HAPPY BIRTHDAY SESAME STREET
In honor of Sesame Street's 45 Birthday today, here are a few things that I learned by growing up on THE STREET.
1. SESAME STREET IS A MAGICAL LAND THAT CAN NOT BE FOUND WITHOUT ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS.
Generations of people know the song lyrics by heart, but with the start of every episode, we are always asking the same thing, "Can you tell me how to get / How to get to Sesame Street?" You would think that we would know the way by now. Obviously Sesame Street was not created in the age of GPS.
2. LANGUAGE IS FUNNY!
Grover and a Fly in My Soup is one of my favorite clips from Sesame Street. Here we learn the importance of exact language and the use of prepositions. Also, the replacement soup of Cream of Mosquito is a classic ending.
3. COUNTING IS ACTION PACKED!
To this day, I sing this song in my head anytime I count 12 of something. The early 1970s animation and groovy music takes us on a journey across America inside of a pinball machine.
4. MR. SNUFFLEUPAGUS IS REAL!
I was always fascinated with Mr. Snuffleupagus and the fact that only Big Bird could see him. From 1971 until 1985 he was thought to be Big Bird's imaginary friend, but finally he was revealed to the adults on Sesame Street to be real. The producers had become concerned that they were scaring children into thinking that adults would not believe them if they had something important to share. Click the image below or visit http://www.sesamestreet.org/muppets/mr-snuffleupagus for a collection of Snuffy videos and activities.
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Brian Housand, Ph.D.