Welcome to Let’s Play and Learn Together

Background to Sesame Tree Series One

The Sesame Tree television series consists of 20 fifteen minute episodes which present a range of stimulating and enjoyable stories and live action films (LAFs) that are firmly embedded in a Northern Ireland context. The format of each show sees Potto and Hilda realising that they have a problem to resolve. Then young children from Northern Ireland pose a related question to the Sesame Tree through the Big Whizzing Machine. Potto, Hilda and their friends immediately set about answering the question and in doing so, solve their own problem. They learn from the experiences of children elsewhere in the world, the experiences of puppet friends and relatives, and crucially through the experiences of children from Northern Ireland, who are featured in local LAFs. These documentaries are presented through children’s eyes and focus on educational and engaging topics. The themes drawn from the LAFs form the core of these activities.

Meet the Sesame Tree Characters


How to use these training resources

We recommend that practitioners navigate through this platform by moving from left to right on the menu bar as follows:

  • Areas of Learning: Start here by exploring how the episodes and activities link to the areas of learning within the Northern Ireland early years curriculum.
  • Using Activity Cards: Next, learn how through play, you can use the activity cards in your everyday practice.
  • Using the Episodes: Now you are ready to explore how to use the episodes from series one in your everyday practice.
  • Episodes/Activities: Finally this section contains the 20 activity cards and accompanying episodes. This will give you a range of suggestions to integrate the themes into your everyday practice.
  • Useful Links: The following useful links will complement and extend the learning from the Sesame Tree outreach materials.

Sesame Workshop
Early Years - the organisation for young children
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure


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