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What parents need to know
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- 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
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 9, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 471.60 MB
- Publisher: Sesame Street
- Version: 1.5.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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