Sesame Street
A day of finger painting.
Air date December 22, 1971
Season Season 3 (1971-1972)
Sponsors B, M, 7
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 David demonstrates finger painting by dipping his fingers in paint and drawing a "b".
Cartoon Jack waters a B, which grows into a B-stalk. He climbs it and travels to the Land of B.
(First: Episode 0277)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Bug
(First: Episode 0137)
SCENE 2 David watches some kids do more finger painting.
Cartoon Jazz #7 (shown in English and Spanish)
(First: Episode 0136)
Borrowing a Vacuum.jpg
Muppets Ernie wants to borrow Herbert Birdsfoot's vacuum cleaner, but he worries about how Herbert will respond. Maybe Herbert's taking a bath, and he'll be so angry at Ernie for interrupting him that he'll tell everyone to never loan Ernie anything ever again!
(First: Episode 0181)
SCENE 3 Oscar the Grouch shows Maria and Tom the kind of art critic he is. After looking at the kids' finger paintings, he ends up admiring the colorful rag which the children use to wipe off their hands.
Celebrity The stars of Bonanza appear: Hoss and Mr. Cartwright take turns saying letters of the alphabet; Little Joe rides up in time for Z.
(First: Episode 0136)
Cartoon B is for bear, bicycle, bump, branch and bee.
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon With one mighty blow of his baseball bat, a boy knocks several B items (including a basket, bandit, and ball) off of a wall.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(First: Episode 0237)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you know where I wanna be?" The man says he doesn't know. Harvey says, "I wanna B -- right here!" and slaps a letter B on the man's sweater. Harvey runs off, laughing.
(First: Episode 0277)
Film George the Farmer demonstrates short and tall.
(First: Episode 0254)
SCENE 4 Maria poses patiently as Oscar holds up his thumb, sights in and paints carefully. The result of his work is a drawing of his paw and thumb.
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie is tall, Bert taller, and Big Bird is the tallest (and he also breaks the ceiling).
(First: Episode 0284)
Cartoon Two ducks look the same height when they're in the bathtub, but one of them is taller when he steps out. Voice: Joe Flynn
Cartoon M is for Moo
Music: Larry Rosen and Charles Myers
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets Little Bird plays an imagination game, closing his eyes and imagining he hears sounds. At the end of the game, he imagines that he hears a scary monster -- and when he opens his eyes, Herry Monster is there, growling at him.
(First: Episode 0148)
Cartoon A short bird stands under a tall bird, which lays an egg on its head.
Cartoon A man invites an M to dinner. The M is very appreciative, and makes "Mmmmmm" sounds. It eats all of the food at the table, and winds up eating the screen!
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0276)
SCENE 5 Tom accidentally steps in Big Bird's birdseed and asks Big Bird whether he is angry. To explain what angry means, he demonstrates. Big Bird thinks he has made Tom angry and apologizes.
Cartoon What if a dog looked like a bird?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0226)
Song "B is for Bubble."
(First: Episode 0008)
Muppets Bert shows off his bottlecap collection to Ernie, who remembers that he found a Figgy Fizz bottle cap -- the very one that Bert needed to complete his collection.
(First: Episode 0240)
Celebrity Lorne Greene and the Bonanza cast add two horses and one horse to make three horses.
(First: Episode 0150)
Film Green Tree Snake
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0285)
SCENE 6 Tom holds a large styrofoam "b" and shows that it's a very handy letter -- he holds it by the "handle" and swings it like a pirate sword; he holds the "handle" like an overhead bus or subway strap.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Kids count 20 penguins going down a slide.
(First: Episode 0232)
Film Kids comment on a film of the process of peanuts being made into peanut butter.
(First: Episode 0194)
SCENE 7 David sorts by quantity as he sings the Classification Song.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit counts five monkeys, and when he is done, he gets monkey business.
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon Jack and the B-stalk (repeat)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
SCENE 8 Maria explains that the prairie dog from the film and the cactus she holds live in a very dry place, the desert. She discusses with some kids the ways we dress because of our weather.
Muppets The Miss Muffet Play
(First: Episode 0280)
Cartoon Jazz #7 (shown in English and Spanish) (repeat)
Bridge no14 - Hour Glass Slow Fill Bridge.jpg
Film Bridge #14 - Hourglass Slow/Fill
SCENE 9 “B” quickies:
  • Maria demonstrates that B is for bake.
  • Tom demonstrates that B is for bath.
  • Luis demonstrates that B is for best.
Song "B is for Bubble." (repeat)
Song "Starfish"
(First: Episode 0280)
Cartoon M is for Moo (repeat)
SCENE 10 Oscar gets a torn-up note; Maria helps him put it together. The note is from his grouch friend, Louis.
Cartoon A man invites an M to dinner (repeat)
Muppets Grover sings "What Do I Do When I'm Alone?"
(First: Episode 0269)
Cartoon B is for bear, bicycle, bump, branch and bee. (repeat)
Cartoon B wall (repeat)
SCENE 11 The sponsors are announced.

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