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.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Educator and Parent of an infant, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 year old Written byEducationIsImportant March 2, 2015

wonderful for my teens and under.

Know how many children I am raising? I know my teens hate this show and I don't care!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old October 10, 2012


Play With Me Sesame is the WORST SHOW EVER!!!!!!!! Those pictures that toddlers drew on the wall might be MUCH MORE SCARY FOR YOUNGSTERS!!!!!!!! Even the part when the Sesame Workshop logo appears!!!! Terrible opening, horrible closing, no good characters, very bad show for your kid!!!!!!! Never watch this with your kid or else the characters will tell you to go to Russia for the rest of your life!!!!!!!!!!
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Too much violence
Too much consumerism


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