Watch the video together with children, pointing out that each friend has a comfort item. Stuffed animals and blankets can build a sense of security and help children feel soothed during tough, unstable times. Pieces of cloth, clothing from a loved one (especially a parent), pet rocks, or simply “favorite things” like a photo of a loved one can also be comfort items. Children can sleep with, hug, hold, rub, “take care of,” or talk to their comfort items. 

Ask children about their comfort items: How long have they had them? What do they love about them? Do they have names? Tell children they can talk to their comfort item when they are scared, mad, or sad—or anytime! 

For children who move around a lot or live in shelters that limit what families can bring (or whose living situation does not allow them many items), comfort can come from an imagination activity like Comfy Cozy Nest, in which Big Bird imagines his perfect safe place.