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App of the Week: Keeping calm with mindfulness

Calming app with cute characters helps center kids.

Ed. noteApp of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Mind Yeti is an app that provides mindfulness instruction and meditative scripts for a variety of moods and needs. The app begins with a tutorial that introduces the concept of the Mind Yeti. Log in to save your favorite sessions and videos. Most videos are three to five minutes in length, and usually have an audio-only component. Featured sessions appear on the home screen and change daily. Several themes (e.g., calm, focus) have three to six sessions built in, so you can check off the scripts you listen to. Users can also pick to focus on several “powers,” or skills, that are essential to the foundations of meditative practice. Click the heart on the bottom of each session to save it to your favorites so that you can return to it again and again.

Price: Free, paid

Grades: K-8

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Fun visuals and characters help kids pick relaxation scripts to fit their needs.

Cons: Most relaxation scripts are audio only, which some students may find inaccessible.

Bottom line: If you’re someone who needs mindfulness-based approaches, Mind Yeti’s characters could be the right fit.

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