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Sesame Street Yourself

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Lighthearted fun, songs, dress up masks, in-app purchases.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to express themselves creatively as they try on different masks and make faces at themselves.

Ease of Play

Navigation is easy, but young kids may need help aligning themselves in the camera and staying there.

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The free download includes one activity pack. Additional packs are locked, but available as in-app purchases for $1.99 each or $7.99 as a pack of five. A parent gate pops up when kids tap on locked content.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sesame Street Yourself uses augmented reality (AR) to let kids feel like they're dressing up like and singing along with Sesame Street characters. Parents need to allow access to their device's camera for the AR features to work. Kids may need help holding and keeping the device so that camera captures their face and puts in the correct spot on the screen. Kids can watch and sing along with songs, play simple games, and dress up their face using masks and accessories (think Snapchat-like filters). The free download comes with the Let's Celebrate activity pack that includes one dress up game, one interactive game, two songs, and three masks. Additional themed activity packs are available for in-app purchases at $1.99 each or $7.99 for a package of five. Upon opening the app for the first time, parents must agree to the terms and conditions and the privacy policy. A simple summary lets parents know that any saved videos and photos are stored locally on your device; no data gets sent to the developer or any third party. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Parents need to allow access to their device's camera and agree to the terms and conditions and privacy policy to get started with SESAME STREET YOURSELF. Once in, kids adjust the camera so that their face appears inside a circle on the screen. Suddenly, their face turns into Elmo's face (or other Sesame Street characters), and kids are invited to sing along to a song. From the main, kids can also choose from games (e.g., kids must open their mouths to make Elmo eat triangle-shaped foods), dress up activities in which kids try on different masks and accessories, or song videos without the AR option. Kids can watch or save videos or photos of them participating in the activities.

Is it any good?

Kids will get lots of laughs becoming their favorite characters from that oh-so-famous street, though parents should be aware of lots of opportunities for in-app purchases. Kids can see and take pictures of their faces on Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, and more and accessorize with hats, bows, and so on. Song videos allow kids to get even more involved in the action as they record and watch videos of themselves singing along with their pals from Sesame Street. Some special AR functions are an interesting addition and allow for unique ways for kids to interact with the app. For instance, when kids are wearing an Elmo mask and open their mouth, Elmo's mouth opens too. And in one game, kids have to eat a target shaped food by opening their mouth at the right time to catch the right foods. One strange part is that kids are invited to sing along or make videos of themselves with their masks on, but there doesn't seem to be any sound recording while they're doing it. There's lots of locked content to entice kids, so parents should be prepared to discuss whether or not their willing to make any in-app purchases. And though Sesame Street Yourself carries a well-known educational brand, and is labeled educational in the app store, there's no real learning content to speak of. Rather, Sesame Street Yourself is an opportunity for silly fun and giggles -- all of which is even better when shared with a parent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Sesame Street Yourself is fun. Do your kids know the Sesame Street characters? Which one would they most like to be? Why? Would this kind of game be just as fun with characters your kid doesn't know?

  • Make play time together time. Play, sing, and laugh together for some good family fun. Take turns placing your face in the action - or use the multiplayer function - and watch the videos and photos you make.

  • Before your hand over the device, talk to your kids about your policy for making in-app purchases. Are you be willing to buy any additional activity packs? And if so, how many?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (one activity pack free; additional packs $1.99 each or $7.99 for a pack of five)
  • Release date: November 9, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 659.70 MB
  • Publisher: Weyo Pty Ltd
  • Version: 1.0.6
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.1 or later
  • Last updated: December 03, 2019

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