When children play together, remarkable things happen. Their brains and bodies engage on all levels: physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Motivated by their own curiosity and interest during play sessions, kids learn to collaborate, communicate, empathize with others, and manage their emotions. Play is a key ingredient of early childhood development… and the centerpiece of Sesame’s new show about a diverse neighborhood of playmates—big, small, furry, slimy, and human.
Esme & Roy debuted in 2018 as the first new animated series from the makers of Sesame Street in more than a decade. It celebrates the awesome power of creative play through the adventures of a girl and her monster friend, a/k/a Monsterdale’s favorite babysitters. Across 26 episodes aimed at ages four to six, the program weaves essential lessons into the act of having fun: be it self-calming strategies, tuning into others’ feelings, or dreaming up games to get things done.
Esme has never met a monster she didn’t like. This beloved babysitter has a knack for coming up with the perfect activity to fix any little monster’s problem—the more active and silly, the better. She’s not afraid to try new things, and while she may get carried away, she doesn’t give up until she succeeds. Her best friend and babysitting partner Roy may be big and strong, but he’s also very emotional and sometimes needs Esme’s help to calm down. That’s what makes them such a great pair!
These indelible characters invite children into a world where little monsters can overcome any challenging situation, whether big (keeping their cool during a thunderstorm) or small (trying unfamiliar foods). Esme and Roy are cool-headed role models, showing kids how to manage big feelings like worry and frustration using simple mindfulness practices. With babysitters like these, playtime prepares kids for a lifetime of can-do problem solving.