Sesame’s Best Practices Guide for Children’s App Development


We all can see how touch screen devices are changing the landscape for so many things, phones, games and books. Interactive experiences are the new norm for our youngsters. They no longer need to use keyboards and mouses to experience computing. So who should we look to when creating interactive experiences for our Toddlers and Preschoolers? Why Sesame Street of course.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has released a PDF that offers their findings from touch screen studies and tips for designing and developing apps and ebooks for preschoolers.

Sesame Workshop Vice President of Education and Research, Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, had this to say about the best practices guide. “These best practices are a result of our research with preschoolers and their parents. We’ve developed highly effective methods and ways we can make apps and ebooks more engaging to help children learn”


This document contains research commissioned by Sesame Workshop (50 studies plus) and then they break down their approach to creating educational content for touch devices. The study also categorizes the most and least intuitive gestures for touch screens, tips for visual design and layout. The PDF also outlines features for creating book apps and ebooks. Should your e-book include reading options like narration? Where are the trouble areas that kids could accidentally touch? This document addresses these questions and so many more.

If you’re in the market to create an interactive experience for children this document is a good resource. You can download the PDF here.



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