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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame



Adorable monster de-stresses kids with Sesame Street style.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to deal with frustrating situations using the "breathe, think, do" method. They'll learn to take long, deep belly breaths to calm down, think of a few strategies to handle the problem, and then do those things. They'll develop resilience as they overcome frustrations and challenges on their own. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is a valuable tool for teaching kids how to handle frustrating situations (and a great reminder for adults, too).

Ease of play

Clear verbal instructions tell kids what and when to tap. Preschoolers who can follow simple instructions will have no problem.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Links to other free apps are included in the parent section.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sesame Street once again delivers a helpful and valuable educational experience with Breathe, Think, and Do with Sesame. Kids may quickly make their way through the five scenarios, but each is worth revisiting, especially in the moment if kids are struggling with a particular problem. Don't miss the parent section, which is chock-full of free resources such as tips and strategies (including video clips to watch with kids), as well as options to personalize the encouraging audio messages kids hear when playing the app, which can be played in English or Spanish.

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What's it about?

Sesame Street's newest human resident, Mando (introduced in the fall of 2013), narrates while kids and a blue monster tackle everyday frustrations -- such as struggling to tie shoes, dealing with separation anxiety, taking turns, and going to bed -- and learn how to deal with them. Kids have to work through one of the five problems before unlocking the next. Animated video clips show the blue monster's problem, and then kids tap his belly to help him breathe deeply and calm down. When the monster is calm, kids tap thought bubbles, which produce three possible strategies. Kids get to choose which strategy the monster will try, and then they see him attempt it in another animated video clip. The technique of breathing, thinking, and doing is reinforced throughout.

Is it any good?


Kids learn important life strategies while having fun with familiar Sesame Street characters. Kids will identify with each of the five problems, and they'll not only learn to calm down with deliberate deep breathing, they'll also be introduced to three possible strategies for working through each problem. While waiting for a turn on a slide, for example, kids learn they might sing a song, count items around them, or ask a grown-up for help. The parent section includes even more tips for helping kids develop resilience by giving them tools to solve problems.

Families can talk about...

  • Remind kids to "breathe, think, and do" when they encounter frustrating situations. Try to model the strategy when you're feeling frustrated as well. Little eyes are always watching!

  • Check out the other free, Sesame Street-related Little Children, Big Challenges apps for situations such as divorce, incarceration, and moving.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Skills:Emotional Development: developing resilience, handling stress, moving beyond obstacles
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills, mental health
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 9, 2013
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:283.00 MB
Publisher:Sesame Street
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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