Playing Pretend Just Got More High-Tech

By Allie Waxman

Explore the new Amazon Alexa skill from Sesame Workshop and HBO.

Ever performed in the circus with a Swizzle Stomp monster? Or helped a baby sea monster get to sleep? Now, you and your little ones can with the Esme & Roy Amazon Alexa skill. Esme and Roy will take your kids on pretend play adventures from the moon to a hot air balloon, encouraging them to move their bodies and use their imaginations to join the fun.

Here’s what you need to know about the new interactive game that brings monstersitters to your living room.

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    The skill is built with growing brains in mind.

    From Sesame Workshop and HBO, the skill is designed with interactive elements which will encourage kids to use their imaginations.

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    The skill is designed to help calm kids down.

    Parents and kids can summon the Calm Down Song at any time.

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    Your kids will have fun.

    Dance the Monster Shimmy, meet fun new characters and laugh about meatballs.

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    To enable the skill, say, “Alexa, open Esme & Roy.”

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    Monster meltdowns got your little ones down? Say, “Alexa, ask Esme and Roy for the Calm Down Song.

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    Want to have a monster dance party? Say, “Alexa, ask Esme and Roy for a Monster Dance Party.

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    Having trouble? Say, “Alexa, help,” at any point during the skill.

For more, vist the Amazon Alexa Skill Store