A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show incorporates basic preschool skills like counting and color recognition in many of the episodes.
Esme and Roy help youngsters express their feelings and identify the situations that challenge them, such as anger management and staying on task. As guardians work with them to find solutions, they model positive social behavior, solve problems creatively, encourage kids to think outside the box and expand comfort zone by trying new things, making discoveries. General themes of kindness, helpfulness in Esme and Roy's eagerness to assist their community.
Positive Role Models
Esme is outgoing, likes to try new things. Roy is more timid, introspective, but always rises to the occasion, goes to great lengths to help others. Together these babysitters mentor their charges and demonstrate courageous behavior like overcoming fear, being mindful of their emotions.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Esme & Roy is a Sesame Workshop show about two friends who help their community by taking care of young monsters and helping them overcome challenges through mindful behavior practices. In each episode, Esme (a human girl voiced by Millie Davis) and Roy (a large furry monster voiced by Patrick McKenna) babysit for a preschool-age monster who's troubled by some kind of fear or habit. The duo helps identify the concern and express its effects before coming up with an imaginative way to explore solutions through interactive play and active techniques like breathing and self-talk. This thoughtful series has exceptional takeaways for parents and preschoolers, who can use similar practices in their own lives. With original music that emphasizes each episode's theme and pre-reading skills like counting and color identification incorporated in the stories, this series has lots to offer.
Is It Any Good?
They're an unusual pair, but these sweet sitters are just what the doctor ordered when it comes to helping youngsters work through their feelings. Esme and Roy engage the tots through imaginative play using costumes and props from a magical bag that transforms into whatever they need that day. Got a picky eater? Esme's restaurant might be just the thing to encourage him to try new foods. Thunderstorms strike fear in a little one? Roy's gentle example can help kids recognize the signs and practice self-calming techniques.
Esme & Roy's thoughtful approach to self-awareness and mindful behavior makes it an excellent tool for families and caretakers to use in teaching similar skills to kids. The monsters' struggles with self-control, anxiety, and adaptation to change likely will be familiar to preschoolers, and even if the specifics don't relate to your kids' experiences, the broader emotions will. As youngsters watch the characters face and conquer their challenges, they may be inspired to better address their own with some grown-up help.
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