Sesame Street Family Play
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they can discover real-world games to play with their kids by using Sesame Street Family Play. The app includes instructions for 150 simple games categorized by location of play. The games are designed to be led by parents or caregivers and played with common, everyday items. Game options include At Home (in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom), Away from Home (outdoors, in a restaurant, shopping, or waiting), or Traveling (in a car, plane, or train/bus or on a walk). At Home games are included in the $0.99 purchase price, and other categories are available for in-app purchase. In addition to location, the app also suggests games based on number of kids playing. Once parents read the ideas and items needed for these simple games, they can play them as many times as desired without a mobile device.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Engaging parent-child games that are easy to play offline are at the heart of Sesame Street Family Play. This app provides a bundle of game ideas and the opportunity to skip ideas until you find just the right one for your location, time, and preferences.
By playing these simple Sesame Street education-team-approved games with their parents or caregivers, kids can learn such things as critical thinking, self-regulation, memorization, healthy habits, letters, numbers, and science concepts. Skills practiced are highlighted at the end of each game.
Parents must read the descriptions of and instructions for the games, but the information is brief and simple. The parent section of this app offers videos and a weekly Sesame Street-approved parent tip.
What's it about?
Open the app and read, "Where are you?" Then choose from At Home (in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom), Away from Home (outdoors, in a restaurant, shopping, or waiting), or Traveling (in a car, plane, or train/bus or on a walk). Tap on the number of kids playing (from one to four or more). Read the name of the game, the object of the game, and what you need to play. Tap "Play this game" or "Show me another game" to view more relevant choices.
Is it any good?
For parents who are looking for an alternative to screen time to keep their kids occupied and learning at home, in the car, or when traveling long distances, this app is simple, old-fashioned fun with a modern tech twist. The games all include a Sesame Street character's endorsement ("Hey, buddy! Ernie has a game for you!"). Kids can learn important skills as they have lots of fun with a mom, dad, or caregiver.
The lists of instructions for the offline games are organized in a very pragmatic way, according to where parents may find themselves with kids in need of something fun to fill time or of bringing some fun to a mundane activity -- bath time, car rides, dinner prep time, and more. The items needed to play games are typical around-the-house stuff, such as cups, balls, stuffed animals, or a bag. SESAME STREET FAMILY PLAY offers lots of ideas for playing real-world games and discovering new ways to interact with your kids to promote learning and banish everyday doldrums anywhere, anytime.
Families can talk about...
Daily transition times in the car, kitchen, or bathtub can be great opportunities for fun activities, such as the games on this app. Try a new one each day to mix things up, or play a favorite one at the same time to create a routine.
Many of the games suggested by Sesame Street Family Play borrow ideas from classic childhood games. What are some other games you remember from your childhood you can introduce to your kids?
Check out the "New on the Street" kid-protected area to read the parent tip of the week, videos, recipes, and more.