Fifty years ago, the world met a colorful community of monsters, birds, grouches and humans. Half a century later, it’s still a place where everyone counts!
We at KERA would like you to join us for our yearlong celebration of Sesame Street featuring some of your favorite characters — from Big Bird to Elmo to Abby Cadabby — with tips and resources to help you live your best.
» Browse this month’s activities and printables
» Browse previous months’ activities and printables
» View photos from the Sesame Street Road Trip event in Dallas
» Watch a video about KERA’s Sesame Street legacy
» Take our Sesame Street quiz
» See a timeline of Sesame Street history
In honor of Zoe’s birthday month of September, her one and only wish is to focus on clean and healthy eating during Food Safety Education Month!
This month teaches us how to become food safety superheroes. This provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the steps you should take to prevent foodborne illness and stay as healthy as possible.
Be sure to check out the following activity, videos and planner/guide to learn the importance of you and your child’s health.
These tools provide small steps you can take together:
» Activity: Helping Families Get Healthy Food
» Video: Exploring Healthy Snacks
» Printable: Recipes, Shopping List, and Meal Planner (PDF)
» Video: Fun Songs To Sing While Washing Your Hands
Featured Character: Snuffleupagus
Having a healthy routine can radiate happiness inside and out. Whether you challenge yourself to eat more leafy greens or to decrease your time on the web, making a small change can go a long way for your mental and physical health.
Children are not the only ones to benefit from healthy routines. Caregivers can make a change, too. Doing self-care activities and routines together helps caregivers develop healthy habits while also teaching children to do the same.
Remember — doing small, daily acts of self-care and modeling a healthy lifestyle can lead to a lifetime of wellness for adults and children alike.
Here are some tips, videos, activities and guides for small steps you can take together:
Featured character: Bert
In recognition of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Sesame Street and KERA Kids would like for you to learn more about mental health. Bert is dedicating his birthday month to raising awareness for minority groups living with mental illness.
There are numerous factors that can impact a child’s brain development and mental health. So much brain development happens in the earliest years of life, and little ones thrive when they have lots of nurturing interactions with caring adults.
As you listen, talk to, nurture, and comfort children, you’re helping them grow, develop and prepare for success in school — and in life. Bert and his friends at Sesame Street have several helpful resources and educational activities to support your child’s mental health.
» Interested in children’s growth and development? Browse these resources:
» Interested in children’s growth and development? Browse these resources:
» Also, take advantage of our free Start Smart text service.
• Receive occasional, age-tailored parenting tips and ideas right on your phone.
• Sign up by texting the the word LEARN to 274448.
• Learn more about the service here.
» Read or listen to this story from KERA News about how directories for therapists of color are growing, and why that’s so important.
Featured character: Oscar the Grouch
June is National Safety Month. In honor of his birthday, Oscar is more than happy to teach children the importance of safety on the road, and in our homes and communities.
It is important for parents and caregivers to familiarize themselves with safety risks and emergency drills around their homes and communities. As summer approaches, remind your child/children about key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy at home, play and during disasters.
Oscar the Grouch is known for living outdoors, so staying safe is a big priority for him. Get the resources you need to help children stay safe indoors and outdoors. Use the tools provided to help you navigate through everyday situations and unexpected emergencies.
Featured character: Karli
In recognition of Foster Care Awareness Month, Sesame Street in Communities and KERA Kids would like you to meet the newest member to the muppet family, Karli. Karli is a young Muppet in foster care.
Fostering a child takes patience, resilience and sacrifice. Children in foster care often experience many transitions and moves. The new resources from Sesame Street in Communities are designed to help children in crisis cope along the way.
• A digital interactive
• A storybook
• Printable worksheets for children
• And resources for foster parents, guardians and caregivers
For a complete list of resources, go to Sesame Street in Communities here.
Featured character: Julia
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Sesame Street and KERA Kids would like to re-introduce you to Julia.
Help children learn about acceptance and embracing diversity — click to view online activities, reads and resources about autism for children and adults.
They’ll help you learn:
• How to talk to children about autism
• About the benefits of a companion animal
• How to prepare for outings
• How to create fun family traditions
• What to say to a parent of a child with autism
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) April 15, 2019
Featured character: Big Bird
March is National Nutrition Month, and Sesame Street and KERA Kids would like to introduce this month’s featured character: Big Bird, whose birthday happens to be this month. Join Big Bird as he introduces healthy habits for life to start the new year off right!
Childhood is an important time to introduce healthy eating and playing habits, as it does affect growth and development throughout life. As this month’s featured character, Big Bird and his friends at Sesame Street have proven that they are ideal models for clean eating and fitness. Sugar and sweets may be tempting and yummy, but Big Bird and his friends show children and parents helpful tips to combat those temptations. They instill healthy habits and tools to help teach children about the basic ideas of nutrition and being physically active in their lives. Want to learn more? Explore these helpful readings and resources on eating well:
Featured character: Elmo
In recognition of International Friendship Month (February), Sesame Street and KERA Kids would like you to meet this month’s guest star: Elmo.
Although he needs no introduction, Elmo is one of the many characters in Sesame Street who has always proven the power of friendship. Elmo encourages everyone to remember the important roles friends play in their everyday lives. Friends share together, care together, and hug together. Elmo and his friends at Sesame Street know all about maintaining healthy relationships. Elmo is designed to show the general public and children the number one rule: treat others as you would want to be treated. Treat people, friends, and family with kindness, with respect, and with compassion. At the end of the day, we may physically all look different, but deep down, it is important to recognize that we are the same.
Explore Sesame Street in Communities to learn more!
Featured character: Lily
January is National Poverty in America Awareness Month. Sesame Workshop and KERA Kids would like you to meet Lily, a 7-year-old character, who faces homelessness.
By sharing Lily and her family’s financial turmoil, their story raises awareness of a central issue facing many Americans: poverty. A child experiencing homelessness, Lily’s story helps to move beyond the stigma that results from homelessness and provides a better understanding to the general public that it can happen to anyone. Lily’s story defies the common stereotypes passersby are quick to label them with and diminishes each one.
Interested in learning more about homelessness and poverty? Click to view online activities, reads, and resources.
• Family Homelessness
KERA had great fun with North Texas families at Sesame Street’s interactive festival and stage show, which took place July 6, 2019, in downtown Dallas:
Ralph B. Rogers, chairman emeritus of KERA, envisioned a visual guide for childcare providers to help kids prepare for school. In 1990, the Sesame Street Preschool Educational Programming collaboration was born:
What’s the name of Elmo’s pet fish? See how many questions you can answer about the show’s beloved characters:
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