“Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” is a brand new segment on Sesame Street that parodies the coming attractions of popular movies and reinforces the show’s self-regulation curriculum. For 44 years, Cookie Monster has struggled with intermittent success to consciously control his thoughts, actions and emotions. Through this hilarious new segment, we’ll see Cookie Monster attempt to master executive function skills such as self-control (try not to eat the cookie), delayed gratification (eat the cookie later), flexible thinking (think about something else so you don’t eat the cookie), working memory (remember a strategy that worked before to keep from eating the cookie) and task persistence (being motivated to try and wait to eat the cookie).
Through “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures,” children will see many strategies and activities that promote self-regulation and the necessary skills that enable them to be more successful in school and in life. Self-regulation skills can be taught during the preschool years, and development of these skills, particularly impulse control, happen rapidly and play a pivotal role in children’s long-term development. Along with Cookie Monster, children can learn the behavioral strategies necessary to manage emotions, navigate friendships, cope with stressful situations and improve executive function tasks, such as impulse control, working memory, focusing and shifting attention.
Cookie’s Crumby Pictures – Select Segment Descriptions
“The Spy Who Loved Cookies”
Cookie Monster learns to listen carefully to directions in order to complete a task and successfully save the cookie crown.
“The Life of Whoopie Pie”
Cookie Monster uses strategies to help control his desire to eat a boat made of cookies.
“When Cookie Met Sally”
Cookie Monster learns strategies to help him wait his turn in line.
“Cookies of the Caribbean”
Cookie Monster learns to focus and not give up when trying to reach Davy Jones’ cookie jar.