Sesame Street and Headspace for Kids Launch Meditation and Mindfulness Youtube Shorts
Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Grover learn mindfulness techniques in a variety of YouTube videos from Headspace for Kids.
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Examples of Monster Meditation shorts include the following:
- Cookie Monster is impatiently waiting for his cookies to finish baking, so Puddicombe teaches a game called "I Sense" to teach him patience
- Elmo is having difficulty sleeping because he wants to play, so Puddicombe introduces Elmo to a wind-down activity to help him relax and fall asleep.
“With today’s unprecedented uncertainty, children may be experiencing a range of big emotions like anger, frustration, disappointment, and nervousness,” Rosemarie Truglio, P.h.D., SVP of Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop said in a press release. “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.”
Headspace for Kids offers exercises for kids and their parents to teach the basics of mindfulness through breathing exercises, visualizations, and meditation. Headspace for Kids' visualization exercises aim to teach kids about openness and generosity.