Play Comfy-Cozy Nest

By helping Big Bird practice an important coping strategy, kids can explore and rehearse it 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. 

With this interactive game, children can explore the concept of a safe place by helping Big Bird decorate his safe place. 

You might use this tool when children need soothing—or any time at all. First, use the video or storybook to 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)! 

Then, explain that Big Birds needs to practice the strategy Alan taught him, and he’ll need help. Children can then: 

  • take deep belly breaths to get ready 
  • decide which music to listen to 
  • decorate the nest 
  • choose calming, focusing activities 

Help children play the game. Afterward, ask, “What were some things you helped Big Bird do?” and “Do you remember any parts of Big Bird’s strategy?”  

The more they play, and the more they watch the video and read the storybook, the more likely they are to remember the strategy later, when they might need it.