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Play-Along Games and Songs is a 1986 Sesame Street video compilation of game and puzzle-themed skits, as well as songs which encourage viewer participation. In the framing story, Big Bird leads a series of games with Elmo, Forgetful Jones, and a couple of kids.

The video was originally released on VHS by Random House in 1986, as part of the "My Sesame Street Home Video" line. It was first released on DVD by Sony Wonder in 2005.


Image Segment Description
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FRAME 1 Big Bird tells Forgetful Jones that it's time to play games, but Forgetful claims he's "No-Games Jones," even though he's currently playing go fish with Elmo. Big Bird plans to quiz Forgetful on how much he remembers after they've played all the games. Forgetful likes the idea, and Big Bird goes to round up two kids (Jesse and Desiree) who are seen playing with Oscar the Grouch.
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FRAME 1 cont'd The group starts the first game: "Follow That Penguin!" They watch a cartoon of a penguin making beats, (First: Episode 0239) and Big Bird points to someone who has to repeat that beat. When it's Forgetful's turn, he forgets the beat, so Elmo helps him remember. In the third round, the penguin taps out a random series of beats, which Elmo and the others interpret through scatting.
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry Monster plays a game with a boy named Eric, who closes his eyes and guesses what Herry hands him (a ball, a feather, and his head).
The sketch is edited to remove Herry's third round of the game.
(First: Episode 1613)
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FRAME 2 The next game is "The Rhyme Game," where Big Bird says a word, points to a person and they must make a rhyme. His word is "top," and when he calls on Forgetful Jones, they all hop to help him think of a word. He takes so long to guess that they all get tired. Big Bird tells him to play along with the next segment.
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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Beat the Time". In order to win a cookie, Cookie Monster has to bring in three things that rhyme with the word "rain" before the hand goes around the clock. They turn out to be an old man's "cane", a "chain" (to which Frazzle is attached), and finally a "train" which destroys the set.
(First: Episode 0446)
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FRAME 3 Big Bird's next game features him drawing shapes in the air, having the others guess what it is. He makes a rectangle, a triangle and his own creation - a ball of squiggly lines called "Fun."
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Muppets Cookie Monster sings "One of These Things."
(First: Episode 0174)
Cast Gordon sings "I Heard My Dog Bark" as Susan, Bob, Uncle Wally and some kids make the animal sounds.
(First: Episode 2169)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Lefty the Salesman wants to sell Ernie a painting of a tree, which he says is a picture of four elephants. Ernie doesn't see the four elephants, so Lefty offers to show him the elephants if Ernie will buy the picture for a nickel. Lefty points out the elephants, which are actually spaces in the tree's branches. Ernie shells out for the picture. Ernie wants to pull the same trick on Bert, but Bert notices the elephants right away.
(First: Episode 0292)
Animation Shape organization, part 4 (edited)
(First: Episode 0419)
Muppets Grover sings "Over, Under, Around and Through."
(First: Episode 0258)
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FRAME 4 The final game is "The Remember-the-Games Game." Big Bird quizzes Forgetful on all the games and segments they saw with 60 seconds on the clock, but Forgetful forgets everything. Big Bird reminds the viewer that they can play the same games with their friends and family, and even with their Sesame Street friends again.


International releases

DVD Chapters

  1. Follow That Penguin
  2. Can You Guess What It Is
  3. The Rhyme Game
  4. Beat the Time
  5. Shapes in the Air Game
  6. One of These Things
  7. I Heard My Dog Bark
  8. Elephant Picture
  9. Over, Under, Around & Through
  10. Remember the Games Game


  • Linking Footage:
Big Bird, Forgetful Jones, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Jesse, Desiree
  • Inserts:
Cookie Monster, Ernie, Lefty the Salesman, Herry Monster, Gordon, Susan, Bob, Uncle Wally, Grover, Guy Smiley, Frazzle, Bert, Anything Muppets