Date: 10-03-2020

The Sesame Street Toolkits: Supporting playful parenting

Big Bird gets confused when big changes, like an emergency, happens around him. He shows his frustration to his mum: “I am sad because I cannot do the things I’m used to do”. His mum comforts Big Bird by first making him feel safe with her. And then, she engages with him to different playful learning activities, despite the circumstances.

Special situations might bring many changes and much uncertainty for young children and their families. Children develop and learn best through play. Incorporating playful activities in our daily routines is a unique way that can help parents to support their children.

The Sesame Street Toolkits include multimedia tools that leverage the power of the Sesame Street Muppets to provide families and young children, even the most disadvantaged, with resources that will support them to talk about difficult and challenging issues. The overall aim of the toolkit is to provide opportunities to build closeness and confidence, making learning fun, and keep your child's world safe and secure.

Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert, Kermit, and other beloved Sesame Street characters cope with a wide variaty of issues that include but are not limited to: asthma, autism, divorce, finances, healthy habits, illness, incarceration, military families, school readiness, and more. The topics covered in the toolkits are presented with videoclips with the beloved characters. Each clip is coupled with a variety of components, such as pintables, guides, games, songs, problem solving ideas and tips and related toolkits.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sesame Street has also created a dedicated resource package, Caring for each other, to support young children and families to face the current situation. Sesame Street Muppets are staying home, too, but trying to help families to breathe, laugh, and play together.

All these resources are designed to support parents as they nurture their little ones and delight in watching them grow, learn, and play.