Developed by: Night and Day Studio, Inc.
Play peekaboo with your furry friends from Sesame Street! Learn the names of characters and their favorite things. We love this app for its exploration of setting and character traits on a level that even the youngest users can understand.
Prepare to use the app by introducing this activity.
What’s in a Name? Talk to your child about the meaning of names. Even though we are all people, we each have our own name, too. You might have a cat as a pet, but what is its name? Then explain to your child that you are going to learn the names of Sesame Street characters.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Repeat after me. Encourage your child to repeat the names of the characters and objects that they see and hear. If they are not yet able to articulate them, they will still benefit from hearing you repeat the words. Point out the letters that spell the names and words on the screen. When they are ready, ask them to tell you each letter they see.
- Character traits. Help your child describe the color and/or clothing of each Sesame Street character. Talk to them about the importance of the objects the characters have. What is Big Bird doing with a book? What book do you think it is? Why does Ernie have a rubber duckie? Do you think rubber duckie is a special toy? When do you think Ernie plays with rubber duckie the most?
- Continue the story. After the green door closes, what does each character do? Does Elmo go eat a snack in the kitchen? Do Cookie Monster and Bert clean up their toys in the living room? Encourage your child to make up little stories like this, or if they are not yet able, invent them yourself for your child to hear!
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- Street talk. Take a walk through your neighborhood. Point out each street and its name on a sign. What purpose do streets serve? What would happen if streets all had the same name or no names at all? Help your child make observations as you walk. Are there buildings? Houses? Trees? Trash cans? Stores? Doors? Steps? Sidewalks? The next time you use the app, compare what things you saw in real life with the things you see on Sesame Street.
- Puppet show! Sesame Street contains some of the most famous puppets today. Help your child put on a puppet show. Pick out a few furry puppets of your own, or visit a library that has puppets. No puppets in either place? Not to worry, you can make your own using brown paper lunch bags decorated with googly eyes, crayons, and markers, or using just your hands and a flashlight in a dark room to create shadow puppets. Teach your child how to give each puppet a voice by raising or lowering their own. Can they make a funny voice? A soft voice? A booming, loud voice? Create a story for the puppets or suggest that the puppets recreate one of your child’s favorite picture books. Now put on the show!