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Sesame Family

From Sesame to you!
We are Family
We Are Family
  • We're a Family

    Children sing about the people in their families. Who are the people in your family?

  • Spanish Word of the Day: Familia

    Rosita introduces the people in her familia. What names do you use for the people in your family?

  • Measure that Foot

    Measure each foot and decide which shoe fits. Then try measuring some of your family's feet!

  • Five People in My Family

    A family of five sings and counts together. How many people can you count in your family?

  • Sorting a Family

    A family sorts themselves in different ways. How many ways are you like other members of your family?

  • Playing Taiko Drums

    Miles plays Japanese drums with his family. What is something special you and your family do together?

  • Trevor's Family

    Trevor and his dad have a special bedtime routine. What special time of day does your family share?

The People in Our Family

Share memories and pretend play as you make family action figures with toilet paper rolls, cotton balls, and basic art supplies.


Name the people in your family and count them. Then count out one toilet paper roll for each person. Work together to write one person’s name on each toilet paper roll.


Decorate the action figures together. Then, talk about what makes each person special.

Playing Counts

Play together with your family action figures! Make them talk to each other and do some things your family does in real life. Line up your family action figures. How many are there?

Share at School

What a family! Choose one family action figure to take to school and share with your teacher!


All families include people who love and care for each other. Every family is different in its own way. Talking about what makes your family special helps make your child feel special, too!
Here’s a peek at the learning inside We Are Family.


A family provides a child’s first social relationships, helping to develop her identity and social confidence in school and beyond. Celebrate your child and your special family relationships:
• Share stories about family traditions or memories.
• Thank your child for doing something special at home.
• Prepare a family recipe and talk about it.
• Draw or write notes for family members.


Learning to count takes practice, especially when counting larger numbers of things. You can support your child with helpful strategies for careful counting.
• Line things up before counting them.
• Touch each object as it’s counted.
• Count matching sets, like people and dinner plates.
• Use the last number counted to tell how many in all.

Videos & Games

What makes a family a family? This collection of Sesame media shows different ways to think and talk about families—including your own!
We’re a Family – Identifying family members
Five People in My Family – Counting family members
Sorting a Family – Finding things in common
Trevor's Family – Special family routines

Share at School

When you and your child have fun with the hands-on activity, The People in Our Family, you are reinforcing school learning at home:
• Exploring your family
• Counting
• Storytelling
Take a family action figure to school to introduce your family to your teacher!

Visit for more games, videos, activities, and tips to support math every day.

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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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