Go Noodle is an app/website that is host to a wide variety of videos and activities aimed at children ages four through ten. The videos aim to help children build up their flexibility and self-awareness skills while also getting them to combine screen time with fun physical activities like dancing. For users of the website version of Go Noodle, downloadable and printable activities can be used to follow up with activities. Vamos, a video channel, provides some of the site’s activities for a Spanish-speaking audience.
When the user enters the site or clicks on the app, they see a variety of content to choose from. The user can search by topic, by video channel, or even by prompt, such as “Show me something silly” or “Show me something quiet.” The site will then select relevant content for the child based on what they selected. Each video is designed to engage children in a way that adds value to screen time. The site’s catchy songs will get children excited, encourage singing along, and promote a healthy lifestyle filled with play-based physical activity. The site also features activities centering around self-awareness skills, such as breathing exercises, yoga poses, and positive self-affirmations.
Go Noodle is free to use and is available online, on iOS and Android. Some features require the use of the Go Noodle website and are not available on the mobile platforms.
Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.
There are several activities on Go Noodle that can help children practice their self-awareness skills. For example, a series of videos featuring the Peanuts characters talks about knowing when to speak up, expressing gratitude, and caring for others. There are breathing exercises and mindfulness activities for children who are stressed, overwhelmed, or experiencing other types of “big feelings.” For a child who is struggling with self-awareness or even self-control, trying one or two activities a day on the site and then talking about the experience could help practice this skill in a safe and fun way.
Flexibility: Trying something new.
Whether it’s cooking, dancing, strength training, or learning about braille, Go Noodle has a video for it! This site/app is a great way for kids to learn and engage in a variety of activities they might not even know they were interested in. For users who struggle with trying new things, watching one new video every few days and trying a new activity alongside it can gently introduce this concept without seeming overwhelming. And because Go Noodle features high energy songs and dances, the prospect of trying something new can seem more fun than daunting.
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