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Sesame Family

From Sesame to You!
Let's Be Friends
  • What Is a Friend?

    Friends share and play together. What else do friends do together?

  • Making Friends

    To make new friends, some children start by saying hello and speaking gently. What do you say when you want to make a friend?

  • Train Track Engineers

    Build a train track so engineer Elmo can pick up his friend Grover.

  • We're All the Same

    People may seem very different from each other, but everyone is the same in some way. How are you the same as one of your friends?

  • Chair Sharing

    The cavemen work hard to find a way to share. Tell about a time that you found a way to share.

  • We Worked It Out!

    Snuffy and Big Bird want to play together, but they want to play different games. How do they work it out?

  • Gnorks Play Square Ball

    After waiting for an invitation to play, Herbie asks if he can play! Tell about a time you joined friends who were playing.

I'm a Good Friend!

Friends are special people. Think about what makes a good friend. Talk about different ways that you play with your friends and show them that you care. Then make a poster to show one special way that you’re a friend!


Think of ways you like to play with a friend. How do you help each other? When do you share or take turns?
Sometimes it’s easy for friends to get along, but not always. What do you do if you and your friend want to play with the same toy? What if you want to play different games?


Start your poster. Work together to write the title at the top: I’m a Good Friend When I…
Draw a picture of something you do that makes you a good friend.


Work together to finish your poster. You may want to add writing to describe your drawing or include decorations.

Share at School

You made a friendship poster! Take it to school to share one special way you are a good friend.


Preschool is a great place for learning how to be a good friend. Children are building friendship skills like showing empathy, sharing, and resolving conflict. They need support and practice as they make friends and play and learn together.

Take a look at the learning inside Let’s Be Friends!


Friendship skills help children develop healthy relationships with peers and with trusted adults. You can practice these skills together at home.
• Take turns listening and talking with each other.
• Talk about different ways you share.
• Write a thank-you note to a good friend.
• Think and talk about someone else’s point of view.

Friendship Skills

Whether it’s a shy smile or a direct invitation, most preschool children begin to seek out friendships. Share and model strategies to help your child make and keep friends.
• Look at facial expressions for clues about feelings.
• Invite others to play with you.
• Join in play by focusing on the common activity.
• Take turns in order to share and to solve problems.

Videos & Games

Use the Sesame media collection to spark lively conversations about your child’s friendships. 
Kids Talking about Making Friends – Approaching new friends
What is a Friend? – Being a good friend
Gnorks Play Square Ball – Joining the game
We Worked It Out! – Resolving conflicts

I'm a Good Friend!

With this writing activity, your child will explore important school learning related to friendship:
• Being a friend
• Fair ways to play
• Expanding vocabulary
Share the finished friendship poster to connect the learning back to school!

Visit for more games, videos, activities, and tips on developing social skills and making friends.

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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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