Launch Comfy-Cozy Nest

Through this interactive activity, children can begin to explore strategies for calming and comforting themselves. When Big Bird has big feelings, he creates a safe place in his imagination, a big nest filled with all his favorite things – like birdseed cookies and a picture of Granny Bird. Children can explore the concept of a safe place through helping Big Bird decorate his safe place.

You can use this tool when kids need calming down, or any time at all. Introduce the idea of a safe place—a place you can go in your imagination to feel safe and calm (all kids and adults can benefit from this strategy)!

Explain that when Big Bird has big feelings, he creates a safe place—a big nest—in his imagination. But he needs to practice this strategy, and he’ll need kids’ help:

  • taking deep belly breaths to get ready
  • decorating his nest
  • deciding which music to listen to
  • choosing what to do in his nest and paying close attention to each thing as he does it
  • noticing everything he sees and hears around him

Prompt children as needed to help them play the game. When kids are finished, ask, “What were some things you helped Big Bird do?” to see if they can remember any parts of Big Bird’s strategy. The more they play, and the more they see this video and storybook, the more opportunity they have to internalize the strategy to use later.