Esme and Roy, the first new animated series from the makers of Sesame Street in more than a decade follows a young girl, Esme, and her best monster friend, Roy, on their adventures as the best monstersitters in Monsterdale. Aimed at children ages four to six, it offers a creative new approach to teaching ?learning through play? and mindfulness strategies.
With loveable characters who spark strong emotional connections among preschoolers and parents alike, Esme and Roy invites children into a colorful world where even the littlest monsters can overcome big challenges together. Across 26-episodes Esme and Roy will use the power of play to help younger monsters through familiar situations, including trying new foods and feeling scared during loud thunderstorms. Little viewers will look up to their new favorite monstersitters as positive role models, learning how to manage strong emotions with simple mindfulness practices alongside Esme and Roy's charges.
The world of Esme and Roy is brought to vibrant life through infectious humor, imaginative design and such expressive voice talents as Millie Davis (Wonder, Odd Squad) and Patrick McKenna (TV?s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania: The Series).
As Sesame Workshop?s newest addition to the educational entertainment landscape, Esme and Roy underscores how vitally important play is to early childhood development. Whether they?re pretending to be veterinarians to model how to hold a pet gently, or sticking to a shopping list by turning a trip to the grocery store into a matching game, the monstersitters help their little friends learn a range of lessons while having fun.
When children play together, they are physically, cognitively and socially engaged. Motivated by their own curiosity and interest, they learn to collaborate, self-regulate, communicate and empathize with others during play sessions. As modeled in Esme and Roy, ?learning through play? allows children to develop these critical life skills in a safe environment.
Children are most ready for this kind of engaged, productive playtime when they can manage challenging feelings like worry and frustration. Esme and Roy offers easy-to-adopt strategies that can help even very young children regulate their emotions. Tactics include: taking slow belly breaths, which provide a pause for children to be reflective instead of reactive; self-talk that uses positive statements to remind kids of their strength and capability; giving oneself a soothing hug; and using a ?glitter jar? to calm the body and mind, shaking a sparkly snow globe-like jar and taking deep breaths while watching the glitter swirl and slowly fall.
Created by TV veterans Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg (Peg + Cat, Team Umizoomi, Wonder Pets!, Shimmer and Shine), Esme and Roy is produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment?s animation studio, Nelvana, with illustrations inspired by renowned artist Dankerleroux.
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