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Sesame Street Happy Healthy Monsters

Sesame Street Happy Healthy Monsters

Fall 2005 DVD
Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Producer: Sony Wonder
DVD Price: $12.99
Review:
In this Sesame Street DVD, preschool aged children are challenged to use their motor skills (exercising/jumping) and cognitive skills (understanding healthy eating, how to take your pulse) to learn about healthy habits. The DVD uses a variety of teaching methods, including songs, skits, and modeling behavior with real children to teach about exercise and healthy food. As one would expect from Sesame Street, the DVD features performers and content that represent a large diversity of races, abilities, ages, and cultures. Familiar Muppets and a wide variety of songs, including rap, folk, and traditional, make this a fun DVD to watch. In the finest Sesame Street tradition, Muppets and people use humor, kindness, common sense, and fun to instruct and motivate children. While the program encourages different types of exercise, the main exercise shown is jumping. It would have been more beneficial to show other methods of exercise and to promote generalization into the viewer's real world of the exercise skills learned. The DVD has solid replay value for kids ages 2-4. Viewers of all ages will enjoy -- and even benefit from the show.
Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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