“Llama Llama Mad At Mama”
Llama Llama is on a long and boring shopping trip with Mama Llama and can’t take one more minute! With Mama’s help, he cleans up the mess he makes and calms down.
“Lenny and Lucy”
When Peter and his dad move, Peter is scared in his new house. As he acclimates, he uses some concrete tools to help him fight his fears.
“Inside Out” is arguably the best movie for kids about emotions, but it’s better for a slightly older audience. For the littlest moviegoers, these titles offer positive role models and strong examples.
Elsa is taught to keep all her difficult feelings in check, with terrible results. Her sister, Anna, is impulsive and acts on a whim. They ultimately learn the power of love and emotional balance.
“The Peanuts Movie”
Charlie Brown isn’t known for success, but in this movie version, he keeps trying to reach his goal despite his frustration (and is ultimately recognized for his strength of character).
“Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”
A fairy has to learn about how to stop and think about balancing one’s own needs and interests in relation to the community’s.
No one can quite match the magic of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” or the timeless wisdom of “Sesame Street” when it comes to guidance about strong feelings, but here are some other shows that can help kids cope.
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”
In the updated spin-off of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” an animated Daniel interacts with family and friends and learns self-regulation skills in the form of catchy songs.
As she fixes all manner of toys whose problems mirror real-life troubles, Doc teaches kids about lots of issues, including feelings.
Henry navigates relatable ins and outs of a preschooler’s day-to-day interactions, including tricky emotions.
Though we often turn to apps for traditional learning such as the ABCs and math, some selections deal with “soft” skills, such as social-emotional learning, including the following picks.
Before kids can manage their feelings, they need to be able to identify them. As kids see animals react to costumes and situations in different ways, they can learn about various emotions.
—Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame
What should you do when things are upsetting? This app walks kids through several familiar situations in which they might need to manage their emotions and gives them a practical process to apply to their own feelings.
—Settle Your Glitter
Like a real-world jar full of glitter, this app gives kids a visual marker as they calm down. Breathing Bubbles is another app by the same developer that offers a concrete strategy for when stress strikes.
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