GoNoodle – The Website That Gets Kids Moving!
As I discovered last year while doing classroom help, there’s a way to let kids have as much screen time as they like and still be active. It’s a website and app (free!) called GoNoodle, and it’s currently used by more than 12 million children worldwide every month.
The concept is simple – there are hundreds of videos that turn movement into a game, and active minutes can even be logged and tracked. Kids can run, jump, dance, stretch, or do mindfulness or yoga activities for when it’s time to chill out.
It’s not just loved by children and parents, but by teachers too, as a way of improving behaviour and attention spans. My daughters’ primary school use it across several grade levels, and the kids can’t get enough!
The videos fall into several categories: guided dancing, stretching, coordination, free movement, sports and exercise, kinaesthetic learning, and calming. There are 19 different channels, including the super cool Zumba Kids.
With a mixture of animated and live action clips, kids can get silly, energetic, and playful, and speaking from personal experience, GoNoodle manages to rope in other family members of all ages – some of the guided dancing is too fun to resist!
The only downside I’ve found so far is having to listen to certain whacky songs that the kids adore, over and over (enough of the ‘Macarena’ already, I thought I’d left that behind in the ’90s!) Naturally these tend to be the same songs that make adults twitchy after a couple of repetitions, but at least you know you’re temporarily sacrificing your sanity for something that has multiple benefits for your kids.
Fun, education, exercise and screen time – it’s the one website that ticks all the boxes!