Monday, March 10, 2014
SIX FREE Sesame Workshop Apps (best free Android kids apps) - no in-app purchases!
Today's selection of apps comes from the well known company, Sesame Workshop. Formed in 1970 as the Children's Television Workshop, with the express aim of giving low-income and non-English speaking background children support in getting ready for school. Now using apps to continue supporting children and their families, Sesame Workshop has produced a range of apps to cover life events such as military service, divorce, moving house and the emotions that those events bring about. These six apps are all cost free, ad free and contain NO in-app purchases. Brilliant!
If you also have an Apple device, be sure to check out the free Sesame Workshop apps available on iTunes.
Achieve it with Sesame Street
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Save, spend, and share with Elmo! Use this app with your child to help him learn financial basics through fun challenges that easily fit into his everyday routines.
Set goals with your child and complete fun, rewarding, real-world challenges that introduce important age-appropriate financial concepts such as choice, value, spending, saving, sharing, and more. Together with your child, start exploring financial learning opportunities that occur during his everyday routines and download this free app today!
Let’s Get Ready!
Featuring activities, videos, tools, and more, Let’s Get Ready helps parents and caregivers with children ages 2-5 be prepared in case of an emergency.
Preparing for emergencies is an important way to keep families safe. It’s also something the whole family can do together in simple ways! Produced by Sesame Street in collaboration with PSEG, this engaging, interactive tool helps parents and children (ages 2-5) get ready for the unexpected together. Kid-friendly songs and games introduce children to key emergency preparedness ideas, and tips and customizable checklists simplify emergency preparation for adults. Plus, the parent section contains more detailed tips and suggestions to help prepare for the unexpected.
With this invaluable resource, children will learn basic information that will help them stay safe…and make them proud to be prepared!
The Sesame Street for Military Families app puts all of Sesame’s bilingual (English & Spanish) resources for military families right in your pocket! Now you can use your mobile device to access engaging videos, articles, storybooks, parent guides, and more to help you support your preschool and school-aged children as they encounter transitions common to military families.
Because of the sensitive topics in this app, we highly recommend that a parent or guardian previews the materials before co-viewing with a child.
The Sesame Street: Divorce app provides parents and caregivers with tools to help children ages 2-8 cope with the many transitions related to divorce or separation. Features include: articles with tips and strategies for providing reassurance and comfort; videos featuring real families talking about their experiences, and Abby Cadabby as she talks with her Sesame Street friends about her own parents’ divorce; “Conversation Starters” providing age-appropriate language you can use to start a discussion with your children about feelings and changes; interactive tools including the “Face Maker” and “Coloring Pages,” which you can use together with your children to help them express their emotions about specific topics; and additional support and educational resources. We recommend you use the tools and watch the videos before sharing them with your children, so that you can choose what is most relevant and helpful for your family. Resources in this app are part of Sesame Street’s “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce” initiative. You can access other Sesame Street divorce materials online, at sesamestreet.org/divorce.
Make moving fun with Sesame Street's The Big Moving Adventure! Your young child (ages 2–5) can create his own muppet friend and help him or her through the moving process, including: Hearing the news, packing, saying goodbye, expressing feelings, traveling, exploring the new home, and making new friends. The Parents Section contains more detailed tips and suggestions on these same topics to help families who are in the process of relocating.
The Sesame Street: Incarceration app provides parents and caregivers with tools to help children ages 3-8 cope with the many transitions related to a parent’s incarceration. Features include: Tip Books for parents and caregivers with age-appropriate language to talk honestly with children (3–8) as well as strategies to help children cope with a parent’s incarceration; videos featuring real families talking about their experiences, and a new Sesame Street Muppet, Alex, as he talks with his Sesame Street friends about his own parent’s incarceration; an interactive storybook called “In My Family,” as well as a photo activity, which you can use together with your children to take pictures with the characters in the storybook and help show children that they are not alone; and suggestions for additional support and educational resources. We recommend that you watch the videos in the app before sharing them with your children so that you can choose what is most relevant and helpful for your family. Resources in this app are part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration initiative. You can access other project materials online, at www.sesamestreet.org/incarceration.
Laugh and learn as you help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges. This bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem-solving. Tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Your child will enjoy silly animations and playful interactions as she is exposed to important emotional vocabulary, a calm breathing technique, personalized encouragements, and more! Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is intended for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5). The app is part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience, and overcome everyday challenges and more stressful situations and transitions. You can access other Sesame Street resilience materials online, at sesamestreet.org/challenges
Are you feeling delighted? Astonished? Anxious? “Feel Electric!” explores all these emotions and more! Part of the Military Families “Finding the Right Word” initiative, this app offers engaging tools that use content and curriculum from The Electric Company to provide opportunities to explore emotional vocabulary and self-expression. Hosted by Electric Company cast members Jessica Ruiz and Danny Rebus, “Feel Electric!” features three fast-paced games, a digital diary to record daily moods, a zany story maker, and more!
About Military Families Near and Far
Military Families Near and Far is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can create, communicate, and stay connected. Developed for military families, the site provides new ways for preschool and school-aged children to express themselves and communicate within their own family networks. This website and its materials are an extension of Sesame Workshop’s ongoing efforts to support our troops and their families, which include digital media tools, on-the-ground efforts, plus video and print resources on the topics of deployment, changes, and grief.
For more information, please visit www.FamiliesNearAndFar.org.