Seems like just about everyone is talking about Sesame Street in the wake of the recent Presidential Debate. Area families can spend some quality time with the Muppets at “Sesame Street Presents: The Body” a new exhibition running through Jan. 27, 2013 at Imagination Station Toledo.
The interactive exhibit was created through Sesame Workshop’s initiative, “Healthy Habits for Life,” to help address the current childhood obesity crisis in the United States.
The lovable Sesame Street Muppets anchor the hands-on, interactive multimedia experiences carefully designed to help children explore the human body and how to keep it healthy. Each exhibit area has multiple activities to provide age-appropriate and engaging learning opportunities for children at a variety of developmental levels.
The exhibition emphasizes scientific investigation and developmental and curriculum-based learning goals for children ranging from 2 to 8 years old. The learning goals tie into National Science Education Standards, the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Curriculum.
“Each component of ‘Sesame Street Presents: The Body’ is geared toward children’s natural excitement about learning,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, vice president, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop. “We believe that children learn best through active participation and self-discovery. The interactive exhibit features a wide range of opportunities for children to observe, investigate, experiment and talk about what they are learning with their parent or caregiver.”
The exhibit features three different education zones related to the human body:
• Your Insides – an exploration of what goes on inside the body. Activities include the “Count’s Organ Organ,” which teaches kids about their internal organs’ locations and functions through the use of music; “Digestion with Oscar,” a display that shows kids what happens to food when they eat it; and ”Oscar’s Sneeze Machine,” where children pull a lever to irritate a big nose that actually sneezes on them.
• Your Outsides, where children learn to identify different body parts, learn what they do, and explore the many ways they can put them to use. Exhibits include “Your Wonderful Hands,” featuring puzzles, sign language games, shadow puppets and more; “Your Legs and Feet,” an interactive exhibit that shows what happens when you put your legs in motion, and “Your Amazing Body,” an interactive video game where children choose the correct body part based on clues from Ernie and Bert.
• Staying Healthy, where visitors learn how staying clean, eating healthy foods and getting plenty of physical activity as well as sleep can help the body stay healthy. Ernie and Rubber Ducky get kids started in “Rub-A-Dub Tub,” a game that shows them just how much fun staying clean can be. Then it’s on to “Mr. Hooper’s Store,” where children scan groceries and learn specific messages about how different healthy meals are good for their bodies and “Baby Bear’s Mini Mart,” a toddler-sized activity area where children can stock up on a variety of colorful, healthy foods. Kids can put their bodies to the test in “Rosita’s Locomotion,” where they learn how the heart and different muscles work while pumping, rowing or running.
There is also an online component at www.sesamestreetpresents.org featuring activities and educational materials to complement the exhibit.
“Sesame Street Presents: The Body” is included in the cost of admission, which is $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids 3-12 and $8.50 for seniors 65 and older. Children 2 and younger get in free. Lucas County residents receive a 50 cent admission discount. On Saturdays, county residents 12 and younger enjoy free admission when accompanied by an adult.
Imagination Station is located at 1 Discovery Way, Toledo. For more information, visit www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.
Young visitors get a hands-on lesson about digestion at the new “Sesame Street Presents: The Body” exhibition at Imagination Station Toledo. (Photo courtesy of Imagination Station)