Mindfulness and meditation are excellent tools for kids of all ages. However, it’s difficult to teach these concepts to small children with lessons geared toward adults. Enter, the Sesame Street and Headspace partnership.
Yesterday, they announced a joint venture to package simple meditation and mindfulness concepts for children. From the press release:
“With today’s unprecedented uncertainty, children may be experiencing a range of big emotions like anger, frustration, disappointment, and nervousness,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP of Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop. “Through ‘Monster Meditations,’ we are modeling an array of mindfulness strategies and activities to help children manage and regulate their emotions. Whether taking slow, deep belly breaths, shifting attention by playing a game of I-Spy, or repeating affirmation self-talk phrases, we’re helping kids pay attention to what is happening around and inside of them.”
What does that look like? Here’s the first in a series of six shorts scheduled to release biweekly on YouTube and YouTube Kids. In this episode, Cookie Monster learns to manage his impatience over cookies that are taking too long to bake.
Keep an eye on the Sesame Street YouTube channel for more micro-meditations for kids.
While you’re at it, if you’re looking for help talking to your kids about the coronavirus, we have some helpful tips here.