By Susan Yudt,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and more from hundreds of videos and games featuring their favorite Muppets. Like the beloved TV series, SesameStreet.org introduces little ones to preschool and early elementary math and language concepts. Grover, Elmo, Ernie, and the rest of the gang also teach life skills, from brushing your teeth to dealing with feelings. Songs and art activities allow kids to express themselves creatively. Lively content from a trusted brand makes SesameStreet.org educational and fun for both kids and their parents.
There are plenty of good lessons on topics like getting along with others, feelings, and appreciating other cultures.
Products & Purchases
There's a small "sponsored by" ad at the bottom of each page and a "shop" link that goes to SesameWorkshop.org, which has a Sesame store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this highly interactive Sesame Street site is a fun, safe, and educational place for kids to play and learn. Parents can set up playlists of videos and games that even pre-readers can navigate through. Downloadable podcasts allow parents to take shows on the road -- or just watch them later. The PlaySafe feature available on some browsers allows parents to lock a playlist or game page so that kids left to play on their own can't get to other Web sites. (Note: We don't recommend preschoolers surf around online, and if they do, parents should be right next to them.)
Based on 3 parent reviews
Perfect for teaching toddler
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Great Site for the Sesame Street Lover!
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What’s It About?
Elmo, Ernie, Grover, and friends have an online home at SESAMESTREET.ORG, a colorful collection of activities featuring the beloved Muppets. Parents who register on the site (user name and password only, no email) can create a My Street page for their child to store playlists -- collections of favorite videos and games. There's also a section of playlists created by Sesame, organized around subjects and educational themes. A special section for parents provides advice on topics like helping kids cope with stressful events and developing healthy habits.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will have a blast interacting with their furry Muppet friends in the simple yet lively games, while parents will appreciate the breadth of information presented, from tooth brushing for toddlers to simple math and reading for kids about to start school. Slower computers may get a bit bogged down by all the flash animation, but overall, the site is user-friendly, age-appropriate, and easy to navigate.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the topics addressed in the games and videos -- everything from what to do when you have to go to the bathroom to respecting people's differences.
Families can also talk about what age is right to use a computer and what are healthy computer habits to get into.
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, measurement, numbers, shapes, Social Studies: cultural understanding, Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, naming, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, Arts: drawing, movement, music, singing, Science: weather
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork, Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, honoring the community, learning from consequences, respect for others, Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, self-awareness, Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, problem solving, Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Genre: Educational
- Character Strengths: Empathy
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: March 12, 2019
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