With kids cooped up in the house all day long, children are bound to have some extra energy or emotions pent up. Sesame Street has teamed up with Headspace, a leader in mindfulness and meditation, announcing their Monster Meditations that will be on the Sesame Street YouTube channel starting today.
A new short, 3-minute Monster Meditations video will be available on YouTube and YouTube Kids every other week beginning today. In this first episode, cookie monster is feeling impatient while waiting for his cookies to bake. Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe teaches Cookie Monster how to pass the time without becoming frustrated with breathing exercises and sensory activities like “I Sense.”
Each new episode will show the furry muppets in situations kids can relate to, like feeling emotions of frustrations, nervousness, stress, and being overwhelmed, with Andy Puddicombe taking the opportunity to teach the monsters ways to manage their feelings.
“We’re so excited to be partnering with Sesame Street on the new animated shorts,” said Andy Puddicombe. “Learning the fundamentals of mindfulness early in life is an incredibly valuable skill to foster, especially at a time like this, when children and families may be experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety. It not only provides children with a greater sense of calm and clarity, but also helps cultivate the qualities of compassion, creativity, and kindness. In knowing that thoughts and emotions do not have to rule their lives, children can grow up empowered, comfortable with who they are, and free to explore their limitless potential.”
“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.”
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