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Sesame Street
Sesame Street Self-Portraits
Air date December 7, 2023
Season Season 54 (2023-2024)
Sponsors A, 20


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo and his popsicle stick pal "Sticky" set up today's theme of arts and crafts.
(First: Episode 5116)


SCENE 1 Tamir, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Julia, and Charlie are doing an art project in the community garden with Kayla. Today's art project is self-portraits, and Kayla shows one she made, highlighting her brown skin, curly hair, round nose, and dark brown eyes. Kayla then sings about being the best "me" she could ever be. Now, it's the kids' turn to look at themselves in the mirror and notice what makes them them. Elmo notices his nose's shape, Tamir notices his brown skin, Julia notices her straight hair, Charlie notices her curly hair, and Cookie notices his googly eyes. The kids then all sing a reprise of Kayla's song.

SCENE 1 cont'd Everyone gets started on their self-portraits, and Alan arrives to the garden. Cookie Monster has finished his portrait but feels it's missing something: a cookie. Everyone understands, because as Kayla points out, cookies are a huge part of his identity. Elmo then asks what an identity is. Kayla explains your identity to be all the things that make you you, and that it extends further than what you look like. Alan explains that because he really likes to bake, being a baker is part of his identity. Also part of Alan's identity are that he has black hair, is Japanese-American, and runs Hooper's Store. Kayla comes up with an idea for everyone to add things to their picture: things that make them them.

SCENE 1 cont'd Tamir is unsure of what to add, so he looks around for inspiration. Julia is drawing paw prints because she loves animals, Cookie Monster is drawing cookies ("No surprise there"), and Elmo draws himself watering a flower with Abby because being a kind neighbor is something that makes Elmo Elmo. Tamir has several ideas, including a superhero cape to represent his love for superheroes and creating comic books, a hammer representing his love for building, and a drum, an instrument he likes to play. Tamir then realizes he should add them all.

SCENE 1 cont'd Everyone shows off their portraits, all with different things that make them them. Everyone has one final rendition of the song. Afterwards, Cookie Monster devours his delicious-looking portrait.
Insert Celebrating Me, Celebrating You, Celebrating Us!
Levi and Sabrina show off their self-portraits that show off both what they look like and what they like to do.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - A.
(First: Episode 5128)
Film A Is for Arts and Crafts: A kid talks about Ms. Denise, who teaches about arts and crafts on the Shinnecock Reservation. Today, the kids are learning how to make a talking stick.
Muppets Elmo and Big Bird segue to "Abby's Amazing Adventures..."
(First: Episode 5107)
Cartoon Abby's Amazing Adventures
Basket positions Abby and Rudy as graphic designers, assigned to create a new cereal box design.
(First: Episode 5014)
Muppets Cookie Monster and friends sing as they wait for the number of the day, which is how many cookies are being baked for him (to eat). Today's number is 20.
(First: Episode 4712)
In this airing, the Count counts the individual cookies.
Muppets Elmo's World (Monster Edition): Arts and Crafts
(First: Episode 5301)
SCENE 2 Elmo and Tamir recap their day, and Elmo mentions that they learned that Cookie Monster is a very good artist. Cookie Monster shows off another creation of his.


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