Launch Making It Work

Make new choices each time you play the game. You can also:

  • Ask your children, “How do your friends on Sesame Street feel when things don’t go according to plan? Have you ever had big feelings like that?” Talk about specific times when they themselves have felt frustrated, or annoyed, or angry.
  • Brainstorm ideas for calming down. Start with the ways Elmo and his friends use: popping bubbles, finding shapes, taking deep breaths. Together, think of other strategies that might help. Hugging a favorite toy? Putting on music? Make a list, using words and pictures, that can be used next time big feelings need to be worked out. Then try again, perhaps with a new twist.