Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” and Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app, have teamed up for a new project aimed at helping kids relax during their bedtime routines. “Goodnight, World!” is a series of podcasts — released every Sunday — that will use mindfulness and meditation techniques to help kids wind down.
The podcast will reimagine Headspace’s popular sleepcast format — designed to help adults fall asleep — to instead help children transition from their busy day to napping or bedtime.
Each episode will have a different sleep journey, guided by one of the characters from “Sesame Street.” The episodes will also feature a soothing soundscape of music and relaxing sounds, evoking favorite Sesame Street locations like Abby Cadabby’s fairy garden or Big Bird’s nest.
Gabriela Arenas, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President of Licensing, North America, told Businesswire, “Beyond bedtime and naptime, mindfulness is a powerful tool to help kids calm their bodies and regulate their emotions, skills that set them up for success in school and in life. We’re thrilled to work with Headspace to make the practice accessible to families everywhere!”
Some of the techniques used in the “sleep journey” meditations include belly breathing, visualizations, and affirming self-talk. The idea is that, at the end of each episode, kids will be “ready” for sleep, and free from some of the anxieties associated with bedtime.
In addition to “Goodnight, World!”, Headspace and Sesame Workshop are working with Random House Children’s Books to adapt their Monster Meditation series into a six-volume series of board books. The series is expected to release its first edition on June 29.
The new podcast is out now and can be found on all major podcast distribution platforms, as well as on Headspace. You can learn more about “Goodnight, World!” here.
Watch the compilation of Sesame Street Monster Meditations below.