Everybody loves Sesame Street and the goofy, endearing characters that have made generations of kids eager to learn–without knowing it! Always at the forefront of early childhood education, Sesame Street sponsors an innovative interactive website that we love. The site features silly Cookie Monster, lovable Big Bird, and the entire Sesame Street gang in an array of games, videos, songs, and more for young children and their parents, and it’s all free!
In the games section, children choose from a library of engaging activities. With Cookie Kart Racing, for example, they build a racecar and pick a course, then maneuver their car while collecting only the specified items, like a pentagon. This is a simple game that helps kids learn about shapes, as well as to pay attention and follow directions while improving their dexterity. Count Me to Sheep is another option; this game is self-explanatory and features, who else? The Count!
Sesame playlists are a collection of fun and educational games and videos organized around a curricular theme. Each playlist includes seven games and videos that teach valuable lessons like sharing. In one story, Elmo has cookies and Zoe has milk. “Elmo has something Zoe wants and Zoe has something Elmo likes; put both things together and share,” goes the song. In another lesson, kids learn the alphabet through colorful tales and familiar friends.
Under the “Muppets” tab, children can choose their favorite characters. Pick Snuffleupagus and watch Big Bird teach him to write a story. He encourages, instructs and inspires kids to use their imaginations and create, which we parents love.
In addition, children have the option to print dozens of pictures, such as Baby Bear Waves Hello and Rosita’s Friendly Face, and color them. They also can color online with the handy tools and save, print or share their artwork via email.
Another thing we love about the site is “My Street,” an easy, free way you can create a personalized Sesame Street web page for your child. You can add favorite games, videos, playlists, and photos to your page.
For parents, the site offers toolkits that help you choose what game or video you want to share with your child. There are also instructions to make crafts, such as Mini Muppet Finger Puppets, and recipes like Grover’s Broccoli Trees in Haystacks. The fun goes on and on, at the website and right in your home!
To bring Sesame Street into your family’s life, you’ll need Adobe Flash, which is easy to download. We highly recommend the Sesame Street website. It’s a super fun way to engage children so they can learn, create, and get a jump on social etiquette, and it’s a terrific resource for parents, too!