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Growing Things
  • Strawberry Mouse

    A mouse grows a strawberry plant with a seed, soil, water, sunlight, and patience. What would you do to help a plant grow?

  • The Tree Lady Becomes a Tree

    The Tree Lady imagines she’s a tree with roots, a trunk, branches, bark, and leaves. Where do trees grow in your neighborhood?

  • Cooking with Cookie

    Help Cookie Monster mix ingredients, bake cookies, and decorate them. Which ingredients come from a plant?

  • Flower Pattern

    Daisies and tulips grow in a pattern. How could you continue the pattern with more daisies and tulips?

  • Earthworm and Tree

    Living things can help each other get what they need. How do you help other living things?

  • City Garden

    Children grow flowers, vegetables, and fruits in a garden. What vegetables and fruits do you like to eat?

  • Helping in the Garden

    Carlos helps his grandmother dig, plant seeds, and water plants. How would you like to help in a garden?

Plant a Pattern

Once upon a time, two plants grew in a pattern. Read the story together and then draw your own growing pattern!


Some plants grow from seeds. A small lettuce seed will grow into a lettuce plant. A large sunflower seed will grow into a sunflower.

Our seeds need soil to grow. We dig holes and plant our seeds in a pattern. Little seed, big seed, little seed, big seed, little seed, big seed. What comes next?


Our sunflower seeds have sprouted into small plants. Our lettuce seeds have sprouted into smaller plants.

What do our plants need to grow? They need sunlight. They need water. We’ll give them a nice drink of water!


Our seeds are now full-grown plants! Lettuce, sunflower, lettuce, sunflower, lettuce, sunflower. What comes next?

We planted a yummy pattern!

Share at School

The lettuce and sunflowers made a pattern! Now draw your own plant pattern together. Take your picture to school to share your pattern with your teacher.


Just like people, all living things grow and have needs like water, air, and food. You can support your child’s understanding of living things by helping her learn about the basic growth cycle and needs of plants.

Here’s a peek at the learning inside Growing Things.

Growing Things

You can notice and talk about living things every day, from neighborhood trees, to houseplants, to foods that come from nature.

• Collect seeds from fruits such apples or oranges.
• Talk about which items came from a plant as you unpack your groceries.
• Name the parts of a neighborhood tree (leaf, branches, bark, roots).


When things make a pattern, they repeat in the same way again and again. Pointing out patterns you see everyday helps children learn to predict what comes next.

• Use the words first, next, and last to talk about patterns.
• Explore different kinds of patterns (sounds, movements, etc.)
• Repeat a pattern three times to help your child see it.

Videos & Games

Your Sesame friends invite you to explore things that grow. Use the carefully selected media to spark lively conversations about growing things in your world!

Strawberry Mouse – What plants need
Tree Lady Becomes a Tree – Parts of a tree
Flower Pattern – Patterns from plants
Earthworm and Tree – Living things need each other

Plant a Pattern

This writing activity reinforces school learning at home.

• Needs of living things
• Simple patterns
• Understanding first, next, last

Share your pattern drawing 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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