Sesame Street prepares for an emergency
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The lovable Muppets of Sesame Street have never shied away from difficult topics. There was a series of episodes wherein Big Bird's nest was destroyed by a hurricane, a grease fire in Hooper's Store and Elmo's subsequent fear helped children deal with emotions following the terrorist attacks in 2001, and, of course, there was the loss of Mr. Hooper -- a veritable institution on the show and in many children's lives -- that helped children deal with the loss of a loved one. Now, the show, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, is being more proactive in dealing with emergencies.
Sesame Workshop has put together a magazine for parents, a workbook for kids, and a DVD featuring Grover and Rosita helping their families prepare for emergencies. The materials are aimed at kids aged three to five years old. Wherever you live, there is bound to be some sort of disaster to be ready for, be it earthquakes (our personal bugaboo), hurricanes, tornados, flooding, or even the simple house fire. If you have children to protect, it's even more important to be ready and that your kids know what to do should something happen. What better way to learn than via their Muppet friends?
Best of all, the magazine and workbook can be downloaded for free from the Sesame Workshop website. Check it and make sure your kids are prepared!
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