My four year old Floyd has recently become more obsessed with using his iPad. I don’t restrict screen time in our home, just the content of what the kids are watching, playing and downloading. For his older sisters with extensive dance and gymnastics classes after school they get more than their fair share of exercise. Floyd however only has his three days of kindergarten weekly before he heads off to big school next year. There is no sports for him yet, so when we were given the chance to review a brand new app on the market that would combine his love of the iPad with getting a dose of physical exercise to boot I was excited!
The Kids Coach was created by Perth Occupational Therapist Ms Roisin Sullivan and her husband, Mr Jamie Jones, a Fitness Instructor. It is a series of 15-20 minute interactive fitness videos for children, which can be done anywhere, anytime – turning their screen time into a much more active experience.
Designed for kids aged 4-10 years the videos help develop skills including gross motor skills, core stability, balance, coordination and proprioception all in a fun and interactive way. The Health Department’s Guidelines recommend that children aged 5- 12 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day and that it should include a variety of aerobic activities.
The Kid’s Coach is available for download on itunes or google play now. The episodes cost just $1.99US ($2.63AUD) each. For more information visit www.thekidscoach.com.au
So what did we think?
The Price: Considering what we have purchased before on devices (games costing up to $10 each) $2.63 for 15-20 minutes of screen time that can be used over and over again and is benefitting my children’s health and wellbeing is a bargain.
The Benefits: The Kids Coach got my son up, moving and exercising while having fun. He easily followed the videos, he was proud of himself for doing them and he was less hyperactive afterwards. He now asks himself to do his “special exercises”
The Ease of Use: Easy to download and use time and time again. He can use it inside, outside, at the park, anywhere the iPad goes and there is a bit of room it can be used. The exercise were easy to follow, age appropriate and most of all fun.
It’s Fun: He has fun concentrating while following the exercises. Kids like physical activity and moving their bodies!
It’s Easy: Floyd followed all the videos easily, from the warmup to the end of the videos. Being four if something doesn’t interest him he moves on quickly – he manages the entire videos easily and without distraction.
Having his own activity: The Kids Coach (so far!) is only on his iPad. This is his activity he does daily, and only his. He enjoys feeling like a big boy taking his iPad outside to do his daily workout.
Thanks to The Kids Coach I am giving away two prize packs! Each prize pack includes:
- The Kids Coach Tshirt (boys or girls colour depending on winning child)
- The Kids Coach stickers
- The Kids Coach carry bag
- A $10 iTunes or GooglePlay voucher to download the episode (depending on winner’s preference)
To enter: Like and comment on The Kids Coach post on my Facebook page. Visit The Kid’s Coach on Facebook. Liking and sharing is appreciated.
Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Unlimited entry applies. This giveaway ends 29.5.17 9PM AEST and winners are randomly drawn via random.org. Delivery to an Australian address is included. Mum To Five will not be liable for any lost, stolen or misplaced prizes. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.
Note: We received a prize pack as listed above for the purpose of this review thanks to The Kids Coach.