We have been exploring the Sesame Street App ‘Breathe, think, do’. It is an interactive app that presents everyday challenges that children can identify with and teaches them the required skills to solve and overcome each of the scenarios. Some of the skills taught include, problem solving, planning, persistence and self-regulation (Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative).
It highlights 3 underlying principles:
1. When we feel sad or angry about a problem, take 3 deep breaths to calm down and feel better.
2. Once we feel better, think of a plan to solve the problem. Think of at least 3 solutions to give ourselves a few options to fall back on.
3. Once we have thought of the plan, carry it out.
Each plan presented in the game, involves asking an adult for help so that children learn to seek such support if needed.
Engaging in this activity supports The Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes:
1- Children have a strong sense of identity.
2- Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
3- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
It also supports The Wings Program, the social and emotional program for children aged 0-5 which aims to improve their wellbeing during the most formative period of brain development.