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Abby's Amazing Adventures
When You Wish Upon a Pickle
Learning Through Play Curriculum
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Abby's Amazing Adventures

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“Hi-de-ho, off we go!” with an all-new animated Sesame Street segment.

Join everyone’s favorite fairy-in-training, Abby Cadabby, as she travels beyond Sesame Street with her stepbrother Rudy to visit fantastical locations and take on “missions” themed around different careers. Together, they might become undersea photographers to take a picture of a red moonfish, visit an active volcano as scientists to find lava rocks, or even head into space as astronauts to fix a space station! In each adventure, Abby and Rudy work as a team to overcome obstacles and persevere. At the end of every mission, they offer a guided play suggestion, inviting children at home to play along and pretend to take on whatever job the pair just tackled.

With confident, curious Abby at the center of the action, “Abby’s Amazing Adventures” serves as a valuable example of young girls thinking big and imagining exciting futures for themselves. Continuing a decades-long tradition of animation on Sesame Street, this series is the first to be produced entirely by Sesame Workshop’s in-house animation team.

Abby Cadabby and Amanda Seyfried look through magnifying glasses

When You Wish Upon a Pickle

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Sesame Street’s 49th season begins with an all-new special that whimsically interprets the “Learning Through Play” curriculum, guest starring Amanda Seyfried and Blake Lively.

In “When You Wish Upon a Pickle,” a mysterious wish machine appears on Sesame Street and the magical pickle inside starts granting wishes. Before long, the gang learns they need to be careful what they wish for – especially when they find out he’ll only grant one wish per customer! When Elmo wishes to be a grown-up and run Hooper’s Store, he switches bodies with Chris. When Ernie tries to help his friend achieve his dream of becoming a TV meteorologist, Bert ends up trapped in the television, dashing from show to show. Cookie Monster’s wish for more cookies results in more Cookie…Monsters! Abby Cadabby teams up with her favorite storybook detective – brought to life by a wish, of course – to try and solve the mystery of what’s going on in the neighborhood. The adventure continues until an unlikely (and grouchy) hero intervenes!

By casting the Sesame Street friends in new and playfully career-themed roles, “When You Wish Upon a Pickle” offers a dose of madcap Sesame fun that connects to the “Learning Through Play” curriculum.

Big Bird smiles in front of an outdoor mural with Chris and Elmo

Learning Through Play Curriculum

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The 49th season of Sesame Street explores a “Learning Through Play” curriculum that models how children can build school readiness skills as they embody different career roles during play. If kids can see it, they can play it, they can be it!

Spotlighting the power of guided pretend-play, the season shows how kids can get more out of playtime with a bit of planning and guidance from helpful adults – and from one another, too. In each episode, the Sesame Street gang learns about a new career in a hands-on way as they pretend to be bus drivers, chefs, directors, doctors, and more. Each pretend game is complete with homemade props and scenery made from everyday objects, modeling a vital play skill for kids at home.

Simple career-oriented play is a common play pattern among children, but when kids feel empowered to invent their own games and plan their play, a game of “restaurant” or “train” can turn into an opportunity to foster both academic and social-emotional skills.

“Children learn best through play because they are actively engaged in joyful and meaningful activities that can also be socially interactive and iterative,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP Content and Curriculum, Sesame Workshop. “It is through their play that kids learn to collaborate, self-regulate, communicate, and empathize with peers, motivated by their own interests and curiosities.”

By focusing on career-based pretend play, this year’s curriculum will help children develop critical life skills and imagine new paths for themselves. Whether they’re building a school bus out of cardboard boxes or creating their own newspaper about life on Sesame Street, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and friends model how – with a little help! – children can start to see themselves in exciting futures while having fun together.

In line with the new curriculum, the season will start with a new primetime special that puts a madcap spin on pretend-playing different careers. Also debuting this season is “Abby’s Amazing Adventures,” a new animated segment starring Abby Cadabby and her stepbrother Rudy that shows how girls can take on many roles and be anything they want to be.

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Hey Sesame Street News
4903 Hey! Sesame Street News

Chris’s belt buckle is missing! Newspaper journalist Cookie Monster solves the mystery by asking the five W questions: who, what, where, when, why.

4905  Elmo’s Factory
4905 Elmo’s Factory

Elmo invents something new – “Anything Holders” – but he needs help with the assembly. Chris helps Elmo and his friends put together their own factory, and they work as a team and each take on a different job to make the “Anything Holders” more quickly.

New Year's Eve on Sesame Street
4907 New Year’s Eve on Sesame Street

It’s New Year’s Eve on Sesame Street! Rosita and Telly try to help Elmo stay awake until midnight so he can celebrate with his friends.

4908  Play Time
4908 Play Time

The gang is putting on a play about Little Miss Muffet, the classic nursery rhyme. Nina helps Big Bird take on the role of playwright when he has an idea for a new ending.

4911 Honk if You Love Libraries
4911 Honk if You Love Libraries

With the help of librarian Grover and comic book superhero Galactic Gail (Zoe Kravitz), Nina and Elmo tour the different sections of the local library to find the books they need.

4917 Grocery Games
4917 Grocery Games

To make food shopping more fun, Alan turns it into a game. Can Elmo, Abby, and Cookie Monster find three foods that start with the letter C in different sections of the supermarket before Alan finishes checking out?

4922 Dinosaur in the Laundromat
4922 Dinosaur in the Laundromat

There’s a strange noise on Sesame Street, and Rudy, Zoe, and Rosita suspect it’s a dinosaur! With the help of Bill Nye, they become scientists to observe, ask questions, and investigate the mystery.

4932 Baby Bear’s Just Right Cafe
4932 Baby Bear’s Just Right Cafe

Baby Bear, Elmo, and Abby play restaurant. Alan teaches them how to pretend to be the chef, the host, and the server. Goldilocks is their first diner, and she’ll decide if everything is “just right.”