Self-Control Games and Shows

These techy tools can help preschoolers with impulse control.
By Holly Pevzner
Mar 17, 2015



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Mar 17, 2015

Preschoolers who viewed a video of Cookie Monster practicing ways to curb his sweet tooth held off from devouring their own treat four minutes longer than kids who watched an unrelated video, according to a new study. “Delaying gratification and impulse control are skills kids need to succeed in school,” says Erin Wilkey Oh of Common Sense Media. To teach them, cue up Cookie Monster’s Me Want It (But Me Wait) on, then try these games and shows:


Kiko’s Thinking Time
10 games help foster executive-function skills like logical reasoning and memory. iPhone, iPad, free. Ages 4+

Fun with Directions HD
Little ones practice following one-, two-, and multi-step instructions. iPad, $16. Ages 4+

Henry Hugglemonster
Henry helps kids understand social dynamics and problem-solving. Disney Junior, free. Ages 3+

An Easy Way to Teach Self-Control
How to Help Kids with Impulse Control

Photo Credit: SolisImages/Thinkstock; app icons courtesy of respective developers

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