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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Why we like it

This cute app teaches young children important emotional skills that they can practice while helping the Seasame Street monster calm down (e.g. deep breathing, planning). The app also includes a parent resource section that helps familes learn how to deal with everyday challenges. Bonus: this app is available in Spanish & English. Perfect for kids 4 and older. Learn more about this app

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About Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

This is a resource app for you to share with your child to help teach skills such as problem solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence.

Laugh and learn as you help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges. This bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem-solving. Tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Your child will enjoy silly animations and playful interactions as she is exposed to important emotional vocabulary, a calm breathing technique, personalized encouragements, and more!

• Explore five interactive activities with a unique, everyday challenge
• Tap, pop bubbles, and more to help the monster breathe, think, and do to solve problems and feel better
• Personalize encouraging phrases that your child will hear as they help the monster think of a plan
• ”Breathe with the Monster” activity to help children practice taking deep breaths to calm down
• Robust Parent Section with great resources for navigating everyday challenges with your young child

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is intended for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5).

This app is part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience, and overcome everyday challenges and more stressful situations and transitions.

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Hopster Saturday Club

Why we like it

Cartoon characters help kids identify a range of emotions. Although targeted towards preschool aged children, it may benefit older kids with difficulty identifying emotions. More about this app

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About Hopster Saturday Club for Kid

Understanding emotions can be a difficult concept for young kids to fully grasp, whether it’s their own feelings or the emotional state of others.

‘Hopster Saturday Club: Empathy’ is a fantastic game designed to develop kid’s fundamental social and emotional literacy skills. As they play the mini-games they will begin to recognize and understand different emotions and learn lots of new ‘feelings words’ to describe how they and the characters are feeling.

Developed with the support of EmpathyLab, a UK not-for-profit organization that inspires children to understand empathy and put it into action, the game builds on primary school activities designed to build real-life empathy skills.

Your child will learn to:

  • Recognize facial expressions
  • Use emotional vocabulary
  • Match feelings and expressions
  • Understand their own emotions
  • Feel and show empathy for others

Game features:

  • Match emotions to character expressions
  • Create your own expressions with Saturday Club characters
  • Keep track of feelings with the emotions calendar

With this game and Hopster’s Saturday Club show, we want to help promote overall emotional literacy in kids, so they can express how they feel and recognize feelings in others more readily.

‘Saturday Club’ is Hopster’s animated show that explores emotions & empathy for preschoolers. The cartoon follows the adventures of 4 friends – Tian, Jo, Suzie, Jamie – as they act out situations and put themselves in others’ shoes to better understand how others feel.

The importance of preschool kids learning empathy:

  • Children with a strong sense of empathy are more likely to be resilient, patient, and tolerant of difference
  • Make better decisions and are more likely to reject negative peer pressure and bullying
  • They develop strong social bonds with others
  • Linked to achieving success in school and beyond