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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series adds an important building block to the educational value of the original Sesame Street series by encouraging little ones to think and interact with the show's characters.
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What's the story?
Noggin's lively interactive series PLAY WITH ME SESAME combines classic Sesame Street footage with new segments in which Bert, Ernie, Grover, and Prairie Dawn invite preschoolers to join them in games and activities that involve things like imitating sounds, practicing words and expressions within a specific context, matching colors, dancing, creating art from food, and much more. Young viewers learn to express themselves and are introduced to fundamental concepts critical to reading, developing creativity, math, and science. Young viewers are encouraged to voice their answers and discoveries out loud, preparing them for interacting with the real-life playmates they'll meet in school. Some activities introduce children to computers. For example, Bert shows viewers how to arrange oatmeal in a bowl into an artsy design, then he encourages kids to go online at noggin.com and create their own oatmeal masterpiece.
Is it any good?
Like the time-tested Sesame Street series, Play with Me Sesame is one of the most wholesome and enlightening programs out there for toddlers, and you can't beat those funny, adorable Muppets when it comes to learning while laughing. Not only do kids get to revisit classic skits they might have seen on the original show (which could be great fun for parents as well), they also get a chance to "talk" with the characters during the new segments, which really engages them and makes the viewing experience even more fun and valuable.
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