Posted on May. 23, 2014 (
If you walk through MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center on any given day, it’s likely you’ll hear a song from the movie Frozen playing.
"Frozen music videos have been very popular these days," says Kristen K. Bishop, Certified Child Life Specialist. "We use YouTube to stream music videos to distract kids from needle pokes and other procedures."
In the age of smartphones and tablets, apps are another popular way Child Life Specialists help kids get through uncomfortable things at the hospital. Here are the team’s top five apps.
1. Fruit Ninja
Touted as the greatest fruit slicing game in the world! Fruit Ninja invites kids to unleash their inner samurai. Finger swipes across the screen slice and dice fruit such as watermelons and apples as they fly into view. Available in the iTunes app store for 99 cents.
2. Coloring +
This app comes in two versions, free and $2.99. A digital coloring book with a range of pictures to color and effects to choose from. Themes include holidays, dinosaurs, monsters, magic and insects. Players choose form 24 colors and simply touch a picture to fill it in.
3. Piano Pals
This app blends the sounds of a barnyard with color, counting and music and presents them as a playful piano. Additional themes includes a safari and the arctic for purchase. Each theme is 99 cents each, all four cost $2.99.
4. Mr. Potato Head
This app brings the classic toy to life on a touch screen for $4.99. The creative opportunities seem endless with more than 200 parts to mix and match and different backdrops to choose from. Kids can save their favorite creations with the photo and sharing feature.
5.Talking Tom 2
Tom is a cat and he will repeat anything and everything kids say to him. He purrs if players rub his belly, jumps to the ceiling if he’s scared and can be dressed as a pirate or cowboy. The app is free and also includes min-games and a video recording feature so kids can share their favorite Tom moments.
Do you have a favorite app or technique for keeping your kids comfortable during hospital visits? Tell us in the comments.
Jen Rittenhouse is the social media manager for MultiCare and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. She writes stories that connect people with hospitals, health care and each other. You can reach her at [email protected]
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