Watch the video together with kids. You might ask:

  • Why did Elmo want to be inside his fort?
  • If you had a fort like this, what would you bring inside?
  • What does Elmo say that you can remind yourself of when you’re scared or worried? (“I can feel safe.”)

If you can, consider helping kids cope by building a quick and easy indoor fort. Drape one or two sheets or blankets over any combination of the following: a few chairs, a table, or the sturdy edges of a couch or bookshelf. You might add pillows, cushions, stuffed animals, more blankets, or a flashlight and books. (Kids might want a grown-up in their fort with them, or they may want it to be a space just for them. Ask them what they would prefer, and respect their request.)