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Play with Me Sesame

Lovable Muppets invite preschoolers to play along.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages preschoolers to express themselves and interact with others.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series adds an important building block to the educational value of the original Sesame Street series by encouraging little ones to think and interact with the show's characters.

What's the story?

Noggin's lively interactive series PLAY WITH ME SESAME combines classic Sesame Street footage with new segments in which Bert, Ernie, Grover, and Prairie Dawn invite preschoolers to join them in games and activities that involve things like imitating sounds, practicing words and expressions within a specific context, matching colors, dancing, creating art from food, and much more. Young viewers learn to express themselves and are introduced to fundamental concepts critical to reading, developing creativity, math, and science. Young viewers are encouraged to voice their answers and discoveries out loud, preparing them for interacting with the real-life playmates they'll meet in school. Some activities introduce children to computers. For example, Bert shows viewers how to arrange oatmeal in a bowl into an artsy design, then he encourages kids to go online at and create their own oatmeal masterpiece.

Is it any good?


Like the time-tested Sesame Street series, Play with Me Sesame is one of the most wholesome and enlightening programs out there for toddlers, and you can't beat those funny, adorable Muppets when it comes to learning while laughing. Not only do kids get to revisit classic skits they might have seen on the original show (which could be great fun for parents as well), they also get a chance to "talk" with the characters during the new segments, which really engages them and makes the viewing experience even more fun and valuable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about each episode's games and activities. What kind of game did you play with Ernie (or Grover, or Prairie Dawn)? What did Bert teach you to do on the computer? Can you show me some of the things you learned?

TV details

Premiere date:April 1, 2002
Cast:David Rudman, Fran Brill, Frank Oz
Networks:Nick Jr., Sprout
Topics:Numbers and letters, Puppets, Science and nature
TV rating:TV-Y

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Parent of a 6, 10, and 14 year old Written byKako January 18, 2015

Noggin Does It Again

I love all Noggin shows, but this one stands out along with "Oobi" and "The Upside Down Show." It's funny like its predecessors "Sesame Street" and "Sesame Street Unpaved" in addition to having its own spark from the interactive segments.
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Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

So glad we found Play with me Sesame

My daughter tried to watch Sesame Street but it didn't keep her attention. Plus, I didn't enjoy watching it either. Then, I found Play with me Sesame on the Sprout channel and we both love it. It is what sesame street used to be. It is much more educational and my daughter is more interactive with the ideas and games they play. It makes more sense because it is made for it's audience. One thing, I wish it was played on the PBS channnel.
Parent of a 1 and 3 year old Written bytootie7 December 31, 2008

i learned my numbers!

I love tyhi program my kids as learn so much the show helps me keep them happy and and also teach them that means a whole lot to me