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Sesame Family

From Sesame to you!
Everyday Animals
  • I Love Fish

    A boy likes to draw and write about fish. What animals do you like to draw or write about?

  • Pet Show and Tell: Iguana

    Molly takes good care of her pet iguana. What are some things pets need to stay healthy?

  • Twiddlebug Toss

    Try an experiment with the Twiddlebugs! Can you predict where heavy and light objects will land?

  • Pet at the Vet

    A vet is a doctor who helps animals stay healthy. How does your doctor help you stay healthy?

  • What Service Dogs Can Do

    A service dog works with a person who needs help. What are some ways you help your friends?

  • Honeybee Hullaballoo

    Bees need pollen from flowers to make honey. Can you pretend to collect pollen like a bee?

  • Wild Animals at the Zoo

    A girl and her friend see animals at a zoo. What animals do you see in your neighborhood?

My Pocket Pet

Pick a pet and show people how to care for it! Make a guide that shows the animal’s food, water, home, and anything else it needs to be healthy and happy.


Think of a real or imagined pet. Talk about things the animal needs to stay happy and healthy.


Draw a picture of your pet on paper or cardboard and cut it out. Then, create a care guide for your pet. Draw or tape pictures on another piece of paper to show the things your animal needs.

Time to Write

Work together to label the pictures. Whether you write scribbles, letters, or words—they’re all great forms of early writing!

Share at School

You’ve made a pet care guide together! Don’t forget to name the author: You! Then, take your paper pet and the guide to school to share with your teacher.


Children can make some great observations about the animals in their world – and start to think, draw, and write about the needs of living things.

Here’s a peek at the learning inside Everyday Animals.


Animals are living things that need food, water, and a place to live. Observe animals finding things they need in your neighborhood:

• Notice a bird drinking from a puddle.
• Talk about an ant carrying a crumb to eat.
• Draw or write about a squirrel climbing to his home in a tree.

Early Writing

For young children, there is no wrong way to write. Your child may use drawings, scribbles, letters, or words to express herself. All of these are important forms of early writing.

• Make paper and crayons, markers, or pencils available.
• Write down your child’s spoken words as he tells them to you.
• Invite your child to help you write grocery lists and other notes.
• Talk about and celebrate your child’s writing and drawings.

Videos & Games

The carefully selected media offers a glimpse of some very interesting animals. Use it to spark lively conversations about different animals and their needs!

I Love Fish – Drawings show what you know
Honeybee Hullaballoo – Bees need pollen
What Service Dogs Can Do – Dogs and people work as a team
Pet Show and Tell: Iguana – Pets need care

My Pocket Pet

This writing activity reinforces school learning at home.

• Understanding the needs of living things
• Recording information through drawing and writing
• Asking and answering questions

Share your child’s guide and pocket pet to connect the learning back to school!


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Sesame Family is brought to you by Sesame Workshop to help you stay connected to your child's learning at school. In partnership Teaching Strategies, LLC, Sesame Family links you to your child's teacher. This all-in-one mobile experience helps you and your child explore teacher-selected preschool topics through media, hands-on activities, and parent supports.

How do I get to Sesame Family? +

Through her classroom newsletter, your child's teacher invites you to a 'virtual backpack' of family resources waiting for you online. Simply follow the link or copy and paste the site's address into a web browser to access Sesame Family for your child's classroom. Your teacher's name at the top of the Backpack welcomes you to a world of shared learning directly from your child's teacher to you.

What's inside Sesame Family? +

As a family, explore the same topics and skills that your child is exploring at school. In every teacher-selected bundle, you'll find: • MEDIA: Explore the carefully-selected Sesame videos and games with your child. Use the conversation starters to spark a discussion about the topic and skills. • HANDS-ON: Play and learn together with a simple hands-on activity. Don't forget to send it back to school to celebrate and share with your teacher! • PARENT GUIDE: Get tips and ideas for supporting school readiness in your everyday routines.

Will the media and activities change? +

Sesame Family is a dynamic site with content that updates throughout the year. Your child's teacher will select topics related to the learning covered at school. Visit the site regularly to enjoy new content and ideas for fun family learning.

When should we use Sesame Family? +

The Sesame Family experience is designed to fit your family's busy schedule. The goal of the site is to support shared learning whenever you can, wherever you are. Any time you find a few moments, whether it's waiting at the doctor's office or quiet moments before bed, you can explore Sesame Family together. We suggest spending 15 minutes per week with the videos and games, and 15 minutes for hands-on learning. Ready for more ideas? Follow the link to

Can my child play independently, or do I need to be there? +

The main goal of Sesame Family is to support shared learning experiences between you and your child, but that doesn't mean your child can't have fun on his own! Take time to visit the site together and use our conversation sparks to help talk about school learning. Afterwards, if your child is interested, he can reinforce the learning by replaying the videos and games independently.

What is there for parents at Sesame Family? +

Sesame Family is as much for parents and the other caring adults in a child's life as it is for your child. Parents and caregivers can: • Learn about the topics and skills your child is exploring at school • Explore media and hands on activities to promote shared learning at home and on the go • Receive tips and strategies on helping your child learn and grow • Be a more active partner with the teacher in your child's development • Feel a stronger connection to your child's classroom community

Can I share my child's Sesame Family with other family members (grandparents, aunts/uncles, older siblings, babysitter, child care provider)? +

There may be several important adults in your child's life who support her learning. We encourage you to share your Sesame Family link with other family members to explore together with your child.

Can I access Sesame Family on a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device? What are the technical requirements? +

Sesame Family is designed for play wherever you are – on a desktop computer or any mobile device (iOS or Android). All you need is an Internet connection to unpack the learning. We support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8-11, Chrome 34, Firefox 30 and Safari 5+ on desktops. iOS 6.0+ on Safari, Android 4.0+ Android Browser and Android 4.0+ Chrome Browser on tablets and mobile devices.

Why do I see different games when I visit this site on different devices? +

Different devices support different technologies, so some games only play on certain devices. If you play a game on your desktop computer and later access the site through your tablet, you may not find that same game because the tablet doesn't support it.

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