Play a Word With Sesame Street Alphabet Games

The Sesame Street Alphabet Song is an excellent Sesame Street episode to watch. It's part of the long list of great Muppets episodes that the show has given viewers over the years. The show first aired on CBS back in September 1967. It featured John Ratzenberger as "Auntie Bertie," a very excited (and quite silly) new member of the "TV Family." For the first time on the show, a boy with only one name shows up and sings an Sesame Street Alphabet song.

The episode's entire premise is that "Auntie" (with a yellow star tattooed on his brow) goes off on a wild goose chase after finding himself at the center of all the action. After finding himself lost, he quickly starts to enunciate words (most notably the word "potato." The camera follows suit, going with him from word to comment as he goes). At one point, he gets so frustrated that he flips over an advertising sign but then finds out that he's in the right place when a Big Bird flies in. He introduces himself to Cookie Monster, who is delighted to see a new member of the family.

The entire crew is in great form, making their usual ridiculous impressions. While Big Bird teaches the Sesame Street Alphabet to Cookie, Miss Piggy and Foopy have a whale of a time performing their various tricks. While the actors are undoubtedly hilarious, it is the music that makes the show truly unique. Starting with the classic "Here comes the Bride," the music rises to a crescendo as the words tumble out of Cookie Monster's mouth.

This amusing segment of the show takes the entire Sesame Street franchise to the next level. After hearing the familiar "here comes the Bride," and then the standard "here comes the Little Dude," the audience is ready for some real silliness. A dancing foghorn is introduced, and the familiar "Dude, you got to go!" lyrics are followed by a jig that tests the reader's knowledge of the Sesame Street Alphabet.

The best part of this segment is when a different piece of the Sesame Street Alphabet is introduced. For instance, after hearing the word from, a boy asks, "Frog? That's from the word." Then a series of other words with different meanings are revealed. By the end of this segment, the child is entirely familiar with all of the Sesame Street Alphabet letters.

There are other segments where these acronyms are used. For example, during the Parenthesis segment, a parent asks, "What did you say your name was again?" Then the child is required to define the word and explain why it's spelled the way it is. These segments help the viewer understand the basic concepts of grammar.

A similar Sesame Street Alphabet game is featured in the Cookie Monster Makeover. Elmo is revealed to be the father of three children. When the child asks, "What did you do to get that expression on your face, Elmo?" Elmo has a come-hither look and says, "Oh, I just told you my name was wrong!" Then he puts his arm around the child and cuddles him.

These are two of many Sesame Street alphabet games that make learning the basics of language fun. In addition to helping your child learn the ABCs, they also have a great way of entertaining viewers. Watching these characters move about the set is entertaining for adults, as well as for young children.

To start playing, you'll need lots of clean, smooth surfaces. Your child can play on the floor or a table, but it's better if she can be near a sink. It helps her to concentrate on what she is saying rather than squinting at a puddle of water. You want her to focus on the words she has to say, so keep the set clean.

Get her familiar with the letters by repeating them slowly and clearly while showing you the letter. Tell her the word and ask her to say it out loud. Then make some faces to indicate the different notes. Repeat the actions for each letter until she gets the hang of it. Have her point out the letters as you show her and repeat back to her that she spelled them correctly. It's a reward system, which shows her how important it is to practice what she is learning.

The characters on Sesame Street all have names, so you will have to do some homework to find out what those names are. In the beginning, your child will probably watch the show and identify faces that she recognizes. That's okay. As she gets older and engages in more language, you can bring in words from books and other media to give her a little background. Getting her familiar with the Sesame Street name system will go a long way to helping her get through the busiest of preschool lessons.

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