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Each segment includes a simple mindfulness technique (belly breathing, use of a calming glitter jar) that kids and families could practice together.
You can handle disappointment. Deep breathing and other calming practices can help you move through big feelings. Getting presents is fun, but so is giving them. Imagination and pretend play are often as fun as the "real" thing.
Positive Role Models
Esme and her monster pal Roy are fun-loving, creative monster babysitters. They work really well together to solve problems. Esme knows a lot about mindfulness techniques that can help upset monsters move through big feelings. Esme has medium dark brown skin with curly hair pulled back into a high Afro puff. Roy is a yellow monster with a big belly. All other characters are monsters of various colors, shapes, and sizes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Esme & Roy: Holiday Spirit/Snow Worries is a holiday themed episode of the popular HBO series about a monster babysitter duo, human girl, Esme and boy monster, Roy. Whether it's anticipating a visit from gift-bearing Furry Claws or playing in the snow, the tot monsters are going to face challenges they need help solving. Resourceful Esme (voiced by Millie Davis) to the rescue, always ready with simple mindful behaviors that help rattled young creatures settle down. Roy (voiced by Patrick McKenna) and Esme then decide on some other fun plan or project. With an identical format to the series (fun activity-challenge-disappointment-mindfulness technique-new fun activity) and catchy, soothing songs, little fans of the show will appreciate the predictable pattern they know so well. Parents will appreciate the calming behaviors each segment emphasizes. An excellent choice to get little ones in the holiday spirit.
Is It Any Good?
This comforting and cheery winter holiday special is just the thing to celebrate the season with little viewers. This full-of-fun offering from Sesame Workshop, Esme & Roy: Holiday Spirit/Snow Worries, distinguishes itself with the high kid-appeal mindful behaviors it shares. The simple behaviors Esme teaches her monster charges are a great jumping off point for families to teach and practice any manner of self-calming techniques, which certainly do come in handy during busy and sometimes stressful holiday preparations. The animation is full of bright colors, soft edges, and glowing details, and the winter theme amps up the soft and cozy feel. Positive modeling of teamwork and problem-solving -- paired with super relatable scenarios that create intense feelings -- make this a show that just gets little kids. Make some hot cocoa, pull up a blanket, and settle in for a short holiday break with Esme, Roy, and your little monster.
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