The Sesame Street friends introduce their special comfort items.
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.
We’re Not Alone
A music video on the power of community connections.
1, 2, 3, Color Me
Sitting quietly and coloring together is a stress-reliever for adults and children alike.
I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
A song about the power of human connections.
Trauma and the Body
An article on the effects of violence on children.
I Can Stay Safe
It’s important for children to know several people they can turn to when something goes wrong.
Using These Resources: Violence
Article about the Sesame Street Community & Gun Violence initiative.
Community Conversation: Community Violence
Many communities are unfortunately impacted by community violence, but there are people and organizations striving to help. You can, too!