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Segments with their own pages

Acrobat Pigs


African Rhythm

An African rhythm plays while objects (usually people or cowrie shells) are counted

Animal Rock Band

Bears in Chairs

Bears sitting in chairs are counted.

Blue Sky Background

Chinese Acrobats

Clown Honking

Colorblock Grid

Kids count themselves in colorblock grids. These segments appeared as early as seasons 24 and 25, and feature the same cast from the "Floating Kids" segments.

Computer Matching

A series of films where a girl plays a matching game to find the number of the day on the computer.

Conservation of Numbers

Counting Animals

Dancing with Kids

Dancers in the Park


Family Photo

A kid tells the audience to count the members of their family for a photo. These segments appeared as early as Season 44.


Martin P. Robinson counts flowers in different voices. These segments appeared in Season 34.

Growing Numbers

A series of stop-motion animated segments produced by Jane Aaron, featuring ornate cutouts of the numbers 1 through 20 growing from (and receding into) the surface in a variety of park and city scenes. The segments appeared by Season 23 at earliest. The music is composed by Dave Conner.

The various installations in the series differ chiefly by the amount of film being shown.


3 handprints try to count to the number of the day, but they don't have enough fingers. Fortunately, one of the handprint's little brother comes in and finishes the counting. No segment was made for the blue hand.


Hortense is a series of counting animations where Hortense encounters things to count to the number of that day. No segment for the number 2 was made.


Jane Aaron Segments

An assortment of live-action segments created by Jane Aaron, featuring ornate numbers on outdoor locations, becoming animated usually through the use of stop-motion or "pixillation". Several segments featured brief rock jingles written by Christopher Cerf,[1] while others simply showed the number (attached to a metal rod) swinging across the screen.

Jane Aaron songs

A song that is based on the number of the day; even if the numbers are apart, the amount does not ever change.


Kid Mural Painting

A series of films where kids paint a huge mural of the number of the day on a huge sheet of paper in time lapse form at a park. In between, the kids show the number of the day either on their hands or feet.

Marching Band

see also: Sesame Street Shape Segments

Musical Instruments

A child counts instrument cases as they plummet to the ground. Once the child reaches the number of the Day, the instruments emerge from their cases.

Number Astronauts

Similar to Letter Astronauts, but this involves numbers.

Number Creatures

An Emmy-award winning series of computer animated segments featuring stylized numbers ending from 13 to 20. The segments were written, directed and animated by Merrill Aldighieri, and were produced for CTW by Arlene Sherman. The music for the segments was composed by Fred Reed.

Number Heroes

Numbers in Outer Space

OK, We Got a Hip-Hop Beat


A series of segments where a number camouflages into a group of pebbles, while off-screen children try to find it. Once they do, the pebbles that make up the number light up.

Race Horses

An announcer (voiced by Martin P. Robinson) counts horses in the style of horse racing.

Rap Animation

A series of recurring cartoons in which various collections of objects such as shapes, cookies, fingers, and units of time are totaled, narrated by a child's hip-hop lyrics describing and rhyming the items at hand. These were produced by Al Jarnow and appeared as early as Season 20.

Rubber Stamp

Filmmaker and stamp designer Ken Brown produced a series where numbers interact with stamped images. They first appeared in Season 23.

Skip Counting Songs With Kids

Live-action stop-motion animated kids skip count stuff by different numbers. The series is created by Christopher Cerf and appeared in Season 35.

Water Skiing Hippos

Music by Suzanne Goldish. A series of animated segments where hippos waterski in various ways, but eventually fall in the water.

What Are We Going to Find in the Garden Today?


  1. BMI Works #1878129, 1878128, 1881488, 1881536

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