Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Listed in: Early learning (children with a disability)  ADHD  Anxiety  Autism-spectrum disorder  
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

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Supported languages:

English / Spanish



App for parents with children under five to help them deal calmly with problems and frustration. 

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English / Spanish

Countries of use

Countries where these languages are spoken




Sesame Workshop, the US-based non-profit educational organisation
(Based in United States)


Sesame Workshop, the US-based non-profit educational organisation

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Sesame Workshop, the US-based non-profit educational organisation


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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is intended for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5).
The aim is for parents and child to use the app together to learn skills including:

  • Problem-solving
  • Self-control
  • Planning
  • Sticking to tasks in the face of challenges.

The app teaches an approach to calming down - “Breathe, Think, Do” by encouraging children to help the monster in the app to:

  • Take deep breaths
  • Think of plans to solve a problem
  • Try them out.

The app includes:

  • Five interactive activities with common challenges
  • Games to help the monster breathe, think, and do to solve problems and feel better
  • Encouraging phrases personalised for the child
  • A ”Breathe with the Monster” activity to help children practise taking deep breaths to calm down 
  • A Robust Parent Section with resources for navigating everyday child challenges resiliently.

Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)  ·  Medical


Reviewer: Jeff Haynes, not-for-profit organisations Common sense media and

“For some kids, managing everyday feelings can be a big challenge.  Apps like ‘Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame’ can model more productive ways to deal with emotions.
The app shows kids a familiar face from Sesame St having trouble with something such as tying their shoes or going to bed. The app helps kids realise that everyone has moments like this in their lives.
And it also shows them how to use calming exercises like breathing deeply along with a monster friend. That can help kids manage their frustration.”

Usage: Not specified

Reviewer: US not-for-profit organisation

“Sesame Street once again delivers a helpful and valuable educational experience with Breathe, Think, and Do with Sesame.
Kids may quickly make their way through the five scenarios, but each is worth revisiting, especially in the moment if kids are struggling with a particular problem. 
Don't miss the parent section, which is chock-full of free resources such as tips and strategies (including video clips to watch with kids), as well as options to personalize the encouraging audio messages kids hear when playing the app, which can be played in English or Spanish…


…Kids and a blue monster tackle everyday frustrations -- such as struggling to tie shoes, dealing with separation anxiety, taking turns, and going to bed -- and learn how to deal with them. Kids have to work through one of the five problems before unlocking the next. Animated video clips show the blue monster's problem, and then kids tap his belly to help him breathe deeply and calm down. When the monster is calm, kids tap thought bubbles, which produce three possible strategies. Kids get to choose which strategy the monster will try, and then they see him attempt it in another animated video clip. The technique of breathing, thinking, and doing is reinforced throughout.”

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