8217;s Appstore now. If you have the app already, check to see if the latest update has been downloaded.
Original source: https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/bbc/152109-bbc-helps-preschoolers-with-mindfulness-exercises-in-go-ahead-app-update