Sesame Street Theme Song – sing and play with the Muppets

sesame strret1In this video, Sesame Street’s theme song becomes a storytime sing and play-along.


Bibliographic Info:  The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon  Sesame Street Theme Song  NBC (2013)  Format: Music Video  Platform: YouTube  Channel: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Youtube  Interest Level: children of all ages  Genre: TV series  Themes:  Sing-alongs, Music, Positive Thinking, Musical Instruments


StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1The Sesame Street Theme Song from The Tonight Show was given StorytimeWOW’s Marquee Seal on March 21st, 2015 and has been selected for the MusicVideoWOW collection.  Read the Storytime section below for details on why it was selected.


Summary:  Jimmy, the Roots & the cast of Sesame Street play “Sesame Street” on classroom instruments in the Late Night Music Room.

Review:  Not only is this video immensely entertaining, it’s all about group participation.  Moreover, it features the muppets of Sesame Street and a clump of fun adults singing the beloved children’s TV show theme while playing children’s musical instruments.  The cast  play to the camera (and into your storytime) as if they are right there with you.  By using this video to create an activity you expand what is happening onscreen to a live setting.  This is storytime GOLD!

Sesame Street 2Storytime:  This video is a sing and play-along with the muppets!  Pass out a musical instrument and/or a puppet to each of your attendees (or have children bring their own) and just press play.  Enjoy yourself.  Life doesn’t get any better than this.


Here’s the video’s cast and instrument list to help you pull take stock before storytime:
Jimmy Fallon – wood block, keyboard
Questlove – kazoo, hand clackers
Frank Knuckles – bongos
Captain Kirk – ukulele
Kamal Gray – xylophone
Mark Kelley – toy clarinet
James Poyser – melodica
Tuba Gooding Jr. – toy saxophone, slide whistle
Black Thought – apple shaker
Elmo – vocals
Grover – backing vocals
Cookie Monster – banana shaker (eaten)
Abby Cadabby – toy guitar
Murray – backing vocals
Zoe – hand cymbals
Big Bird – vocals
Aloysius Snuffleupagus – backing vocals
The Count – counting

The Sesame Street Theme Song from The Tonight Show meets the StorytimeWOW Standards for Music Videos.  This video:

  • has universal appeal (it went viral)
  • has the “WOW” factor (this means it’s enjoyable, and how can anyone not enjoy this?)
  • is well-suited for repetition (this sing-along/play-along activity will become a storytime staple)
  • provides viewers with a “feel good” takeaway (and experience with musical instrument exploration)
  • is free of squirmy moments (this sing-along is highly engaging)
  • hits the storytime target audience’s interest level (young children)
  • includes participation or lends itself to group interaction (the activity is based on group participation)

Watch-alikes:   Sesame Street: Will.i.am Sings “What I Am”    Sesame Street: Patti Labelle Sings The Alphabet

Links:  Sesame Street Celebrity Song Playlist   YouTube link to this video


Early Childhood Education and Development:  The following lists the stand-out benefits of this video across various early childhood education (ECE) and child development checklists.

1.  This video provides young children with the opportunity to practice the following Pre-Reading Skills (see full list of pre-reading skills here):

  • Knowing the names of things (vocabulary).  Use this video to teach the names of musical instruments to your groups.
  • Being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words (phonological awareness).  Singing this song allows children to hear and vocalize phonemes.

2.  This video provides opportunities for caregivers to utilize the early literacy-building Parent Practices (see full list of parent practices here):

  • Singing – Singing helps children learn new words. Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words and learn about syllables. Singing together is a fun bonding experience with your child — whether you’re a good singer or not!  Singing develops listening and memory skills and makes repetition easier for young children — it’s easier to remember a short song than a short story.
  • Playing – Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language. Play helps children practice putting their thoughts into words.

3.  This video follows Common Core Guidelines (see full list here):

  • Use storytime as an occasion to promote and celebrate diverse cultures. Create authentic cultural experiences.
  • Integrate more new media materials and technology. Cultivate media literacy by modeling media literacy behaviors and provide instruction for parents on modeling media literacy skills at home.

Why I Chose to Review this Video:  I knew when I watched this video the first time that it had storytimeWOW written all over it.  I am proud to share this idea with my readers.

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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!